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NGN Forum and IMS Forum Announce Plugfest 8 to Focus on Interoperability for IP Applications, BSS/OSS & Security

Plugfest to Leverage Work of Diameter/Control Plane and BSS/OSS & Security Working Groups

Denver, CO – July 29, 2009 The NGN IMS Forumâ„¢ announced today that its eighth NGN IMS PlugfestTM will be held October 5 thru October 9th, 2009 at the InterOperability Lab (UNH IOL) in Durham, NH. The NGN IMS Forum Plugfests are the industry’s only interoperability events covering converged IMS and NGN services over wireless, wireline and cable broadband. Plugfest 8 will focus on Interoperability for voice and multimedia applications, BSS/OSS and Security inter and intra network:

• End-to-end interoperability testing for IMS and NGN applications and services

• Interoperability of the Control Plane and the Diameter Protocol

• Charging functions impacts on BSS

“Plugfest 8 is a cooperative effort between our three technical working groups, including the Diameter/Control Plane, BSS/OSS and Security Working Groups,” said Michael Khalilian, Chairman and President of the NGN IMS Forum. “It will showcase the great progress that these groups have made in advancing NGN and IMS architectures.”

Examples of test topics for Plugfest 8 include:

• Application and Feature Testing across the Control Plane

• Online & offline charging scenarios for IMS events and sessions

• Interface Compliance testing: The 3GPP standard interfaces that use Diameter

• Topology hiding scenarios: IMS/NGN Control Plane interoperability including border controllers, legacy network gateways, service location function, and policy control elements

• Multi-domain scenarios covering user-to-network and network-to-network IMS interoperability

• Further study of IPsec on the Gm interface

• Inclusion of IPv6 within the core network

“PlugFest 8 is a great opportunity to demonstrate ‘smart monetization’ approaches as a way to leverage the full potential of Next-Generation Networks, and we are honored to be participants” said Gabriel Matsliach, General Manager, Billing & Active Customer Management at Comverse and vice chair of the BSS/OSS and Security Working Group.

“Many operators will rely on existing intelligent network technology for at least the next 10 years, and many will evolve to IMS and NGN technology in that time, requiring interoperability within networks and in between global service providers,” said Ron de Lange, executive vice president at Tekelec. “Plugfest 8 continues the NGN IMS Forum’s commitment to accelerating deployment of next-generation technology, and we are excited to participate and bridge the gaps between networks more rapidly.”

Plugfest 8 participants will include such companies as: Comverse, HP, Mu Dynamics, Radvision, Tech Mahindra, and Tekelec. Sponsors of Plugfest 8 include T-Mobile, Intel and Radvision. The following media organizations are also sponsors of Plugfest 8: CTIA, Informa, Supercomm 2009, TMC, and Virgo Publishing.

Participation in NGN IMS Plugfest 8 is open to all companies. For online registration and info contact the forum at: or visit

About the NGN ForumTM and IMS Forum®

The NGN/IMS Forum is the only global telecommunications association devoted to Next Generation Network (NGN) service delivery and interoperable IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) services architectures and solutions.

The Forum’s mission is to accelerate the interoperability of IMS and NGN services and to enable enterprise and residential consumers to benefit fully from the delivery of M-playTM: rich multimedia, mobility and fixed services over wireline, cable, GSM, UMTS, Wi-Fi, WiMAX, LTE and fiber broadband networks. The Forum is the creator and organizer of the IMS PlugfestsTM and NGN PlugfestsTM, the industry’s only events focused on verification and certification of IMS and NGN service interoperability through the IMS CertifiedTM and NGN CertifiedTM programs.

Through organized Plugfests, technical working groups and other activities, Forum members develop cost-effective technical frameworks for revenue generating converged IP NGN solutions. The combined organizations include over 2000 executives and technical, business development and marketing professionals from global and emerging equipment vendors, solution providers, integrators, service providers, and governmental agencies.

For additional information or to join the NGN Forum, the IMS Plugfest, and/or the NGN Plugfest, please visit or

For Further Information contact:

NGN IMS Forum Media Relations

Cathy Clarke – CNC Associates

+1 (508) 833-8533


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