SOURCE: NexTone Communications

October 26, 2006 18:09 ET

NexTone Successfully Tests IntelliConnect System at GMI 2006

Session Management Leader Demonstrates Interoperability for FMC and IMS Interconnects

GAITHERSBURG, MD -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 26, 2006 -- GMI 2006 --

CORE NEWS FACTS

--  NexTone successfully participated in the Global MultiService Forum
    Interoperability 2006 (GMI 2006) event, which began simultaneously at
    carrier locations in Asia, Europe, and North America on October 16 and will
    be conducted through October 27.  The focus of GMI 2006 was to test multi-
    vendor interoperability for Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) supporting the
    IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) service framework.
    
--  NexTone successfully demonstrated interoperability testing between the
    NexTone IntelliConnect™ IMX and carriers' core IMS networks.  The
    NexTone IMX is an intelligent interconnect device that supports both IMS
    and non-IMS IP interconnects.
    
--  At GMI 2006, more than 900 pages of test cases were used to validate
    the MSF R3 Implementation Agreements.  The MultiService Forum (MSF)
    previously developed MSF R3, a reference architecture, to enable
    implementation of IMS functions spelled out by the 3GPP.  The MSF R3
    Implementation Agreements cover roaming services across multiple network
    types, QoS (Session Border Controller and Bandwidth Manager), IP Carrier
    Interconnect/Interworking, Security interoperability, third party
    applications, service brokering, network management, OSS, and IPv4/6
    Interworking.
    
--  GMI 2006 testing validated NexTone's support for the session border
    gateway functionality of the MSF R3 Architecture including S-SBG-NE
    (Signaling-SBG-Network Edge), D-SBG-NE (Data-SBG-Network Edge), S-SBG-NC
    (Signaling-SBG-Network Core), and D-SBG-NC (Data-SBG-Network Core).  The
    NexTone IMX integrates these functions on a single platform that processes
    both session signaling and media for user-to-network interconnects and
    network-to-network interconnects.
    
--  NexTone engineers tested the NexTone IntelliConnect system at the test
    facilities hosted by BT, Verizon, and NTT.  In total, five of the world's
    top carriers -- BT, KT, NTT, Verizon, and Vodafone -- and UNH-IOL, a world-
    class test facility, hosted the event to provide networked test facilities
    spanning three continents.  Comprising a massive 'real network' trial of
    the MSF IMS-compatible Release 3 architecture, this event is critically
    important to any carrier or vendor committed to building or implementing
    infrastructure elements compatible with IMS.
    
--  GMI 2006 brought together dozens of carriers and vendors to test the
    interoperability of IMS-based infrastructure components in a real-world
    setting. Using a test-bed with a full spectrum of hardware, processes, and
    services needed to assemble an effective next-generation delivery platform,
    GMI 2006 was designed to validate MSF Release 3 Implementation Agreements
    covering a wide range of topics including roaming across multiple network
    types (including cellular and WiFi), QoS issues (including session border
    control and bandwidth management), and interoperability with 3GPP release
    4.
    
COMMENTARY
--  Sri Ramachandran, chief technical officer, NexTone Communications --
    "The GMI 2006 event further validated NexTone's leadership in the voice and
    multimedia-oriented IMS interconnect arena.  Even though IMS promises best-
    of-breed network components exposing standard interfaces, the
    interconnection of IMS networks to other IMS and legacy networks is a
    challenge that carriers face. NexTone is committed to solving this problem,
    and is leveraging its IntelliConnect technology and experience in over 500
    carrier production networks. GMI 2006 enabled us to prove that not only can
    NexTone interconnect IMS networks, but it can also offer a bridge for
    carriers to migrate from legacy networks to IMS-based next generation
    networks."
    

MULTIMEDIA SUPPORT

-- The Importance of Session Management and Intelligent Interconnects

-- What is a session border gateway?

-- NexTone's session border controller

-- The NexTone IntelliConnect System

-- The NexTone IMX

-- RSS Feed for NexTone's blog

About GMI 2006

GMI 2006 will bring together dozens of carriers and vendors to test the interoperability of IMS-based infrastructure components in a real-world setting. Providing a test-bed for the full spectrum of hardware, processes and services needed to assemble an effective next-generation delivery platform, GMI 2006 is designed to validate MSF Release 3 Implementation Agreements covering a wide range of topics including roaming across multiple network types (including cellular and WiFi), QoS issues (including session border control and bandwidth management), and interoperability with 3GPP release 4.

About MSF

The MultiService Forum is a global association of service providers and system suppliers committed to developing and promoting open architecture, multiservice networks. Founded in 1998, the MSF is an open membership organization comprised of the world's leading telecommunications companies. The MSF's activities include developing Implementation Agreements, promoting worldwide compatibility and interoperability, and encouraging input to appropriate national and international standards bodies. For more information about the MSF and its members, visit the MSF web site at http://www.msforum.org/.

About NexTone Communications

NexTone Communications develops intelligent session management and interconnect systems for service providers who want to rapidly expand their reach and accelerate VoIP and multimedia revenues. NexTone's IntelliConnect System provides service providers with visibility and intelligence to exchange, optimize, secure and bill for voice and multimedia sessions flowing across diverse IP and IMS network boundaries. More than 500 service providers and enterprises worldwide use NexTone's IntelliConnect System to manage technical complexities, optimize business economics, and remove partnership hurdles. NexTone is a recipient of the Maryland Technology Champions Awards for 2006. The company ranks number one in Deloitte's 2006 Technology Fast 50 Program for Maryland, and is one of the Top 50 companies for Deloitte's 2006 Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, and life sciences companies in North America. NexTone is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA, with domestic and international sales offices worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.nextone.com

Contact Information

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