Verizon Wraps Up Interop Tests

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Verizon is wrapping up its role in a successful four-nation test of how new IMS, or IP Multimedia Systems, network equipment can work together, as part of a two-week international testing event conducted by industry group MultiService Forum (MSF).The two weeks of testing - called Global MSF Interoperability (GMI) 2006 and involving an estimated 500 test engineers and support staff at five locations - was designed to test the interoperability of networking equipment manufactured by 26 companies. Together, the companies supplied 197 network devices that were subjected to test cases spread out over eight different scenarios. The testing concludes Friday (Oct. 27).

Mark Wegleitner, Verizon senior vice president and chief technology officer, told a news conference here Thursday (Oct. 26): "The exploration of IMS is an important part of Verizon's effort to offer our customers an array of new services over a next-generation network. While it will take some time to review and analyze all the results from the last two weeks, initial feedback is that we have made significant progress toward proving that IMS is the right platform for the next generation of telecom networking equipment and telecom networks."

The Verizon laboratory facility here was one of the five locations involved in the international test. The other four were: BT and Vodafone in England, Korea Telecom in South Korea, NTT in Japan and the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Labs in Durham, N.H. The five facilities were connected real-time -- via session border controllers and bandwidth-managed IP global networks -- to perform the tests over two weeks.IMS offers the ability to rapidly define and implement new services that interact with each other seamlessly, regardless of the network-access technology and location of the customer.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ)

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