Acterna, AM partner on OSS

Sun, 05/11/2003 - 8:00pm

Cable network test gear manufacturer Acterna ( announced a new partnership with AM Communications ( to integrate Acterna's DSAM-2500 Digital Service Activation Meter with AM Communications' family of network operations support systems.

The integration of Acterna's products with AM's software-driven monitoring and management systems provides field technicians with access to information from back-office network management applications without any additional involvement from dispatch or network operations center personnel.

"Retrieving status information from the field has just been streamlined," said Bruce Hembree, vice president of Workflow Solutions for Acterna. "By communicating with AM's Broadband Operations Software Solutions (BOSS) and Fulfillment Operations Support Systems (FOSS) via the DSAM's built-in web browser over the existing DOCSIS infrastructure, field technicians will have more insight into the status of their network. They'll be able to access critical information that will help them to perform their installation, maintenance and troubleshooting assignments more efficiently than ever before possible."

The DSAM-2500 is Acterna's newest meter used by installers and service technicians to test networks that carry DOCSIS, DTV, analog TV and VoIP services. The DSAM performs both traditional physical layer signal level tests and advanced IP and digital performance tests. With the integration of workforce management functions, the meter becomes a multifunctional device—a test instrument for advanced services as well as a mobile communications unit.


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