LONDON — BT’s Adastral Park site has been selected by the Multiservice Switching Forum (MSF) as the European test site in support of the Global MSF Interoperability (GMI) 2004 event.
GMI 2004, scheduled to take place between October 4-16, is being hosted by major carriers located from North America, the UK, Japan, and Korea. Each of the test centre labs will be connected by live network facilities, creating a realistic global test environment in which to exercise the interoperability and deployment readiness of vendors to deliver multi-service next generation networks on a global multi-operator scale.
The event will test basic point-to-point voice over internet protocol (VoIP) within a single service provider's network and then increase in complexity as value added services (including video), connectivity to the public switched telephone network (PSTN), and direct connectivity between two VoIP carrier networks are demonstrated on a global basis.
In each scenario, requirements that are critical for real-world deployments such as security, quality of service (QoS), routing, and network management, will be demonstrated. Participants will demonstrate to service providers and to the industry that the MSF solution for VoIP, based on approved standards from the IETF, the ITU and other standards bodies, is ready for network deployment.
Each participant will demonstrate interoperability in the network through the use of predefined test suites using key protocols that are accepted as core IP technologies by service providers around the world including MPLS and SIP.
The GMI 2004 event will examine network elements key to supporting a fully integrated multi-service next generation network solutions such as application servers, service brokers, call agents, bandwidth managers and other control and management systems against the specific protocols defined in MSF Interoperability Agreements (IAs).