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Multimedia ready for "quantum leap" to join NGN
IMTC-Forum sets stage for making multimedia communication
as significant application over Next Generation Networks -Experts view state of
multimedia standardization - Expanding market calls for new technologies and tools
San Jose, Calif., May 18, 2004 - The Multimedia industry appears to be set
for the next great step in the development of this expanding communications sector.
The agenda of the IMTC Spring Forum 2004 being hosted from today to Thursday this
week at Sony Electronics in San Jose, California, shows that preparing for the Next
Generation Networks will be one of the main challenges for the multimedia community.
Some 100 engineers, managers and researchers got together for this three day Forum
organized annually by the International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium to
take stock of current trends in the field.
"This IMTC Forum will cover a wide area of topics in a very short time,
starting with a revision of the current state of multimedia standardization where
we still experience in the area of Intellectual Property Policy and practice severe
deficiencies urgently requiring remedy," said IMTC President Dr. Istvan Sebestyen at
the opening of the Forum, which will last until Thursday, May 20. He added, that "
the main thrust of our conference, however, will be on preparing our industry for the
Next Generation Networks. Our products have consistently shown significant growth-rates
even in times of generally stagnating markets, but now it is time to prepare for new
technologies, networks and tools, providing easier access to a broader set of users,
thus throwing multimedia communications open to the millions of internet and mobile
communications users worldwide." As Dr. Sebestyen pointed out, the Multimedia
Telecommunications community appears to be particularly well prepared for this as he
said, it is most fortunate that NGN looks at multimedia as one of its main application
areas. Several NGN concepts have originated in 2G-3G mobile networks, which in many
cases have gone far beyond what has been available on wire-line networks. "
Multimedia on converged fixed and mobile networks is today's major issue in NGN
standardization", he said, adding: "This IMTC Forum is providing an
overview of present and future multimedia technologies to prepare IMTC and our
members for the hard work that lies ahead."
After Dr. Sebestyen's opening remarks the Forum took off with a presentation on
"to be determined" by Pete Ludé, Senior Vice President of Sony
Solutions Business in the United States, a 25-year veteran in the broadcasting
and media industry currently responsible for IP-based communication technologies
in the B2B marketplace. The following session "Where are standards going in
the communications area" looked at new standards relevant for multimedia such as
the H.350 standard adopted last year as well as taking a critical look on recent
developments in standard setting, where the feeling prevailed that traditional
standard setting bodies still face difficulties in coping with the complex issues
of multimedia telecommunications technologies.
Over the next two days, the IMTC Forum will also look at the role of SIP and H.323
in multimedia and on how to make multimedia ore mobile. The final day of the Forum
will mainly focus on reports from the Consortium`s highly successful activity groups,
including a report of the recently activated Historical Archive on Intellectual
Property Rights and an update on the results of the Packet Switched Streaming Group.
The 2004 IMTC Forum, which is being hosted by Sony Electronics in San Jose,
California is being endorsed by Frost and Sullivan Consulting, the Interactive
Multimedia and Collaborative Communications Alliance (IMCCA), the OSGi Alliance, a
nd Wainhouse Research.
About the IMTC
The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) is an
industry-leading non-profit organization whose mission is to promote,
encourage, and facilitate the development and implementation of
interoperable multimedia conferencing solutions based on open international
standards. The IMTC hosts interoperability testing events and demonstrations
throughout the world. Over the past three years the IMTC has hosted more than
20 interoperability-testing events to test H.323, H.324, SIP, T.120, H .320,
and Voice over IP products and services with each other. The IMTC Board of Directors
includes representatives from Cisco Systems, Dilithium Networks, Emblaze Systems,
France Telecom, Level 3 Communications, MediaDigm Technology, Nextreaming Corp.,
Nokia, Nortel Networks, Polycom, RADVISION, Siemens AG, Sony, and TANDBERG. The
San Ramon, California-based consortium comprises approximately 70 member organizations
from around the globe. Membership is open to any interested party, including vendors
of audio, document, and video conferencing hardware and software; academic institutions;
government agencies; and non-profit organizations. "The IMTC is making Rich Media
happen Anywhere, Anytime." Further information on IMTC can be found at http://www.imtc.org.