Tuesday, September 5, 2006

KPN Selects Lucent for IMS Transition

KPN has selected Lucent to deploy an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) solution that will replace its legacy public switched telephone network (PSTN). Under the agreement with KPN, Lucent will deliver a standards-based IMS solution that enables cost-effective and seamless transition of KPN's network assets, including the support for number portability, carrier selection, carrier pre-selection, legal intercept, billing and operations support systems.

Lucent's IMS based-solution for KPN includes the Lucent Feature Server for telephony applications, Lucent Session Manager for call session management and application blending, Lucent Unified Subscriber Data Server that offers the home subscriber server function, Lucent Network Gateway, Lucent Network Controller for gateway control, Lucent Real-time Rating and Charging Suite (SurePay solution), and Lucent VitalSuite Performance Management Software to identify IP addresses.

"The agreement with KPN is one of the first IMS contracts in the world for a legacy voice network replacement and proof of Lucent's continuing leadership in IMS solutions," said Roger Heinz, vice president, Lucent Technologies converged core solutions.


  • Last month, KPN, the incumbent operator in the Netherlands, selected Lucent Technologies to manage the deployment and integration of KPN's All IP Next Generation Network (NGN), based on IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) service architecture.

  • Lucent will serve as prime integrator in the migration of KPN's existing services and customers to the new All IP network, which will support multimedia services across the nation. KPN has earlier announced that it will be spending between EUR 1 to 1.5 billion on its All IP program. Following the successful migration of customers and services, the legacy networks and buildings will be phased out.

  • KPN has also selected Alcatel to provide the network equipment to extend its nationwide Ethernet Virtual Private Network (VPN) services for business customers and Ethernet aggregation for residential services. The contract is part of a substantial IP network transformation project that will give KPN one of the largest MPLS-enabled networks in the world, which in turn forms part of its All IP program.

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