Showing posts with label IMS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label IMS. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Project Clearwater Aims for IMS in the Cloud

Project Clearwater, an open-source IMS core initiative for the cloud, launched its website and opened its doors to software developers and systems integrators.


Metaswitch Networks contributed the initial codebase for Project Clearwater and is sponsoring the initiative.

Metaswitch said the goal of Project Clearwater is to deliver critical call and session control functions, along with Telephony Application Server (TAS) capabilities, within any virtualized data center.  Clearwater is being developed for massive scale and "telco-grade" reliability in private or public Cloud environments, together with exceptionally low running costs of around 2 cents per subscriber per year based on Amazon AWS pricing.

Clearwater provides SIP-based call control for voice and video communications and for SIP-based messaging applications.  It is designed for deployment on Amazon Web Services or other private cloud infrastructure.

“Traditional paths to IMS have been expensive and exceedingly vendor-centric,” says Martin Taylor, CTO of Metaswitch Networks. “Our aim is to provide operators and developers with the keys to quickly move to highly-scaled VoIP and VoLTE networks and create tomorrow’s most advanced Web-scale communications applications.

http://www.metaswitch.com/company/project-clearwater
http://www.projectclearwater.org/

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

AT&T Offers Call Management API based on IMS

AT&T will offer developers access to  a new Call Management API that enables applications to use an individual’s AT&T mobile number to access multiple devices.  For instance, this could empower applications to conduct real-time communications, such as voice calling or video chats, to any device associated with a subscriber's mobile number. 

AT&T Mobility Chief Marketing Officer David Christopher describes the new Call Management API as "a step towards a world where customer’s existing mobile numbers are no longer tied to a single device and is designed to make it easy for developers to add real-time, voice and text communications to web and mobile apps."


The AT&T Call Management API is powered by Voxeo Labs’ Tropo Platform and Ericsson’s IMS Innovation Platform, and is based on WebRTC.  It is currently in early testing.


AT&T also announced a new Alpha API program to generate ideas from developers.  As a result, APIs will be able to be sponsored into Alpha from third parties to increase collaboration and innovation.


APIs already available on a proof of concept basis include:


  • Text to Text Translation API:  Based on the AT&T Watson speech recognition engine, this API will let apps translate spoken Spanish words into English text and vice versa. This Alpha API, in combination with others on the AT&T API Platform, will enable developers’ apps to auto-translate things like  text messages and emails.
  • Customer Profile API: This API can be used to make it easier and faster for customers to make purchases via mobile apps by securely auto-populating a purchase form with a subscriber’s address and personal information after opting in.

In addition, AT&T announced: 

Pricing:  Beginning today, for $99 per year, developers will get one million API calls per month on the AT&T API Platform.  Should a developer exceed one million API calls in a month, they pay at the rate of only a penny per call.  

Availability:  Beginning today, AT&T is making its current APIs available to tens of millions of additional developers through toolkits available through:  Microsoft Visual Studio, Salesforce Platform, IBM Worklight, Appcelerator Titanium and Adobe PhoneGap platforms.

Advertising:  AT&T plans to add an Advertising API during the first quarter to assist developers to add advertising and monetize their applications.  It will feature an introductory revenue share, with 80 percent of advertising revenue to the developer.

https://www.2013devsummit.com/Registration/

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Acme Packet Intros Net-Net 6300 Session Controller

Acme Packet introduced its Net-Net 6300  session delivery platform designed to assure trusted, first-class services for the world’s largest and most advanced interactive IP communications networks.

The Net-Net 6300 features a 70 Gbps network processor and the industry’s first 10 Gbps interface designed to deliver a system throughput of up to 40 Gbps.

The platform's full 64-bit symmetrical multiprocessing capabilities and quad-core CPU design are engineered to deliver more than twice the signaling performance of comparable SBC platforms. Additional processors in the Net-Net 6300 accelerate TLS or IPsec-encrypted SIP session establishment.

Acme Packet said its Net-Net 6300 is capable of supporting up to 200,000 signaled sessions, 80,000 media sessions, and 1,000,000 subscribers simultaneously. It is designed for emerging services that are expected to generate high subscriber counts and call volumes in the future, such as voice over Long Term Evolution (VoLTE), rich communication suite (RCS/RCS-e), and video calling.

