Proven Network Monitoring Solution Now Monitors Quality of Video Transport Services within IPTV Networks in Real-Time
BEAVERTON, Ore., October 22, 2007 - Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK), a leading worldwide provider of video and communications network management and diagnostics solutions, today launched its GeoProbe Video Monitoring solution for IPTV, the highest capacity, network-wide probing platform available for converged networks. Expanding its proven network assurance capabilities and experience in monitoring fixed, mobile and wireless networks around the globe, Tektronix' new GeoProbe Video Monitoring solution quantifies the quality of video transport services within IPTV and video over IP networks.
Building on its heritage of innovation and industry leadership in video and IP network test and monitoring, Tektronix delivers triple play capabilities into a single probe. The GeoProbe Video solution monitors broadcast and video on demand transport streams simultaneously across networks, enabling operators to proactively assess the real-time health and performance of their IPTV networks to isolate and resolve network problems before they occur.
"Because a successful video user experience is critical to the overall success of IPTV, operators need a proactive, network-wide monitoring system to assure network quality of service," said Doug Dickerson, Vice President and General Manager, Network Management, Tektronix. "With Tektronix' GeoProbe Video Monitoring solution, operators can quickly identify and resolve network issues that have a direct impact on network QoS and customer QoE. IPTV networks are complex - video content is digitized, encoded, packetized and transported across a network - errors are most likely to occur at the network transition points. Tektronix' GeoProbe Video Monitoring solution has the capability of examining from 200 to more than 5,000 programs with a single probe."
Ensuring Video Quality in a Converged Network Environment
The GeoProbe Video Monitoring solution for IPTV, part of Tektronix' industry-leading Unified Assurance (UA) suite of applications for management of next generation converged networks, has been selected for use in current trials by network operators and infrastructure vendors. GeoProbe has been time-tested in hundreds of global network deployments, including the networks of the world's largest network operators, enabling them to proactively monitor, manage, diagnose and troubleshoot their multi-service networks. Tektronix' Advanced Performance Monitoring (APM) product will also leverage the data collected by the GeoProbe solution to provide true network-wide video monitoring with historical tracking, reporting and trending analysis. The Tektronix APM product is an important part of the overall Video Monitoring solution, providing the ability to develop the type of personalized experience that empowers all of the groups within a network operator's organization.
Delivered on a highly scalable monitoring platform across an entire network, the GeoProbe Video Monitoring solution quantifies the quality of the transport by providing 24/7 monitoring of all IP video traffic. The solution detects IP video issues and enables operators to respond to them before they become critical or impact subscribers. Once issues are detected, GeoProbe provides the tools to isolate the problem location and cause. Upon resolution, problem locations can be monitored in real-time to track the repair effectiveness and provide immediate feedback on the current state of the video transport quality.
The proactive network-wide problem detection capabilities, combined with powerful video analysis tools, produce such savings as reduced inbound customer service calls and reduced troubleshooting time for customer care and network operations departments.
GeoProbe Video Monitoring for IPTV is a component of Tektronix' overall IPTV solution. Tektronix' leadership in both broadcast video content monitoring and IP monitoring - two crucial building blocks necessary to ensure high-quality, zero-fault IPTV services - enable the company to deliver a full solution to help customers advance their IPTV and converged services. Learn more about the solution by visiting www.tek.com/geoprobe.
About Tektronix' Unified Assurance Portfolio
Tektronix' industry-leading Unified Assurance (UA) network management suite provides integrated, end-to-end performance monitoring solutions for customer, service and network assurance. UA supports a full range of monitoring capabilities across next generation mobile and IP networks, including active test solutions that provide active troubleshooting, provisioning and automated service quality monitoring.The Tektronix solutions quickly identify, localize and quantify service and network issues, giving customers an integrated, end-to-end next generation network.
Global consulting company Frost & Sullivan recently awarded Tektronix with the 2007 Market Leadership Award in Network Monitoring. According to Frost & Sullivan, Tektronix maintains its market leadership position based on its strong Unified Assurance solution, brand awareness, proven financial growth strategy and global presence.
About Tektronix' IPTV Solution Portfolio
Tektronix' deep knowledge and expertise in both broadcast video content monitoring and IP monitoring - two critical building blocks for high quality IPTV - make the company uniquely positioned to test the convergence of voice, video and data. Tektronix' integrated, seamless portfolio of best-in-class monitoring and analysis solutions help bring triple play and IPTV services to market. This portfolio includes the GeoProbe Video Monitoring solution for IPTV, the highest capacity, network-wide probing platform available for converged networks; the MTM400 MPEG Transport Stream Monitor, a scalable solution to detect signal degradation caused during transmission and distribution; the MTS400 Series, the world's first Compressed Digital Video Debugger/Analyzer that can be applied to see and solve the most subtle, complex and intermittent DTV problems in minimum time; and Cerify, the world's first automated verification system for file-based digital video content.
Tektronix is a leading supplier of test, measurement, and monitoring products, solutions and services for the communications, computer, and semiconductor industries - as well as military/aerospace, consumer electronics, education and a broad range of other industries worldwide. With 60 years of experience, Tektronix enables its customers to design, build, deploy, and manage next-generation global communications networks, computing and advanced technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix has operations in 19 countries worldwide. Tektronix' Web address is www.tektronix.com.
Tektronix provides network operators and equipment manufacturers a comprehensive and unparalleled suite of network diagnostics and management solutions for fixed, mobile, IP and converged multi-service networks. These solutions support such architectures and applications as fixed mobile convergence, IMS, broadband wireless access, WiMAX, VoIP and triple play, including IPTV. Learn more about Tektronix' communications test, measurement and network monitoring solutions by visiting www.tek.com/communications.
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