In Berlin again later this week ..

Futuretext is a partner of Frauenhofer FOKUS and I I am speaking/moderating sessions at the 3rd International FOKUS IMS Workshop 2007

This event is awesome .. and completely sold out with very significant Operator participation ..

If you are in Berlin happy to meet

Abstracts below

Abstracts of the 3rd International FOKUS IMS Workshop 2007 Presentations

Tutorial 1:

“IMS Basics, Standards Update and Future Challenges in Face of Web2.0″

Prof. Dr. T. Magedanz, N. Blum – TU Berlin / Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany

Telecommunications is at crossroads. The ongoing network convergence and the associated idea of providing seamless multimedia information and communication services demands for a structured and globally standardized all-IP service provisioning architecture. This is today represented by the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), which is standardized by 3GPP, 3GPP2, ETSI TISPAN, and CableLabs. Although all these standards are closely aligned, there small differences due to the different targeted access networks (i.e. mobile, fixed, cable, etc.). However, one of the main questions to day is what are the IMS killer applications justifying the deployment of IMS infrastructures and how do IMS-based multimedia services distinguish from the new generation of Web2.0 services. Closely linked to this question is also the question about how IMS as a platform architecture link into Service Delivery Platforms (SDPs) and the corresponding notion of Service Oriented Architectures (SOA). In this tutorial we want to introduce IMS and discuss the above mentioned issues to provide the necessary base for the subsequent workshops and conference sessions. We will also introduce briefly the Open IMS Playground, as well as the related new Open SOA Telco Playground and the Media Interoperability Lab. Thus newcomers to the subject will obtain a sound introduction and experts can gain an update about the key IMS deployment issues.

Topics covered in this tutorial:

1. Network Convergence, NGN and SDPs

- Service Drivers: VoIP, FMC, Triple Play

- Core Network Evolution towards NGN

- Service Delivery Platforms for NGN / All IP networks

- IMS Motivation: IN + Internet

- NGN Standards Bodies: IETF, 3GPP, 3GPP2, ETSI, ITU-T, ATIS, A-IMA, OMA

2. 3GPP IMS Core Layer

- Understanding IMS as Overlay Architecture

- IMS Core components and interactions (P-CSCF, I-CSCSF, S-CSCF, Client, HSS, MRF, MG)

- IMS Session Control, QoS, Charging, and Security

3. IMS Application Layer

- IMS AL components and interactions (HSS, AS, MRF, IMS enablers,

Clients)

- Application Server operation modes and example call flows

- Service provisioning within IMS

- AS Options (CAMEL, OSA, SIP Servlets)

- IMS Enablers: Presence, XDMS, Devise Management, Messaging, etc.

4. IMS Services in face of Web2.0 and emerging SOA Technologies

- IMS vs. SDP aspects (creation, provisioning, execution, management)

- SOA on top of IMS

- Understanding Web2.0 Basics

- Web2.0 Case Studies

- Linking Web2.0 with IMS: Principles and case study

5. IMS Introduction Options

- IMS Market Figures

- IMS Business Models and key challenges

- Introducing the related FOKUS Labs

- Open IMS Playground and the Open Source IMS Core

- Open SOA Telco Playground

- Media Interoperability Lab

6. Summary and Q&A

Tutorial 2:

“Getting Started with the Open Source IMS Core (OSIMS)”

P. Weik, D. Vingarzan – Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany

In November 2006, the Open IMS Core project (www.openimscore.org) was launched at the 2nd IMS Workshop of the Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS. Almost one year later, it can already be stated that the project itself became a big success since it is well accepted for the establishment of open test environments in the NGN context worldwide. This tutorial will again highlight the essential functions and implemented features of the four IMS components that form the Open IMS Core and will show how to install and configure them. In detail the tutorial will cover:

* Motivation for using Open Source Software in IMS

* The Open IMS Core

o The Proxy-CSCF

o The Interrogating-CSCF

o The Serving-CSCF

o The Home Subscriber Server

* The Project: Licensing, Links, Structure, Documentation

* Live Demonstration and Configuration Options of the Open IMS Core

Workshop 1:

“IMS and Web2.0/SOA”

Led by N. Blum, T. Magedanz – Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany and A. Jaokar, Futuretext, UK

Today Service Oriented Architectures (SOA) are considered as the state-of-the-art for service delivery platforms. Nevertheless, Service Oriented Architectures have been present in the last years in telecommunications but gaining currently a new momentum. IMS enabler platforms are developed that need new mechanisms in regard of service design, creation, deployment, provisioning and management of seamless services across different access networks and supporting various business models. Furthermore, the WWW has developed new APIs and functionalities that are currently referred to as Web2.0 and service mashups.

