BridgePort Networks Signs Global Reseller Agreement to Deliver IMS Fixed Mobile Convergence Solutions

By | May 5, 2006

Following a series of successful joint trials, BridgePort Networks today announced a global reseller agreement with Siemens Communications that will see its NomadicONE IMS Convergence Server (ICS) integrated into Siemens´ IP (Internet Protocol) Multimedia Subsystem (IMS).

Under the terms of a global Software License Agreement, BridgePort Networks´ product capabilities will now be part of Siemens´ IMS/FMC solution to mobile, fixed and cable network operators worldwide.

“The fixed-mobile convergence sector is forging ahead with IMS being the key driver advancing the market,” said Harald Braun, President Networks Division, Siemens Communications. “By integrating BridgePort Networks´

innovative technology into the Siemens IMS solution, service providers are enabled to quickly and easily introduce services and applications that represent the next generation of communications.”

The Siemens IMS/FMC portfolio integrates both packet- and circuit-switched telephony networks, as well as a range of different wireless and fixed technologies.

With BridgePort Networks´ NomadicONE ICS, Siemens´ IMS/FMC solution, based on IMS@vantage(r), can offer operators the ability to support true single phone number services. These can seamlessly handover an active voice call between circuit-switched cellular and Voice over IP over Wi-Fi networks by providing in-session switching of calls between networks.

The solution conforms to the technical requirements recently completed by the standards bodies 3GPP and 3GPP2 for IMS to circuit-switched seamless voice handover, known as Voice Call Continuity (VCC). The NomadicONE ICS is a specialized application server in the IMS architecture. It supports GSM, CDMA, UMTS and Wi-Fi networks and implements the IMS Controlled Model (ICM) method of seamless handover per 3GPP technical requirements, as well as the Call Transfer Model

(CTM) method of handover, per 3GPP2 technical requirements.

“Fixed Mobile Convergence is a key business case for IMS,” said Mike Mulica, President and CEO of BridgePort Networks. “We look forward to continuing our work with Siemens, and our handset solution partners, as we jointly deploy IMS Fixed Mobile Convergence solutions within service provider networks the world over.”

“As IMS continues to evolve, interoperability efforts in areas such as end-user device links to core infrastructure will represent an important dimension in successful trials and early deployments of Fixed Mobile Convergence based upon IMS,” said Tom Valovic, Program Director for VOIP Infrastructure at IDC.

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