Imagine a communication service that automatically follows you wherever you go, and you could see the status of your friends and contacts on any of your phones and devices and then connect easily to them with voice, video or chat. A service that lets everyone in the house know that an incoming call was specifically for you. Well, this can become reality for Telenor’s subscribers in Norway thanks to the new IMS based solution, Multimedia Telephony (MMTel) from Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC).
Telenor, Norway‘s largest fixed and mobile telecommunications service provider, is constantly seeking new ways to provide additional value for their customers. By transforming its fixed network into one IP-based converged network (IMS) and by gradually migrating all of its subscribers to a common IP-based service platform, Telenor secures a future service offering with high quality voice and multimedia services. The platform is also made ready for the introduction of 4G voice.
Ericsson will, under this contract, also consolidate all mobile and fixed subscriber data into a centralized user database based on a Data Layered Architecture (DLA). This will allow Telenor to integrate its fixed and mobile service offering while providing a flexible service package serving the specific needs of entire households and businesses.
Robert Puskaric, Head of Region Northern Europe and Central Asia says: “Because our solution is designed to allow for cost-efficient rich communication, it provides a future-proof way to consolidate Telenor’s existing networks and get the most out of the new multimedia services entering the market. We are proud to drive the evolution of the network for an innovative and forward looking operator like Telenor, starting with the fixed voice services.”
Rolv-Erik Spilling, CTO Telenor Norway, explains how the MMTel and IMS solution first and foremost will modernize the production systems and reduce the cost for fixed voice services and then also serve as a platform for increase of our revenues. “By transforming all services to IP-based technology, our subscribers can over time benefit from richer and more convenient communications; for example, knowing who is available for a call and having an individual number for each member of the family. The richer functions will make it possible for us to create tailor-made offerings for users or groups with very specific and differentiating needs such as family and business users.”
Under the agreement, Ericsson is the sole supplier of the new MultiMedia Telephony (MMTel) solution in Telenor’s fixed network and the prime integrator of the project. The solution includes an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) Core network, Ericsson’s own MMTel Application Server (MTAS) and an Ericsson Data Layered Architecture solution for consolidating user data.