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IMS Industry News

October 2006, Volume 1/Number 5

Spirent Communications (News - Alert) Introduces New IMS Testing Product

Spirent Communications, a global provider of performance analysis and service management solutions, announced availability of the Spirent Protocol Tester, a new platform that provides unrivaled flexibility and ease of use for testing IMS architecture.

Spirent Protocol Tester provides comprehensive support for all major VoIP and IMS protocols and media formats, including conformance, protocol, functional, and interoperability testing, while simultaneously providing high-performance signaling and media load generation. Spirent Protocol Tester can test and emulate virtually any VoIP and IMS network element, function or service. Its protocol-independent architecture allows new or proprietary protocols to be added quickly and easily. Its software architecture provides users with unparalleled levels of protocol customization, automation, reusability, scalability, flexibility and ease of use.

With the Spirent Protocol Tester engineers can define and create any protocol call-flow using any mix of protocols. The Spirent Protocol Tester provides this needed flexibility via a modern graphical user interface necessary for rapid test case creation and easy troubleshooting.



VoIP Switch from Cedar Point Proven Interoperable with Interactive Intelligence (News - Alert)

By Erik Linask

For users of Interactive Intelligence's Communite, a software-based unified messaging solution for enterprises and educational institutions, migration to an all-IP communications platform has been simplified with the proven interoperability between Communite and Cedar Point Communications' SAFARI C3, an integrated carrier-class VoIP switch that supports SIP functionality and embraces the move to an IP Multimedia Subsystem (News - Alert) (IMS) architecture. Importantly, like Communite, SAFARI C3 supports both legacy and next-generation telephony systems, which means that users of both have the option of migrating to a simplified all-IP environment completely at their own pace.

With SAFARI C3 providing scalable and reliable carrier class IP switching capabilities, and with Interactive Intelligence providing enhanced messaging applications, corporations and learning institutions of any size can have a comprehensive, cost-effective enterprise communications system. Indeed, SAFARI C3 was initially designed for the carrier community, but as it has become apparent that large, distributed organizations have similar needs, Cedar Point has adopted its hardware in response.Cedar Point has designed its SAFARI C3 to be able to support future multimedia services and applications that will be required by businesses and educational institutions alike, allowing them to replace legacy PBX (News - Alert) systems with a single Safari C3. In fact, they can, if they choose, ultimately develop their network into their own VoIP service, which would not only reduce expenses further, but would also put complete control of the communications system in the hands of the organization.

Interactive Intelligence developed Communite as an alternative to proprietary messaging systems, featuring simplified set-up, maintenance, and administration, as well as scalability up to hundreds of thousands of users across distributed sites. Adding to Communite's appeal is the fact that it is open standards-based, making it highly compatible with other SIP-based software and hardware solutions. That, in turn, presents long term investment protection and a viable, incremental future migration path to VoIP — Communite also supports hybrid environments." and

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IBM (News - Alert) Unveils Location-Based
Business Finder

IBM's India Research Lab has developed a location-based service for mobile phone users that helps mobile users to connect with both fixed and mobile businesses in their vicinity. When deployed by mobile phone service providers, the business finder technology allows a consumer to find and use the nearest, most highly rated and available service vendors like plumbers, electricians, carpenters or doctors, a spokesman for IBM India Research says.

The business finder technology combines geographic information system (GIS) applications and data analysis with mobile telephone networks to provide information to a consumer who is looking for a specific nearby service.

The technology stands out from others in its ability to connect to mobile businesses and vendors that may be in the vicinity when a service is required. The ability to rate vendors and businesses on a number of parameters including reputation is an added benefit. It combines various attributes including location, reputation, dynamic workload and feedback from consumers to match consumers with the closest available vendors. The underlying technology allows telecommunications service providers to track and update data sources including mobility, presence and reputation of service vendors, IBM added.

The business finder technology has a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and is based on IMS (Internet Protocol Multimedia Subsystem) telecommunications standards.

