Tuesday, December 13, 2005

NexTone University to Offer Certified IMS Training

NexTone Communications launched an initiative to produce certified technologists who are focused on VoIP and other digital media applications, including instant messaging, chat, and video across the IP network.

Called "NexTone University," the educational program will be geared towards network engineers and architects. It will focus on real-time IP session management, which is critical for carriers and enterprises to interconnect VoIP, wireless, and IP Multimedia Subsystems (IMS) networks as the demand for new digital media services increases.

Participants in the program can earn up to four levels of certification: NexTone Certified Engineer I, NexTone Certified Engineer II, NexTone Certified Architect, and NexTone Certified Trainer. The program targets experienced VoIP engineers who are looking to brush up on their skills; existing legacy engineers who need to make the transition from TDM to VoIP networks; before-market students who are looking to enter the IP communications industry; and data IP engineers who need to understand the intricacies of VoIP. Attendees of NexTone University will also include NexTone customers, partners, and value-added resellers (VARs). NexTone plans to offer coursework via online testing, through independent training houses, and at participating colleges and universities, as well as at carrier hubs and NexTone's corporate headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA.

NexTone has trained more than 1,200 engineers worldwide in the fundamentals of session management and VoIP. It is now launching NexTone University to include a broader range of participants and advanced courses. The company has conducted a pilot program in the UK.

Registration for NexTone University begins in January 2006 with students drawn from carriers, enterprises and NexTone channel partners globally.