NEC and NetCracker Release Virtualized IMS (vIMS) Solution
TOKYO, JAPAN and WALTHAM, MA — October 12, 2015 — NEC Corporation and NetCracker Technology announced today that they have released a virtualized IP multimedia subsystem (vIMS) solution through their joint business brand, NEC/NetCracker SDN/NFV Solutions. The NFV-based vIMS solution offers both control and data plane functionalities of IMS for 3G mobile voice services (W-CDMA) and voice over LTE (VoLTE) services. It has successfully achieved the same service quality levels of those realized in a physical environment.
The vIMS solution allows both signaling (I/S-CSCF and P-CSCF) and data transferring (IMS-AGW) functions to be run on a common virtualization platform built on general-purpose servers, while ensuring carrier-grade reliability and stability. The vIMS solution enables communications service providers (CSPs) to optimize IMS environments by intelligently deploying any combination of decomposed IMS functions according to service demands and application needs. With a vIMS solution, CSPs can launch new services with agility and easily scale capacities according to customer requirements.
The vIMS solution provides users with high-quality VoLTE and high-definition video calling, leveraging general-purpose servers that share resources with other virtual network functions and IT functions. By virtualizing IMS, the vIMS solution can reduce service delivery and assurance costs while optimizing performance attributes such as quality of service and delay.
The vIMS leverages the technical functionality of NEC’s VoLTE solution. Demonstrating high availability and reliability for signaling and protocol handling and data processing, the VoLTE solution is operating live in commercial networks such as those provided by NTT DOCOMO.
As a part of a comprehensive portfolio of virtual network functions, the vIMS solution can be fully managed by the NEC/NetCracker Network and Service Orchestration platform, which provides fulfillment and assurance for virtualized services in a hybrid network environment.
“NEC and NetCracker have proven capabilities in delivering innovative SDN and NFV solutions worldwide as part of our vision to fundamentally transform networks into more efficient, scalable and profitable platforms,” said Atsuo Kawamura, Senior Vice President, NEC Corporation. “In this diversified environment, NEC and NetCracker will continue to create new business models that satisfy our customers.”
“Virtualized IMS solutions are one of the first use cases operators plan to deploy in NFV,” said Diane Myers, Research Director, IHS. “With their vIMS solution announced today, NEC and NetCracker build on a portfolio of IMS and NFV solutions and enable operators to migrate to next-generation networks for advanced voice and video applications.”
As a part of its support for NTT DOCOMO’s voice services offered to their over 67 million subscribers, NEC has provided communications equipment for Japan’s first VoLTE services that DOCOMO launched in June 2014. DOCOMO’s pioneering VoLTE services were launched simultaneously throughout the entire country; the services support a wide variety of smartphones and have been reliably providing high-quality communications since their launch.
About NetCracker Technology
NetCracker Technology is the proven partner for cable operators and CSPs in enabling product innovation and bringing IT and networks into the next generation. The end-to-end NetCracker 10 solutions and services portfolio brings together comprehensive business and operations management offerings, big data analytics, service and network orchestration and virtual functions management onto a single cloud-enabled platform. NetCracker’s in-depth technical and operational expertise, wide range of professional services and unbroken track record for successful implementations enables operators of all sizes to deploy hybrid virtualized environments, establish end-to-end process visibility, introduce critical new revenue opportunities and deliver personalized customer experience.
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About NEC Corporation
NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross utilize the company’s experience and global resources, NEC’s advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society. For more information, visit NEC at www.nec.com.
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