Awards Siemens’ PCS-5000 Policy Control Server PacketCable(TM) Multimedia Qualification
Boca Raton, Fla., Oct 16, 2006 - Siemens Networks LLC today announced that CableLabs®, a non-profit cable industry research and development consortium, has qualified Siemens’ PCS-5000 as a PacketCableTM Multimedia (PCMM) compliant Policy Server. The PacketCable specification was developed by CableLabs to define a common platform to deliver advanced, real-time communications, and PCMM compliance assures cable operators that the PCS-5000 is certified to support a wide range of multimedia applications, such as IP telephony, multimedia conferencing, interactive gaming, and streaming video.
To achieve CableLabs’ qualification, the Siemens PCS-5000 had to successfully pass an extensive series of interoperability tests, functioning as a PCMM compliant Policy Server in the CableLabs test labs. Policy management has become a critical tool for carriers looking to deliver multimedia IP services over their networks, since policy control is the enabling technology for a wide range of multimedia services. Dynamic policy control is essential for complex real-time applications such as video streaming, interactive games, instant messaging, and Push and Talk, particularly as network loads approach threshold levels. With the powerful policy control server built into Siemens’ PCS-5000, operators can control and allocate available bandwidth as they see fit and offer guaranteed quality of service (QoS) levels. Bandwidth control is the key to marketing high-quality services and sophisticated applications to premium customers.
“Receiving PCMM qualification from CableLabs assures cable operators that our PCS-5000 can help them effectively compete in the market to deliver converged IP applications to the home,” said Harald Braun, President and COO, Siemens Networks LLC. “Qualification confirms to our customers that Siemens’ products adhere to the latest industry standards and can serve as a solid foundation for their policy control architecture, so they can concentrate on refining business strategies for new multimedia services in order to open up new markets.”
The PacketCable specification was developed by CableLabs to define a common platform to deliver advanced real-time communication services. PacketCable Multimedia allows cable operators to deliver high-volume multimedia services with committed QoS levels. The Policy Server in the network allows the operator to control policy decisions, collect billing information, and enable high QoS levels. The PacketCable Qualification Testing Program assists cable operators by assessing vendor product conformance with PacketCable specifications, interoperability with other PacketCable-compliant products, and compatibility with the DOCSIS(R) access network.
Siemens PCS-5000 not only supports the PCMM standard for cable networks, but it is also an access-independent policy server that supports standards from different standardization organizations (3GPP, 3GPP2, CableLabs, ETSI/TISPAN). The PCS-5000 provides a single policy control for multiple access technologies, as well as seamless policy control for mobile, fixed, and converged networks. With the PCS-5000’s comprehensive policy management system at their disposal, operators are free to define and apply policy rules as needed for applications and services. The PCS-5000 is based on the carrier-grade Siemens platform, which has proven its commercial value in countless real-world applications, and is used for Siemens IMS@vantage and other multimedia applications.
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