SOURCE: IMS Forum

September 10, 2007 11:00 ET

IMS Forum Signs MOU With International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) to Jointly Collaborate on Advancing Real Life IMS Interoperability

DENVER, CO and SAN RAMON, CA--(Marketwire - September 10, 2007) - The IMS Forum, the industry's only Forum delivering IMS services interoperability verification and certification, announced today that they have signed an MOU with the International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC), an international alliance of companies working together to improve the customer experience and accelerate market adoption of content delivery and unified communications solutions through interoperability of products and services based on open standards. The IMS Forum focuses on interoperability at the IMS Applications and Services Layer across mobile, fixed and cable broadband networks. The IMTC IMS Activity Group focuses on issues surrounding IMS Client interoperability, development and providing feedback to standards organizations.

"IMS paves the way for true multimedia applications to be used through multiple forms of access, such as wireless, DSL and Cable broadband, as well as through traditional Internet access methods including corporate LANs and broadband connections," said Michael Khalilian, Chairman and President, IMS Forum. "The MOU between our two organizations is a clear example of the importance of interoperability between end user devices and IMS networks. The IMTC brings an invaluable partner to the IMS Forum in achieving our mutual goal of accelerating the interoperability of IMS applications and services, and enabling enterprise and residential consumers to quickly benefit from the delivery of quadruple play voice, video, internet and mobile services over broadband, cable, mobile and fixed networks..."

Under the terms of the agreement, the IMS Forum and the IMTC will establish both a technical liaison between their Technical Working Groups and a marketing liaison. Through these liaisons the two groups will exchange technical information on IMS specifications, testing and interoperability, share interoperability testing best practices, collaborate on technical documents, and organize and participate in future joint testing events. The marketing liaison between the Marketing Working Groups will allow the organizations to share the results of their joint activities with the industry as well as promote this technology's adoption.

"Our alliance with the IMS Forum, an industry association recognized as the Voice of IP Convergence, furthers our mission to promote and facilitate the development and use of interoperable, real-time, multimedia telecommunications products and services based on open international standards, " said Anatoli Levine, President of the IMTC. "Together we will provide an unbiased source of information to end users, press, industry analysts, legislators, regulators and the industry and we will identify obstacles to the growth and success of the industry and to implement or recommended solutions. IMTC and our member companies look forward to conducting joint interoperability testing events with IMS Forum members."

About the International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC)

The IMTC is an industry-leading, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and facilitate the development and use of interoperable, real-time, multimedia telecommunication products and services based on open international standards. Hosting interoperability testing events and demonstrations throughout the world, including SIP, SIP-IMS, 3G-324M, 3GPP-PSS, NAT/Firewall Traversal, H.323, and other Voice and Video over IP technologies, the San Ramon, California-based consortium offers membership to any interested party, including vendors of audio, document, and video conferencing hardware and software; academic institutions; government agencies; open-source and non-profit organizations. The IMTC is making Rich Media happen Anywhere, Anytime. Additional information is available at http://www.imtc.org

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, mobile and fixed networks. The IMS Forum is the creator and organizer of 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 III will be held October 15-19, 2007 by the IMS Forum at the UNH Interoperability Lab. For additional information or to join the IMS Forum and the IMS Plugfest, please visit www.IMSForum.org.

Contact Information

  • For More Information Contact:

    Jim Polizotto
    IMTC Secretariat
    Global Inventures, Inc.
    +1.925.275.6600
    secretary@imtc.org

    IMS Forum PR
    Cathy Clarke
    CNC Associates
    +1 508.833.8533
    pr@imsforum.org