At GMI 2006, Leapstone CCE serviceBROKER Used to Test Interoperability of Value Added Services Across Fixed and Mobile Domains

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Award-winning software enables features that are supported across fixed and mobile networks

Leapstone Systems, a leading provider of service delivery and content management solutions, is supplying its award-winning technology to the 2006 Global MultiService Forum Interoperability (GMI) event to showcase how it enables a rich set of features that are seamlessly supported across fixed and mobile networks.

The Leapstone CCE serviceBROKER software has been installed at the BT Advanced Research and Technology Centre in Britain, one of five sites across three continents being used for the global interoperability tests being conducted through October 27.

GMI 2006 provides a test-bed for multi-vendor interoperability to achieve Fixed Mobile Convergence supporting a next-generation IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) service framework. Leapstone's software is an integral component of two interoperability testing scenarios (Numbers 2 and 5) that focus on value added services for fixed, nomadic and roaming end-points. To enable the services, CCE serviceBROKER relies on interfaces between the application platforms and other network components comprising different technologies, including SIP Application Servers, Parlay and ParlayX. (Details of the six scenarios that form the basis for the GMI2006 event can be found at http://www.msforum.org/techinfo/approved/MSF-TR-SCN06.001v2-FINAL.pdf.)

"GMI 2006 is an important step in proving the real-world readiness of the IMS service model, allowing the seamless delivery of services and compound services delivered from applications provided by different vendors and built upon differing technologies," said Stuart Walker, Principal Architecture and Technology Advisor for Leapstone Systems, and Chairperson of MSF's Architecture Working Group. "The IMS service model enables service providers to build comprehensive service portfolios based upon best-in-class application platforms."

Walker, co-author of Converged Multimedia Networks (Wiley, 2006), explained that service portfolios created from best-in-class application platforms, when coupled with the open subscriber service profile model of IMS, pave the way for service providers to move away from a "one size fits all" approach to value added services and enable them to address discrete demographics with tailored service offerings.

"The economics of traditional service delivery approaches effectively render small segments unreachable," he observed. "Mixing and matching best-in-class applications by itself doesn't really go far enough. Leapstone CCE serviceBROKER is a tool to effectively create and efficiently manage thousands of distinct service profiles, giving service providers access to niche markets that until now have been unreachable".

About Leapstone Systems

Leapstone Systems delivers intelligent service delivery and content management solutions to network operators. The Communications Convergence Engine (CCE) product suite is aligned with the IMS architectural framework and empowers network operators to expand and evolve their product portfolios to include all elements of the triple/quad play, including IPTV, VoIP, high-speed internet data and fixed-mobile convergence. Leapstone CCE has been licensed by multiple operators worldwide, including BellSouth, Verizon Wireless, Qwest and AT&T, which awarded Leapstone its 2006 Supplier Recognition Award for Outstanding Performance in Technical Innovations.

Leapstone is privately held and headquartered in New Jersey, USA. The company has sales offices and technical centers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. Additional news and information about the company is available at http://www.leapstone.com.

About GMI 2006

GMI 2006 will bring together dozens of carriers and vendors to test the interoperability of IMS-based infrastructure components in a real-world setting. Providing a test-bed for the full spectrum of hardware, processes and services needed to assemble an effective next-generation delivery platform, GMI 2006 is designed to validate MSF Release 3 Implementation Agreements covering a wide range of topics including roaming across multiple network types (including cellular and WiFi), QoS issues (including session border control and bandwidth management), and interoperability with 3GPP release 4.

Five of the world's top carriers – BT, KT, NTT, Verizon and Vodafone and a world class test facility UNH-IOL – will host the event to provide world-class networked test facilities spanning 3 continents. Comprising a massive 'real network' trial of the MSF IMS-compatible (IP Multimedia System) Release 3 architecture, this event is critically important to any carrier or vendor committed to building or implementing infrastructure elements compatible with IMS.

About the MSF

The MultiService Forum is a global association of service providers and system suppliers committed to developing and promoting open architecture, multiservice 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, and encouraging input to appropriate national and international standards bodies. For more information about the MSF and its members, visit the MSF web site at http://www.msforum.org/.

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