Sunday, October 16, 2005

Cingular selects Lucent for IMS

Cingular Wireless awarded a four-year contract to Lucent Technologies to supply a comprehensive IMS-based (IP Multimedia Subsystem) solution that will enable Cingular to rapidly develop and launch a broad range of new personalized voice, video, data and multimedia services. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Cingular will deploy components of Lucent's Accelerate Next Generation Communications Solutions portfolio, which includes the Lucent Session Manager with service broker function, the new Lucent Feature Server with support for mobile roaming using dual-mode devices, Lucent Unified Subscriber Data Server for wireless and wireline customers, Lucent Network Controller, Lucent Network Gateway, Lucent Communication Manager with next generation features, Lucent Active PhoneBook and Lucent MiLife Application Server.

Lucent Worldwide Services (LWS) will assist Cingular in the deployment and integration of the IMS solution. This includes multi-vendor integration and technical support services that will seamlessly connect and maintain a critical link between Cingular's core network and its new applications portal.

"Lucent's IMS-based architecture, combined with our 3G UMTS/HSDPA network, will allow us to offer our customers new and exciting end-user experiences over one of the most advanced, reliable and secure networks in North America," said Kelly Williams, executive director of strategy and planning for Cingular.

the IMS Architecture for Service Enabling Next Generation Networks
stave off competition, customer churn, and rebound from the decreasing
rates for local and long distance service, service providers are looking
to evolve or overlay their current networks to enable new revenue
generating converged and next-generation services. The IMS architecture
supports a wide range of services enabled by the flexibility of Session
Initiation Protocol (SIP). It can support multiple application servers
providing traditional telephony services and non-telephony services such
as instant messaging, push-to-talk, video streaming, multimedia
messaging, etc. Here is an overview.


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