Spirent Communications Helps Move IP Telephony out of the Lab and into the Network.CHICAGO -- IP Services Solutions Showcased at SUPERCOMM, Along With Other Market-Leading Broadband Test & Measurement Solutions
At this year's SUPERCOMM trade show, the air will be filled with talk about IP Telephony The two-way transmission of voice over a packet-switched IP network, which is part of the TCP/IP protocol suite. The terms "IP telephony" and "voice over IP" (VoIP) are synonymous. . But one company -- Spirent Communications(TM) (NYSE NYSE
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"We bring a unique understanding of the realities of deploying IP telephony due to our presence in both the development labs and the networks," said My Chung, president of Spirent Communications. "We've been involved with IP since it started along the technology cycle at standards development. Now, we have comprehensive test solutions for conformance and scalability testing prior to deployment and a comprehensive new diagnostic and troubleshooting solution to help monitor the network and ensure quality of service."
Most carriers acknowledge that managed IP networks post a unique challenge. There are a host of technical and organizational hurdles to overcome to roll out IP services -- including that IP services are much more difficult to manage than legacy transport services; carriers are currently relying on expert technicians to manage the network; and that a lot of time and resources are being spent to get the network management systems right. Yet, while carriers are at varying stages of deploying IP telephony, they are motivated by competitive necessity and opportunity to provide customers with a low-cost solution.
To help carriers, Spirent has an arsenal of IP telephony test and diagnostic service assurance solutions, many of which will be showcased at SUPERCOMM. They include:
--SmartSight(TM) -- a new portfolio of diagnostic software and appliances, network interface devices, and professional services to help wireline, wireless, cable service providers, and enterprises diagnose specific service failures for IP-based services such as VoIP, IP VPNs, Video over IP, and Ethernet VLANs.
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--Abacus 5000 IP Telephony Test Migration System -- the industry's first test platform capable of emulating an entire VoIP/PSTN network in a single system to address key technical issues for migration to next-generation networks, including integration with legacy systems and issues of scalability, performance, and voice quality.
--Spirent All-In-One Testing -- Enables the Abacus 5000 IP Telephony Test System to emulate a call agent, signaling gateway, IP end-points, PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) The worldwide voice telephone network. Once only an analog system, the heart of most telephone networks today is all digital. In the U.S. network elements, and generate real voice and RTP (1) (Rapid Transport Protocol) The protocol used in IBM's High Performance Routing (HPR) system.
(2) (Realtime Transport Protocol) An IP protocol that supports real time transmission of voice and video. packets. Its integrated testing capability is critical to adequately verify the migration from circuit to packet and to avoid performance, interoperability, and voice quality pitfalls associated with deploying new VoIP products or services.
"As the Broadband industry moves further from delivering basic high-speed access and into a new phase that is focused on delivering IP-enabled value-added services, the ability to monitor and troubleshoot the network becomes more essential," said Matt Davis, director, E-Networks and Broadband Access Planning Services, of The Yankee Group. "Spirent has demonstrated leadership in this area for years, and its SmartSight product line provides valuable tools for service providers to support QoS essential for the delivery of latency sensitive applications such as VoIP and IP Video."
In addition to its IP services solutions, Spirent will showcase a host of other solutions in and outside of its booth at SUPERCOMM. These include:
--Push-To-Talk (PTT (1) (Postal, Telegraph & Telephone) The governmental agency responsible for combined postal, telegraph and telephone services in many European countries.
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PTT - Post, Telephone and Telegraph administration ) Service Assurance Solution -- enables system-wide network monitoring, diagnostic, and performance measurements such as registration delays, call setup delays, floor availability delays, audio delays and audio quality. These measurements assist service providers in optimizing performance for PTT services as well as analyzing and measuring the impact of new software releases on those services
--AX/4000 with mAX IP and mAX SLAM -- the industry's first high port density ADSL See DSL.
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--CopperMax(R) product portfolio -- a comprehensive portfolio of DSL DSL
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Broadband digital communications connection that operates over standard copper telephone wires. It requires a DSL modem, which splits transmissions into two frequency bands: the lower frequencies for voice (ordinary service assurance solutions that has significantly lowered the cost of ownership for monitoring and assuring DSL networks. Among featured solutions is the CopperMax/ITH -- the industry's first full-featured, end-to-end integrated test head that easily plugs into a DSLAM (DSL Access Multiplexor) A central office (CO) device for ADSL service that intermixes voice traffic and DSL traffic onto a customer's DSL line. It also separates incoming phone and data signals and directs them onto the appropriate carrier's network. See DSL. line card slot, virtually eliminating engineering and installation costs.
--TASKFORCE(TM) -- a field service OSS Oss (ôs), city (1994 pop. 62,141), North Brabant prov., S Netherlands; chartered 1399. It is a significant industrial center. Manufactures include meat products, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, electrical equipment, and metalware. that automates real-time scheduling of service provider work forces, optimizing coordination of each job's location, technician skills, equipment inventory, and time windows. The result is greatly increased operational efficiency that readily scales to the largest workforce.
--Advanced Test Programs technology demonstrations, including two SUPERDemos, the MPLS (1) (MultiProtocol Lambda Switching) The earlier name for GMPLS. See GMPLS.
(2) (MultiProtocol Label Switching) A standard from the IETF for including routing information in the packets of an IP network. Frame Relay Alliance SUPERDemo and the Metro Ethernet Forum The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) was founded in 2002. It is a non-profit international industry consortium, dedicated to worldwide adoption of Carrier Ethernet networks and services. SUPERDemo. In addition, Spirent is helping its customers showcase their most advanced IP-enabled products through its "Tested With Spirent" Partner Program in five vendor booths -- Laurel Networks Inc (#24820), Intel Corp. (#12335), Mindspeed Technologies Inc. (#27630), Aware (#21729), and Mangrove mangrove, large tropical evergreen tree, genus Rhizophora, that grows on muddy tidal flats and along protected ocean shorelines. Mangroves are most abundant in tropical Asia, Africa, and the islands of the SW Pacific. Systems Inc. (#25529).
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