One billion subscribers served, and counting

Nearly one-sixth of the Earth's population is now using Nokia Siemens Networks' mobile softswitching to talk to one another

Espoo, (PresseBox) - More and more people around the world are now being connected through the mobile softswitching (MSS) systems that are replacing legacy switches to provide more cost-efficient voice service. Nokia Siemens Networks, a leader in driving this technology forward, recently expanded its total delivered MSS capacity worldwide well past the 1 billion milestone.

This landmark achievement means Nokia Siemens Networks’ solution is used for 40% of mobile softswitching worldwide and for over a quarter of all* connections in those mobile networks based on the world-dominant GSM family of standards. The milestone was reached in April, when the cumulative active subscriber capacity for MSS systems deployed by Nokia Siemens Networks surpassed 1 billion.

This figure is based on actual operational subscriber capacity according to customer traffic usage and represents the number of active subscribers that can be connected via the Nokia Siemens Networks MSS. The total MSS capacity -- including buffer capacity for daily mobility operations -- delivered by Nokia Siemens Networks is over 1.5 billion.

“These milestones are impressive indicators of how ubiquitous mobile connectivity has become,” says Jürgen Walter, head of Converged Core, Nokia Siemens Networks. “Knowing that one billion people all around the world are daily connecting through our mobile softswitch solution illustrates the trust that our customers place in us to positively support their core business.”

Deployed in over 230 operators’ networks, Nokia Siemens Networks’ mobile softswitching technology uses a “split architecture” that includes the Mobile Switching Center (MSC) Server and the Multimedia Gateway to reduce operating expenditures by as much as 70% in transmission, site, and operation and management costs. It also brings increased savings in power consumption.

It enables voice service for 2G, 3G and Voice over IP (VoIP), all in the same hardware elements, thanks to the industry’s only integrated VoIP server, the NVS, which can be implemented with an easy upgrade to existing MSS hardware. With VoIP functionality added, the Nokia Siemens Networks MSS can also be used to provide Voice over LTE by implementing the “Fast Track” VoLTE solution, making this next generation service available to over a billion mobile users.

A mature solution that was first put into commercial use in 2004, the Nokia Siemens Networks MSS has since evolved to support not only 3GPP Release 4, but also Releases 5, 6, and 7, which lay the foundation for All-IP networks.

* 3.8 billion connections according to the GSMA.

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Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of telecommunications services. With its focus on innovation and sustainability, the company provides a complete portfolio of mobile, fixed and converged network technology, as well as professional services including consultancy and systems integration, deployment, maintenance and managed services. It is one of the largest telecommunications hardware, software and professional services companies in the world. Operating in 150 countries, its headquarters are in Espoo, Finland.

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