Global Video Sharing trials over IMS begin

Video Sharing interoperability trials over IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), which is a UMTS implementation of SIP, launched this week bent at least initially on allowing users to send live video during a voice call. The Swedish-led GSMA-sponsored effort spans the US, Europe, and Asia and is meant to ensure future Video Sharing services function smoothly between as many devices and carriers as possible. The support cast includes the usual suspects like the GSM majors (yes, including Cingular) and manufactures such as Nokia, Sony-Ericsson, LG, Motorola, Samsung, etc. Test are expected to be completed by Q2 ’06 but it's anybody's guess when these services might go live.