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SuperConnection Testing Serves as "Grand Finale" at IMTC's SuperOp! 2001Interoperability Event

Test proves large-scale interoperability and interworking works

San Ramon, CA - September 13, 2001 - The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) today announced that the SuperConnection testing will serve as the "grand finale" to IMTC's SuperOp! 2001 event in Honolulu, Hawaii. SuperConnection testing will run from 8 AM to noon Hawaii Time on Friday, September 14.

SuperConnection proves that large-scale interoperability and interworking works. The SuperConnection testing session will connect all available test stations into a large, single conference which consists of a mixture of voice and video, and voice only equipment. The 85 engineers participating at SuperOp! come from more than 25 telecommunications companies and will connect gatekeepers, gateways, proxies, MCUs, endpoints and network components into this integrated conference. Pre-release and commercially available products are tested according to specific test plans and procedures. The testing will consist of interoperability and interworking between IP networks and switched-circuit networks including H.323, SIP, iNOW! Profile, T.120, H.320, H.324 M, H.248/Megaco, and H.450 protocols.

SuperOp! is a multivendor, multiprotocol, multitransport interoperability-testing event. Participants include multimedia telecommunications equipment producers, protocol stack vendors, and multimedia and voice endpoint vendors.

The goal of SuperOp! is to allow companies that manufacture multimedia telecommunications equipment to make their products work seamlessly with equipment from other companies. Because of this 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. SuperConnection provides a unique opportunity to any company that produces multimedia telecommunications equipment to test their equipment and services at an unprecedented level.

SuperOp! has become a proving ground for the industry. Engineers can identify both technical and practical issues of usability and deployment and use this information to develop practical, effective solutions.

"SuperConnection is the culmination of intense testing at SuperOp!," said Greg Meyer, Chair of IMTC's Network Infrastructure Work Group and Senior Program Manager at Intel. "With SuperConnection, the IMTC aims to identify practical, industry-wide solutions to issues in multimedia telecommunications."

Organizations that are interested in participating in IMTC interoperability testing 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 www.imtc.org.

Primary financial sponsors of IMTC SuperOp! 2001 are IMTC, Polycom and Intel. Polycom and Intel are also providing infrastructure and support services. Other sponsors include Microsoft, Avaya and Sony.

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 http://www.imtc.org.

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