The IP video test and measurement market saw significant growth in 2005. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, “World IP Video Test & Measurement Market,” finds that this market earned revenues of $52.2 million in 2005 and is likely to reach $289 million in 2010.
With telecom and cable TV companies aggressively offering triple play services, there is a trend among test equipment and solution vendors to offer IPTV test capability within the same box.
Tolerance levels in IP video services are minimal compared to VoIP services, in which the conversation can be continued even if a few packets are lost. Thus, it becomes essential to have effective monitoring and troubleshooting tools when networks are deployed in the present market scenario, increasing the demand for suitable test equipment.
The emphasis on quality is higher in the IP video and TV market than in the VoIP market. This poses a significant challenge to test equipment providers catering to this market. The capital costs of the test equipment used for IPTV and video are very high, running into billions of dollars. Since these costs eventually get passed on to the users, they demand the highest-quality possible to get maximum value from the service.
The challenge for test equipment providers is to keep pace with the latest technologies in IP video and TV and to be able to develop suitable solutions to test them.
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