NGN Forum

March 22, 2011 11:15 ET

IMS Forum® Delivers Business Models for the Deployment of Applications Over Broadband IP Networks

Forum to Hold Board & Working Group Meeting on Wednesday March 23 at 10 am to 12 pm at CTIA to Discuss Apps Over "all-IP" Networks (IMS, 4G, IPTv, SDP, M2M, Cloud & Smart Grid)

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - March 22, 2011) - The IMS Forum® ( announced at CTIA today that it has published its Business Models for the Deployment of Applications over Broadband IP Networks Working Group document. This framework document from the Forum's Technical Working Group examines new business models and use cases for applications running over IMS, 3G and 4G networks. It illustrates business models that can be integrated into the "all-IP" service deployments using different technologies such as Service Delivery Platform, Cloud and Smart Grid.

The Forum also announced that they will hold an IMS, 4G, Security and Plugfest Working Group meeting at CTIA to discuss the launch of their next technical working group on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 from 10 am to 12 noon. All members and CTIA attendees are welcomed to attend this meeting with RSVP to

"With data still accounting for only a fraction of carriers' revenue, and standard voice minutes all but commoditized, carriers are looking for new revenues from voice and multimedia applications developed in-house or by third-parties," said Michael Khalilian, President, NGN and IMS Forum. "This paper presents innovative business models supporting new revenues for service providers." 

This Working Group document covers OTT (over-the-top) services, new business models and other new options for operators. Other topics covered in this document include:

  • Network Architecture and Service Classification 
  • Business Models for Operators 
  • Applications over Broadband IP Networks 
  • Use Cases 
  • Security Issues for Applications Over Broadband IP Networks 
  • Testing 

The following companies contributed to this working group document:

The Forum will validate many of these business models, along with others, at the next IMS and NGN Plugfest™ interoperability test event, planned for the second half of 2011. Registration for this Plugfest and Working Group is now open for any service providers, integrators and vendors who would like to participate ( and determine the final test plan. For additional information please contact

Last year the Forum published the following guideline documents on best practices for IP BSS/OSS & Security and Diameter implementations:

  • BSS/OSS & Security for Services in NGN/IMS Paradigm: Guidelines for Implementation
  • Interoperability Challenges in Diameter Implementations
  • IMS AAA Architecture: The Diameter Advantage

About the NGN Forum

The NGN Forum is the premier global telecommunications association devoted to Next Generation Networks (NGN) and Applications Delivery. NGN Forum association includes IMS Forum (IP Multimedia Subsystem), SDP Forum (Service Delivery Platform), NGN IT Forum, Smart Grid Forum, Smart Energy Forum, Softswitch Consortium, VoIP Council, IP BSS/OSS and IPCC. The Forum's mission since its inception in 1996 has been to promote and accelerate the deployment and interoperability of all-IP applications and networks for fixed and mobile.

The Forum is the creator and organizer of the IMS Plugfests™, NGN Plugfests™ and Smart Grid Plugfest™, the industry's only testing events focused on demonstration and verification of all-IP fixed and mobile applications and B/OSS interoperability through the NGN Certified™ programs.

Through organized plugfests, technology, business and marketing working groups and other activities, Forum members develop cost-effective technical frameworks and architectural guidelines for revenue generating converged IP NGN solutions. The combined organizations include over 2000 executives, technical, business development and marketing professionals from global and emerging equipment vendors, integrators, apps developers, service providers, utilities and governmental agencies.

For additional information or to join the NGN Forum and Plugfests please visit

Contact Information

  • For Further Information contact:
    NGN Forum Media Relations
    Cathy Clarke