Hoping to advance IMS beyond an all-promising architecture for service providers to drive products they can deploy, the IMS Forum announced plans Wednesday for a second plugfest.
The interoperability event will take place June 4-8 at the IMS Forum UNH InterOp Lab in Durham, N.H. The inaugural vendor confab took place in January at the same venue.
The list of companies saying they will participate include Amdocs Ltd., Argela Technologies, Aricent Communications, CopperCom, Ditech Networks, Empirix Inc., Ixia, Mu Security, Reef Point Systems Inc., Starent Networks Corp., Sonus Networks Inc., Tekelec and Tektronix Inc.
IMS has become a lightning rod of sorts for several months as huge advanced expectations for the architecture, which was originally viewed as a panacea for service providers wireless and wireline asset integration challenges, have yet to be met.
And services providers have been quite vocal in their appraisals and value of IMS, with stances on the architecture ranging widely from extremely useful to overhyped and a relatively small part of an overall massive undertaking.
According to the IMS Forum, the next event will test interoperability for IMS voice, VoIP and fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) services including IP PBX functionality, features management, billing and operational testing. It will run such events through 2008.
IMS Plugfests examine the interoperability of IMS quadruple play applications and services under real-world conditions. The extended program will also establish an industry certification to identify products and services as having achieved interoperability for voice, video and mobility across multiple wireline, wireless and cable broadband networks.
“The IMS Forum Interoperability and Test Working Group consists of representatives from dozens of member companies and service providers who are currently contributing to the test plan,” said Michael Khalilian, chairman and president of the IMS Forum. “We continue to receive inquiries from service providers and equipment vendors interested in the interoperability program and quickly becoming involved so they too can to contribute to the IMS Plugfest test plan.”
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