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IMTC Invites Conferencing Industry to Attend and Participate in SuperOp! 2001 in Honolulu, September 10-14

San Ramon, CA - August 1, 2001 - The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) has invited members of such conferencing industry organizations as ETSI, SIP Forum, TIA, TTC, ISC, and 3GPP SA4 to attend the IMTC's SuperOp! 2001and participate in the interoperability testing during the event in Hawaii, September 11 -14.

SuperOp! enables manufacturers of multimedia conferencing and telephony products to test the interoperability of current and future offerings across a mixture of Internet, intranet, LAN/WAN, digital (ISDN), and analog (POTS) telephone networks. The IMTC's SuperOp! event provides a venue for testing the interoperability of multimedia communication products based on open standards including, but not limited to, those adopted by IETF, ETSI, and ITU. More than 100 organizations and over 300 engineers from all over the world have attended previous IMTC SuperOp events and a similar group of participants is expected this year.

The last day of SuperOp! testing focuses on building the SuperConnection! of more than 100 components that are joined in a single conference. The components include endpoints, gateways, proxies, gatekeepers, and MCUs that are linked together using a variety of protocols -- SIP, H.323, H.320, and H.248/Megaco.

Approximately 150 test teams will test both pre-release and commercial products based on specific test plans and procedures. The testing will include interoperability and internetworking between IP networks and switched-circuit networks: H.323, SIP, iNOW! Profile, T.120, H.320, H.324 M, H.248/Megaco, H.450, QoS performance testing, 3G-324M, packet-switched streaming, and 3DPP protocols.

At this SuperOp!, IMTC adds Packed Switch Streaming (PSS) to broaden its interoperability testing arena. PSS will check interoperability of audio and video Codecs (GSM/AMR, AAC, H.263, and MPEG-4 Visual) and the content negotiation and transport protocols (RTSP, RTP/RTCP, and SDP).

"Actively participating in SuperOp! helps to substantially reduce the time-to-market for new products and provides significant savings in product development and testing costs," said Greg W. Meyer, Chair of IMTC's Network Infrastructure Work Group and a Program Manager at Intel. "SuperOp! sets the worldwide standard in interoperability testing for multimedia conferencing and telephony products. We encourage new or existing IMTC members to join the process by offering input, sending engineering teams, and by providing equipment for testing."

Organizations that are interested in participating in SuperOp! and are not currently members of the IMTC are invited to join the consortium. For more details about the IMTC's ongoing Interop and SuperOp interoperability testing please visit the

Primary sponsors of IMTC SuperOp! 2001 are Polycom and Intel, which are providing LAN infrastructure and support services. Microsoft is providing Exchange services to help participants schedule and coordinate testing prior to and during SuperOp!.

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 100 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