ETSI establishes test collaboration with China

16 APRIL 2009 -- Together, ETSI and CATR plan to implement a TTCN-3 conformance test tool.

16 APRIL 2009 -- With the launch of the 100% Chinese funded project "GO4IT China", The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI; search Lightwave for ETSI) and the China Academy of Telecommunication Research (CATR; search Lightwave for CATR) have reached a new collaboration agreement to ensure global interoperability of future information and communication technologies (ICT).

Under the terms of the commercial agreement (the first between ETSI and a Chinese client), ETSI's Interopolis service will assist CATR (part of the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology) in implementing a TTCN-3 conformance test tool capable of executing test suites for evolving communications networks. TTCN-3 is the Testing and Test Control Notation, a programming language for writing tests that has been developed by ETSI.

The standardised test suites, which are currently being developed by ETSI, concern the use of the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and Session Description Protocol (SDP) within IMS, the IP Multimedia Sub-system, an IP-based technology now being widely adopted as the core element in fixed and mobile communications and broadcast networks.

The support that will be given by Interopolis includes overall project management, provision of technical expertise (TTCN-3 and testing methodology), and the delivery of a SIP/SDP codec as part of the test tool, of which ETSI retains ownership. Other parts of the toolset will be developed by CATR, or delivered from other vendors.

Walter Weigel, ETSI director-general, says, "This is a very significant step in technological cooperation between Europe and China. It will help to ensure global markets for ICT manufacturers and increasing benefits for telecommunications users. ETSI is proud to have established this contact, and looks forward to further such relations with China and other countries of the Far East."

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