Showing posts with label RCS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label RCS. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

China Mobile Kicks Off RCS with ZTE

China Mobile has officially initiated the commercialisation of its rich communication services (RCS) network.

ZTE worked with China Mobile to build this virtual IP multimedia subsystem (vIMS) based RCS project, which is the world’s largest vIMS network. ZTE provided an RCS open gateway conforming to GSMA specifications, which fully opens up service engine capabilities.

In October 2014, ZTE won the tender to become the system integrator of this project. As such, ZTE provides the complete IMS-based RCS solution, with the initial capacity planned to be 100 million subscribers, and supports RCS including multimedia messaging, network voice calling, video calling and address book capabilities. This project is the world’s largest known commercial network functions virtualisation (NFV) IMS network.

ZTE said building RCS in an NFV-based vIMS platform standardises uniform equipment, enabling service and hardware decoupling, and automatic deployment and flexible scale-in/out of service bearer networks, improving the resource utilisation ratio.

http://www.zte.com.cn/global/about/press-center/news/201666ma/201666ma

Monday, February 22, 2016

#MWC16: Carriers Adopt Google's Android Rich Communications Services Profile

Major global operators agreed to accelerate the availability of Rich Communications Services (RCS) as an open, consistent, and globally interoperable messaging service across Android devices. Operators have agreed to transition toward a common, universal profile based on the GSMA’s RCS specifications and an Android RCS client provided by Google in collaboration with operators and OEMs.

Operators backing this initiative include América Móvil, Bharti Airtel Ltd, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Globe Telecom, KPN, Millicom, MTN, Orange, PLAY, Smart Communications, Sprint, Telenor Group, TeliaSonera, Telstra, TIM, Turkcell, VimpelCom and Vodafone.

The Android RCS client provided by Google will be based on the universal profile, enabling consumers to access RCS services on their devices. Features such as group chat, high-res photo sharing, read receipts, and more, will now become part of the operator messaging experience, enhancing the experience of over 4 billion SMS users worldwide1. GSMA RCS advanced calling features will also be supported in the future by Google.

“RCS continues to experience organic growth around the world, with 47 operators in 34 countries having launched services to date. However, this initiative will greatly simplify and accelerate adoption of the technology, and points to the future of how mobile users will communicate with one another. This is an incredibly positive development for the industry,” said Alex Sinclair, Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “Google’s contributions will provide operators a new opportunity for a rich, consistent implementation across Android devices and offer a real step change in messaging experiences for consumers worldwide.”


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Google Acquires Jibe to Bring Rich Communications Service to Android

Google has acquired Jibe, a start-up based in Mountain View, California, that offers a Communications Cloud for carrier interoperability that uses WebRTC, RCS, joyn.

Jibe enables carriers to deliver rich IP-based communications services — high quality video calling, group chat and large media-file sharing.  Its customers include U.S.-based Sprint and leading European carriers Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, KPN, and SFR. The company was founded in 2006.

Google said the acquisition will help it bring RCS to a global audience with a better messaging experience on Android.

http://officialandroid.blogspot.com/2015/09/committing-to-rcs-latest-standard-in.html
http://www.jibemobile.com/

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mavenir Opens R&D Centers in Bangalore and Shanghai

Mavenir announced the opening of Centres of Excellence in Bangalore, India and Shanghai, China to support the development of NFV, Voice over LTE (VoLTE), VoWi-Fi and Rich Communications Services (RCS) deployments in the Asia Pacific region.

"Mavenir’s portfolio of over 30 fully virtualized products and solutions provide mobile operators with a time-to-market advantage in deploying cloud-based architectures," said Pardeep Kohli, Mavenir’s President and CEO. "Singapore, being one of the most advanced markets in the world, with an application-hungry customer base at its heart, is a great location from which to focus our efforts and allow Mavenir to more readily demonstrate our leadership and new, advanced offerings for NFV, VoLTE, VoWi-Fi and RCS."

"We are seeing accelerated 4G deployments in Asia-Pac in 2014. Most Asia-Pac operators are either beginning to deploy 4G, or they have already deployed 4G, moving from a data-only 4G deployment to a fully converged and virtualized rich communications services offering. We expect that Mavenir’s NFV Centres of Excellence in Asia will play a big role in accelerating the acceptance and deployment of fully virtualized Mobile Core solutions by Operators in the region," said Idris Vasi, Mavenir’s Vice President, APAC.

http://www.mavenir.com

In April 2014, Mavenir Systems introduced a Converged Video and Voicemail solution that enables mobile operators to offer a new, differentiated service for their subscribers and enhances their Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service offering.


