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IMTC Updates Charter, Renames Its Communications SDN Activity Group


September 13, 2016

The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) holds events throughout the year to assist businesses with their testing of multimedia and telecommunications products. As a not-for-profit itself, it promotes the use of devices that follow common standards so they can work with one another in global networks.


IMTC is backed by some of the largest telecommunications companies in operation, so its board and its members know that networking is moving toward software-based configuration and management. This is why the IMTC announced this week that it has expanded the charter of its Real-Time Media Software Defined Networking Activity Group (formerly known as the Unified Communications Software Defined Networks Activity Group). The expanded charter for the group will push its activities toward voice-over-IP, videoconferencing, telepresence, virtual desktops, and interactive streaming, among similar communications activities.

Pascal Menezes, the chair of the Activity Group, commented on the challenges that the group will face as it focuses more on real-time audio and video.

“Most end-users just want to be productive and have their applications work flawlessly,” Menezes said. “However, real-time applications and networks are becoming highly complex and extremely difficult to support and operate. Cost of labor is soaring, coupled with a shortage of highly skilled labor. We as an industry have to mitigate complexity via automation thereby reducing total cost of ownership.”

In order to combat those challenges, the IMTC Activity Group is expected to develop various APIs and data models that companies can use to standardize their own products and services. There may also be a certification program in the works, though IMTC did not confirm an arrival date for any such program.

All activities the group addresses will have grounding in the idea that real-time communications products should be able to dynamically interact with their underlying networks. Applications that can speak to software-defined networks can eliminate the need for human intervention in many cases. These products can initialize and heal themselves automatically, which can lead to a higher quality of service and the “flawless” operation that Menezes cited.

It is expected that the new Activity Group, regardless of the name change and additions to its charter, will continue the mission of its predecessor. This should also include continued events for businesses so, as software-defined networks continue to evolve, application developers will always have the chance to test their wares in live, updated networking environments.




Edited by Alicia Young

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