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By: Sylvain Cornay | Category: Network Monitoring | Posted date: 2016-05-27 | Views: 70

Over-the-top (OTT) services are becoming increasingly indispensable in today’s broadband access networks, and now offer premium content such as high-definition, full-feature movies and live video as opposed to the shorter-duration, lower-quality videos of the past. For this reason, content providers, broadcasters and operators are presently gearing up to deploy multiscreen video (commonly referred to as TV Everywhere) to deliver streaming video services to PCs, laptops, smartphones, tablets, TVs and more.

By: Lawrence Delvecchio | Category: LTE/3G/4G | Posted date: 2016-05-19 | Views: 198

It seems as though a month doesn’t go by without a headline or two announcing how operators are dealing with VoLTE network delays, failures and outages. Many industry experts agree: while VoLTE offers tremendous potential for operators to meet increasing data traffic and compete with OTT services, many underestimate its complexity—both in terms of deployment and testing.

By: Chris Dunford | Category: Copper/xDSL Testing | Posted date: 2016-05-17 | Views: 252

Technicians arriving on a job site to test a new broadband DSL or voice service are often faced with challenges to testing copper pair quality: they must change the state of the circuit at the far end of the line to complete all the basic pair quality tests.

By: Jean-Sébastien Tassé | Category: Optical/Fiber Testing | Posted date: 2016-05-12 | Views: 422

With network operators currently facing huge bandwidth demands, various approaches have been explored to meet a projected capacity crunch in the worldwide fiber communications system. To this end, the availability of inexpensive, high-power diodes as pump sources for Raman amplification has generated new interest in Raman technology, which has been commercially available for some 15 years.

By: Sylvain Cornay | Category: LTE/3G/4G | Posted date: 2016-05-11 | Views: 356

Without a doubt, VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling are completely transforming the industry, thanks to consumers skyrocketing use of over-the-top (OTT) applications and smartphone usage. However, along with this growth comes an increase in complexity for operators, from both a technical and organizational perspective.

By: Alfonso Domesi | Category: Copper/xDSL Testing | Posted date: 2016-05-10 | Views: 326

For service providers delivering high-speed communication offerings to business and small-office home-office (SOHO) customers, a symmetrical high-speed digital subscriber line or SHDSL is a common choice. And for good reason. Considering its greater reach, lower power and application flexibility versus other access technologies, it’s not only a common choice but a good one.  

By: Marie-Anne Grondin | Category: Challenges/Solutions | Posted date: 2016-05-05 | Views: 553

As many industry pundits have noted, there continues to be an increase in people cutting the chord, or ditching pay-TV, for OTA antennas and, inevitably, OTT services. In fact, there is an entirely new generation that is simply not watching as much TV as before.

By: Astra Baltayan | Category: Ethernet | Posted date: 2016-05-03 | Views: 591

With fierce competition prevalent in the telecom industry today, along with the increase in bandwidth- intensive applications, communications service providers (CSPs) are faced with many new challenges. For one, they need to turn up more complex, cutting-edge Ethernet services more quickly to get to revenue faster—but without impacting the delivery of reliable quality of service and unparalleled quality of experience to their customers

By: Marie-Anne Grondin | Category: Trends | Posted date: 2016-04-28 | Views: 604

Recently, Deloitte released its Deloitte’s 2016 predictions for the TMT sectors. One of its findings that is really compelling for network operators is what Deloitte calls “the rise of data exclusives,” or consumers that do not make traditional phone calls, but use other communications tools, such as texting and over-the-top voice and video services to “speak” to people.

By: Marie-Anne Grondin | Category: FTTx, Optical/Fiber Testing | Posted date: 2016-04-26 | Views: 595

Fiber-to-the-antenna (FTTA) is being deployed at increasingly fast rates thanks to the signal integrity and increased energy efficiency it can offer operators. By placing remote radio heads (RRHs) at the stop of the antenna and using optical fiber to connect it to the base station, makes for easier installation, eliminates the need for tower amplifiers, and decreases overall air-conditioning power consumption.