This workshop will address current topics in regard of the integration of telco services into Web2.0 mashups and vice versa using Service Oriented Architectures.

14:00

Introduction of the Open SOA Telco Playground (Niklas Blum, Fraunhofer FOKUS)

* Mission statement

* Components and Services

14:30

Presentations and Discussions – SOA

* Thomas Magedanz, FOKUS: “Evolution of SOA concepts in Telecommunications – a Déjà Vu?”

* Johan Östman, Oracle: “Case Study: End2end SOA”

* Arie Gofer, Unipier: “Service Level Policy Enforcement and Management”

* Tiziana Margaria, University Potsdam: “Towards SOA/Web2.0 Telco Creation Toolkits”

15:30

Coffee Break

15:50

Presentations and Discussions – SOA and Web2.0

* Ajit Jaokar, Futuretext: “Mobile Web2.0″

* Jörg Heuer, T-Labs: “Case Study: Web X.0 Enablers for Telecommunications”

* Stefan Holtel, Vodafone R&D: “Merging Web2.0 mashups with Telco Service Enablers”

* Wolfgang Weigend, BEA: “Enterprise Social Computing, Web2.0 mashups and Telco Services”

16:50

Panel Discussion (led by Ajit Jaokar)

“Web2.0 – just a marketing buzz, a threat for telcos or the Chance for Telcos everybody has waited for?”

Participants:

* Nick Huslak, AT&T

* Jörg Heuer, T-Labs

* Stefan Holtel, Vodafone R&D

* Roberto Minerva – Telecom Italia

* Niklas Blum, Fraunhofer FOKUS

17:20

Open SOA Playground Demo

* Web2.0 / Telco mashups

18:00

End of Workshop 1

Workshop 2:

“IMS and IPTV: A way forward to standardized IPTV environments”

Led by S. Arbanowski – Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany

In the last couple of years, first triple play offerings have gained considerable attention worldwide. Together with increasing penetration of Voice over IP and other disruptive technologies such as P2P or community based applications, driven by Web2.0 concepts, they foster the convergence between Internet, media industry, and (mobile) telecommunications.

In this workshop experts will discuss how to overcome the restrictions of existing triple play infrastructures and what role IMS can play for future media ecosystems. As possible answer to all those questions, FOKUS’ Media Interoperability Lab will be introduced during the workshop. It’s a feature rich IPTV environment empowered by the well known FOKUS Open IMS Playground.

14:00

Introduction of FOKUS’ Media Interoperability Lab (Dr. S. Arbanowski – Fraunhofer FOKUS)

- mission & opportunities, architecture and ecosystem

- main components & concepts, services and applications

14:30 Partner Presentations I

- Orange FT Group: IMS based IPTV

- Philips: IMS enabled Consumer Electronics

- Vodafone: IMS based Service Provisioning

15:30 Coffee Break

15:50 Partner Presentations II

- Microsoft: IPTV – a Black-Box Solution?

- NSN – DE/Berlin: Converged TV Services

- RTV/TVI: Broadband Content Guides

- RBB: Interactive TV

17:00 Media Interoperability Lab -> Technical Insights (O. Friedrich, A. Al-Hezmi – Fraunhofer FOKUS)

- (IMS-based) IPTV – must have features & killer use-cases

- Components of an IMS-based IPTV infrastructure (standardization review)

- Signaling Flows for IPTV Sessions (VoD / Live)

- IPTV session management, Media Function architecture and protocols

- Client issues and features (incl. live demo)

18:00 End of Workshop 2 – Media Interoperability Lab Tour (R. Seeliger – Fraunhofer FOKUS)

Workshop 3:

“Open Source IMS Core – Applications of the Software in the Industry & Academia and what to target next”

Led by P. Weik & D. Vingarzan – Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany

The workshop shows the various applications of the Open Source IMS Core and gives user experiences on what has been achieved with it. As the core elements of an IMS can be applied in many setups, the workshop shows interested developers and engineers in what context it was used for application creation or IMS software validation. There will be a detailed discussion on where to go next wrt. to desired features and extensions.

A tentative outline and speaker can be found here.

