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Cable Technology Feature Article

November 01, 2010

Sunrise Telecom Upgrades AT2500 Spectrum Analyzer

By Trupti Kamath, TMCnet Contributor

Sunrise Telecom, a provider of test and measurement solutions for telecom, cable and wireless networks, announced it has enhanced the industry-leading AT2500 Spectrum (News - Alert) Analyzer with automated digital proof of performance test capabilities, answering cable operators' need for a solution that assesses the quality of their rapidly expanding digital video services.

Cable operators are replacing analog signals with bandwidth-saving Quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) signals as they 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.

"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, CEO of Sunrise Telecom (News - Alert), in a statement. "With the AT2500, technicians have an easy-to-use solution that ensures cable subscribers are receiving digital video selections without any disruption."

Sunrise Telecom's AT2500 Spectrum Analyzer ensures delivery of quality digital video feeds and troubleshoots issues that impact QAM-supported digital video offerings, allowing them to catch impairments before they escalate into a major service interruption.

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

The digital proof of performance enhancement is a new feature that is part of the WebRemote option for the AT2500 Sunrise Telecom introduced in May 2010. The WebRemote option lowers OPEX (News - Alert) by allowing a single technician to diagnose issues such as group delay, distortion and amplifier alignment, a job that otherwise might require two technicians deployed in the field. WebRemote also enables an operator to remotely identify issues impacting both upstream and downstream traffic in remote areas or during off hours, eliminating the need to dispatch technicians for on-site test and measurement work.

The company's robust portfolio of feature-rich, easy-to-use products enables service providers to deliver premium voice, video, data and next-generation digital multimedia services quickly, reliably, and cost-effectively.

Trupti Kamath is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard