Interview With Bo Jönsson – IMS CO-AG Leader

We continue our a series of interviews with IMTC members, this time with Bo Jönsson, the co-ag leader of the IMS Activity Group at IMTC and the standardization manager of terminal testing at Ericsson AB.

IMTC Blog: Bo, thanks a lot for your time! How many companies participate in your group today?

Bo: 9 companies are participating in the group today: Ericsson, France Telecom, Huawei, Intel, Nokia, RADVISION, Samsung, Sony Mobile, and ST-Ericsson.

IMTC Blog: What is the key technology you are testing and what role does it play in UC and communication in general?

Bo: IMS voice/video according GSMA recommendations PRDs IR.92 and IR.94. This VoLTE initiative is based on 3GPP and the LTE radio access technology which is becoming the basis for all future mobile systems.
3GPP defined telecommunication and IP-based multimedia services are well recognized for mobile and personal communications.

IMTC Blog: What is the group value to the industry? And why does it operate in IMTC?

Bo: To provide IOT possibilities for 3GPP defined IP-based multimedia services. IMTC is a well-recognized organization for interoperability testing.

IMTC Blog: Why are you a member of this group and what value does it bring to your company?

Bo: The enhancement of telecommunication is a key interest for our company. Device IOT testing of 3GPP defined IP-based multimedia services and associated GSMA profiles such as IR.92 (VoLTE) and IR.94 (Video) is an important area to achieve this.

IMTC Blog: What were the most important achievements of your group in 2012? How did it support the industry?

Bo: There are few:

  •  The activity and number of companies has increased.
  • The test documentation for IR.92 is enhanced with more test scenario e.g. SRVCC and IMS Emergency.
  • We have also introduced test documentation for IMS conversational video service according GSMA PRD IR.94.

IMTC Blog: What are your plans for 2013?

BO: We have 3 main goals for 2013:

  • Participate in the IMTC SuperOP! event.
  • Provide more face to face test opportunities.
  • Include GSMA PRD IR.39 “IMS Profile for High Definition Video Conference (HDVC) Service” in the scope for test documentation and face to face testing.

IMTC Blog: What do you think will change in your field or technology you are testing in the future?

Bo: 3GPP defined IP-based multimedia services will become more important for delivering audio, text, video and graphics direct to people in information based services.

IMTC Blog: What kind of value do you think IMTC brings to your company?

BO: IMTC is an organization for engineers that allows to take part of the telecommunication evolution and make it happen in real live testing environments.

We thank Bo for his time and look forward for the upcoming SuperOp! event.

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Industry News Summary – Jabber, NAT66 And NanoSIM

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IMTC SuperOP! 2011 – VoLTE, TIP, QoE & SVC

  • VoLTE Testings, will be conducted during the IMTC SuperOP! event that will take place in Kona, Hawaii, during the week of May 16th-20th, 2011. During the event, tests will be focused on terminals and core network. This makes the IMTC SuperOp! 2011 testing event unique, and one of the few places to actually accomplish this level of engineer to engineer interoperability testing. IMTC is inviting all terminal companies to participate including ST-Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, Sharp, LG, RIM and others, as well as Operators with interest in VoLTE. Contact Anatoli Levin (alevine@radvision.com) orPaul Ritchie (pritchie@inventures.com) for additional details.
  • Open TIP Testing at SuperOpTelepresence Interoperability Protocol testing will be a key focus during the SuperOP! 2011 event.
    IMTC is inviting all interested parties, both members and non-members alike, to participate in this event’s engineering focused testing.
    For more information about TIP testing at SuperOP! Event, press here (pdf).
  • IMTC H264 SVC & QoE Workshop - IMTC will be holding a SVC & QoE Workshop during our SuperOp!, May 16-20. This is an open call to all IMTC members to participate, AND, submit proposals for speaker slots and presentations. This workshop, organized as part of IMTC SuperOp! 2011, is intended to bring together experts in the field to discuss what SVC means to the videoconferencing and UC industries, what is missing in terms of standards support, and what steps should the industry take to ensure interoperability. If you would like a time-slot on the agenda, Speaker proposals should be sent to our IMTC Service desk at Help@IMTC.org by April 4, 2011, and include the speaker’s name, affiliation, and presentation title.
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Role of Virtual Worlds in Business – Second Life Panel

How can four people from different parts of the world meet for a coffee?

What makes people from different background, religion,  social status and abilities connect to each other? How can 750 million disable people can potentially maintain active social life despite of their disabilities?

The answer is Virtual worlds, and in the IMTC 2025 case – Integration of a virtual world with video conferencing. Two of our panelists appeared with their avatar while the other two used video streams. The result – a mixed virtual and real life video-conference.

One of the most successful virtual worlds  is Second Life – some see it as a game – but it doesn’t contain any specific goals or traditional game-play mechanics.
For others  it is what it is – a Virtual world, full of residents, ideas, groups, societies and an economy.
SL contains over 18 million accounts and have it’s own currency, where in-game dollars can be converted to USD.
SL economy sheer size is huge – it’s estimated at 567 million USD – 25% of the whole virtual goods industry in the US.
“Virtual” life never seemed so real.

