Interop launches European cloud-based IMS and IP service hub

Virtual infrastructure specialist Interop Technologies has opened a European HQ and network operations centre in Dublin to support the launch of Europe’s first end-to-end cloud-based IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) core and IP services suite.

Service parity biggest VoLTE challenge, says Vodafone Netherlands

The most challenging aspect of introducing Voice over LTE services (VoLTE) will be deciding how and whether to transition individual legacy voice services to the new domain, according to Michel Lenoir, programme manager for LTE at Vodafone Netherlands

Telefonica gives first look at Joyn

Spanish carrier Telefónica gave a first look at Joyn on Wednesday, making an Android application available in its domestic market.

Bouygues begins all-IP transformation

French telco Bouygues Telecom has selected Alcatel-Lucent to take a lead role in transforming its broadband network into a single IP-based infrastructure that can support video, high-speed internet and voice services.

VoLTE levels the playing field for operators

Figures from industry body the GSMA reveal that 208 operators in 80 countries are now investing in LTE. But while rollouts aimed at consumers are gaining momentum, a study undertaken by research house mobileSquared indicates that one third of operators have no trials or network deployments underway at the moment.

Tiscali enters a burgeoning IMS market

Italian telco Tiscali has announced plans to deploy a new, single platform IMS network in conjunction with Chinese vendor ZTE. The first three commercial sites – slated for Cagliari, Rome and Milan – will be launched by the end of May 2011; Tiscali subscribers will be migrated to the new platform by the end of the year. According to Tiscali general director Luca Scano, this is part of the telco’s “strategic orientation towards fixed-mobile convergence”.

Turk Telekom upgrades fixed network

Turkey’s incumbent fixed line carrier and Europe’s fifth largest operator has tapped Chinese equipment vendor ZTE for what it claims is the world’s largest ever fixed network replacement contract.

Alcatel-Lucent loss widens in third quarter

Joint venture infrastructure firm Alcatel-Lucent said Friday that net loss for the third quarter of 2009 widened to €182m, compared to a loss of €40m in the same period in 2008.

Trends in Packet Core Networks

Sponsored by Huawei

With the recent explosive growth of mobile broadband, operators are facing a range of new business and technology challenges to maintain profitability and prepare for an even brighter future for packet data services. The paper focuses on the impacts on mobile packet core networks of the various challenges. These include driving down CAPEX, reducing packet core OPEX, incorporating functionality supporting service aware business models, smooth evolution of core architectures to 4G, moving service & transport layer architectures towards All-IP & IMS, and transforming core and service layers to support relevant radio access standards.

Telefonica taps Huawei for service delivery

Just when you thought IMS had dropped off the map, Spanish carrier Telefonica has tapped Chinese vendor Huawei to deliver a Service Delivery Platform (SDP) for its Latin American operations. The SDP platform, to be commercially launched during the first half of 2009, allows Telefonica to deliver value added services and eases the process of […]

IMS falling on hard times

The market for global IMS equipment is expected to reach $8.3bn in 2012, less than 3 per cent of the total telecoms infrastructure capex, according to Informa Telecoms & Media. The analyst parent of reckons that equipment vendors are beating the IMS drum so hard to the point that they are now accused of […]


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