Wi-Fi and CellularConvergence 
Test Data Available for Carriers and Developers

By Erik Linask

The Wi-Fi Alliance and CTIA - The Wireless Association have developed a testing program for Wi-Fi/cellular phones that provides radio frequency performance mapping in a converged environment.

This testing program provides detailed measurements on key parameters, including: transmit power, receive sensitivity, emitted power, and desensitization in the dual mode environment. To complete the testing, a device must also be Wi-Fi CERTIFIED® for core Wi-Fi interoperability and CTIA certified for core cellular performance.

This development represents a major breakthrough in promoting the widespread adoption of FMC (fixed/mobile convergence) technology, as, until now, there existed no independent data on the performance of Wi-Fi/cellular devices. Not only will this provide insight into the performance of the Wi-Fi components of cellular handsets, but also about how the cellular and Wi-Fi components interact. The data will be collected from tests conducted in independent laboratories authorized and recognized by both organizations.

"The new test program is another indicator of Wi-Fi's widespread acceptance and growth from a traditionally PC technology to one that is now common in a variety of consumer devices, including mobile phones," says Frank Hanzlik, Managing Director of the Wi-Fi Alliance. and

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Whaleback Deploys Sonus Solutions for Dedicated Voice Services

By Laura Stotler

Whaleback Systems, a provider of managed services and IP PBX solutions, announced it is using the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)-ready architecture from Sonus Networks (News - Alert)  to support its Whaleback CrystalBlue Voice Service. The Sonus-based network will enable Whaleback to provide small and medium-sized businesses with feature-rich voice over Broadband service.

Whaleback is deploying a suite of Sonus solutions that includes the GSX9000 Open Services Switch, the PSX Call Routing Server, the SGX Signaling Gateway (News - Alert) , and the Sonus Insight Management System.

The CrystalBlue Voice Service from Whaleback is premises-based and software-driven, and is ideal for companies that require from five to 500 phone stations. It is a managed service and is deployed via a dedicated, "voice only" broadband connection to the DSL or cable infrastructure. This ensures that voice services receive required quality of service levels.

"Whaleback Systems' targeted approach to the market, focusing specifically on SMB users, means that they place an even higher premium on cost efficiency coupled with superior service," says Steve Edwards, chief marketing officer, Sonus Networks. "By selecting Sonus as the foundation for its Voice over Broadband network, Whaleback is able to offer its customers access to a carrier-quality network with robust calling features, such as 'follow-me' calling, desktop messaging, and video calling." and

Lucent to Acquire Mobilitec

By Cindy Waxer

Lucent Technologies (News - Alert) has entered into an agreement to acquire Mobilitec, a provider of content management software for wireless service providers. The acquisition aims to fortify Lucent's next-generation platforms that support voice, video, data and multimedia applications, enabling more services for mobile and broadband users.

Lucent plans to integrate the Mobilitec solution, which enhances Lucent's IP Multimedia Subsystem (News - Alert) (IMS) and Mobility (3G) portfolios, with Lucent's application products to enable intelligent, personalized context-aware content delivery and targeted advertising. This will make it possible for service providers to offer special promotions on their web storefronts that are personalized based on content, profiles, preferences, location and availability. In addition, these promotions can be targeted by device or user segment, and sent to friends through buddy lists to support viral marketing. Lucent's integrated solution will accelerate the service provider's ability to respond to the growing market opportunity.

The Mobilitec mPower product provides a single platform that supports all content and media types, such as firewall and security software, ring tones, games, music and videos, enabling operators to maximize content revenues while increasing operational efficiencies.

The Mobilitec platform manages the complete content life cycle by offering software for processing submissions from a content provider, content management in catalogs, digital rights management, rendering to ensure content is formatted for the subscriber's wireless device, a web-style page that can serve as the carrier's "storefront," and a delivery mechanism. and

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LongBoard Ships MediaRoam Tier One Global Carrier

LongBoard, a leading provider of IMS software that enables personalized multimedia services, has shipped a pre-release version of MediaRoam to a Tier-1 global carrier in Europe.

