December 12, 2007 11:37 ET

IMS Forum's Fourth Plugfest™ Focuses on Triple Play, OSS/BSS and Billing in "Real World" Scenarios on a Single End-to-End Network

Twelve Companies Announced Their Participation To-Date; Intel to Be a Platinum Sponsor of the Event

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - December 12, 2007) - The IMS Forum®, the industry's only association dedicated to IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) application and service interoperability and certification, announced today that their fourth IMS Plugfest™ is to be held February 25 to 29, 2008, at the UNH InterOp Lab (IOL) in New Hampshire. Results of Plugfest IV will be revealed on March 18th at Spring VON.X 2008 in San Jose, CA.

IMS Forum Plugfests deliver interoperability for revenue generating applications and services. The theme of Plugfest IV is "IMS Triple Play, OSS/BSS and Billing Applications." IMS Forum members will test the interoperability of IMS applications and operational systems over a unified IMS network. These applications and OSS/BSS and billing services are available to all types of service providers including wireless, wireline and cable companies. A complete portfolio of services to be tested is being defined by the IMS Forum Interoperability and Testing Working Group. It will include VoIP services for consumer and enterprise users, various types of video services, Fixed-Mobile Converged services including support of Femtocell, unified communications (UC) and interworking with IMS and operations and business support systems (OSS/BSS).

The IMS Forum also announces the sponsors and participants registered to-date. Registration for Plugfest IV continues to be available online on the IMS Forum website ( Intel is first to announce their Platinum Sponsorship for Plugfest IV. IMS Magazine and the Pulvermedia Inc. are the first media sponsors of the event. The initial list of Plugfest IV participants includes:

--  Acision
--  Alpha Networks
--  Data Connection Ltd. (DCL)
--  Empirix
--  HP
--  Mavenir Systems
--  Mu Security
--  NextPoint Networks
--  Radvision
--  Sonus Networks
--  Starent Networks
--  Tekelec

"We look forward to participating in Plugfest IV," said Nigel Upton, general manager, BSS Products, Communications, Media and Entertainment, HP. "With a broad portfolio of IMS-ready solutions, including real-time, IMS-compliant charging, HP sees the growing importance of interoperability, as well as governance, management and quality. As networks evolve toward IMS, these are critical to the success of real-time and Web 2.0 services."

"IMS Forum members and Plugfest participants have made a great deal of progress in moving the IMS industry forward in 2007," said Michael Khalilian, Chairman and President of the IMS Forum. "The level of interoperability between participating vendors has increased as previous Plugfests set up fully interoperable networks running services and applications. We moved from testing IMS basic calls and IMS registration to full applications testing. The first three IMS Forum Plugfests successfully tested the interface for IMS applications servers and the Diameter protocol and demonstrated for the first time in the industry support of the AKA authentication mechanism in addition to SIP authentication. We look forward to adding billing and OSS/BSS to the mix of a rapidly increasing portfolio of triple play converged services over one single end-to-end network."

"Pulvermedia is excited that the IMS Forum will be announcing again the results of their Plugfests at our Spring VON.X show, March 17 to 20, 2008, in San Jose," said Scott Kargman, EVP and CFO of Pulvermedia, Inc. The IMS Forum's presentation on the results of Plugfest IV fits in nicely with several of the Spring VON.X conference themes of IMS Interoperability issues with regard to triple and quadruple play applications. We continue to see an increasing level of interest from vendors, enterprises and service providers in learning more about these issues.

The IMS Forum is open to all companies developing solutions for IMS. For online registration and info contact the forum at: or

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.

Contact Information

  • For Further Information contact:
    Cathy Clarke
    IMS Forum PR