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The Multiservice Switching Forum (MSF) announced today that, to date, a record 24 companies will participate in the...


May 28, 2004  


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The Multiservice Switching Forum (MSF) announced today that, to date, a record 24 companies will participate in the Forum’s Global MSF Interoperability (GMI) 2004 event.

By comparison, two years ago, 15 companies participated . GMI 2004 will be conducted live October 4-16 at four carrier test labs, Qwest in the U.S., BT in the United Kingdom, NTT in Japan and KT in Korea.

“The companies that have committed to participating are the who’s-who of the telecommunications industry,” said Roger Ward, president of the MSF. “With GMI 2004, the MSF will continue to lead the way as carriers and vendors collaborate to deploy VoIP networks with enhanced services.”

The event will test network elements key to supporting a fully integrated VoIP solution such as application servers, media servers, service brokers, call agents, bandwidth managers and other control and management systems against the specific protocols defined in MSF Interoperability Agreements (IAs).

“A sign of maturing technology is vendor and product interoperability and the upfront work being conducting by the MSF can help move VoIP to primetime,” said Kevin Mitchell, directing analyst at Infonetics Research.

“As carriers around the globe seek to profit from new technologies like VoIP, Implementation Agreements like those promulgated by the MSF provide a framework to ensure that key components of next-generation networks can interoperate smoothly.”

Other members include Siemens, Cisco, Nortel Networks and Alcatel.