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July 13, 2007

Tektronix Proves Spectra2 VoIP Test Capabilities at Plugfest II

By Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Senior Editor

VoIP test solutions provider Tektronix (News - Alert) announced this week the successful, multi-vendor functionality of its Spectra2 IMS solution. This interoperability was demonstrated during the IMS Forum’s second IMS Plugfest in June—an event that focused on interoperability for VoIP, IP centrex, IP-PBX (News - Alert), SMS and fixed-mobile convergence technologies.
At the event, Tektronix demoed the functionality of IMS protocols Diameter and SIP by performing element emulations using its Spectra2 solution. The functions demoed included x-CSCF, HSS, SIP and UA. The solution proved its mettle by inter-operating with network components from other vendors, to test functions involving load and functional conditions.
For network operators, Spectra2 offers a comprehensive, single-box IMS test solution. Core IMS testing is provided using the SIP and Diameter protocols. The solution supports signaling and media protocols and codecs for both PSTN and VoIP access. Further, dynamic parameter management capabilities make the solution ideal for platform testing in IMS and VoIP environments.
“IMS complexity and interoperability continue to be challenges for network operators and equipment manufacturers,” noted Richard Kenedi, general manager of network diagnostics at Tektronix, in a statement.
Kenedi continued: “The success of our tests with Spectra2 at Plugfest II validates our first-hand experience in protocol competency and demonstrates the readiness of our solution for the IMS market, which enable us to deliver a solution that helps our customers meet these challenges head on.”
At the inaugural Plugfest in January, Tektronix was also present; at that event the focus was on basic IP voice, routing fundamentals and interoperability at the IMS transport layer.
To learn more about testing IP networks, please visit Tektronix’s channel, VoIP Test Solutions.

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Mae Kowalke previously wrote for Cleveland Magazine in Ohio and The Burlington Free Press in Vermont. To see more of her articles, please visit Mae Kowalke’s columnist page. Also check out her Wireless Mobility blog.

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