Net-Net session border controller and Diameter signaling controller* successfully demonstrate essential control functions in tests at Vodafone and China Mobile
BEDFORD, MA, OCTOBER 4, 2011—Acme Packet® (NASDAQ:APKT), the leader in session delivery network solutions, today announced successful participation in the VoLTE Interoperability Event 2011, organized by the MultiService Forum (MSF) and backed by the GSMA. At the event Acme Packet’s session border controllers and Diameter signaling controller provided SIP and Diameter signaling controls at access and interconnect borders as well as the core network.
The multi-vendor interoperability test environment was designed by the MSF to test key service concepts in IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and LTE networks. This event offers service providers third-party validation so that they may purchase vendor products with confidence that they will meet the interoperability standards set forth by the global standards organizations.
Acme Packet demonstrated the capability of its Net-Net® session border controller (SBC) and Net-Net Diameter Director** in VoLTE networks in both home and roaming environments. The test cases included Voice over LTE (compliant to GSMA PRD IR.92) and roaming and interconnect (compliant to GSMA PRD’s IR.65 and IR.88). Acme Packet participated in both locations, the Vodafone Centre for Test and Innovation in Düsseldorf and the China Mobile Research Institute Lab in Beijing.
Acme Packet’s VoLTE and 4G multimedia communications solution is headed by the Net-Net Session Director. In the VoLTE interoperability event, Net-Net Session Directors fulfilled multiple Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) IMS functional requirements—the Proxy-Call Session Control Function (P-CSCF) and IMS-Access Gateway (AGW) functions at the access edge of the IMS network; and the Interconnect-Border Control Function (I-BCF) and Transition Gateway (TrGW) at the interconnect border. Acme Packet SBCs provide critical functions for VoLTE service delivery, encompassing security, service reach maximization, SLA assurance, revenue and cost management and regulatory compliance. In VoLTE roaming scenarios, Acme Packet SBCs can provide the Visited-P-CSCF with flexibility to anchor media remotely or route media to the home network.
At both MSF test locations, the Net-Net Policy Director was used as a 3GPP Diameter Routing Agent (DRA), providing critical security, interoperability and routing functions for Diameter signaling. These functions streamline networks and ensure resiliency for LTE and IMS networks. The Net-Net Policy Director was used for both core Diameter routing and VoLTE roaming.
This participation complements Acme Packet’s position as one of the leading IMS vendors with nearly 120 active projects globally and recognition in Infonetics Research reports as a top three IMS brand for two years running. Acme Packet will be showcasing its VoLTE solution at 4G World in Chicago October 25th-27th.
“Acme Packet’s commitment to the VoLTE interoperability event, alongside Vodafone and China Mobile, highlights the significance of the combination of IMS and LTE for the telecommunications industry,” said Kyu-Ou Lee, MSF President. “The MSF and GSMA are working together to validate the standards to benefit the vendor and service provider ecosystem.”
“The MSF VoLTE interoperability event is invaluable to Acme Packet and our customers as we work together to make next generation voice and IP multimedia communications a reality for LTE networks,” explained Patrick MeLampy, chief technology officer and co-founder of Acme Packet. “We build our solutions to meet important industry standards and widely interoperate with the multitude of client and core vendors so that service providers can build networks with the greatest confidence and choice.”
*Diameter signaling controller (DSC) was previously known as policy exchange controller (PEC).
**The Net-Net Diameter Director was previously known as the Net-Net Policy Director.
About Acme Packet
Acme Packet (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session delivery network solutions, enables the trusted, first-class delivery of next-generation voice, data and unified communications services and applications across IP networks. Our Net-Net product family fulfills demanding security, service assurance and regulatory requirements in service provider, enterprise and contact center networks. Based in Bedford, Massachusetts, Acme Packet designs and manufactures its products in the USA, selling them through over 150 reseller partners worldwide. More than 1,440 customers in 105 countries have deployed over 13,000 Acme Packet systems, including 90 of the top 100 service providers and 34 of the Fortune 100. For more information visit www.acmepacket.com.
About VoLTE IOT Event 2011
The MSF hosted the VoLTE IOT 2011 Event in the Vodafone Centre for Test and Innovation in Dusseldorf and the China Mobile Research Institute Lab in Beijing in September 2011. The event is backed by the GSMA following the launch of its global VoLTE initiative in 2010, which is supported by more than 40 leading organizations in the mobile market. The event builds on the major success of the previous Global MSF LTE Interoperability Event that took place during March 2010 and reflects the industry’s drive to continue to deliver major carrier driven events that benefit all its members in their quest to keep pace with an ever faster moving industry. The MSF VoLTE Interoperability test event focused on validating core network interfaces to ensure multivendor deployment strategies for LTE technology and validated the MSF physical scenarios developed to incorporate 3GPP LTE/EPC technology and the GSMA’s technical recommendations, focusing on Voice over LTE, with the support of China Mobile and Vodafone. www.msforum.org/interoperability/VoLTE.shtml.
About the MSF
The MultiService Forum (www.msforum.org) is a global association of service providers, system suppliers and test equipment vendors committed to developing and promoting open-architecture, multiservice Next Generation Networks. Founded in 1998, the MSF is an open-membership organization comprised of the world’s leading telecommunications companies. The MSF’s activities include developing Implementation Agreements, promoting worldwide compatibility and interoperability of network elements, and encouraging input to appropriate national and international standards bodies.
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