Mavenir said its Converged Video and Voicemail solution utilizes common functional components, such as cloud storage, message delivery and notifications that are needed to enable VoLTE and Rich Communications Services (RCS).

"Videomail is taking messaging to a whole new level, allowing subscribers to send and receive video messages,” said Pardeep Kohli, President and CEO, Mavenir Systems. “Our unique approach of having a single solution that enables mobile operators to replace existing legacy Voicemail while adding new cloud-based Videomail service, has already been well received by our customers where we already have three contracts with Tier 1 mobile operators globally.”

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Croatia's T-Hrvatski Telekom Deploys Mavenir's IMS Platform

T-Hrvatski Telekom (T-HT), Croatia's largest telecommunications company and a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, has deployed Mavenir Systems' IMS HSS-FE (Home Subscriber Server-Front End) system  to consolidate subscriber data on a single platform and pave the way for next gen services like Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Rich Communication Services (RCS).

The IMS HSS-FE is a software solution based on Mavenir’s mOne Convergence Platform is designed to interwork with Universal Data Repository (UDR) solutions.

Home Subscriber Servers (HSS) are deployed in LTE/EPC and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) networks for subscriber-specific authorizations, service profiles, and preferences as well as Mobile Authentication and other HLR-like functionalities.

“Mavenir’s suite of software-based IMS application servers provide the flexibility and innovation to accelerate time to market and lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by minimizing network impacts and reducing complexity,” said Pardeep Kohli, President and CEO, Mavenir Systems. “Within the T-HT mobile network, we are proud to support the next generation network and services for their mobile customers.”

http://www.mavenir.com

Monday, December 2, 2013

Mavenir Releases Software-based SBC for VoLTE

Mavenir Systems released a software-based Session Border Controller (SBC) for delivering Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Rich Communication Services (RCS) services.

The company said its SBC provides the full suite of standards-defined wireless functions needed to launch VoLTE and RCS services. The software-based, carrier grade solution can be deployed on cloud-based infrastructures using Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Network (SDN) technologies, and its architecture provides the flexibility needed to adapt to the varied traffic models that these IP-based services impose on mobile operator networks. It can be deployed for either Access or Interconnect SBC use cases, with full support for VoLTE and RCS deployments.

“We believe that as VoLTE and RCS services are launched and carriers start peering at the IP layer, the demand will increase and traffic will grow,” said Pardeep Kohli, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mavenir Systems. “Our next generation SBC is built for wireless services and mobility, and is basically redefining Border Control.”

http://www.mavenir.com/session-border-controller-announcement.htm

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Mavenir Enables RCS in Multi-Tenant NFV Environment

Mavenir Systems announced the first commercial deployment of virtualized Rich Communication Services (RCS-e) in a multi-tenant Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) environment.

Mavenir confirmed that its previously announced Virtualized IMS platform is being used by Tier-1 operators in Europe.  The operators are currently rolling out Mavenir's NFV technology as part of their VoLTE /RCS rollouts. The commercial deployment of RCS-e services in a virtualized, multi-tenant environment was launched in 2013 to serve subscribers across multiple countries.

Mavenir cited significant CAPEX reductions for IMS-based RCS deployments when utilizing multi-tenancy on a centrally deployed common platform. Mob

"We are seeing increased pressure on mobile operators to reduce the cost and complexity of network service deployment creating a market for disruptive transformation with more efficient NFV based networks,” said Pardeep Kohli, President and CEO, Mavenir Systems.  "Many of our customers are already seeing the agility and the benefits of Virtualized IMS in their live networks, not just in lab trials."


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Orange Launches joyn in France

Orange officially launched its joyn rich communications services in mainland France.

joyn enables Orange mobile customers equipped with a compatible phone to start a video chat, share pictures, or use instant messaging while calling. Joyn is currently available through the application "joyn by Orange," and will progressively be rolled out as an embedded app on smartphones sold by Orange.

The service is based on the GSMA's joyn standard.

Communications made or received are billed in line with the customer's mobile package and are free in Wi-Fi mode. When sharing photos or videos during a call, the call is billed independently of joyn, in line with the customer's mobile voice plan.

