SOURCE: IMS Forum

February 21, 2008 08:00 ET

IMS Forum Unlocks Power of Interoperable High-Value Multimedia Services

On Feb. 25 the IMS Forum's Fourth Plugfest Adds Billing to Real-World IMS Triple and Quadruple Play; IMS Forum Members Focus on IMS Interoperability and Deployment Readiness

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - February 21, 2008) - The IMS Forum®, the industry's only association dedicated to interoperability and certification of IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) applications and services, announced today that its fourth IMS Plugfest™ will expand to include billing and OSS/BSS support for IMS.

The plugfest will be held Feb. 25 to 29, 2008 at the University of New Hampshire, InterOperability Lab (UNH IOL) in Durham.

In addition, on Feb. 28 the IMS Forum and the UNH IOL will hold an open house and round-table conference to allow IMS service providers, analysts, equipment vendors and system integrators to witness IMS Plugfest IV live. The open house will also include a live demonstration of IMS benchmarking. The Round Table will be moderated by Ronald Gruia, Principal Analyst, Emerging Telecoms at Frost and Sullivan. For an invitation email info@imsforum.org.

Committed to deliver to service providers robust, interoperable IMS services, participants in Plugfest IV are working on interoperability for voice, video and multimedia applications, fixed-mobile convergence (FMC), voice call continuity (VCC), femtocells, and on providing proper IMS test equipment, network robustness and protocol support for SIP and DIAMETER. Central to Plugfest IV is proving interoperability of IMS services for both the consumer and the enterprise unified-communication (UC) markets.

Results of Plugfest IV will be revealed on March 18 at Spring VON.X 2008 in San Jose, Calif.

The forum also announces that HP and Amdocs are participating for the first time in an IMS Forum plugfest. Many participants in preceding plugfest events also are part of Plugfest IV, such as Acision, Alpha Networks, Aricent, Data Connection, Empirix, Mavenir Systems, Mu Security, NextPoint Networks, Radvision, Shenick Network Systems, Sonus Networks, Starent Networks, Tekelec and UNH IOL.

Intel is a Platinum sponsor of the event. Media sponsors include IMS Magazine and Pulvermedia.

An important aspect of this testing is to define so-called "charging components," in other words, systems for rating and billing for service. "Seamless deployment of IMS applications with the charging components are critical to the commercial success of IMS architecture," said Ajay Gupta, Aricent vice president of the Wireless, Convergence and Datacom business unit. "Our Plugfest IV participation with other members from the IMS industry would be a significant step in meeting the needs of equipment manufacturers and service providers for bringing in well-tested, seamlessly integrated, feature-rich IMS applications to market quickly."

"The level of IMS interoperability is growing rapidly, and, as a result, for Plugfest IV we are working with five test plans covering the IMS core network, core-class applications, messaging, fixed-mobile convergence, multimedia applications and charging," stated Michael Khalilian, Chairman and President of IMS Forum.

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 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, the industry's only event focused on IMS service interoperability verification and certification through the IMS Certified program.

Through the forum's 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, Wi-Fi and WiMAX networks.

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

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