Huawei to deploy 4 mn IMS for BSNL

Huawei to deploy 4 million IMS ((IP mutimedia subsytem) platform replacing existing PSTN subscribers for BSNL.

The company will collaborate to transition BSNL’s traditional telephone exchanges to Next Generation Networks (NGN) that are geared for communication technologies of the future. Replacement of existing equipment with Internet Protocol (IP) based NGN switches is proposed to be carried out in a phased manner in BSNL’s major circles.

The total deal is worth $10 million and Huawei plans to deploy 4 million lines by December, 2014.

The migration to NGN network will be seamless for end-users and once in place, users can expect much improved voice quality and broadband experience. In essence, migration to IP-based packet switches and servers will set the platform for Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC), which breaks down distinctions between fixed and mobile networks and provides customers seamless inter-operability of wired and wireless voice and broadband services at home, office or while on the move.

Recently, BSNL successfully made voice/video calls between Bangalore and Hyderabad through recently built NGN C-5/IMS network of Huawei. During the network call inauguration, RK Upadhyay, CMD, BSNL made a live call between the cities to mark the historic transformation.

BSNL is targeting this replacement in a phased manner during which 1 million lines would be replaced in phase 1 and 3 Million lines in phase 2 to migrate a total of existing 4 million PSTN subscribers to IMS platform. This would help BSNL reduce the overall operational expenditure and offer better services to customers.

RK Upadhyay, chairman cum managing director, BSNL said, “We are happy to inform our users that BSNL is rolling out state-of-the-art NGN from Huawei in 21 telecom circles in India, with a clear objective of providing world-class voice and data services to our customers. This architecture will reduce the overall OPEX leading to an improved profitability and lower costs to end users.”

Once NGN is fully commissioned, BSNL customers can expect much improved voice quality and richer broadband experience,” added Upadhyay

NK Gupta, director – CFA, BSNL said, “With this new technology, BSNL will be able to migrate 4 million existing PSTN subscribers to IMS platform and offer next generation services besides voice, such as video, IPTV, IP-Centrex and MMVC. We are happy to announce that Huawei has built this network within a month after equipment deliveries, and the migration to higher network will be seamless from the customer’s point of view.”

Highlighting the partnership with BSNL, Cai Liqun, CEO, Huawei India said, “We hold a global leadership position in NGN and IMS technologies and are very happy to partner with BSNL to bring this cutting-edge technology to the benefit of Indian consumers.”

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