The "Contact et moi" application has been upgraded and renamed "joyn by Orange."  All of these functions will be available starting in October. iPhone users can already enjoy two-person chats and make video calls, while Android users can take part in multi-person chats, make video calls and share pictures during calls.  Mass market customers with an Orange package (excluding “mobicarte”) and a Sony Xperia Z, and HTC One or a Samsung Galaxy S4 can enjoy all of joyn's functions directly on their Orange smartphone, starting this summer.

joyn will be rolled out for most Android and Windows Phone devices in 2014.


  • In November 2012, Spain’s three leading mobile network operators, Movistar, Orange and Vodafone, are now offering interoperable Rich Communication Services (RCS) under the consumer-facing brand joyn.
    Movistar, Orange and Vodafone are initially offering joyn services through an application for Android, with a version for the iPhone to follow shortly. 
  • joyn is based on the GSMA's  RCS 5.0 standard, enabling mobile users  to chat and enrich messaging or voice calls by exchanging images or video simultaneously during calls, in a private and secure manner, with any member of their contact list that has joyn, regardless of the user’s network or mobile device. Additional services, such as VoIP or IP-video caling,l will be introduced in the near future.  joyn operates on both the operators’ mobile networks and on Wi-Fi networks.
  • Other operators who have launched joyn services include SK Tel,  Deutsche TelekomVodafone Germany, and MetroPCS.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

GENBAND's NUViA Cloud Offers Quick Path to Rich Communication Services

GENBAND is introducing a secure multimedia communications cloud that enables service providers and channel partners to deliver branded Unified Communications and Rich Communications Suite
(RCS) Service.

The GENBAND NUViA, which is powered by the company’s EXPERiUS solutions, is a secure multimedia communications cloud service that essentially enables service providers to accelerate their entrance into RCS without the upfront costs.


The NUViA Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) includes HD voice, video, multimedia messaging, mobility, conferencing, Web collaboration, desktop clients, and fixed and mobile convergence. GENBAND will also offer a "build, transfer, own" model that ensures a low-risk, low-barrier to entry and quick path to RCS.


"NUViA offers service providers a radically different model for deploying communications services from what is available today,‖ said Jeff Townley, President of GENBAND’s Services Business Unit & Global Operations. ―Service providers and channel partners can leverage NUViA’s unprecedented deployment options, including hybrid models with the ability to augment the NUViA-delivered services with in-house applications, to deliver customers a unique, customized and cost-effective alternative to services derived from premises-based equipment."

http://www.genband.com


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/

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

SK Telecom Launches joyn.T Rich Communications

SK Telecom officially launched "joyn.T" -- an all-IP-based RCS (Rich Communication Suite) service under GSMA's 'joyn' brand.  The service  allows customers to use many different types of communication services, including Rich Call, Rich Messaging and Rich Phonebook, in an integrated manner regardless of network and device.

The SKTel service is supported via an app available for 22 different types of Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) smartphone.  A joyn.T application for the Apple iOS is expected shortly.

SKTel said joyn.T will also add features based on the RCS standards, such as HD Voice (VoLTE), The carrier said  it will integrate all its future communications services into joyn.T.  It also looks forward to support joyn roaming with other carriers across the globe.

Wi Eui- Seok, Senior Vice President and Head of Product Planning Office of SK Telecom said, "SK Telecom is delighted to be presenting joyn.T, an integrated communication service designed to satisfy customers' needs and interests, thereby enriching their communication experience. Building on its innovative features like instant messaging-SMS link, we plan to add more features to shape Joyn.T into an attractive communication channel that can be enjoyed by customers irrespective of their carrier or device."

http://www.tworld.co.kr/outsite.jsp


  • In December, SK Telecom reported a daily average of 60,000 new LTE enrollments, representing over 50 percent growth compared to the previous month.  LTE subscribers surpassed 7 million as of December 12, 2012, thereby achieving the end of year target for LTE subscribers.  The company's LTE footprint covers 99 percent of South Korea's population.  For comparison, it took SK Telecom two years and four months to acquire 7 million 3G WCDMA subscribers since commercializing the service in May 2006.
  • In August 2012, SK Telecom launched its HD VoLTE service.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Spanish Mobile Operators Offer 'Joyn' Rich Communications