Workshop 4:

“IMS Testing: Conformance, Interoperability and Performance”

Led by I. Schieferdecker – Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany

It is essential to explore the possibilities of IMS to implement mobile, fixed, Internet and IPTV converged multivendor environments and upcoming Quad-Play services. Most of the operators are currently experimenting in laboratories with IMS and evaluating possibilities for new services. There is clear need for close to reality IMS environments for validation of operator expectations, preparing demonstrations or trials for specific services based on IMS to show advantages of IMS to management and customers. IMS coformance, intra- and inter-domain IMS interoperability and IMS performance and scalability are important topics that need to be addressed. This workshop will discuss selected aspects on how different test approaches can help evaluate the status and potentials of IMS infrastructures and servces.

Presentations:

14:00 Welcome (Ina Schieferdecker)

14:10 Introduction to IMS Testing (G. Din – Fraunhofer FOKUS)

14:40

IMS Interoperability Testing: Strategies, Tools and Lessons Learned (O. Kyas, Tektronix Inc.)

15:20 Coffee Break

15:40 IMS Benchmarking (L. Provoost, Intel and A. Hoffmann, Fraunhofer FOKUS)

16:20 IMS Interoperability Evaluation (M. Bordes, Telecom Italia)

17:00 Discussion: Where does IMS Testing go?

17:30 IMS Benchmarking Demonstration (in room 3007!)

18:00 End of Workshop 4

Abstracts:

* Othmar Kyas, Tektronix Inc.: “IMS Interoperability Testing: Strategies, Tools and Lessons Learned”

With IMS next generation converged telecommunications core network become modular, allowing operators to combine solutions and infrastructure components from difference vendors in a plug-and-play manner, minimizing integration efforts and deployment costs. This is the theory. In order to arrive with the above vision in the real world, intensive interoperability and conformance testing needs to take place. Industry forums such as the Multi Service Forum (MSF) and the IMS Forum have invited for plug-fests and interoperability event to systematically tackle these challenges. This presentation discusses strategies, tools, challenges and lessons learned from IMS conformance testing projects around the world.

o Validation and test of interoperability is key for the success of IMS

o The complexity of the tests requires standardized, automated test procedures

o Learnings from IMS test campaigns around the world show that the road from SIP to IMS is longer and more difficult that many vendors anticipated

Conference – Session 1

IMS Market and Challenges

S. Krems – Detecon GmbH, Germany

Since years the telco sector faces revenue declines on its traditional services. With the introduction of all IP networks and the fragmentation of the value chain this development is even boosted. The Holy Grail to overcome the dilemma has not yet been found. NGN’s are implemented to reduce cost and gain service independence. Service delivery has to follow that paradigm. Moving a Telco towards an all IP based provider is not an item by item task. It has to be understood as a holistic approach changing nearly everything in the organization and operation. Since IMS was announced in the market as open and powerful tool to simplify service creation and delivery it went through the typical hype cycle. The presentation will give an overview of the market situation of IMS today and its realistic perspectives and challenges. An approach is introduced to support the exploitation of the full potential of an all IP migration and the optimal way to an open IP based service control plane.

Roles of NGN applications for potential IMS deployments

E. Mikoczy – T-Com, Slovak Telekom A.S. Slovakia

Short abstract:

- NGN application aspects driving IMS deployments

- Application migration to IMS and related issues

- Service interoperability and standards compatibility

- Converged services based on IMS

- ST experience with IMS testbed

Extended abstract:

Several factors have a direct impact to the operator’s plans for future IMS deployments and feasible NGN migration scenarios. We would like to focus in our presentation on NGN application aspects and their role as drivers for future IMS deployments but also provide overview about related issues and open questions. Operator need to take into account several aspects in case of decision to deploy IMS as unified service control platform for NGN applications (migration of existing applications, user and service profile concepts, introduction of new converged services, interoperability and standards compatibility of early stage IMS platforms etc.). We would like present also ST experience with IMS testbed and some demo concepts.

IMS for NGN – Triple Play and FMC

T. Murakami – NTT, Japan

The NGN to be built by a telecommunications carrier is a converged network that will provide a wide variety of services. The capabilities that are common to and characterize the IMS, and are expected to play a central role in the construction of the NGN are its ability to:

1. simulate the PSTN,

2. provide FMC functions,

3. provide broadband services, and

4. support a variety of applications.

