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Cable Technology Feature Article

October 21, 2010

Sunrise Telecom Enhances Capabilities of AT2500 Spectrum Analyzer

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

Allowing cable operators to assess the quality of their rapidly expanding digital video services, Sunrise Telecom enhanced its AT2500 Spectrum (News - Alert) Analyzer with automated digital proof of performance test capabilities.

The versatile AT2500RQv provides the advanced measurement power required for the latest multi-standard 16/64/256 QAM digital technologies. The unit has a variety of options, including time domain measurement, QAM analyzer, and video demodulator.

As cable operators expand their all-digital video programming slate, delivering linear digital channels as well as video-on-demand, HDTV and digital video advancements such as 3DTV, they are replacing analog signals with bandwidth-saving QAM signals. Allowing them to catch impairments before they escalate into a major service interruption, Sunrise Telecom’s (News - Alert) AT2500 Spectrum Analyzer ensures delivery of quality digital video feeds and troubleshoots issues that impact QAM-supported digital video offering.

“With the rapid rise of digital video, it’s important to verify the status of the network delivering these services. Cable operators need a solution to quickly assess the health of their networks delivering digital channels,” said Bahaa Moukadam (News - Alert), Sunrise Telecom’s chief executive officer, in a press release. “With the AT2500, technicians have an easy-to-use solution that ensures cable subscribers are receiving digital video selections without any disruption.”

By making it easy and efficient for the technician to run digital proof of performance tests, this new feature increases productivity. Making sure each test is completed consistently and accurately, the user is able to test all QAM channels to a pre-set threshold with a push button. The AT2500 is prepared to meet that challenge when operators approach the day when the “all digital” network becomes a reality, the company stated.

In May 2009, the company introduced the next generation of its CM2000 cable modem network analyzer. Just like the previous version, the new CM2000 combined customizable verification and troubleshooting capabilities with pre-defined automated test suites, but it added new features and functionality to help cable technicians complete installations and repairs faster, and with greater ease, while at the same time significantly increasing quality of service (QoS).

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard