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ATIS Sets Up Telepresence Testing Program

July 3, 2012 | William Zimmerman
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ATIS' Cloud Services Forum (CSF) has developed a new program to conduct live testing of network interconnection and interoperability of telepresence services in a service provider network environment.

Set to be completed by this fall, the initial testing phase will address various telepresence endpoint types across live service provider networks. The goal of the testing is to help drive interoperability and interconnection in a multi-vendor and multi-service provider environment.

Joining Tier 1 service providers AT&T (NYSE: T) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ) in the initial live testing exercise will be videoconferencing vendors Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO), Huawei and Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Lync. This group demonstrate system interoperability of their respective systems.

The new testing environment builds on ATIS' initial work for telepresence interoperability developed in its Cloud Services Forum (CSF) and Content Distribution Network-Interconnection (CDN-I) initiatives: CDN-I Use Case Specifications report (ATIS-0200003), CDN Interconnection Use Cases and Requirements for Multicast-Based Content Distribution (ATIS-0200004), and the Cloud Framework for Telepresence Service (ATIS-0200005).

"After we finished the CDN-I work, we were just starting to figure out how we'd move up the stack and examine applications and the impact of applications across service providers," said Joe Rostock, Vice President and Chief Technologist at ATIS, in an interview with FierceTelecom. "Now that we have the use cases developed and we have clear alignment from the operators that are going to participate as well as the platform providers."

There are two main elements to the new testing program: interoperability and interconnectivity between service provider networks.

For interoperability, the goal will be to examine what the market is asking for and compare it to what exists in the vendor's platforms and what exists in the networks in the context of VPNs.

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