Sunday, September 6, 2009

DOCOMO and Partners Target Value-Added IMS Network Services

NTT DOCOMO and leading network equipment vendors announced the joint development and successful testing of common technical specifications for value-added IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) network services. Partners include Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Fujitsu, NEC, and NSN. The technical specifications recently demonstrated by the six companies support deployment of data processing functions, such as image conversion, on the IMS network.

The companies said their new specifications will make it easier for telecom operators to develop value-added network functions. Examples of network based services could include the capability for a user to edit a picture on the network and share it, or a subscriber who converts a Japanese text message to English on the network before delivering it to the receiver.
successfully completed a demonstration test in August.

The six companies are committed to gaining adoption of the specifications by the Rich Communication Suite (RCS) project, a collaborative effort supervised by the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSM Association) that seeks to pave the way for the introduction of commercial IMS-based rich communication services over mobile and, eventually, fixed networks.