Sunday, February 13, 2011

MSF Schedules Global VoLTE Test for September

The MultiService Forum (MSF) has scheduled the first ever MSF/GSMA VoLTE (Voice over LTE) Interoperability Event for September 2011. It will focus on validating key network interfaces to ensure multi-vendor deployment strategies for LTE/EPC/IMS technology. A key objective of the testing is to validate the GSMA's technical recommendations for IMS-based VoLTE. Test scenarios include VoLTE basic interoperability, roaming and interconnection, non-LTE Access to EPC (e.g. GERAN/UTRAN), handover/relocation and Self Organizing Networks (SON).

The test event, which is backed by the GSMA as part of its VoLTE initiative, will be hosted by MSF and mobile operators Vodafone and China Mobile in the Vodafone Test and Innovation Centre in Dusseldorf, Germany, and the China Mobile Research Institute Laboratory in Beijing, China. The MSF is already seeing significant interest, with GENBAND, Huawei, ZTE, Cisco and WiChorus, a Tellabs Company sponsoring the VoLTE IOT, and several other vendors, including Alcatel-Lucent, Alepo, JDSU, and Samsung supporting the work.

The event builds on the major success of the previous Global MSF LTE Interoperability Event in March 2010 and reflects the MSF's commitment to carrier driven interoperability events to validate key emerging standards and technologies.

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