There was a time when it was enough to wait for a “load” event to know that a web page was loading. This is no longer the case. As websites become more complex — through media assets or interactive elements — it’s no longer easy to determine the user experience for a browsing session. As part of our vision to provide a single platform for measuring quality of experience, we now support Google Lighthouse web performance metrics. Read on to learn more!Read more
While video streaming traffic is growing globally, the amount of time spent watching video on mobile devices and smart TVs is increasing year on year, according to various studies. Desktop usage remains stagnant. To understand the quality of video streaming on mobile devices, we need a dedicated solution that gives us detailed insight into the performance and quality of experience of video delivery. Read on to learn more about our new Surfmeter Video Quality SDKs for Android!Read more
Are you looking for a comprehensive video quality measurement software that helps you ensure quality for your customers? Look no further – AVEQ’s Surfmeter solution is here! In this demo video, we will show you how easy it is to use Surfmeter to measure video quality, web performance, speed tests, and other kinds of network measurements in real-time.Read more
At AVEQ we’re measuring the performance and quality of web pages, including those that play video. It’s in the nature of those pages that they constantly change — be it minor CSS updates or complete overhauls. To ensure that our measurement solutions keep working as intended, we perform regular tests on those websites to see if anything has changed.
We used to do this manually, which was quite time-consuming and tedious. But then we discovered LambdaTest, a cloud-based cross-browser testing platform that made it easy to automate our tests. In this post we’re going to show you how it saved us plenty of time — and how you can use it.Read more
Docker is great – run the same code on all machines, no setup needed. So they say. But once you go beyond simple Dockerfiles, things start to change.
We recently had the, uhm, pleasure of trying to dockerize Chrome, ideally with support for DRM content. We thought it would be easy — grab the latest version from Google, unpack it, and done. But it turns out there’s a little more to it than that. Especially when you build for multiple architectures. Because now, there’s not just amd64, there is also arm64 (for Apple Silicon Macs) and armv7l, which Raspberry Pi uses (sometimes called armhf).
In this post, we are going to explore what is needed to create a multi-arch Docker image with Chrome (or Chromium). If you want the TL;DR version: Use Chromium and Debian, which makes it possible to build multiarch images.Read more
If you are operating a network or serving your traffic over different networks, ensuring performance and stability is likely one of your most important goals. Our Surfmeter Analytics Dashboard allows you to set up various visualizations of network and service performance, with possibilities to compare across different networks, regions, devices, or services.
In our previous post, we already showed you how our Analytics Dashboard can help you analyze the Quality of Experience of video streaming services — but we also offer in-depth metrics on underlying network performance. In this post we’ll focus on other metrics:
- Web browsing speed
- Ping & DNS performance
- Speed test results / throughput
… as well as the various customizations that are possible with our Dashboard.Read more
Do you operate a streaming service and want to understand how your offering compares against competitors? Are you a network operator who needs to know whether OTT platforms operate well for your customers?
Set up our dashboard for different services, OTTs, ISPs, content streams — and start monitoring! Our analytics suite will give you three unique features:
- A composite MOS — to understand the overall service quality at a glance. We use advanced QoE models to calculate the MOS for video streams.
- All the important KPIs — to be able to drill down to pinpoint issues. All the metrics are there, such as stalling or video resolution and bitrate.
- Direct comparisons between services and operators — easily configurable to show what you need.
Read on to find out more about how you can set up our dashboards to your liking. In this post we’ll focus on video streaming.Read more
Originally recorded for a hybrid conference, we’d like to share this topic. Our CEO Werner Robitza has recorded a short summary about the current standardization efforts at ITU-T for monitoring HTTP adaptive streaming quality. These include the P.1203 and P.1204 recommendation series. Those models have been (co-)developed by members of Ilmenau University of Technology and AVEQ in coorperation with Deutsche Telekom — and so we’re happy to give you a small introduction.Read more
If you’ve followed tech news in the past years, you will have probably noticed cloud gaming as one of the new and emerging trends. With platforms like GeForce Now (NVIDIA), Stadia (from Google), or PlayStation Now (from Sony), you can access gaming content without having to own expensive gaming equipment. The gaming providers simply send a pre-encoded video to your machine — all you have to do is play the game.
But how good is the quality of such solutions? It certainly depends on the implementation of the app itself, but also on your network conditions. This is why we at AVEQ developed a solution to measure the quality of cloud gaming — we did it together with an ISP and a cloud gaming operator, to fully leverage the knowledge and expertise of all involved parties. Here we describe our solution, the test setup, and how we found out how well 5G and DSL can work for such services, including what ranges of latency to expect.Read more