SL and other virtual communities attract businesses in the same way Social Networks attracted and still attracts businesses.
With new platforms there are new ways for businesses interact with their clients and there are new potential clients to interact with – What would be the role of virtual worlds in 2025?

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IMTC PSS activities

Packet Switched Streaming Activity Group is a part of the IMTC testing groups, consists of over 20 companies and helping interoperability happen in the PSS field.

We asked the PSS chairs, Farid Benamrouche and Ari Heikkinen to talk about the PSS group activities:

First, what is the PSS activity group?

The abbreviation stands for Packet Switched Streaming Services Activity Group.
The main focus in PSS AG has been testing the 3GPP PSS specifications from release 4 to release 9.

In general the functionalities to test are based on member companies’ needs and wishes, as expressed through group discussion and consensus. In addition to basic streaming the recent testing activities have focused to features like HSPDA, rate adaptation, NAT/Firewall traversal, and fast content switching. The group is not limited to testing 3GPP specifications – for example, one feature which has raised interest in the group has been HTTP streaming according to the IETF draft submitted by Apple; the group developed a test specification and began testing this feature in March 2010.
Also the new 3GPP HTTP streaming specification is clearly one of the features to be tested in near future.

We have 21 members within the group including both server and client companies, and 10-12 of the companies contribute actively to regular calls and testing events. PSS AG gives direct feedback to 3GPP and other relevant SDO’s (e.g. IETF) for clarifications/modifications based on the experiments within the group.

* What does your activity group offer to companies in the PSS field?

First of all, participation in PSS Activity Group and in IMTC activities in general is an excellent way to simply improve your company’s product by finding and fixing possible interoperability issues early. This also helps reducing the time to market for new features deployment. We have an advanced web tracking tool based on test documents which manages test results and provides this information in report format directly to the relevant engineers. Besides face-to-face and virtual testing events remote testing is possible on a continuous basis.

PSS AG membership also enables early involvement on testing and deployment of emerging new standards with other leaders and experts in the industry. From the expert technical discussion within PSS-AG, one can for instance get easily answers to problematic issues which the engineers may be facing.

Active PSS AG participation also serves as de-facto proof for interoperability which is certainly recognized by potential customers.

* What is the role of the group chairmen?

I would say that the main role is facilitating the activities in different areas like hosting conference calls, collecting feedback in general, coordinating test case creation and feature planning, liasons for SDOs, provision of needed tools for testing, planning the events etc.  So you could say that the group chairmen are to help the member companies’ to fulfill their common (and individual) needs.

One part of the work is also to represent the group to external parties as well as towards the IMTC organization.

* What are the group greatest achievements to date?

PSS-AG had a significant role in facilitating deployment of the original 3GPP PSS based media services, and it continues to facilitate deployment of new features today. This success has significantly increased the group of member companies participating in tests. The PSS AG has a liaison relationship with different SDOs, and liaisons have been posted regularly on our testing experience. Such liaisons often result in the SDO’s accepting PSS-AG feedback and making changes and improvements to the specifications.

* What are the major goals for 2010?

Naturally we continuously want to keep PSS AG as an interesting and growing forum for interoperability testing, and via that to enable the industry wide deployment of PSS related features and applications.   At concrete level the upcoming SuperOP event in June will be the main event of the year, where all basically all features having a PSS test specification can be tested onsite. Feature wise, http streaming from Apple and 3GPP will be perhaps the most significant new features to be tested (or a test spec to be created) this year.

Farid Benamrouche is currently Project Manager of the R&D streaming solutions at NXP Software. He is an expert on wireless streaming protocols ranging from 3G to Bluetooth and various multimedia technologies. Farid is currently Co-Chairman of the Packet Switched Stream (PSS) activity group in International Telecommunications Consortium and was before that actively contributing to the Bluetooth SIG interoperability.

NXP Software is an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) with local sales and support in eight countries, and has established partnerships with key vendors to ensure optimum flexibility, ease-of-integration and interoperability between HW and SW platforms. Their software is supporting customers to translate their innovative ideas into consumer lifestyle experiences that truly stand out from the crowd.

Ari Heikkinen is Director of Programs in PV Finland. Before joining PV in 2007 he worked in various research and management positions in Nokia from 1995 to 2007. Dr. Heikkinen received a Ph.D. in Signal Processing in Tampere University of Technology in 2002. He has several publications and holds 5 patents. In his current role he manages several customer programs related to multimedia communications systems and services. Dr. Heikkinen acts as a co-chair for Packet Switched Streaming (PSS) Activity Group in International Telecommunications Consortium.

PacketVideo (PV) is recognized and awarded pioneer in creating and innovating various multimedia software solutions for both mobiles and connected home devices. PV’s software powers the world’s leading mobile entertainment services and has shipped in over 300 million units worldwide in hundreds of different handsets and CE devices. PV is a US based company with headquarters in San Diego, California. European research and development offices are located in Germany, Switzerland and Finland.

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