ETSI, CATR collaborate on IMS testing

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the China Academy of Telecommunication Research (CATR) have signed a commercial agreement aimed at fostering interoperability of IMS developments in Europe and China.

Under the terms of the agreement, ETSI's Interopolis service will help CATR implement a TTCN-3 conformance test tool capable of executing test suites for using Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and Session Description Protocol (SDP) within the IP Multimedia Sub-system intended to serve as the core element in fixed, mobile and broadcast networks.

TTCN-3 (Testing and Test Control Notation 3) is a programming language  developed by ETS for writing tests.

The project, provisionally titled GO4IT China, is 100% Chinese funded and the first such project between ETSI and a Chinese client.

ETSI Interopolis will provide overall project management, provision of technical expertise on TTCN-3 and testing methodology, and the delivery of a SIP/SDP codec as part of the test tool.

ETSI Director-General Dr Walter Weigel said in a statement that the project would "help to ensure global markets for ICT manufacturers and increasing benefits for telecommunications users", and that ETSI plans to establish similar agreements in China and the rest of Asia-Pacific.