SOURCE: Empirix Inc.

November 12, 2007 08:05 ET

Empirix Leads Testing and IMS Session Analysis at IMS Forum Plugfest III

Empirix Among Primary Sponsors of the Multi-Vendor Interoperability Event

BEDFORD, MA--(Marketwire - November 12, 2007) - Empirix® Inc., which helps organizations adopt complex communications solutions with confidence, announced today that it has successfully completed the third IMS Forum® Plugfest™. The Plugfest event took place in mid-October at the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab (UNH IOL), where Empirix's Hammer portfolio was used to create Home Subscriber Server (HSS) interactions, Policy Decision Function (PDF) interactions for core networks and messaging to help the IMS Forum expand its research into IMS fixed mobile convergence.

At this event, Empirix led the testing with User Equipment, P-CSCF, S-CSCF, HSS, and Application Server emulation, in addition to running its monitoring solution for call monitoring and analysis to aid in the successful execution and analysis of test cases and scenarios during the event. Its interoperation with all the participating vendors included Diameter Cx and Sh interfaces from both sides, which was particularly useful since the vendor implementations of the Sh interface are still fairly new.

"This time around we were able to demonstrate more of our emulation and authentication capabilities with a majority of the network elements now supporting AKA and additional Diameter interfaces," said Gordon Beith, Senior Product Manager at Empirix. "It was great to see how far IMS implementations had come in the past nine months, proving that IMS interoperability is a reality and not a so-called 'pipe-dream.'"

The IMS Forum's IMS Plugfest III is the third in a series of events that are designed to foster interoperability and certification for IMS services and applications. IMS Plugfests allow service providers to quickly realize revenue from their IMS investments by significantly reducing the time to market for new services and applications.

"We were pleased to have Empirix as a participant and a sponsor at our third consecutive Plugfest event," said Michael Khalilian, Chairman & President of the IMS Forum. "We look forward to their continued contributions in IP testing methodology for IMS Solutions at our Plugfest and Certification events."

For 15 years, Empirix's Hammer test and monitoring solutions have helped Network Equipment Manufacturers (NEMs), Service Providers and Enterprises successfully transition to new technologies, spanning TDM/PSTN, VoIP, NGN, and now IMS-based networks spanning the 3GPP architecture and ETSI TISPAN.

To date, all of the world's Top 10 NEMs and virtually all of the top service providers use Empirix's Hammer solutions. As part of its mission to help enable the adoption of complex new technology waves, Empirix is a member of several quality-focused organizations, including the Multi-Service Forum, the recently launched Voice & Video over IP Quality Alliance (V2oIPQA) and the IMS Forum.

For more on Empirix's participation in Plugfest III and the IMS Report Card, visit the IMS Forum's presentation to view the results that were offered at this year's Fall VON show.

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.

About The IMS Forum

The IMS Forum® is a global, non-profit industry association devoted to interoperable IP Multimedia Subsystems services and solutions. IMS Forum's mission is to accelerate the interoperability of IMS applications and services, enabling enterprise and residential consumers to quickly benefit from the delivery of quadruple play voice, video, internet and mobile services over broadband via cable, wireless and fixed networks. The IMS Forum is the creator and organizer of the IMS Plugfest™, the industry's only event focused on IMS services interoperability verification and certification.

Through its organized Plugfests, working group interaction, and other activities, forum members are able to develop cost-effective technical frameworks for converged IP services over wireline, cable, 3G, WiFi and WiMAX networks. Plugfest IV is planned for Feb 25-29, 2008, at the University of New Hampshire's Interoperability Lab. For additional information or to join the IMS Forum and the IMS Plugfests, please visit www.IMSForum.org.

About the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab

The UNH-IOL is a world renowned, vendor neutral testing center associated with the University of New Hampshire. Since its inception in 1988, the laboratory has grown into one of the industry's premier centers for testing and proving cutting-edge networking and data communications products. Testing is conducted in a top-tier, 32,000-square-foot testing facility that houses a wide array testing equipment and devices. Additional equipment is being imported to support the testing needs of the IMS Plugfest 2007.

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

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