Itaas announced today that its launching the cable industry’s first switched digital video client simulator.

The switched digital client simulator (SDV-CS) simulates millions of set-top box requests in order to verify wide-scale deployments. It allows cable operators to road test SDV services before launching them on a large scale.

Itaas said the SDV-CS is currently in lab trials with major cable operators, and it will also be shown at next week’s National Telecommunications & Cable Association show next week in New Orleans.

The itaas client simulator works in a multi-vendor environment to identify and correct potential issues before services are introduced into the market. The product simulates SDV system load by generating various patterns of viewer channel change behavior on a large scale, to identify bottlenecks in a lab environment and to test upgrades and corrections to the delivery system. SDV-CS does not require additional QAMs or set-top box investments.

"The industry is relying on switched digital video services as a way to open up the bandwidth gates without disruption or degradation in service quality," said Jatin Desai, CTO itaas. "Simulating SDV under real world conditions means that MSOs can confidently introduce and scale services faster and without unforeseen impacts on their network."

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