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Nortel enhances IMS portfolio

Nortel has enhanced its IMS portfolio to make it simple for service providers to offer multimedia services to virtually any device across any network - wireless, wireline or cable.

Nortel has enhanced its IMS portfolio to make it simple for service providers to offer multimedia services to virtually any device across any network - wireless, wireline or cable.

The vendor says in the same way the telephone changed how people communicated over distance and the internet ushered in a new era of information exchange, IMS is expected to take networked communications to a new level of simplicity and provide greater profit potential for service providers.

"IMS will enable intuitive networks that are subscriber-centric and access-aware; it is expected to put the power of the network in the hands of the subscriber and integrate multiple applications into a single, personalized experience,” says Alan Stoddard, general manager, Carrier Multimedia
Networks, Nortel.

As part of the move, Nortel is introducing the Wireless Mobility Gateway 6000 (WMG 6000), a key component of its IMS Converged Mobility solution. Compliant to the emerging IMS Voice Call Continuity (VCC) standards, the WMG 6000 is designed to allow service providers to bridge 3G wireless networks and WLAN networks to provide a more seamless and secure communication experience for consumers and enterprise users. The new solution provides added presence and advanced telephony features such as caller ID, call waiting, call hold, click to call, call screening and routing, SMS and IM interworking.

Nortel says the solution builds on its experience across SIP multimedia, VoIP and wireless. According to the vendor, it will help service providers to deliver highly reliable and secure communications seamlessly across all networks while maintaining a personalised experience for such IMS-based services as video calling, video conferencing, instant messaging and multimedia - all from one device and one phone number.

In addition, Nortel is also working with Intel to bring IMS benefits to end users. Intel is a key supplier for Nortel's ATCA-compliant Versatile Service Engine (VSE), which is the hardware platform for Nortel's Call Session Control and Home Subscriber Server functions in the IMS architecture. VSE is designed to utilise Intel packet-processing blades for security as well as Intel NetStructure ATCA single board computers, which incorporate multi-core processor technology and have been shown to provide up to 2.8 times the performance over current processors.

“Service providers will benefit from modular-based deployments by realising a reduction in cost for transaction per subscriber with increased performance and reduction in total cost of ownership," says Anthony Ambrose, general manager, Modular Communications Platform Division, Intel.

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