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MSF Turns to Cisco and JDSU for Leadership

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April 21, 2011

MSF Turns to Cisco and JDSU for Leadership

By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributor

The MSF (MultiService Forum (News - Alert)) has re-elected Kyu-Ouk Lee, Principal Member / Project Manager, Engineering at Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) in Korea as well as David Francisco, Standards Manager at Nokia Siemens (News - Alert) Networks to the Board of Directors. MSF has also appointed William Vink, Solution Engineer at JDSU and Sai Mahalingam, Technical Marketing Engineer at Cisco Systems Inc. to its Technical Committee Leadership Team.

In a release, Jim McEachern, Genband, MSF president, said that “We are very fortunate to have such a rich and broad mix of carriers and vendors represented on the MSF leadership team. It’s clear that the impressive growth in the MSF this year is driven by the value the industry sees in our focus on Voice over LTE (VoLTE), IP Network-to-Network Interconnection (IP-NNI) testing as well as Performance and IPTV Interoperability Testing.”

MSF will hold a VoLTE IOT event in partnership with GSMA in September 2011, which will be hosted by Vodafone (News - Alert) and China Mobile. The seven companies officially sponsoring the event are: Alepo, Huawei, GENBAND (News - Alert), ZTE, Cisco, Bridgewater Systems and WiChorus. The event will mainly focus on validating the technical recommendations of GSMA related to IMS-based VoLTE. It will also involve testing of basic interoperability, interconnection and roaming of VoLTE, handover/relocation and Self Organizing Networks, and non-LTE Access to EPC. Since the announcement of the event in MSF’s Q2 meeting, most of the testing slots have been filled and MSF has extended the sign-up period for the event till 30 April, 2011.

In 2011, the MSF has added five new member companies including Alepo, JDSU, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Bridgewater Systems, and WiChorus, a Tellabs (News - Alert) Company.

William Vink stated that “JDSU brings additional testing expertise to the MSF’s IOT program and the MSF provides JDSU with the opportunity to work with the MSF team on interoperability testing of the latest technologies such as the current VoLTE IOT.”

The MultiService Forum (MSF), founded in 1998, is a global association of telecommunications companies including test equipment vendors, service providers and system suppliers. It focuses on promoting and developing multiservice, open-architecture Next Generation Networks.

Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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