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February 28, 2012

App-2-App QoE Testing on Smartphones Launched by OPTICOM


OPTICOM GmbH, a global provider of Voice, Audio and Video quality measurement technology and OEM products for the analysis of Mobile and IP-based networks, recently announced that it will be showcasing its ‘Smart Testing’, which is embedding Quality-of-Experience (QoE) measurement capabilities on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) smartphones at this year’s Mobile World Congress (News - Alert) in Barcelona, Spain.


In a release, Michael Keyhl, CEO and founder of OPTICOM said, “We expect ‘Smart Testing’ by Apps to be the next step of an evolution that might radically affect the wireless communications drive test equipment market. Currently, most of the installed base of Quality-of-Experience test equipment is in the hands of Telcos, so it is just not accessible for OTT service providers.”

He added, “In this highly competitive scenario, however, OTT service providers need versatile tools which – regardless of any network infrastructure – can guarantee they deliver services of adequate or even premium quality, as in the case of HD Voice.”

OPTICOM‘s App-based measurement will act as an option to the rather expensive wireless communications drive test equipment owned by Telcos. The new release from OPTICOM which is known as ‘App-2-App Testing,’ gives OTT service providers the ability to monitor and manage their QoE with Standards based end-to-end metrics on the smartphone.

The company Q-Apps for voice quality testing consists of the Standard PESQ (P.862) and its successor the POLQA (P.863); which is the Next-Generation Mobile Voice Quality Testing Standard for 3G and 4G/LTE (News - Alert) networks which comes with full HD Voice listening quality analysis.

OPTICOM’s software-based Apps can be incorporated into applications or easily installed on COTS smartphones. These apps can be visible or invisible to the end user and can also be released in volumes and spread without limits unlike dedicated network test infrastructure. Due to this, is it possible to have crowd sourcing Quality-of-Experience (QoE) benchmarks from the subscriber base.






Edited by Jennifer Russell










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