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October 27, 2008

Telchemy to Participate in Global IPTV Testing Event

By Michelle Robart, TMCnet Editor

Telchemy, a global provider of Voice over IP (VoIP) and IP Video Fault and Performance Management technology, plans to participate this week in the MultiService Forum (News - Alert), an event for multi-vendor interoperability testing for end-to-end practical network deployment.
The MultiService Forum kicked off the biennial Global Multiservice Interoperability testing event last Monday, October 20th and will end this Friday, October 31st.
Telchemy will be participating this year along with 21 other equipment companies, including Acme Packet, Alcatel-Lucent, Codenomicon, Empirix, Fujitsu, Huawei, Ixia, JDSU, Motorola, MuDynamics, NEC, Nokia-Siemens (News - Alert) Networks, Nortel, OSI, Sonus, Spirent, Starent, Tekelec, Tektronix, Teles and ZTE.
Verizon Communications, the National Communication System (NCS) and the UNH-IOL in North America, British Telecom and Vodafone in the United Kingdom, and China Mobile (News - Alert) in Asia will all be linking their labs to test standards.
Those tested will be for a variety of service configurations, including those developed by the ATIS (News - Alert) IPTV Interoperability Forum (IIF).
For this year’s forum, the main focus is on IPTV as ATIS’ IIF has been working on IPTV standards and industry implementation agreements. Currently, however, most IPTV implementations do not use IMS resulting in silos of proprietary infrastructure, limiting the potential for IP video to interact with other services.
Telchemy's distributed performance management technology supports service assurance, SLA monitoring, Triple Play (News - Alert) and Quad Play performance monitoring, pre-deployment testing and troubleshooting, and is used by over 100 equipment vendors in a wide range of VoIP and IPTV products ranging from consumer electronics devices to carrier-class systems.
Deployed by telecom and mobile service providers, cable service operators, and major enterprise, Telchemy’s VQmon is the most widely used VoIP and IPTV service quality monitoring technology. Integrated into both network infrastructure and test equipment, VQmon provides perceptual quality scores for every call, reporting metrics using RTCP XR (RFC3611), SIP RTCP Summary Reports and other key protocols. 

In addition, Telchemy offers a suite of full-featured turnkey system products for passive monitoring, active testing, and advanced troubleshooting applications. Telchemy's long term vision is of highly distributed autonomic (self-managing) networks, able to self-heal, self-protect and self-optimize. 
“Early critics described IMS as a wonder technology in search of a killer application,” said Roger Ward, Office of the CTO, BT Group and president of the MSF, a global association of service providers and system suppliers committed to developing and promoting open-architectures
“That killer application turns out to be service integration, and IMS will provide network services the flexibility to move with the market just as nimbly as with the Internet,” added Ward.
“IPTV is just one example of a new wave service that operators seek to deliver on a variety of underlying infrastructures and we anticipate major media interest in our GMI 2008 IPTV-related scenarios that compare IMS and non-IMS based solutions,” Ward further explained.
According to the MSF, the testing results will be published in the following weeks after the event, after which the standards for interoperability would be applied, and services created and launched.

Michelle Robart is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Michelle's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Michelle Robart

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