Nokia and Telenor R&D join forces to trial converged services

(PresseBox) ( Espoo, Finland, )
Nokia and Telenor R&D announced today that they are jointly trialing services for fixed and mobile environments using Fixed-Mobile Convergence technologies.

The results of the research and development collaboration include the ability to deliver IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) services over Nokia's D500 DSLAM multiservice broadband platform; VoIP calls between mobile and fixed SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) clients; and establishing test capabilities for gaming and video sharing on a converged platform.

The joint project began in 2005, seeking to assess how different IP services can be delivered over multiple access technologies like WLAN/DSL, GSM and WCDMA to a multiradio device such as the Nokia E60. The Fixed-Mobile Convergence architecture is based on SIP technology and the Nokia IMS solution. With converged IP services, users will be able to integrate voice, video, text, content sharing and presence in a single communications session, regardless of the access network; for example, VoIP could be used over both a fixed network and WLAN (Wireless LAN) using IMS. The joint project will continue until end of 2006.

"The shift towards IP convergence over the next few years is clear to Telenor. Introducing an IMS-based architecture is central to this development," says Hans-Christian Haugli, CEO Telenor R&D. "Taking a proactive role in the development positions us well to offer IP-based multimedia services to our customers."

"We are very pleased with our fruitful cooperation with Telenor," says Finn Erik Hermansen, General Manager, Nokia Norway. "The results that we have achieved together are paving the way for converged IP services that will be richer, more efficient and more fun than ever before."

As defined by 3GPP standard, IMS will form the heart of the converged network of the future, and will provide authentication, roaming and network interconnectivity for IP-enabled terminals. The use of IP in core networks makes possible new service concepts and convergence between fixed and mobile networks.

Nokia is the front runner in IMS for fixed and mobile networks, with over 70 references for IMS solutions, such as Push to talk over Cellular and video sharing. Nokia has also taken the lead in fixed mobile convergence, with 11 network customers.

About Telenor
Telenor is a leading telecommunications provider with significant commitments in emerging markets in Europe and Asia and a key position in the Nordic region. Telenor is one of the world's largest mobile operators with more than 74.5 million subscriptions (100 % figures all companies). Telenor is the leading telecommunications company in Norway and the largest provider of TV services to the Nordic market. Total workforce is 23,400 man-years of which 12,400 are outside Norway. Telenor R&D gives important contributions to innovation and new services.
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