IMS Forum

January 21, 2010 09:44 ET

Registration for NGN IMS Forum Plugfest 9 Interoperability Test Event Now Open

Ninth Plugfest to Focus on NGN Network and IMS Rich Applications Deployment

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - January 21, 2010) - The NGN IMS Forum™ announced today that its next IMS Plugfest™ and NGN Plugfest™ interoperability test event, Plugfest 9, will take place from June 1 - 4, 2010 at the InterOperability Lab (UNH IOL) in Durham, NH. Themes for this Plugfest center on NGN Network and IMS Rich Applications deployment including location-based services, interoperability testing and real-time IP Service integrity. Registration for the Interoperability and Testing (Plugfest) Working Group is now open for any service providers, integrators and vendors who would like to participate (

Standards are constantly changing in the marketplace and new ones emerging along with hundreds of vendor-specific implementations that need to be backward compatible for real-world IP service interoperability. The work of the NGN IMS Forum is focused on helping wireless, wireline and cable broadband service providers, vendors and integrators address these challenges.

"The need for seamless integration of multiple vendor products into real-time services is a difficult and complex NGN IMS requirement," said Adam Stein, VP Marketing at Mu Dynamics and Vice-Chair of the NGN IMS Forum Security, BSS/OSS Working Group. "Real-time applications utilize so many moving pieces of software in the core and edge of the network that the only way to truly test them is to leverage the real-time service traffic they create. Mu Dynamics, as a long-time participant in NGN IMS Forum Plugfests continues to work with many forum participants on their IP service creation and delivery testing to ultimately provide the best interoperability, security, functionality and resilience."

The NGN IMS Forum will define network topologies based on the participants' requirements for these tests. A sample listing of services to be tested at NGN IMS Plugfest 9 include:

--  IMS core, CSCF, AS, HSS, Policy
--  Inter and intra network testing areas of key interest including:
    billing services, interdomain scenarios, roaming users and visited networks
    scenarios for applications such as presence, voice, video, etc.
--  SDP / Rich Communications Services (RCS) / Voice Features and IMS
--  VoIP / SIP / QoS
--  Security and Reliability
--  Billing -- off-line charging and on-line charging
--  Control Plane and Diameter
--  Voice over LTE/4G
--  IP Video (IPTV)
--  Wireless  and Smart Grids
--  Messaging, IP traffic, presence, IM and termination, integration
--  Implementation of Convergence: integrating legacy to NGN
--  Transition 3G to 4G LTE and WiMAX
--  Metrics for standard sets of SIP call flows in IMS and NGN,
--  IPv6

"Aricent is honored to once again contribute to the IMS Forum Plugfest event," said CP Murali, sr. vice president at Aricent. "As an IMS Forum board member and a key supplier of advanced wireless and wire line technology and integration services, we continue to see the inherent value of multi-vendor interoperability and a robust certification process for IMS."

"Our Plugfests enable our members to test their services in real world, multi-vendor and multi-service provider networks," said Michael Khalilian, Chairman & President, NGN IMS Forum. "Our Plugfests empower them to demonstrate for their customers and prospects that their new services and offerings will work in these environments, helping them to rapidly generate new revenues."

The NGN IMS Forums' Plugfests are the industry's premier interoperability events covering NGN services over wireless 3G, 4G, LTE, WiMAX, wireline xDSL, cable, fiber optics broadband and IMS architectures. The NGN Forum and IMS Forum is dedicated to interoperability and certification of IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and Next Generation (NGN) applications and services for fixed, mobile and cable networks. Participation in NGN IMS Plugfests and Technical Working Groups is open to all companies. We look forward to your participation in our 2010 Working Groups and in Plugfests. For more information please contact or visit,

About the NGN Forum™ and IMS Forum®

The NGN IMS Forum is the premier global telecommunications association devoted to Next Generation Network (NGN) service delivery and interoperable IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) services architectures and solutions.

The Forums' mission is to accelerate the interoperability of IMS and NGN services and to enable enterprise and residential consumers to benefit fully from the delivery of M-play™/rich multimedia, mobility and fixed services over wireline, cable, GSM, UMTS, Wi-Fi, WiMAX, LTE and fiber broadband networks. The Forum is the creator and organizer of the IMS Plugfests™ and NGN Plugfests™, the industry's only events focused on verification and certification of IMS and NGN service interoperability through the IMS Certified™ and NGN Certified™ programs.

Through organized Plugfests, technical working groups and other activities, Forum members develop cost-effective technical frameworks for revenue generating converged IP NGN solutions. The combined organizations include over 2000 executives and technical, business development and marketing professionals from global and emerging equipment vendors, solution providers, integrators, service providers, and governmental agencies. For additional information or to join the NGN Forum, the IMS Plugfest, and NGN Plugfest, please visit or

Contact Information

  • For Further Information contact:
    NGN IMS Forum Media Relations
    Cathy Clarke
    CNC Associates
    +1 (508) 833-8533