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October 15, 2008

NGN Forum and IMS Forum Drive New Converged Telecom Services


By SIP Trunking Report Contributor



The IMS Forum and the NGN Forum have merged to form the IMS/NGN Forum in order to create, test and deliver NGN services.

 
The organization combines IMS, SIP, Unified Communications (UC) and Service Delivery Platforms (SDP), to unite developers, service providers, integrators and solutions providers for furthering NGN and IMS deployment.
 
Michael Khalilian, chairman and president of the IMS/NGN Forum, said that the combined IMS/NGN Forum is the first to recognize that with increased competition in voice, entertainment and enterprise markets there is an urgent need for fixed, mobile and cable MSO service providers to partner with application development companies, digital content providers, enterprise and smart phone manufacturers, and financial institutions.
 
This alliance enables their members to fully address the emergence of a single market comprised of information technology (IT), telecommunications, and media sectors that formerly operated in separate markets.
 
The IMS/NGN Forum will focus in areas of IP Billing, OSS, Security and Reliability, SIP, Diameter, UC, SDP and IP video over all types of broadband networks. According to officials, the IMS/NGN Forum membership includes over 2000 executives and technical and marketing professionals across equipment vendors, solution providers, integrators, service providers, and governmental agencies.
 
The IMS/NGN Forum has also created the industry’s first joint Venture Capital (VC) study group consisting of its members and over 20 venture capitalists, private equity groups and financial institutions.
 
According to Peter Lazor, president of Cardinal Points, M&A and Financial Advisers, investors are searching for compelling high growth technologies to fulfill consumer and enterprise demand. He believes that both the NGN Forum and IMS Forum are in a unique position to bring all of these diverse markets together.
 
“We are looking forward to working with Forum members to identify value propositions for financial investment,” he stated.
 
Vice President of Engineering & Principal Architect at Acision, Anantha Ramu expects the NGN Forum to bring IP billing, OSS and payment networks squarely into the picture to ensure that these new services not only generate but also collect revenue.
 
He noted that today NGN revenues are generated by multimedia subscribers interacting across different networks, developed and supported by many of the IMS/NGN Forum member companies.
 
Ronald Gruia, Principal Telecom analyst at Frost & Sullivan believes that together the two organizations will both advance and promote the rapid deployment of NGN services incorporating multimedia communications and mobility.
 
The officials inform that the IMS/NGN Forum will continue with its series of Plugfest Interoperability Tests, and will launch a number of technical and business working groups in the areas of converged services, enhanced interoperabilities, and business and operational support systems.
 
The new Forum will also continue to provide marketing, education and advisory services.
 
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Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha’s article, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tim Gray