IMS Forum

February 26, 2009 12:10 ET

NGN Plugfest 7 to Focus on Managed Services Using Diameter

Expands Plugfest Series to Multimedia Service Delivery, Charging, Security, Operational and Business Support, for 3G, LTE, Fixed and Cable Service Providers

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - February 26, 2009) - The NGN IMS Forum™ announces its seventh IMS/NGN Plugfest™ will be held June 1-5, 2009 at the InterOperability Lab (UNH IOL) in Durham, NH. The NGN IMS Forum Plugfests are the industry's only interoperability events covering NGN services over 3G, LTE, WiMAX, wireline and cable broadband.

"Over the course of the last 6 Plugfests the NGN IMS Forum has tested many IMS architectures and 'all IP' NGN Services at the UNH IOL to ready them for mass deployment," said Timothy Winters, VoIP Manager, UNH IOL. "Plugfest 7 will further move the industry by including IMS, NGN, LTE and WiMAX interfaces for applications and services. We look forward to continuing a strong partnership with the NGN IMS Forum."

Plugfest 7 will focus on testing all types of interfaces used in IMS, NGN, LTE and WiMAX utilizing Diameter. The event will address the needs of protocol stack vendors and users, equipment vendors using Diameter in functions such as Call Session Control, mobility, subscriber authentication, Charging, Policy Management, and Security. Diameter is an Internet (IETF) protocol developed to strengthen security and augment functionality of RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial In User Service) and to deliver AAA (Authentication, Authorization and Accounting) functionality in Next Generation Networks. Together Diameter and the SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) support the delivery of voice, video, text and multimedia in NGN, or 'all IP networks'.

"With this Plugfest we continue to expand further into service delivery, the control and management, including billing, protocols and standards according to NGN, LTE and IMS architecture and framework," said Michael Khalilian, Chairman and President of NGN IMS Forum. "Plugfest 7 is a continuation of the IMS Plugfest series that started two years ago."

The NGN IMS Forum also announces that the following organizations are sponsors of Plugfest 7: Intel, 4G and ITexpo of TMC, NGN Magazine, Informa, Supercomm 2009, Virgo Publishing's VON and B/OSS World.

"In this Plugfest the IMS NGN Forum provides an opportunity to ensure that components developed by network equipment providers (NEP) or third party service or content providers will integrate smoothly in carrier authentication, policy and charging in an OSS/BSS infrastructure." said Bruno Deslandes IMS product manager at Marben Products and Diameter Working Group Chair. "This will accelerate new services roll out in IMS, LTE and WiMAX networks, and will help carriers to monetize their networks."

Participation in NGN IMS Plugfest 7 is open to all companies. For online registration and info contact the forum at: or visit

About the NGN Forum™ and IMS Forum®

The NGN/IMS Forum is the only global telecommunications association devoted to Next Generation Network (NGN) service delivery and interoperable IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) services architectures and solutions.

The 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 M-play™: rich multimedia, mobility and fixed services over wireline, cable, GSM, UMTS, Wi-Fi, WiMAX, LTE and fiber broadband networks. The Forum is the creator and organizer of the IMS Plugfests™ and NGN Plugfests™, the industry's only events focused on verification and certification of IMS and NGN service interoperability through the IMS Certified™ and NGN Certified™ programs.

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

For additional information or to join the NGN Forum, the IMS Plugfest, and/or the NGN Plugfest, please visit or

Contact Information

  • For Further Information contact:
    NGN IMS Forum Media Relations
    Cathy Clarke
    CNC Associates
    +1 (508) 833-8533