Spain’s three leading mobile network operators, Movistar, Orange and Vodafone, are now offering interoperable Rich Communication Services (RCS) under the consumer-facing brand joyn.
Movistar, Orange and Vodafone are initially offering joyn services through an application for Android, with a version for the iPhone to follow shortly. 
joyn is based on the GSMA's  RCS 5.0 standard, enabling mobile users  to chat and enrich messaging or voice calls by exchanging images or video simultaneously during calls, in a private and secure manner, with any member of their contact list that has joyn, regardless of the user’s network or mobile device. Additional services, such as VoIP or IP-video caling,l will be introduced in the near future.  joyn operates on both the operators’ mobile networks and on Wi-Fi networks.
“The GSMA is delighted that joyn services are now available across Spain, giving customers a greater choice of communication possibilities without compromising the quality and security they have come to expect from their mobile operator,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “This initial implementation of a new technology clearly required a major effort and strong leadership in the alignment of the ecosystem of manufacturers, developers and integrators, and operators. Consumers across the world will benefit from the leading efforts of these three operators in Spain.”
Other operators who have launched joyn services include Deutsche TelekomVodafone Germany, and MetroPCS.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

MetroPCS Deploys Acme Packet to Scale VoLTE and RCS

MetroPCS has installed Acme Packet's Net-Net Session Director session border controller to support its VoLTE and Rich Communications Services.  

Acme Packet's Net-Net Session Director provides SIP normalization, mediation, and interworking functions that enable operators to integrate network elements supplied by multiple vendors.  Specifically, the company said its solution protects and controls SIP sessions between the MetroPCS service core and LTE endpoints, and provides the Proxy Call Session Control Function (P-CSCF) in the IMS network. 

Acme Packet noted that these VoLTE and RCS initiatives extend its relationship with MetroPCS, which started with the management of SIP interconnects with other service providers.

http://www.acmepacket.com

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Mavenir Supports MetroPCS's Rich Communications

Mavenir Systems confirmed that it it provided MetroPCS with its suite of application servers to support the world's first commercial launch of Rich Communication Services (RCS) on a 4G LTE network, based on the GSMA 5.0 standard.

Mavenir’s VoLTE solution, launched commercially by MetroPCS earlier this year, is a platform that helps MetroPCS leverage the investment in its 4G LTE network and quickly offer differentiated services and new value to its customers.

MetroPCS' joyn service goes beyond voice and basic messaging to provide enriched services like integrated instant messaging or chat, WiFi and video calling and simplified content sharing.

The service is deployed with Mavenir’s IMS core and application servers.

“The move to all-IP networks is really a journey for mobile carriers and opens the doors for forward thinking operators such as MetroPCS to move quickly to offer new services,” said Pardeep Kohli, president & chief executive officer of Mavenir Systems.  “Mavenir is working closely with MetroPCS and other tier 1 operators, to transform their network services and support their vision of delivering value through rich IP-based communication services.”
           
Mavenir’s suite of RCS 5.0 application servers, including the Presence Server, Content Server and Rich Messaging Server, are based on the mOne Convergence Platform which is designed to simplify carriers’ network transformations.


On October 31, MetroPCS Communications announced the commercial launch of Rich Communication Services (RCS) on its 4GLTE network under the  GSMA-licensed joyn brand. 

Based on the GSMA RCS 5.0 standard, joyn by MetroPCS will deliver an experience beyond voice and basic messaging to provide customers with a unified and intuitive way to use enriched services like integrated instant messaging or chat, WiFi and video calling and simplified content sharing.

MetroPCS will support the following RCS services at launch for customers with 4GLTE joyn-enabled smartphones:
  • Contacts Presence - joyn knows and shows how users can reach and share content with contacts at any time
    • Contact availability/status sync (online, busy, away, unavailable)
    • Calendar sync
    • Social network interaction
  • Enriched Chat - Threaded conversations keep track of who's said what and show which people and groups are available to chat and share content
    • Instant messaging and group chat
    • Conversational view
    • Delivery of read notifications and composing indications
  • Content Sharing - Bring calls and chats to life by sharing content with just one click from the address book
    • Share video, images and files while on a call and within instant messaging or chat
    • Display service capabilities
    • Geo-location
  • WiFi and Video Calling - Stay connected with voice and video calls in areas with little or no cellular coverage
    • WiFi calling and video calls over WiFi
 "As the first 4G LTE carrier in the world to offer RCS, we are excited to join the global community of operators implementing the RCS standard and we are proud of our team and partners who were critical in building this capability that will evolve and expand over the next year," said Roger Linquist, CEO and Chairman of MetroPCS.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

MetroPCS Goes Live with First Rich Communications over LTE


MetroPCS Communications announced the commercial launch of Rich Communication Services (RCS) on its 4GLTE network under the  GSMA-licensed joyn brand. 

