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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Spirent Communications (NYSE NYSE
See: New York Stock Exchange :SPM SPM - Sequential Parlog Machine ) (LSE LSE - Language Sensitive Editor :SPT (Sectors Per Track) The number of sectors in one track. ), a global provider of performance analysis and service management solutions, today announced it will contribute expertise, test solutions and methodologies to every test scenario at five locations across three continents for the MultiService Forum's (MSF) Global MSF Interoperability (GMI) event. This event will demonstrate multi-vendor interoperability of Fixed Mobile Convergence Seamless switching between cellular and local networks for mobile users. The goal is to have a handset that switches automatically from the cellular network to the local, wireless Wi-Fi network when entering a building in order to save cellphone minutes. (FMC See fixed mobile convergence. ) services using the IMS (1) See IP Multimedia Subsystem.
(2) (Information Management System) An early IBM hierarchical DBMS for IBM mainframes. IMS was widely implemented throughout the 1970s under MVS and continues to be used under z/OS. framework. The results gathered during GMI 2006 will provide tangible proof of multi-vendor interoperability for carrier class, QoS enabled, end-to-end voice and multimedia services originating and terminating on fixed or mobile IMS networks.
GMI 2006 will be the catalyst to move IMS beyond the hype and into active deployment. Five of the world's top carriers are collaborating with the MSF to host this globally networked test event that spans three continents. Today, Spirent solutions offer the industry's most comprehensive test platform available for IMS performance and interoperability evaluation.
"Spirent is the only test equipment vendor with the solutions and expertise to contribute on every test scenario and at every location of this ground-breaking event," said Andy Huckridge, Director of IMS Solutions, at Spirent Communications. Huckridge also chairs the Interoperability Working Group within the MSF. "Our IMS solutions will allow GMI participants and our customers to evaluate all scenarios associated with IMS service rollout prior to real-world deployment."
During the GMI 2006 event, Oct. 16th - 27th, Spirent Communications is providing experts, test equipment and advanced IMS test methodologies to facilitate the stringent testing requirements of MSF Release 3 implementation at all five carrier sites. This involves 200 next-generation network (NGN (Next Generation Networks) An umbrella term for mixed voice and data networks running over the IP protocol. See IP Multimedia Subsystem. ) elements tested against carrier defined test scenarios. Spirent's support involves test coverage for all portions of the IMS network:
* IMS Access Network - Spirent provides real-world traffic models to evaluate wireless core packet data network elements associated with FMC applications.
* IMS Core Network - Spirent simulates UE (User Element) traffic and emulates all the core network elements.
* PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) The worldwide voice telephone network. Once only an analog system, the heart of most telephone networks today is all digital. In the U.S. Network - Spirent emulates end to end traffic and all PSTN network elements.
Investment in ground breaking events like GMI 2006 and relationships with Service Providers and Vendors pursuing their IMS roadmaps have given Spirent an unparalleled depth and breadth of testing and implementation expertise. Service Providers and Vendors are partnering with Spirent to accelerate from design to revenue by assuring IMS implementations are ready for deployment, before they are actually deployed. More information about the MSF GMI event can be found at www.msforum.org.
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