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August 04, 2016

SuperOp! 2016 Concludes With New UC Standards on the Front Line

By Steve Anderson
Contributing Writer

Testing platforms are vital to the long-term health of any product line. After all, releasing a product that fails in its first few minutes of operation or doesn't even start up at all is a sure way to anger buyers, who demand refunds, refuse to use such a product ever again, and, perhaps worst of all, tell friends about the miserable experience had with the product in question. That's why it's great news to note that the International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (News - Alert) (IMTC) recently completed its SuperOp! 2016 operation.

The SuperOp! 2016 event served as a means to offer interoperability testing for unified communications (UC) standard protocols, and a wide variety of products and services were put up for testing. Not only were there software platforms up in and running, but there were also hardware and multimedia platforms running as well. The testing was accomplished using both IP and 4G LTE (News - Alert) connectivity, and ran the gamut from Skype4Business, to Web-based real time communications (WebRTC) and beyond. That kind of range isn't commonly seen at interoperability testing events, and reports suggest it's actually not economically feasible for individual companies to run such tests.

SuperOp! 2016 offered up a SuperConnect event to begin with, and this year took 14 minutes to run tests using 35 different endpoints—in telepresence, WebRTC and session initiation protocol—over 14 different session border controllers, SIP servers, gateways and MCUs. Several groups joined in the proceedings with the intent to push certain activities; the IMTC WebRTC group, for example, worked toward interoperability between WebRTC and SIP, while the SIP Interconnect Activity Group brought in a slate of product teams ranging from Blue Jeans Networks to Huawei and Vidyo (News - Alert) to test out different SIP interconnect operations.

Testing is vital. Without proper testing, it can never be clear if a product works as it should or if a product can deliver on the promises made by advertising and promotional material. A product that fails to live up to expectations can only expect failure in the market, and sufficiently pronounced failure can damage a company's reputation sufficiently to make any future sales efforts difficult. The testing staged at the latest SuperOp! 2016 event, meanwhile, should be enough to keep a wide variety of product lines providing a top-notch experience and keeping a lot of companies out of trouble with customers.

Events like this make testing that much easier, and when testing is easier, it's done more frequently. That makes these events vital to the overall community, and means we should be hearing about the results from SuperOp! 2017 and well beyond. 




Edited by Alicia Young

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