Based on the GSMA RCS 5.0 standard, joyn by MetroPCS will deliver an experience beyond voice and basic messaging to provide customers with a unified and intuitive way to use enriched services like integrated instant messaging or chat, WiFi and video calling and simplified content sharing.

MetroPCS will support the following RCS services at launch for customers with 4GLTE joyn-enabled smartphones:
  • Contacts Presence - joyn knows and shows how users can reach and share content with contacts at any time
    • Contact availability/status sync (online, busy, away, unavailable)
    • Calendar sync
    • Social network interaction
  • Enriched Chat - Threaded conversations keep track of who's said what and show which people and groups are available to chat and share content
    • Instant messaging and group chat
    • Conversational view
    • Delivery of read notifications and composing indications
  • Content Sharing - Bring calls and chats to life by sharing content with just one click from the address book
    • Share video, images and files while on a call and within instant messaging or chat
    • Display service capabilities
    • Geo-location
  • WiFi and Video Calling - Stay connected with voice and video calls in areas with little or no cellular coverage
    • WiFi calling and video calls over WiFi

 "As the first 4G LTE carrier in the world to offer RCS, we are excited to join the global community of operators implementing the RCS standard and we are proud of our team and partners who were critical in building this capability that will evolve and expand over the next year," said Roger Linquist, CEO and Chairman of MetroPCS.

"We believe RCS is a tremendous differentiator among prepaid and postpaid competitors alike and recognize that achieving interoperability across U.S. 4G LTE networks is the next key step to paving the way for more innovative services and capabilities in the future," added Linquist.

joyn by MetroPCS will be available beginning today on the Samsung Galaxy Attain 4G. 


In August, MetroPCS officially launched its commercial Voice-over-LTE service. The first sale of a VoLTE-capable handset occurred at one of the company's Dallas/Fort Worth store locations.

Its first VoLTE-capable LG Connect 4G Android smartphone is now on sales at select stores across the U.S.. MetroPCS said it will continue to roll out VoLTE services and phones in the coming weeks.

MetroPCS had 9.3 million overall mobile subscribers as of the end of Q2, of which over 700,000 were LTE subscriptions.

With the new VoLTE, voice calls are carried transparently over LTE regardless of the handset or network used on the other end of the call.

"The initial move to LTE and this move to VoLTE allow us to achieve significant spectral efficiencies and will increase network capacity so that we can enhance the 4G LTE experience that our customers have today at a tremendous value. VoLTE also provides a foundational capability for future Rich Communication Services (RCS), which we plan to launch later this year," stated Roger Linquist, chairman and chief executive officer of MetroPCS.

MetroPCS noted that it was the first U.S. carrier to deploy a commercial 4G LTE network in September 2010. So far, the LTE network rollout covers roughly 90 percent of its CDMA footprint. 

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

Thursday, September 20, 2012

JDSU to Support RCS VoLTE Interoperability Test


JDSU announced its participation in the RCS VoLTE Interoperability Test (IOT) Event 2012 organized by the MultiService Forum (MSF), ETSI, and GSMA.

The event will be hosted by Telecom Slovenia Group in Sintesio, Kranj, Slovenia and by China Mobile in China Mobile Research Institute Laboratory in Beijing, China, from September 24 to October 12, 2012.

MSF will publish a whitepaper following the event to share the results and findings.

"JDSU is excited to again be part of such a pivotal series of interoperability test events critical to enabling the future of LTE and 4G technologies," said William Vink, a practice leader in JDSU’s Communications Test and Measurement business segment. "

http://www.jdsu.com

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

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Vodafone Spain Offers "joyn" Rich Communications to Competitors

Vodafone Spain has been offering a whole Rich Communication Suite to other operators in order to better compete with OTT providers. The umbrella name for the brand is joyn and the deployment in Spain is the world’s first joyn network. It offers users a combination of IM chat, video and file sharing services that are native on new smartphones or available as a downloadable client for those already in the market.


Vodafone Spain worked with Ericsson to develop the Rich Communication Suite evolved (RCSe) platform that joyn is based on. Ericsson supplied hardware, software and services, including Ericsson’s Messaging in One product which was adapted to meet the GSMA specification and then implemented as the joyn platform.


Vodafone said the ability to provide feature-rich services will bring users back to the network and in time will enable new revenue-generating services. The carrier noted interest in joyn from aroung the world, including New Zealand, India, China, the US, Canada, Turkey and Korea.
http://www.ericsson.com

See also