This presentation will introduce NTT’s concept of and plans for the construction of the NGN, and describe how the IMS will be used to achieve the objectives for the NGN set by NTT

Telkom South Africa T-IMS/SDP Playground Project Experiences

P. Inglesby – Telkom SA Limited, South Africa

* Telkom South Africa introduction

* T-IMS/T-SDP RFI/RFP project

* T-IMS/SDP playground project

* Current status and plans for the future

IMS at Swisscom

F. Hartwig – Swisscom, Switzerland

In this presentation Frank Hartwig will provide his inside on the IMS Core development at Swisscom. We will briefly look back on the reasons why Swisscom had made the decision to implement the IMS technology as well as explore the challenges encountered during the development of the Swisscom IMS core. The presentation will further discuss the main characteristics of the Swisscom IMS Core and give an outlook on the next steps planned. The presentation will discuss how Swisscom plans to integrate the Access Resource and Admission Control Function (A-RACF), the Connectivity Session Location and Repository Function (CLF), geographic redundancy and the presence application into the IMS Core network.

Conference – Session 2

IMS Standards Status Check and the Path ahead

D. Boswarthick – ETSI/TISPAN, France

- Drivers for Convergence

- Common IMS, the platform for convergence

- Access agnostic IMS requirement capture in 3GPP

- TISPAN NGN and 3GPP LTE roadmap and future developments

IMS Management Issues: OSS challenges in a NGN environment

A. Zehl – Deutsche Telekom AG, T-Online, Germany

- Customer Expectations and Industry Trends

- From stovepipes to layers – NGN IMS

- Challenges to manage the NGN IMS infrastructures

- The role of standards in management

- Processes, data & systems: areas for improvement in NG OSS

- Conclusion – Next Generation Service & Systems Management

Service Brokering: Opportunities and Challenges

N. Huslak – AT&T, USA

A key to providing relevant, compelling, functional, and seamless end-user experiences is the ability to deliver seamless combinations of IMS and web services. This involves managing feature interactions among combinations of currently independent services, orchestrating web and IMS/SIP applications to build complex services from constituent parts, and providing the ability to define, provision, and support customer offers involving such converged applications. A general term for all of these functions is service brokering. In this presentation, we will walk through various types of service brokering, discuss the shortcomings of the Service Capability Interaction Management (SCIM) concept as currently defined and being worked in 3GPP, address some fundamental requirements for a cross domain Service Broker which spans IMS and web services, and outline essential steps in making the cross domain Service Broker concept a reality.

The role of NGN Testbed Federations

T. Gavras – EURESCOM, Germany

Next Generation Networks (NGN) are inherently heterogeneous and the NGN stakeholders have developed and elaborated on a suitable control framework for enabling services across this heterogeneity. NGN testbeds are providing today the mechanisms, through which we are able to integrate and test new technologies, systems and services, as they become available, in existing infrastructures. NGN testbeds mirror the future landscape of deployed infrastructures and have to provide forward looking solutions for:

* enabling testing scenarios across administrative domains

* describing available testing resources

* locating testing resources

* supporting the separation of the provisioning platform from the underlying infrastructure as a means to accommodate clean slate approaches

* further developing the control framework, also to accommodate clean slate approaches

* provisioning of testing services in a network agnostic manner

Conference – Session 3

Requirements of an Open Voice Service Platform at Telefónica Germany

D. Rebholz – Telefónica Deutschland GmbH, Germany

* Positioning of Telefónica Germany at the German market as wholesaler

* chances and risks of this positioning as background for the further company’s performance

* actual product portfolio

* the concentration on infrastructure and technological competence

* demands on future voice architectures

* strategy and technological requirements

* conclusion and outlook

Next Generation IPTV – A view from the BBC

S. Broad – BBC Strategy Group, UK

There is a view that using IPTV to deliver traditional linear TV is about as sensible as reading written letters down the telephone. We now need to develop new content and services for emerging platforms, or they will not flourish. What does device convergence mean? And what are the new content forms? What role UGC? And which platforms do I prioritise? A contribution to the debate from the BBC.

Towards Next-Generation Media Ecosystems

Dr. J. Novak – University of Zurich, Institute for Informatics/European Institute for Participatory Media, Berlin

Instead of passive consumers of pre-produced, centrally packaged and distributed content, large audience segments have become active co-creators, aggregators and mediators of digital content – their production, exchange and social interaction creates new forms of digital lifestyle and shared social experiences. At the same time the convergence of different media channels (triple play), protocols and services (e.g. IMS, SIP, SOA) in integrated next-generation media networks is creating infrastructures that allow ubiquitous access to digital media across heterogeneous networks, services and end-user devices.

The intersection of these two trends points to the emergence of new kinds of media ecosystems with new roles, actors and technologies, and dynamic configurations of relationships between them. Developing successful next-generation media applications and services requires us to understand how to leverage social (user-centric), economical (e.g. mass market vs. long tail niche audiences) and technological enablers (e.g. IMS vs. P2P).

