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GSMA Announces Video Share Interoperability Trials
Posted: 15-Feb-2006 [Source: GSMA]

[GSMA begins interoperability trials of IMS/SIP based services on three continents making mobile video share across networks possible. Video Share allows one of the callers to send a live video of what they are looking at to the other participant.]

3GSM, Barcelona -- The GSM Association (GSMA), in an initiative led by TeliaSonera, has begun interoperability trials on three continents to ensure that mobile users will be able to share video across networks. Successful completion of the trials, taking place in Europe, Asia and the U.S., will ensure that Video Share services work smoothly across networks and national boundaries right from launch.

The GSMA has brought together the world's leading telecom equipment makers, including Ericsson, LG, Lucent, Motorola, Nokia, NEC, Samsung, Siemens and Sony-Ericsson, for the trials to ensure that this service will work across as many mobile devices as possible. Other leading technology companies, such as Intel Corporation, are also participating in the trials.

"The GSMA's Video Share trials, which are due to be completed in the first half of 2006, will pave the way for the widespread launch of Video Share services across networks," said Alex Sinclair, Chief Technical Officer of the GSMA.

Video Share allows one of the participants in a voice call to send live video of what they are looking at to the other participant. Operators expect Video Share to be a highly popular service used by people to exchange everything from live video postcards on holiday to footage of a school sports day to video of a house for sale.

The tests make use of a technology called IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) to allow users to share video clips across both fixed and mobile networks in a fast and efficient way. IMS, which uses the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) to initiate and manage connections, is a network architecture that many operators plan to use to deliver new services to mobile users. SIP enables customers of fixed-line operators and Internet Service Providers to easily connect with mobile users, significantly extending the footprint of all services being trialled.

"The GSMA trials of IMS/SIP based services are building the foundations for future high-performance service interoperability, which is key to the success of the next generation of communication services," said Alan Harper, Group Strategy Director at Vodafone.

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