Epitiro, a provider of quality of experience test solutions, has announced the introduction of its new video quality test strategy for LTE and fixed line networks as part of the company's ipQ performance monitoring solution development roadmap.
Over-the-top (OTT) streaming video performance quality will be measured through simulating services such as NetFlix, LoveFilm and YouTube, and analyzing the key performance indicators (KPI) that affect subscriber quality of experience, the company said.
Testing will be accomplished through playing a video reference file from the head end, and analyzing KPIs from the subscriber end in the network, including test duration; playback duration; startup time (initial buffering); count of interruptions to playback (i.e. Buffer drain events); total re-buffering time; video throughput; playback quality changes (count); best playback quality; worst playback quality; playback error; and video bytes.
Like all of the metrics collected with the ipQ, the new video tests will have the capability to be uniquely configured and the option of being automatically scheduled or activated on demand. Results will be presented immediately on the ipQ Analytics Dashboard for real-time insight into video quality and reliability, the company added.
The new video quality testing capability will be available across the portfolio of ipQ data collection probes providing the scope to measure video on 3G and LTE Android devices as well as fixed networks.
"Demand for video streaming is forecasted to grow globally with LTE and high-speed home services increasingly burdened with VoD traffic." said Jon Curley, CTO, Epitiro. "We're excited to announce a video quality test capability roadmap that will help both mobile and fixed operators manage their vision for subscriber QoE."