This presentation examines the critical challenges and opportunities on the road to understanding the main drivers, critical success factors and the role of IMS for building next generation media ecosystems. This includes: 1) strategies and models for integrating and leveraging bottom-up user-generated and top-down professionally managed content production and delivery, 2) enabling tools and technologies for user-driven content aggregation and personalization and 3) user and application level requirements on services integrating different media channels (e.g. IPTV/Voice/IM/Mobile) into new kinds of highly interactive, personalized and shared user experiences.

C-Mobile – Multicast and IMS

T. Mota – Portugal Telecom Inovação, Portugal

Mobile communications are gradually evolving from the basic model of offering point-to-point voice centric services into more complex service provision platforms. Mobile operators have rolled-out their networks: service and content differentiation is now their major driver to attract new customers. Content portals offering multimedia services are one part of this strategy, bringing multimedia streaming content to the mobile costumer. An analysis of recently launched mobile business offers unveils a trend towards services based on the channel delivery model: content is aggregated into a few channels and pushed to many subscribed users. Examples are content-to-person MMS goal notification (one club = one channel) and mobile TV.

The strategic objective of C-MOBILE is to foster the evolution of the mobile broadcast business by providing enhancements to the 3GPP MBMS for systems beyond 3G. It addresses both resource efficiency and service flexibility, by close coupling of broadcast and communication capabilities on all layers, covering the radio access, core network and the service enablers, providing IMS-MBMS convergence and a smooth migration for MBMS evolution, which will be in line with the vision of a federated global multicast broadcast transport as well as emerging beyond 3G standards.

More specifically, part of C-Mobile’s research focuses on how a service oriented core-network can control and manage different types of sessions being provided as part of a service; issues related to session control such as multicast/unicast switching at the core-network level, broadcast system selection and media processing control for multimedia sessions must be provided as part of a MBMS service.

Conference – Session 4

SDP as an Enabler of Convergence, Quad-play and new value added Services

E. Solbes – Hewlett Packard Espanola, Spain

This talk explores the journey from a typical stove-pipe services architecture towards an IMS based Service Delivery Platform under architectural, commercial and governance aspects. After giving an overview on current industry trends and the relationship between IMS and SDP from HP’s perspective, critical factors for a successful deployment of IMS and SDP are being investigated. Two concrete customer cases are used to illustrate how operators can move towards an agile service architecture with shared enabler components that supports new integrated services with reduced time to market and cost.

Google: Friend or Foe?

R. Minerva – Telecom Italia, Italy

* The basic Google technology: an analysis of the technology component of the engine: the PageRank Algorithm, the Software Structure, Google Data Centers, Advertising Machine

* The Google Service Layer: the many Google Services, Google as a representative of the Web 2.0 Service Architecture

* The Role of Google as a Service Broker

* Impacts of Google on other Business and Telecomms and a comparison of Google’s and other Service Architecture

SPICE – Beyond IMS Service Delivery Environment

C. Cordier – Orange Labs, France

In this presentation the challenges of Beyond 3G Service Delivery Platforms, as addressed in the IST FP6 SPICE project, will be introduced. The main architectural concepts of SPICE will be presented and it will be explained how the SPICE architecture relates to IMS:

* What can be reused from IMS?

* What level of integration with IMS should be targeted?

* How to ensure inter-working with IMS?

In a second part of talk, we will share some views on possible evolutions of IMS in the context of Telco/Web convergence.

MAMS SCE over IMS

R. Schwaiger – T-Labs, Germany

In MAMS the development and provision of services are integrated so that an SME can develop and operate custom services without any operating resources of their own. MAMS is based on standardized ICT systems (e.g. IP multimedia subsystems) so compatibility with a variety of differing telecommunications providers’ solutions is high.

The core innovation with MAMS is the provision of a graphic user interface and associated development tools. These permit even non-experts in information and communications technology to develop communications and multimedia services and to operate them for their customers. MAMS enables a whole range of ICT service components (e.g. open source developments) to be made available, thus avoiding high license fees for the production environment.

MAMS is being developed within a research project by several partners: Deutsche Telekom, Infineon, Alcatel-Lucent, the institutes FIRST, FOKUS, SIT from the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft and the Technical University in Berlin. This project is also supported by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research.

Leveraging IMS for a Web 2.0 Economy

S. Holtel – Vodafone Group R&D, Germany

Mashups are one key factor driving innovation within Web 2.0. But to open IMS for mashups will challenge the hithero mind-set of mobile operators. IMS could play a central role in encouraging new business opportunities. They have to accept and play according to the rules driving the future Internet economy.