Net-Net 6300 also provides a  high-performance 32-core processor that supports each 10 Gbps network interface and enables wire-rate encryption for up to 32,000 simultaneous call legs, 300,000 TLS tunnels, and 500,000 bidirectional IMS Authenticated Key Exchange (AKA) sessions.

“We designed the Net-Net 6300 to meet the demands of next generation services, which will be based on end-to-end IP rather than a TDM-based communications infrastructure,” said Pat MeLampy, chief technology officer, Acme Packet. “By combining the latest advances in microprocessors and software with the familiar operations model of our proven systems, we’ve delivered a platform that will help our customers make a smooth transition towards the future.”

http://www.acmepacket.com/

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Alcatel-Lucent Opens New Conversation with APIs for IMS


Alcatel-Lucent introduced a suite of nine ‘New Conversation APIs’ to help developers access capabilities in service providers'  IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) infrastrucuture.

The suite of application programming interfaces (APIs) is aimed at jump starting the ecosystem of companies developing solutions for 4G LTE and IP networks. These capabilities include high definition voice and video, audio/video conferencing, interactive voice, messaging and call control, which can be used to build services for both consumers and businesses.

Alcatel-Lucent said because its new APIs are based on REpresentational State Transfer (REST), a popular, easy-to-use software architecture used to create applications for the Web, developers can more easily create services delivered via IMS.  For service providers, this opens new retail and wholesale revenue opportunities.

Sandip Mukerjee, President of Advanced Communications at Alcatel-Lucent said: “Today, no one else in the marketplace is offering service providers what our New Conversation APIs offer. They enable service providers to fast-track 4G innovation – turning IMS into a real engine for the rapid creation of new services. We make it easy to access the rich features supported by service providers and thereby attract more developers. New applications using IMS-based APIs can be built very quickly, in turn allowing the rapid introduction of more services, and a growth in revenue that comes from our customers being able to differentiate themselves in the marketplace.”

http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/ims-communications/index.html

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Exact Ventures Tracks 40% Growth in IMS


The IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) Core market grew nearly 40 percent in the second quarter of this year compared to the same quarter last year, according to a new report from Exact Ventures.

"The total SBC market continues to be boosted by the enterprise SBC category (E-SBC), which continues to be fueled by strong adoption of hosted unified communications and SIP trunking services" said Greg Collins, Founder and Principal Analyst at Exact Ventures.

Some highlights:

  • Wireline deployments in China boosted the IMS market in the second quarter, but those deployments were not strong enough for the market to increase sequentially over the first quarter of this year, which benefited from exceptionally strong voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) deployments in North America.  
  • Huawei led the IMS Core market in the second quarter, followed by Nokia Siemens, Ericsson, and Mavenir, respectively.
  • The total NGN voice and IMS Core market grew only slightly quarter-over-quarter as seasonal strength in the wireless voice core market was barely able to offset sequential weakness in the legacy wireline NGN and IMS Core markets.
  • The service provider session border controller (SP-SBC) market has not been immune to weakness in wireline spending as it was essentially flat both sequentially and year-over-year. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Lantiq Targets VoLTE Enabled Home Gateways

Lantiq is collaborating with D2 Technologies and Ecrio Inc. to enable rich, native communications services for 4G LTE clients. Specifically, Lantiq will offer integration and test support for each company's Voice over LTE software with the Lantiq XWAY GRX Gateway Platform, providing networking OEMs and carriers with a path to faster deployment of wireless broadband enabled home gateways. Reference designs are expected in early 2013.


D2 Technologies is the developer of mCUE 4G and vPort, advanced IMS VoLTE and RCS software solutions that offer IMS IP communications services such as HD voice, real time video call, instant message, presence, SMS and VCC on 4G mobile networks.

Ecrio offers its commercially deployed Mobile Communications Client Suite (MCCS) powered by FlexIMS Architecture, which supports such 4G/LTE services as Voice, Video, SMS and other Rich Communication Suite Services.

The Lantiq XWAY GRX Gateway Platform includes a powerful multi-core network processor and proven Universal Gateway software stack for core networking functions and support for Lantiq�s broad connectivity and voice product portfolio, including Fast/Gigabit-Ethernet, WLAN, and DECT/CAT-iq solutions.

