SOURCE: Empirix Inc.

March 18, 2008 08:05 ET

Empirix Advances NGN Interoperability and Deployment Readiness at IMS Forum Plugfest™ IV

Company Engages Its Technology in Fourth Straight Plugfest Event; From Spring VON, BOOTH #127

BEDFORD, MA and SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - March 18, 2008) - Empirix® Inc., which helps organizations adopt complex communications solutions with confidence, today announced that it participated in the IMS Forum's IMS Plugfest™ IV, titled "Triple Play, OSS/BSS and Billing," focusing on realizing applications and services delivered over the IMS and NGN networks. The test event was held on February 25-29 at the IMS Interoperability Lab at UNH. Empirix participated with a number of its products in the test sessions, including the Hammer G5 and Hammer Call Analyzer.

"As one of the frontrunners in the IMS adoption process we understand the unique challenges involved in bringing IMS into a company's infrastructure," said Gordon Eddy, Senior Director, Product Management at Empirix. "As such, it's become quite clear how important testing and monitoring are in order for IMS to be implemented successfully. That's why trying a variety of scenarios at these Plugfest events have become so valuable."

The IMS Forum's Plugfest IV is the fourth in a series of events design to develop reliable interoperability and certification for IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) services and applications. Because of IMS Plugfests, service providers can be confident that they can deploy their IMS NGN investments quickly and effectively. Areas tested include billing interfaces, for charging IMS services and applications running over multiple network configurations, interoperability of operation support systems (OSS/BSS).

"It was great to see the degree of standardization across the SIP-based interfaces," commented Gordon Beith, Senior Product Manager at Empirix and frequent participant in the Plugfest events. "Upon establishing basic interoperability, call scenarios, Registration, Authentication, and Subscription worked smoothly, thereby demonstrating the evolving maturity of IMS."

"Empirix has been a consistent presence at our Plugfest events and we appreciate the ongoing benefits of having their solutions and expertise here on site," said Michael Khalilian, IMS Forum Chairman & President. "We're looking forward to having Empirix at future events."

The Hammer G5 platform is built on Empirix's Hammer FX (VoIP feature test) and Hammer NXT (high density VoIP load generation) products, offering the combined capabilities of both in a unified user and programming interface. The Hammer G5 offers an integrated package for pure feature and load testing, in addition to more sophisticated scenarios of functional-testing while under load. These capabilities are in particular demand from the world's leading network infrastructure suppliers, Voice over "X" application developers, Cable MSOs, and VoIP service providers. In addition, Hammer Call Analyzer enables users to quickly visualize signaling and voice quality problems in VoIP networks. For example, the unique call list and multistage call flow display features walk engineers through the legs of a particular call.

Hammer Call Analyzer displays waveforms with full playback and media scores on any call users choose. These features allow engineers to isolate issues in the exchange of messages and media between various network devices and quickly understand the problem.

For more information and a demo of Empirix's products, visit the company's booth #127 at Spring VON, taking place March 17-20 at the McEnery Conference Center in San Jose, Calif.

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 and NGN Forums™

The IMS Forum is a global telecommunications industry association devoted to interoperable IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and Next Generation Networks (NGN) services delivery architecture and solutions. IMS Forum's 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 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™ and NGN Plugfest™, the industry's only event focused on verification and certification of IMS and NGN services interoperability through the IMS Certified™ and NGN Certified™ program. Through its organized Plugfests, technical working group interactions and other activities, forum members are able to develop cost-effective technical frameworks for converged IP services over wireline, cable, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, WiMAX and femtocell broadband networks. For additional information or to join the IMS Forum, NGN Forum and the IMS Plugfest, NGN Plugfest, 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.

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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