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August 19, 2010

China Mobile Selects Nokia to Implement Session Border Controllers

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

China Mobile (News - Alert), a telecom carrier, has selected Nokia Siemens Networks, a global enabler of telecommunications services, to implement its IMS Core platform, hiQ MMTel (News - Alert) application server and Session Border Controller (SBC) to introduce this converged communications experience aimed at improving end-user satisfaction.

Session border controllers provide functions that reinforce the delivery of interactive communications, such as voice, video and multimedia sessions – across IP network borders. As such, session border controllers are essential to enabling full interoperability between IP networks. They support many applications within the service provider, enterprise, government and contact center environment; and also enable SIP trunking, hosted VOIP services and fixed mobile convergence.

“Today’s users demand seamless access to multimedia applications without being constrained by the devices or network they are using,” said Ding Weiqing, head of the China Mobile customer business team at Nokia Siemens Networks (News - Alert), in a statement.

Weiqing said that the company’s IMS platform will enable China Mobile to quickly launch services that are independent of access infrastructure, devices and network.

He said that in turn this will help the operator to capture new business and increase customer loyalty.

Weiqing said that it will also help the network operator to become a stronger player in the fast evolving fixed-mobile convergence market.

Officials with Nokia Siemens Networks said that as a first step, the company will deploy its IMS core platform and multimedia telephony application for China Mobile’s enterprise customers in Beijing, Yunnan, Jiangxi, Xinjiang, Hunan and Fujian.

Company officials said that Nokia Siemens Networks will, in the future, expand the IMS core network deployment and offer additional multimedia applications on top of voice applications such as video sharing and multimedia conferencing, for both corporate and individual customers of China Mobile.

According to company officials, Nokia Siemens Networks’ IMS is an open and 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standardized platform, enabling fast and cost efficient deployment of converged multimedia applications for telecom operators.

It is compatible with multimedia applications offered by the vendor and other parties, thus widening the range of services that the operator can launch to attract new subscribers and tap into new revenues, company officials said.

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

Edited by Erin Monda

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