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Cable Technology Feature Article

September 10, 2010

Agama Technologies Intros Analyzer eQAM

By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributor

Agama Technologies has announced that it has unveiled the Analyzer eQAM product, an essential unit of the IBC launch of version 3.6 of the Agama DTV Monitoring Solution.

According to the company, the Agama Analyzer eQAM is a tailored monitoring probe for real-time quality assurance of cable TV architectures with edge QAM locations, deployments and mixed cable/IP environments. It is capable of extending the company’s offering to cable operators.

The company has claimed that the Agama Analyzer is a versatile monitoring probe providing state-of-the-art, 24/7 monitoring capabilities for IP and hybrid, digital terrestrial and cable networks. It can provide multi-metric analysis of the whole DTV stack. Using that info can produce key performance indicators from the transport layer to the video content. It can monitor up to 200 channels on one 1G IP interface and two RF interfaces, with full QoS and QoE analysis and comprehensive real-time TR 290 P1, P2 and P3 evaluation.

Mikael Dahlgren, CEO of Agama Technologies, noted that the Agama solutions enable all cable operator personnel to see both real-time and historic customized views of service and network performance. This data is very powerful, for instance it enables operators to cure faults before they become customer care issues. The combination of data from edge QAM, head-end and set-top box monitoring enables the Enterprise Server to much more easily diagnose faults, so that the operator can act decisively to solve technical issues, reducing cost and increasing customer satisfaction. Their solutions are also perfect for hybrid IP/cable networks, as they can monitor both the IP and cable domain, as well as how a service passes from the head-end, through edge QAMs and how it is finally received at the set-top box. This is true end-to-end monitoring, important functionality for cable operators looking to deploy complex hybrid networks.

The company has asserted that with the new Analyzer eQAM they have created a true end-to-end monitoring solution comprising head-end monitoring with content analysis such as black screen, freeze frame and silence detection; in-home STB monitoring for each and every subscriber and the Analyzer eQAM that monitors on both IP and RF sides of the edge QAM.

Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Beecher Tuttle