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Epitiro Unveils New Video Quality Test Strategy for LTE and Fixed Networks

CARDIFF, Wales, January 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Epitiro, a specialist in QoE test solutions, today announces its new Video Quality Test Strategy for LTE and Fixed Line networks as part of the company's ipQ Performance Monitoring Solution development roadmap.

Over-the-top (OTT) streaming video performance quality will be measured through simulating services such as NetFlix, LoveFilm and YouTube, and analysing the key performance indicators (KPI) that affect subscriber quality of experience.

True end-to-end testing will be accomplished through playing a video reference file from the head end, and analysing KPIs from the subscriber end in the network, including;

  • Test Duration
  • Playback duration
  • Startup time (initial buffering)
  • Count of interruptions to playback (i.e. Buffer drain events)
  • Total re-buffering time
  • Video throughput
  • Playback Quality changes (count)
  • Best playback quality
  • Worst playback quality
  • Playback error
  • Video bytes

Like all of the metrics collected with the ipQ, the new video tests will have the capability to be uniquely configured and the option of being automatically scheduled or activated on demand.

Results will be presented immediately on the ipQ Analytics Dashboard for real-time insight into video quality and reliability.

The new video quality testing capability will be available across the portfolio of ipQ data collection probes providing the scope to fully measure video on 3G and LTE Android devices as well as fixed networks.

"Demand for video streaming is forecasted to grow globally with LTE and high-speed home services increasingly burdened with VoD traffic," said Jon Curley, CTO, Epitiro. "We're excited to announce a video quality test capability roadmap that will help both mobile and fixed operators manage their vision for subscriber QoE."

The ipQ Performance Monitoring Solution currently measures underlying IP network metrics that ultimately affect QoE such as speed, latency, jitter and packet loss. 

The first video quality analysis features will be available in Q2 2013. Epitiro will make further announcements regarding LTE Voice Analysis and other strategic measurements in Q1 2013.

"We're committed to providing innovative and essential quality of experience measurement solutions for the industry," continued Curley. "Today's announcement on video testing and our upcoming news on LTE voice testing are aimed at addressing the key quality challenges facing service providers."

The document 'Video Quality Test Strategy for LTE and Fixed Line Networks' is available at http://www.epitiro.com

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