MediaRoam is a new software product line from LongBoard that enables telecommunications carriers to deliver differentiated IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)-enabled, real-time multimedia services across fixed and mobile networks with high-speed handover.

MediaRoam delivers network-based policy and enforcement capabilities that ensure quality user experiences for multimedia services. MediaRoam enables carriers to ensure that mobile users are always connected to the optimal fixed or mobile network available — the network that is best able to provide users with the services they want.

In addition, MediaRoam further enhances the mobile user experience by adapting streaming multimedia services in real-time as users move across networks. For example, MediaRoam adapts a streaming video to a higher quality stream as mobile users move from a GSM network to a Wi-Fi network.

MediaRoam is delivered on the LongBoard Multimedia Application Platform (LMAP), the company's proven, carrier-grade IMS-compatible converged services platform. MediaRoam, which is fully compatible with IMS, enables delivery of multimedia services across multiple access networks including GSM, GPRS, CDMA, UMTS, and Wi-Fi networks. MediaRoam complements LongBoard's OnePhone product line, which provides seamless mobility for converged voice services and is fully compliant with the 3GPP's Voice Call Continuity (VCC) standard.


IP Unity Selects Surf Communication Solutions' DSP Resource Boards for IMS Video Applications

IP Unity, the leader in carrier-grade media servers, application servers and real-time multimedia applications, has teamed with Surf Communication Solutions, a leading provider of high-capacity multimedia processing boards for the telecommunication infrastructure field, to deliver advanced video functionality in applications such as video messaging and video conferencing.

IP Unity's IMS-ready Mereon 6000 Media Server and Mereon Application Server are being paired with Surf's ATCA-ready SurfRider-812/PTMC resource board, supporting eight TI TMS320C6412 DSPs, and SurfStream media processing framework to enhance the delivery of diverse video communications signals from one end device or network to another, enhancing many emerging multimedia applications for converging networks.

IP Unity is bringing feature rich, flexible, and user-friendly carrier-grade video messaging and video conferencing applications to market this year, as part of its ongoing strategy to equip carriers and enterprises with unified communications and IMS-ready solutions. The company's strategy includes the delivery of IMS functions, delivery of H.263/MPEG-4/H.264 signals and video quality enhancements. and


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Stratus Acquires Emergent Network Solutions

Stratus Technologies announced the acquisition of Emergent Network Solutions, an innovator in advanced telecommunication software and services that enable carriers and service providers to integrate current and emerging network technologies.

Emergent's focus on products and solutions for voice over the Internet Protocol (VoIP) and the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) builds out Stratus' strategic business initiative and current solutions for Fixed/Mobile Convergence (News - Alert) (FMC) and Service Mediation, which enable disparate network technologies to operate together seamlessly. Stratus is committed to offering carriers and service providers interoperability between traditional wireline networks, mobile and cellular networks, and rapidly growing VoIP and IMS services like those made possible by Emergent. This network convergence strategy addresses fundamental revenue generation and subscriber retention issues confronting telecommunications service providers today. It also strongly positions carriers and service providers to leverage their existing infrastructure investments as they embrace and migrate to emerging network-infrastructure standards in the future.

"The adage that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts applies perfectly well here, for both Emergent and Stratus," says David J. Laurello, Stratus president and CEO. "Our business strategies blend very well. And because we approach the market from different sides of the convergence paradigm, our engineering expertise, products, channels, and customers also complement each other. I am exceptionally pleased to have Nathan Franzmeier, Emergent's founder and CEO, and his entire team join the Stratus Technologies family."




Sonim Technologies Unveils the XP1 Unbreakable PTT Handset

Sonim Technologies, provider of mobile VoIP and push-to-talk IMS solutions for operators, announced the launch of the XP1, which it says is the world's first industry standard push-to-talk (PTT) handset and the world's first ruggedized GSM PTT handset.

