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IP Video, ADSL2+ Test Capabilities Added to Acterna HST-3000

  • 14 December, 2004 12:26

<p>Hong Kong: Tuesday, December 13, 2004 – Acterna today announced that customers challenged by the deployment of new “triple-play” services (voice, data, video) over copper access networks and the rapid growth potential of IP video now have a complete set of testing features combined in a single, scalable hand-held instrument, the Acterna HST-3000.</p>
<p>Designed to meet the depth and breadth of test applications required by residential and business service technicians, the HST-3000 is ideally suited for field use with powerful automation features that improve work force efficiency.</p>
<p>“With the HST-3000, Acterna has always provided premium test capability in the most integrated, rugged and cost-effective solution for the full set of test applications required by technicians,” said Jerry Gentile, general manager for Acterna’s Telecommunications Field Services unit (TFS). “The combination of and competition to provide voice, video and data services is accelerating the testing needs of service providers and their technicians, and with the HST-3000’s highly field-configurable IP video and ADSL2+ modules, Acterna continues to be well-prepared to meet the diverse needs of carriers worldwide.”</p>
<p>New IP Video Features</p>
<p>As telecommunications operators deploy voice, video and data services, IP Video becomes an enabling technology and is forecast for rapid growth. The Acterna HST-3000 IP Video test suite is the industry’s first specifically designed to meet the all-in-one test support needs of field technicians. It provides set top box (STB) emulation, including signaling for both broadcast video (IGMP) and Video-on-Demand (VoD) (RTSP), offers detailed analysis of the video transport stream (including PID discovery, packet loss, and jitter), and enables PCR jitter analysis. The test access includes both an Ethernet interface and an ADSL interface.</p>
<p>The HST-3000 IP Video test suite supports the planned deployments of packet-based video service networks specially targeted at FTTx and video-over-DSL networks.</p>
<p>New ADSL2+ Features</p>
<p>ADSL2+, which will begin wide-scale development in 2005, is a new disruptive technology and a key enabler for the deployment of new voice, data and video over copper access networks. The ADSL2+ option for the Acterna HST-3000 is early to market and provides ATU-R emulation supporting ADSL1, ADSL2, and ADSL2+ in one module, supports new modes of operation including Reach Extended mode and All Digital mode, and enhances the full suite of HST data features over this new copper loop technology.</p>
<p>About the Acterna HST-3000</p>
<p>The Acterna HST-3000 is the first hand-held field test tool for basic turn-up and troubleshooting of VoIP deployment, supporting physical layer analysis through packet metrics, signaling analysis and voice quality determination. HST-3000 capabilities allow packet capture of live VoIP calls, including VoIP call storage and an integrated FTP capability to send captured VoIP calls to be analyzed by Acterna’s PVA-1000 software. The HST was created to improve efficiency and lower the costs of installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting business and residential services and networks. The HST-3000 combines copper, voice and data service testing features with unparalleled process automation capabilities in a lightweight, battery-operated unit. By adding the ADSL2+ and IP Video test options, the HST-3000 breaks new ground in test support for triple play service deployments and extends its capabilities for installation and maintenance crews who will be responsible for turn-up and troubleshooting these new services. The Acterna HST-3000 VoIP Tester was named Product of the Year for 2002 by INTERNET TELEPHONY® magazine.</p>
<p>About Acterna</p>
<p>Acterna is the world’s largest provider of communications test solutions for telecommunications and cable network operators. A trusted communications test partner for more than eight decades, Acterna offers an unmatched portfolio of award-winning instruments, systems, software and services that help its customers reduce network costs while improving performance and reliability. Headquartered in Germantown, Maryland, USA – with European and Asia Pacific operations based in Eningen, Germany and Hong Kong – Acterna serves nearly every major communications service provider and equipment manufacturer around the world through a skilled sales and support organization in 31 countries.</p>
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<p>For Immediate Release</p>
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