Lantiq has previously announced collaboration with LTE-chipset supplier Altair Semiconductor.

"These cooperations mark the next step in our LTE Gateway strategy. Last year saw a significant increase of LTE CPE deployments by major carriers and now we expect VoLTE to enter the mass market. As we develop an ecosystem of solution providers specifically for this new segment of the home broadband market, we add valuable services to our portfolio," said Dirk Wieberneit, Head of the Customer Premises Equipment Business Unit of Lantiq.
http://www.lantiq.com

Monday, July 16, 2012

Infonetics: Mobile Services to Hit $976 Billion by 2016

Infonetics Research is predicting that the mobile services market worldwide will grow to $976 billion by 2016, with the bulk of the growth coming from mobile broadband services.

The firm's latest 2G, 3G, 4G (LTE) Services and Subscribers: Voice, SMS/MMS, and Broadband report, which tracks operator subscribers and revenue derived from pre-paid and post-paid mobile broadband data, voice, and messaging services, finds that mobile broadband subscribers will grow from 15% to nearly 40% of all mobile subscribers between 2011 and 2016.

“The mobile world is undeniably shifting from voice to data, as mobile operators migrate as many subscribers as they can to data service plans and smartphones. Already in North America and Asia Pacific, mobile operators derive over 40% of their mobile revenue from mobile broadband and messaging. But, while mobile broadband is no doubt the fastest growing revenue stream for operators, mobile messaging and voice aren’t dead just yet, not by a long shot,” notes Stéphane Téral, Infonetics Research’s principal analyst for mobile infrastructure and carrier economics.

Téral adds: “The prophecies of doom for mobile operators’ SMS/MMS cash cow are being overplayed. Despite the popularity of over-the-top messaging applications like Apple’s iMessage and WhatsApp, our data shows SMS growing every year from 2012 to 2016, delivering a cumulative $1 trillion in operator revenue during those 5 years. And over that same period, voice revenue will decline only slightly, still making up a sizable chunk of operator revenues.”

Some other highlights:

  • On a global basis, Infonetics expects operators to see a 6% increase overall in revenue from mobile voice, mobile broadband, and mobile messaging services in 2012
  • The highest growth in 2012 will come from Asia Pacific and Latin America, while the EMEA region is expected to see a slight decline due to cutthroat competition and economic turmoil
  • Mobile data (text messaging, multimedia messaging, and mobile broadband) service revenue rose in every region in 2011, driven by an increase in smartphone usage At more than a quarter trillion dollars in 2011, Asia Pacific generates the largest portion of mobile service revenue
  • Voice revenue dipped 0.8% worldwide in 2011, despite the growing use of voice services in China.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Infonetics: Carrier VoIP Market Up in 1Q12; Alcatel-Lucent Doubles Share

Thanks to exceptionally strong IMS equipment spending, the overall service provider VoIP equipment market bucked its traditional down first quarter by inching up 1% to $715 million over 4Q11, according to a newly released report from Infonetics Research. The increased spending on IMS equipment is tied to Voice over LTE deployments.

"In the first quarter of 2012 we saw the largest order of IMS core equipment and application server licenses on record, secured by Alcatel-Lucent -- a clear sign that operators in North America are gearing up for voice over LTE (VoLTE) deployments. While commercial VoLTE services have yet to launch, this is a taste of what is to come as operators push forward over the next 5+ years. That said, large equipment orders will be sporadic and the IMS market will continue to be lumpy," explains Diane Myers, principal analyst for VoIP and IMS at Infonetics Research.

Some highlights:

Globally, the overall market is up 18% in 1Q12 from the year-ago first quarter -- despite continued declines in legacy trunk media gateway and softswitch sales -- driven by strong IMS core equipment, session border controller (SBC), and voice application server sales.

In 1Q12, Alcatel-Lucent more than doubled its service provider VoIP and IMS revenue and market share, propelling them to the #1 position for worldwide market share, ahead of perennial leaders Huawei and GENBAND North America led the quarter, with carrier VoIP and IMS spending up 18% quarter-over-quarter and up a strong 76% year-over-year.

Infonetics expects the number of mobile and fixed-line subscribers on IMS networks to grow 42% in 2012 to top 250 million worldwide. 
http://www.infonetics.com