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Interconnection of Multimedia Service Networks
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Uwe Herzog
Project Manager
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69123 Heidelberg, Germany

Project Information
What is this Project about?

The "Fireworks Group" was set-up in July 2003 by operators in order to profile standards. Eurescom offered to assist the group in their mission and in March 2004 the Fireworks Group and Eurescom launched a first project on "Interconnection of Multimedia Service Networks".

The background for this project is that, from the perspective of operators, the interconnection of IP based networks providing multimedia services has not been given adequate consideration by standardisation yet. Interconnection based on the work done to date is likely to suffer from non-guaranteed QoS, security risks, and inefficient use of network resources. Interworking can likely be achieved only by bilateral agreements, thus preventing the interoperability of many services.

What are the main objectives of this Project?

The project will identify the requirements in terms of architectural alignment, protocol selection and profiling, gap analysis, and selection of network elements for interconnect. Identified problems will be targeted at the appropriate standards bodies that will provide the detailed technical solutions.

The work will be phased. The first phase started in March has a duration of 3 months and will demonstrate the viability of the approach in a short timescale. The seven work packages will work on the architectural framework, business rational, signalling, media, management, numbering, and IP stack.
The project partners are BT, Deutsche Telekom, Eurescom, Telecom Italia, Telenor, TeliaSonera, and Telefónica. France Télécom is interested to participate but was still looking for suitable experts.

What relationship exists to other organisations or bodies?

A number of project participants are actively participating in standardisation bodies, e.g. ITU SG11 and ETSI. This will ensure that most recent information from standards is available. It is also the basis for providing the results of this project as input to the respective standardisation body groups.

Project Results
Deliverable Title  No Issue date
Identification of relevant standards, gaps, and areas for further work (Architectural framework, Signalling, Media, Management, IP transport, Numbering, naming and addressing, Requirements, Open issues, Next steps) D1 6 July 04
Annex to D1: Contains more detailed information on Signalling, Media, Network and Service Management, IP transport plane D2 6 July 04