SOURCE: Empirix Inc.

November 06, 2006 08:05 ET

Empirix Expands IMS Testing Portfolio

Company's Enhanced Offerings Help Customers Meet New IMS Test Requirements

BERLIN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 6, 2006 -- From the VON Europe Autumn 2006 conference - Booth # 310 -- Empirix® Inc., which helps organizations adopt complex communications solutions with confidence, announced today its Hammer for IMS platform now provides even more options for advanced feature testing, load testing, and analysis of emerging IMS applications.

As IMS networks move from design to deployment, vendors and service providers have uncovered many new test requirements, such as DIAMETER testing for subscriber databases, emulating IMS infrastructure devices, and testing specific application scenarios in the IMS domain.

The enhancements to Empirix's Hammer for IMS platform improve its ability to test IMS applications, devices, and networks and extend the company's call generation and analysis capabilities for IMS. These enhancements include additional protocol support, new IMS infrastructure device emulations, and full incorporation of 3GPP SIP extensions for complete emulation of an IMS User Element (UE). Specifically, the Hammer for IMS platform can now be used to test the following common IMS-enabled features:

--  Consumer VoIP Services;
--  Fixed-mobile Convergence;
--  Presence-based Applications;
--  Push-to-talk over Cellular;
--  IP Centrex; and
--  Centralized Subscriber Data Repositories.
    
Enhancements to Empirix's IMS testing platform also include additional device emulations, such as full support of Session Control Functions, Application Servers, Home Subscriber Servers, and Charging Functions, as well as Gateways, Gateway Controllers, Media Servers and Border Control Functions.

Advanced IMS feature functional testing is also available on Empirix's innovative and scalable Hammer FX-Blade platform. The latest version of FX-Blade features several new usability improvements, making it even easier to conduct advanced functional testing at high loads. Hammer FX-Blade, introduced this past June, is the industry's first blade server-based testing tool, allowing extremely complex tests to be scaled to high loads.

"As IMS moves from theory to reality, ensuring quality in IMS networks is becoming a major concern for both Network Equipment Manufacturers and service providers," said Duane Sword, Empirix's Vice President of Product Management. "The Hammer for IMS portfolio provides the industry's most comprehensive set of IMS test and analysis tools, offering a full suite of tests for the entire IMS lifecycle, from NEM development, proof-of-concept labs and interoperability, to actual trials and deployments. We are excited to introduce this latest set of features for complete testing of the IMS core."

Empirix announced its Hammer for IMS solution earlier this year at Spring VON. Hammer for IMS allows NEMs and Service Providers to verify device interoperability, confirm feature functionality, validate application integrity, ensure end-user Quality of Experience, and troubleshoot complex VoIP and SIP-centric sessions. The company is a member of the IMS Forum and is a Founding Member of the Voice & Video over IP Quality Alliance (V2oiPQA).

Last month, Empirix announced that research firm Frost & Sullivan named it the global market share leader for IMS Voice Testing and Monitoring. To register for an executive summary of the Frost & Sullivan market study, titled "IMS Network Test & Measurement Market for Voice Testing and Monitoring Applications," visit http://www.empirix.com/ims_report.

See Hammer for IMS at VON Europe Autumn 2006

Enhancements to Hammer for IMS are available now. Empirix will demonstrate its Hammer suite of testing and monitoring solutions at the VON Europe Autumn 2006 conference in Berlin, Germany, at Empirix Booth #310. For more information, stop by the booth, visit www.empirix.com, or call 1-866-EMPIRIX (+1-781-266-3200 from outside the U.S.).

About Empirix

Empirix helps organizations adopt complex communications solutions with confidence. We combine the industry's deepest knowledge of telecommunications and self-service applications with award-winning testing and monitoring solutions to ensure our customers realize the promise of their technology investments. Empirix is the only company with expertise that spans the evolution of these advanced technologies across multiple markets -- from testing in R&D labs through monitoring the end-user experience. For over a decade, thousands of quality-conscious network equipment manufacturers, service providers and enterprises worldwide have trusted Empirix to reduce the time and cost of integrating new technologies into existing environments. Visit www.empirix.com.

Empirix and Hammer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Empirix Inc. in the United States. All other trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

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