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Focus on Overcoming Barriers to Large Scale IP product and service Deployments

San Ramon, CA - June 29, 2001 - The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) is refining its mission to more effectively address and resolve implementation and deployment issues for IP-based multimedia telecommunications products and services. IMTC is concentrating its efforts on several well known technical issues that need immediate resolution but fall outside the current scope of other international consortia and standards bodies. By taking the lead on resolving such technology issues as network address translation (NAT), firewall traversal, IP Mobility, and quality of service (QoS), the IMTC is deploying its resources, expertise and accumulated knowledge to support the multimedia communications industry's rapid growth and development.

Since its formation in 1994, the IMTC has continued to evolve, addressing current technologies affecting its member companies. The IMTC enjoys a long, stellar history of accomplishments in its endeavors:

  • Rapid definition and ratification of such standards as T.120, H.324, and H.323
  • Industry-wide interoperability of standards-based conferencing equipment
  • Integration of such industry initiatives as the Voice over Internet Protocol Forum and iNOW!
  • Cooperative agreements with such standards bodies as ETSI, TTC, and ITU-T

"Refining our focus reinforces and expands our mission - to promote and facilitate the development and use of interoperable, real-time, multimedia telecommunication products and services, based on open international standards," said Matt Collier, president of IMTC and CEO of Telverse Communications. "Our new technical efforts will allow IMTC to help solve some very sticky technical problems that face both large and small members today. To further its efforts, IMTC will continue to work to influence the direction of international standardization of these recommendations through our members and liaisons with standards-making bodies worldwide including ETSI, IETF, ITU, TIA and TTC."

The new IMTC mission encompasses existing efforts and broadens its role by grouping together unique, yet similar, activities. Work performed by the IMTC is divided into four broad areas: industry requirements, protocols & systems, network infrastructure, and education. IMTC is also deploying its combined expertise to draft overall technical working plans that address base technology and interoperability issues that have stymied large-scale deployment of IP-based multimedia telecommunications products and services.

The IMTC is applying its extensive industry experience and that of IMTC member companies to identify additional obstacles facing the industry. IMTC invites other companies and industry organizations to work together with the IMTC to address recurring technical issues involving design, implementation, or deployment in order to achieve worldwide adoption of IP-based telecommunications products and services.

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 multimedia interoperability testing events and demonstrations throughout the world. Over the past three years, the IMTC has hosted more than 60 interoperability events to test T.120, H.320, H.323, H.324, SIP and Voice over IP products and services for compatibility with each other. The IMTC Board of Directors includes representatives from Avaya, BT, Cisco Systems, Forgent, France Telecom, Intel, IBM, KPN Telecom, Microsoft, Siemens AG, Nokia, PictureTel, Polycom, Telverse, and Worldcom. The San Ramon, California-based consortium comprises more than 120 member organizations from around the globe. Membership is open to any interested party, including vendors of audio, document, and video conferencing hardware and software; communications companies; teleconferencing service providers; end users; academic institutions; government agencies; and non-profit organizations. The consortium's Web site address is