Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has announced an agreement with China Netcom's Beijing Branch (Beijing Netcom) to build an IMS-based multimedia network in Beijing, including Ericsson's IP-Centrex solution. This will be the first commercial IMS network in China.
Under the agreement, Ericsson will be the sole supplier of the IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) system for Beijing Netcom. Ericsson will also supply system integration services to ensure successful implementation in Beijing Netcom's network. Delivery has started and the network is expected to be completed during April 2007.
The Ericsson IMS multimedia telephony system will provide new value-added services to Beijing Netcom's network, with the main focus on IP-Centrex targeting enterprise customers.
Beijing Netcom says the agreement emphasizes its commitment to take advantage of new technology to stay ahead of competition by providing telecom-quality IP multimedia services in the most cost-efficient way, and addressing the needs of high-end enterprise users in Beijing area now and in the future.
Beijing Netcom also says the solution will allow the company to more effectively introduce a host of new multimedia services that combine voice, data, audio and video, bringing an enhanced experience to users in the Beijing area, and the visitors and participants in the Olympic Games in 2008.
"Ericsson is proud to be chosen once again by Beijing Netcom, and this time for building an advanced multimedia network," says Mats H Olsson, President, Ericsson Greater China. "This agreement is yet another demonstration of our commitment and capabilities in helping our customer achieve sustained business growth and stay competitive into the future."
Ericsson is the leader in the IMS area with 36 IMS system contracts for commercial launch and an additional 70 trials, distributed around the world.
Notes to editors:
About China Netcom
China Netcom (Group) Company Limited (China Netcom) is a major telecom enterprise in China and the fixed telecommunications service partner for the 2008 Olympic Games. As the Beijing branch of China Netcom, Beijing Netcom operates almost all telecom and information services in Beijing area except for mobile networks and radio paging, with approximately 10 million subscribers. Its services include national and international long-distance voice services, as well as the fast-growing broadband access, data, internet and information services.
About Ericsson IMS Solution
Ericsson IMS is an end-to-end solution that gives operators immediate revenue opportunities when evolving to all-IP operations. It enables seamless access to a wide range of new multimedia services across both fixed and mobile networks. Ericsson IMS Solution includes a converged IMS core infrastructure, as well as application servers and service enablers for common functions that can be reused by multiple fixed and mobile applications. The IMS solution is a part of Ericsson's Full Service Broadband offering.
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