The XP1, GCIF-certified for the EMEA and Asian markets, lets mobile operators offer services to an enterprise subscriber base of more than 25 million mobile workers that require PTT capabilities in an economical, field-ready handset. These groups include workers in rapidly expanding industries such as security, field maintenance, logistics/transportation and utilities as well as a variety of field staff in the public and private sectors.

The XP1 incorporates the approved Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) PoC 1.0 standard, which enables one-to-one and one-to-many PTT communications capabilities across any GSM network. An extra large button on the side of the handset allows users to operate the walkie-talkie style PTT capabilities. Additional features include extra large interface buttons, an oversized screen for better visibility outdoors and extended battery life. The XP1 is IP-52 certified to ensure resistance to dust and water — two of the most common disruptive elements field workers encounter.

In addition to the handset, Sonim offers a client/server platform that runs on a standalone basis or is easily integrated into IMS network systems. The Sonim solution runs on GSM and Wi-Fi environments and the services enable fixed-to-mobile convergence between GSM and Wi-Fi, allowing operators to realize additional value from these deployments.

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GENBAND (News - Alert) and Resolute Complete Interoperability Testing for NGN Solutions

By Laura Stotler

GENBAND and Resolute Networks have completed extensive interoperability testing between the Resolute CMX-1614 Circuit Emulation Component Module and GENBAND's G6 Universal Media Gateway. GENBAND is a provider of IMS-based telecommunications applications and infrastructure products to enable converged IP multimedia services, while Resolute provides circuit emulation pseudowire subsystem and technology solutions.

The interoperability validation was initiated by specific requests from Tier-1 network equipment providers. Pseudowire solutions preserve legacy services while enabling the creation of a next-generation network. They enable an operator to package any service, legacy or emerging, and send it into the network in a common format to preserve the original features while delivering end-to-end OAM&P (operations, administration, maintenance and provisioning).

The Resolute CMS-1614, when used at a remote site with the G6 Universal Media Gateway as the central site circuit emulation aggregator, enables network equipment providers to realize the benefits of pseudowire. They may give service providers an open/standards-based platform for quick deployment to address a variety of needs for such services.

The announcement will enable Resolute's network equipment providers to offer service providers direct interconnection for millions of TDM voice customers using high performance access networks directly into carrier networks. They may do this via the G6 gateway, and without the need to replace their existing PBX implementations. Resolute customers support a number of major access markets including carrier Ethernet, PON, DOCSIS cable, and fixed wireless. and


BT Announces Corporate Fusion Fixed/Mobile Convergence Service

By Laura Stotler

BT has announced BT Corporate Fusion, a premises-based fixed/mobile convergence (FMC) service for large organizations. The Corporate Fusion service enables organizations to take advantage of fixed/mobile convergence and deployment of Internet telephony as well as Wi-Fi coverage.

The new service potentially enables greater productivity, as well as the possibly reducing GSM call costs and improving quality of service for BT customers. The Leeds City Council (LCC), the second largest local authority in the UK, is the first customer to trial the service. The Council is piloting Corporate Fusion across two of its premises to assess its capability in improving productivity and communications.

City Council employees will use dual-mode mobile phones incorporating regular GSM and Wi-Fi connectivity as part of the trial. Calls made from these phones within LCC's premises will be connected through Wi-Fi access points and routed over existing fixed/line infrastructure. The Wi-Fi access points ensure optimal in-building coverage throughout LCC's premises. Outside the offices the phones will work like regular mobile phones, enabling global roaming on GSM.

"This launch underpins BT's commitment to deliver innovative services for our customers and is another step in BT's Fusion roadmap, which spans home, offices and 'out and about' globally," says Steve Andrews, BT Chief of Converged Communication Services. "It will also continue to broaden the appeal of Wi-Fi and take BT one step closer to achieving its Mobility and Convergence vision — providing its customers with access to all their applications and information on their choice of device, utilizing the best network available with one customer experience."



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