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Specialist Task Force 407:
Enhancement of Automated Interoperability Testing Framework in IMS core networks

Who we are:

Team Leader: Patrick Poglitsch, Testing Technologies,
Team Members: Bostjan Pintar, Sintesio,
Peter Schmitting, FSCOM,
Yann Garcia, FSCOM,

What we do:

This STF will update and enhance the existing IMS testing framework (deliverable of STF 370) and will synchronize its efforts with STF 394. Most of the updated test scripts will be linked to IPv4/IPv6 use cases and the services impacted by the new release of 3GPP. Production of new interoperability test scripts only concerns RCS use cases.

For more details, see our Terms of Reference

Why we do it:

IMS is a key component in the 3GPP and TISPAN NGN architecture. Although interoperability testing between different IMS core networks is now mainly automated, new features and services have revealed that the existing testing framework should be improved.

How we do it:

There are 5 main tasks:

  • Analysis of test specifications TS 186 011-1 (Test purposes for IMS NNI Interoperability), TS 186 011-2 (Test descriptions for IMS NNI Interoperability) and TS 102 901 (IMS NNI interoperability test descriptions for RCS)
  • Update of TS 186 011-3 (IMS interoperability test scripts) wrt 3GGP R8
  • Update of DTR/MTS-00116 (IMS Codec and Adapter) wrt IPv6 and 3GPP R8
  • Development and Integration of IMS-RCS Test Script
  • Validation during 4th ETSI IMS <st1:personname w:st="on">Plugtests in November 2010


The outcome of the STF will be one Technical Report (TR) and five Technical Specifications (TS).

  • DTS/INT-00047 Technical Committee for IMS Network Testing (INT); User Documentation and IMS Codec and Adapter layer software for IPv6 and 3GPP Release 8
  • DTS/INT-000036 Technical Committee for IMS Network Testing (INT); IMS NNI Interworking Test Scripts for RCS Release 2.0
  • RTS/INT-00043-1 (revision of  TS 186 011-1) Technical Committee for IMS Network Testing (INT) ; Test purposes for IMS NNI Interoperability
  • RTS/INT-00044-2 (revision of  TS 186 011-2) Technical Committee for IMS Network Testing (INT) ; Test descriptions for IMS NNI Interoperability
  • RTS/INT-00045-3  (revision of TS 186 011-3) Technical Committee for IMS Network Testing (INT) ; Abstract Test Suite (ATS) and partial Protocol Implementation eXtra Information for Testing (PIXIT)
  • RTS/INT-00046 (revision of TS 102 901) Technical Committee for IMS Network Testing (INT) ; IMS NNI interoperability test descriptions for RCS

Time plan:

The intended time schedule is:

  • 26 July, Start of STF work
  • 7 Sep, Progress Report to INT#10 Meeting
  • 19 Nov, Final Report to INT#11 Meeting

How to contact us:

If you would like more information, please contact the STF Leader


This information is based upon STF working assumptions.
The views expressed do not necessarily represent the position of ETSI in this context.

Last updated: 2011-04-05 09:03:16