|[May 08, 2012]
Taqua Announces Small Cell Core Capacity Increases With New VoWiFi and VoLTE Capabilities
NEW ORLEANS --(Business Wire)--
LLC, a leading supplier of convergence switching and small cell
deployment solutions, today announced at International
CTIA WIRELESS® 2012 that its TCS6100 Small Cell Convergence (News - Alert) core has
been upgraded to enable deployment of several million subscribers while
enabling a new set of Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) and Voice over LTE (News - Alert)
(VoLTE) capabilities to provide carriers with increased flexibility for
their small cell deployments.
TCS6100 Small Cell Convergence Server (TCS6100) extends macro
network feature and functionality to femtocell subscribers, while
providing seamless femto-to-macro handoff. Utilizing a 3GPP2-compliant
SIP-based architecture, the TCS6100 delivers voice, messaging, and data
convergence while providing supplementary, regulatory, and emergency
services for the service provider's femtocell or other small cell
In its latest release, Taqua's (News - Alert) TCS6100 will provide services for several
million subscribers. At the same time, the system's capabilities have
been expanded to provide convergence services to VoWiFi, and VoLTE
subscribers via a Circuit Switch Fallback (eCSFB) implementation.
"This new small cell core release is a significant milestone for Taqua,"
said Scott Weidenfeller, Taqua's CMO. "Our customers are seeing strong
demand for femtoclls that require high capacity nodes to accommodate
increased traffic by smartphones. These new capacity updates will
satisfy this growing demand, while our VoWiFi and VoLTE enhancements
will provide additional deployment flexibility."
The Taqua TCS6100 delivers macro network features and service-layer
interworking essential for new small cell services, while meeting strict
reliability and quality standards. It integrates with incumbent
Operations Support Systems (OSS) and Business Support Systems (BSS),
enabling the service provider to extend existing operations practices to
its femto-based or other small cell offerings. It allows the carrier to
expand its mobile network capacity without re-engineering the
circuit-based mobile core, while providing a graceful migration to
next-generation VoIP and IMS architectures.
With the Taqua
TCS6100's new voice and messaging over WiFi (VoWiFi) capability,
carriers can now expand their small cell offering to include WiFi (News - Alert) via
smartphone handsets that leverage Taqua's
Small Cell Core. Within this application, the subscriber can utilize
their existing wireless phone number while seamlessly preserving all of
their existing calling plan features and functionality just as they do
today with their cellular service.
"Historically, VoWiFi offerings have required the subscriber to utilize
a secondary number and additional software launched from their handset
to launch or receive a call," said Weidenfeller. "Taqua's approach is to
deliver the control of these calls from the operator's small cell core
with the TCS6100. The pre-loaded handset software will run in the
background using VoWiFi and be completely transparent to the
eCSFB for VoLTE
As part of the company's efforts to support the carrier's evolution to
VoLTE services, the Taqua TCS6100 will provide the enhanced
Circuit-Switch Fallback (eCSFB) function. As an all-IP network
architecture designed for data, LTE does not inherently support legacy
circuit-switch (CS) domain services. The Taqua TCS6100's eCSFB
capabilities will enable circuit-switched voice and SMS services to be
delivered to Long Term Evolution (LTE) devices within the requirements
set forth in the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 8.
The Taqua TCS6100 will set up a new interface between the legacy mobile
switching center (MSC (News - Alert)) and the mobile management entity (MME) in the LTE
core network. When an LTE handset makes or receives voice calls, the
TCS6100 will manage the "falls back" to the 3G or 2G network to complete
About Taqua,® LLC
Taqua is a leading supplier of next-generation fixed and mobile
convergence switching, IP peering, backhaul systems, and enhanced
applications. For more than a decade, hundreds of wireline, cable, and
wireless carriers have utilized Taqua's IP-based solutions to establish
converged networks and deliver enhanced services to subscribers. Taqua
is headquartered in Dallas, with research and development facilities
located in Boston, MA, Toronto, Canada, and Dallas, TX.
For more information, call 1.972.692.1800, email email@example.com,
or visit www.taqua.com.
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