Monday, February 13, 2006

Vodafone Awards Global Contract to Nokia for IMS

Vodafone Group named Nokia as a preferred IMS supplier for its affiliates worldwide. The first deployments are expected during 2006.

Under the agreement, Nokia becomes a preferred supplier of Vodafone's IMS network architecture and the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) technology that will enable Vodafone to pilot next generation services and start interoperability testing. Nokia is also deploying its OMA-compliant Presence and List Management solutions. IMS is an essential element of the Nokia Unified Core Network solution and a key enabler of multi-access methods.

"Vodafone is excited by the enormous possibilities that are emerging with IP Multimedia," says Detlef Schultz, Head of Global Supply Chain Management at Vodafone. "IMS is going to play a strategic role in our future service delivery. We intend to pilot the next generation of services using this technology and will start interoperability testing with other operators as soon as possible."

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