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April 04, 2011
VIVACOM uses HP Solutions to Integrate Telecom Networks to Improve Performance
By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributor

VIVACOM Bulgaria is using the solutions and expertise of HP to set up a next-generation intelligent network (NGIN) by integrating its fixed and mobile telecommunication networks. The NGIN will improve the network efficiency and offer a more personalized and better experience for over 600,000 customers. VIVACOM is Bulgaria’s leading telecommunications provider and offers services in fixed and mobile voice, television and broadband. The NGIN will support applications based on voice-over-Internet Protocol (VOIP) and will enhance VIVACOM’s existing services by enabling the company to use real-time features in the network.

In a release, Bernard Moscheni, chief operating officer at VIVACOM said that, “Our No. 1 priority is customer satisfaction, and our integrated network platform is a key building block. Convergence (News - Alert) is happening on many levels, and HP’s deep expertise in both core network and IT technologies was instrumental in the success of the project.”

HP’s standards-based NGIN solution helped VIVACOM consolidate its various networks at the service layer. This enables VIVACOM to manage all services including data, messaging and voice in real time, and also handle prepaid billing. The NGIN will offer a flexible and open development environment for the company to rapidly rollout new and integrated services throughout all its networks. It targets to increase revenues while simultaneously focusing on reducing operational costs. The HP NGIN solution includes HP Universal Signaling Platform for network integration; HP OpenCall Media Platform for rich media interaction; HP OpenCall Convergent Communication Platform for real-time execution; HP Virtual PBX (News - Alert) (virtual private exchange); HP Convergent VPN (virtual private network); and HP BladeSystem servers running carrier-grade Linux.

Erwan Menard, vice president and general manager of communications and media solutions at HP said that, “VIVACOM is able to offer Bulgarian customers more innovative services with a consolidated network platform driven by HP NGIN. With deep expertise in both IT and telecom, HP can be a catalyst for the transformational strategies that lead to growth.”

In other news, in a joint venture, HP has offered its integration services to three Korean telecom companies to help them to expand the number and quality of services for their mobile customers. A single, Korea-specific clearinghouse has been created through a consortium of of SK Telecom (News - Alert), Korean Telecom and LG U+. This clearinghouse will link to a global application development initiative called the Wholesale Applications Community (WAC).

Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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