April 05, 2011 13:42 ET

Ixia and HGI Successfully Validate Service Delivery at Multi-Vendor Home Gateway Event

CALABASAS, CA--(Marketwire - April 5, 2011) - Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA), a leading, global provider of converged IP network test solutions, today announced that its award-winning IxNetwork, IxLoad, and Test Conductor solutions were used in the second annual Home Gateway Initiative (HGI) test event hosted and managed by TRaC Global, a leading global testing and compliance consultancy based in Hull, United Kingdom. At this event, Ixia's test solutions assured home IP service deployment by validating the seamless interoperability of devices, networks, and services into a homogeneous, easy-to-use broadband environment. Using end-to-end system automation, Ixia's test platforms quickly and effectively measured the network performance, quality of service (QoS), multisession capability, and energy use of home gateways for 10 participating vendors.

As consumers increasingly demand sophisticated services such as video and data streaming, telecom operators are struggling to find an efficient, cost-effective way to provide them. HGI works in conjunction with industry leaders such as Ixia to facilitate the development of home gateway devices that match the business requirements of telecom operators.

Ixia's IxNetwork and IxLoad test applications, used with its Test Conductor automation tool, allowed vendors to quickly and easily test the functionality of their home gateways against operator requirements. IxNetwork tested the devices by exchanging control and data traffic with the gateways. Tests were performed at high capacity, simulating network over-subscription to ensure proper QoS handling at maximum load. Test Conductor is an easy-to-use test automation environment, which provides a complete multi-vendor test automation framework for IP testing -- enabling vendors to pinpoint problems immediately, without having to understand Tcl programming.

TRaC Global held the event at its flagship test facility in Hull, United Kingdom from November 22 to December 3, 2010, with participating vendors that included Broadcom, Comtrend, D-Link, Hitachi, Mindspeed, NEC, Prosyst, Sercomm, Sumitomo, and Transwitch. Results from the test were released on February 14, 2011 at the HGI Q4 meeting in Madrid, Spain. More information about the 2010 test event can be found on the HGI web site at

Key Facts:

  • Ixia's IxNetwork test application is designed to test network infrastructure, capacity, scalability, and convergence. IxNetwork provides rapid isolation of network issues, service modeling, carrier-class scaling, and accurate convergence measurement.
  • Ixia's IxLoad test application is a scalable solution for testing converged multiplay services, application delivery platforms, and security devices and systems. IxLoad emulates data, voice, and video subscribers and associated protocols.
  • Ixia's Test Conductor provides end-to-end system automation, generating GUI to Tcl, HLTAPI or Perl scripts with one click. It also authors GUI-based test steps with DUT configuration and performance monitoring.

Supporting Quotes:

  • "We were thoroughly impressed with Ixia's test capabilities. The Ixia test platforms met our requirements for advanced tests involving QoS, multisession handling, IPv6, performance, and other areas of Home Gateway requirements," said Duncan Bees, chief technology and business officer of HGI. "HGI is very pleased with the successful collaboration with both Ixia and TRaC Global and looks forward to these partners being a key part of the long-term solution for Home Gateway testing that is being developed by the member companies of HGI."
  • "The HGI is solving a critical need for both telecom operators and their customers as bandwidth-heavy services continue to emerge," said Dave Schneider, senior market development manager at Ixia. "Vendors can use Ixia's test solutions to immediately identify and address network issues before live service deployment."


About Ixia
Ixia is a leading supplier of converged network and application performance testing solutions for network equipment manufacturers, service providers, enterprises, and government agencies. Ixia's test and simulation platforms use high performance technology to help design and validate a broad range of IP and 3G/LTE networking equipment. Ixia's solutions generate media-rich application traffic to stress routers, switches, and converged network appliances under real-world conditions. Ixia provides the most comprehensive solution for testing converged IP services from the wireless edge to the Internet core.

About the Home Gateway Initiative
The HGI, founded in 2004 by nine telecom operators, is shaping the next generation of internet and voice services. Starting from use-cases and service needs, the HGI sets requirements for Home Gateways, infrastructure devices, and the home network. The HGI now has members from across the globe, representing the entire spectrum of players in the broadband home area.

About TRaC Global
As a UKAS accredited test laboratory, TRaC Global is uniquely positioned to offer a fully integrated analysis and test service; providing a complete solution from analysis to validation of the theoretical model through testing. Customers currently benefiting from TRaC Global's analysis services span the aerospace, defense, oil & gas, off-highway, rail and general engineering sectors.

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