Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) has been selected to provide Telefónica O2 Germany with an IMS core system with an IMS-based VoIP application server. These two contracts include hardware deployment and software systems integration services.
This represents a major step forward for O2 in Germany, as it migrates its existing fixed and mobile systems into a converged IP-based Next-generation network (NGN).
Ericsson will also integrate in Germany O2's VoIP application server using IMS, making services such as IP Centrex, business trunking or presence functionality available to all fixed and mobile users. Andrea Folgueiras CTO Telefónica O2 Germany, says: "With IMS, we can advance the conversion of our current systems into more cost-effective and higher performance multimedia networks that can make optimal use of ever-increasing bandwidths. We based our decision to have Ericsson as a partner for IMS on the good experience from our joint projects in Spain and other countries."
Carsten Ahrens, President of Ericsson Germany, says: "We are pleased to strengthen our partnership with Telefónica O2 Germany by supplying and integrating the centerpiece of their IP network transformation. IMS will drive the evolution and convergence of their telephony service and provide the foundation for delivery of their other real-time multimedia applications."
IMS offers the level of intelligence required in next-generation networks to offer all users broadband multimedia services at any location, independent of the access network they are connected to, using a wide variety of different devices. Introduction of IMS and use of a common platform also means reduced costs for network providers for new applications and network operations as a whole.
Globally, Ericsson delivers more than 1,300 consulting and systems integration projects to operators every year, in multi-vendor and multi-technology environments. Ericsson's strategy, technology, operational, competence consulting and systems integration expertise covers IP-core networks, IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), multimedia services, service networks, telecom management and satellite communications.
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Telefónica O2 Germany GmbH & Co. OHG belongs to Telefónica Europe and is part of the Spanish telecommunication group Telefónica S.A. The Company offers its German private and business customers postpaid and prepaid mobile telecom products as well as innovative mobile data services based on the GPRS and UMTS technologies. In addition, the integrated communications provider also offers DSL fixed network telephony and high-speed internet. Telefónica Europe has more than 46 million mobile and fixed network customers in Great Britain, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany.
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