SOURCE: IMS Forum

October 29, 2007 09:45 ET

IMS Forum Plugfest III Test Event Achieves New Interoperability Milestones

'IMS Report Card' and Week of Testing Confirm That IMS Services and Applications Are Reaching a High Level of Interoperability -- Plugfest III Results to Be Announced at the Fall VON Show

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - October 29, 2007) - The IMS Forum®, the industry's only association dedicated to IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) application and service interoperability certification, announced today the results from the third IMS Plugfest™ held Oct. 15-19, 2007 at the UNH InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL) in New Hampshire. The results of the testing will be discussed by IMS Forum Plugfest III participants at the Fall VON Conference Solutions Theater at the following times:

--  Tuesday, October 30, 3:15 - 4:15 PM
--  Wednesday, October 31, 2:15 - 3:15 PM
    

In this round of testing the IMS Forum Plugfest members completed multi-vendor interoperability for voice, multimedia, video sharing, security and the interworking of IMS core services with 2G and 3G mobile user equipment. Plugfest III achieved the first-ever multi-vendor interoperability enabling secure mobile access to IMS services. Participating companies also demonstrated the interoperability between the Proxy-CSCF and IMS clients using IMS Authentication and Key Agreement (IMS AKA) and IP Security protocol (IPsec).

Sixteen companies participated in Plugfest III, testing the following services:

--  VoIP, Instant Messaging, and FMC using femto-cells
--  Video Sharing and Multimedia
--  Services for Businesses and Unified Communications
--  User and Application Profile Handling
--  Security, Reliability and Robustness Testing for IMS Services
--  Delivery of IMS Core Services to 2G/3G Mobile Devices
    

In addition, the Forum issued the industry's first "IMS Report Card" addressing a number of myths that have held back the widespread adoption of standards-compliant IMS solutions. A copy of the report is available on the IMS Forum Website at www.imsforum.org.

"We can speak with increased confidence that IMS is moving forward regardless of the noise out there," said Manuel Vexler, IMS Forum Technical Chair. "Standards-compliant and interoperable IMS services are getting ready for deployment. We have seen that multiple vendors can quickly integrate and deploy service in a multi-vendor, multi-service providers IMS network. The proof is coming out of one successful Plugfest after another as noted by the industry."

"The industry is clearly beginning to seize on IMS for cost-effective delivery of new and existing multimedia IP services, and it is also feeling the pain points that come from not demanding open, standards-compliant, interoperable solutions from their vendors," said Michael Khalilian, Chairman and President of the IMS Forum. "Open IMS is no longer a question of if, but rather how long do you really want to wait."

Sponsors of the event included Empirix, Intel, and Sonus. Media Sponsors included Pulver Media, Inc., and IMS Magazine. Participants in this Plugfest included a cross-section of the IMS industry, in a clear example of the global reach of IMS:

  --  Acision                             --  Mavenir Systems
  --  Argela Technologies                 --  Mu Security
  --  Aricent Technologies                --  NE Technologies
  --  Continuous Computing                --  Radvision
  --  CopperCom                           --  Reef Point Systems
  --  Data Connection, Ltd. (DCL)         --  Sonus Networks
  --  Empirix                             --  Starent networks
  --  IPgallery (Gallery IP Telephony)    --  Tekelec

The IMS technology is recognized to be a cost-effective (OPEX and CAPEX) "Quadruple Play" revenue generating set of applications and services. The IMS Forum Plugfests are designed to accelerate IMS deployment. The first IMS Forum Plugfest focused on basic IP voice, routing fundamentals and the interoperability of the IMS transport layer. The second Plugfest tests built on that foundation to include interoperability for VoIP, IP Centrex, IP PBX, SMS, video sharing, basic security and fixed-mobile convergence functionality. The IMS Forum is open to all companies developing solutions for IMS. For online registration go to www.IMSForum.org or contact the forum at info@imsforum.org.

About the IMS Forum

The IMS Forum® is a global, non-profit industry association devoted to interoperable IP Multimedia Subsystem services delivery architecture and solutions. IMS Forum's mission is to accelerate the interoperability of IMS revenue-generating services and enabling enterprise and residential consumers to fully benefit from the delivery of multimedia mobile and fixed services over broadband cable, wireless, wireline and fiber networks. The IMS Forum is the creator and organizer of the IMS Plugfest™, the industry's only event focused on IMS service interoperability verification and certification through the IMS Certified™ program.

Through its organized Plugfests, working group interactions 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. For additional information or to join the IMS Forum and the IMS Plugfests, please visit www.IMSForum.org.

Contact Information

  • For additional information contact:

    IMS Forum PR
    Cathy Clarke
    617-527-2089
    PR@imsforum.org