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November 26, 2007

Sonus Networks and IMS Forum Enhance IMS Applications and Security at IMS Plugfest III



By Niladri Sekhar Nath
TMCnet Contributing Editor


Sonus Networks (News - Alert) Inc., a leading supplier of service provider IP-voice infrastructure solutions, has successfully completed a battery of tests designed to authenticate the company's IP Multimedia Subsystem (News - Alert) (IMS)-based solutions, aimed at IMS-powered applications and security solutions. Sonus participated in the IMS Forum (News - Alert) Plugfest III, hosted by the IMS Forum and held at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab in Durham, N.H.


Sonus provided the core components of one of the reference testbeds using its Session Control function, SRX, and its sophisticated subscriber database solution, HSX. In addition, among the applications Sonus tested at Plugfest III were its Any-to-Any messaging solution, an application that transforms an incoming message of any format (Instant Message, SMS/MMS, etc.) to a form the recipient prefers (SMS, IM, email, etc.), bringing new levels of customization and personalization to the communications experience, as well as its Broadband-Mobile Convergence (News - Alert) (BMC) solution.

"Sonus has been a proud participant and sponsor in the Plugfest since the inaugural event a year ago. It is really encouraging to see how much progress has been made in such a short amount of time," said Vikram Saksena (News - Alert), Chief Technology Officer, Sonus Networks, in a press release. "Sonus Networks is committed to helping our customers navigate the path to IMS, and successful participation at the Plugfest events provide a strong validation of our strategy."

These applications were built leveraging Sonus' recently released IMX(TM) 2.0 Multimedia Application Platform, an IMS-compliant SIP application server. Sonus also participated in a variety of tests designed to verify the security of IMS networks.

"The ability for IMS applications to change end-user experiences is one of the reasons that there is so much interest in advancing adoption quickly, and Sonus is at the forefront of innovation in IMS-compliant application development," said Michael Khalilian, IMS Forum Chairman & President. "The Plugfest gives vendors like Sonus the opportunity to harden their IMS solutions in a rigorous, multi-vendor testing environment."

The IMS Forum's IMS Plugfest III is the third in a series of events designed to foster interoperability and certification for IMS services and applications. IMS Plugfests allow service providers to quickly realize revenue from their IMS investments by significantly reducing the time to market for new services and applications.

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Niladri Sekhar Nath is a contributing writer for TMCnet covering telecommunications, service providers and networking. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

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