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Leaders in Multimedia Telecommunications Systems Join IMTC at SuperOp! 2003 in Austin, Texas

SuperOp! is designed to enhance interoperability between diverse systems; event will feature first-time certification testing by H.323 forum. PSS Activity Group also completes first interoperability tests over a live 3G network of real time multimedia delivery through Packet Switched Streaming (PSS).

SAN RAMON, Calif., Sept. 9, 2003 - The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) Inc., along with major event sponsors Nortel Networks; Polycom, Inc.; RADVISION and Sony, Inc.; are pleased to announce the 2003 IMTC SuperOp! to be held in Austin, Texas USA from Sept. 23-27, 2003. SuperOp! is a multivendor, multiprotocol, multitransport interoperability-testing event designed to help enhance interoperability between systems from different vendors. The more than 80 participants represent leading organizations and include multimedia telecommunications equipment producers, protocol stack vendors and network infrastructure, and multimedia and voice endpoint vendors.

The goal of SUPEROP! is to enable manufacturers of multimedia telecommunications equipment to make their products work seamlessly with equipment from other companies in a large-scale test environment. Because of the diversity of equipment, protocols and vendors, it is not practical or economical for a single organization to duplicate such large-scale connectivity in its own test lab. SuperOp! provides a unique opportunity to any company that produces multimedia telecommunications equipment to test their equipment and services at an unprecedented level.

This event will enable 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. In addition, this year's event will feature H.323 Forum Certification testing!

All testing will be conducted by IMTC Activity Groups and will include interoperability and interworking tests between IP networks and switched-circuit networks:

  • H.323 Interworking (testing between any of the listed protocols) will be tested throughout SuperOp! and a focus during the SuperConnection!
  • SIP
  • Videoconferencing over ISDN (H.320)
  • H.324
  • Data conferencing (T.120)
  • H.248
  • H.450
  • Megaco
  • QoS & Performance Testing

In addition to the Austin event, the IMTC recently completed the first interoperability tests over a live 3G network of real time multimedia delivery through Packet Switched Streaming (PSS). Leading vendors in mobile phone and network technologies conducted the first interoperability tests at the Ericsson Research Center, Kista, Sweden from August 25 - 29, making a decisive step forward in enabling exciting new applications in mobile multimedia communications.

"Polycom is proud to be one of the sponsors of this years SuperOp! Event, which provides a forum where engineers from different companies can work together to resolve interoperability issues between products", said Mark Ludwig, a senior engineering manager at Polycom, Inc. "Our sponsorship further demonstrates Polycom's commitment to supporting the IMTC and its goals of driving standards and true interoperability for real-time, rich-media communications."

"The IMTC is a powerful driving force in enabling the communications architecture of tomorrow and we are proud to be a supporting sponsor of SuperOp!, the industry's premiere interoperability testing event," said Yoni Malachi, Chief Technology Officer for RADVISION's (Nasdaq: RVSN) Technology Business Unit. "RADVISION shares in the IMTC's vision of a communications future where all end points and products interoperate, regardless of the protocol, and we believe that SuperOp provide a unique forum in which vendors such as ourselves can test our next generation solutions and products in an interoperability environment like no other."

"The SuperOp! forum is a good opportunity for manufacturers of rich-media communication products, such as videoconferencing and IP-based solutions, to come together, share our learnings and conduct interoperability testing of products," said Nori Sayanagi, General Manager of e-communications solutions for Sony Electronics' Business Solutions Division. "What we set out to accomplish here can help set the stage for future product development and lead to a standards-based infrastructure."

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, including SIP, H.323, H.320, and H.248/Megaco.

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 60 interoperability-testing events to test H .320, H.323, H.324, SIP, T.120, , and Voice over IP products and services with each other. The IMTC Board of Directors includes representatives from Cisco Systems, Delithium Networks, France Telecom, Nokia, Polycom, RADVISION, Ridgeway, Siemens AG, Sony, TANDBERG, and Telverse a Level 3 company. 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.

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