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Operators are hustling to implement IT-based improvements that will help them reduce network capex and opex, and as a result ABI Research expects spending on virtualization of mobile networks will reach nearly $6 billion by 2018.
MetroPCS wants Over-The-Top (OTT) players to come on board with Rich Communication Services (RCS). . “I invite OTT players to adopt RCS. It is possible to do that. RCS is a collection of existing standards. There is no room for proprietary protocols,” said Solyman Ashrafi, MetroPCS’ VP product management, during a session at Wednesday’s Mobile Asia conference. The reason proprietary protocols had originally emerged was “because RCS was not around,” he said. Generally, Ashrafi said MetroPCS wanted to strike a healthy medium between OTT players and the operator community. OTT players want to “sacrifice standardisation for agility”. For operators it is the other way round, he said. MetroPCS has been one of the leaders in the RCS sector. Last year, the operator launched joyn, the RCS-based service backed by the GSMA, with Mavenir.
GSMA report reveals that as recently as five years ago, the European mobile market was performing as well as, or even better than, the United States. However, since then, the situation has dramatically reversed.
Verizon Wireless will be "network ready" for voice-over LTE (VoLTE) and rich communications services (RCS) this year, but how they get rolled out is up to the marketing team, according to Verizon CTO's Tony Melone.
Mavenir's award-winning RCS VoLTE solution blends IMS-based RCS services with traditional mobile services, such as SMS and MMS, and connects operator services with third party social networks and over-the-top (OTT) applications.
Verizon revealed that it intends to have its first voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) smartphones available and commercially launch early next year.
The mobile core is changing. Fast. Mobile network operators around the globe are embracing the transition from legacy mobile technologies to next generation infrastructures and the new LTE core has a prominent role in adding intelligence to the network, enabling new functionality and supporting new services.
Mobile operators like Verizon Wireless are planning VoLTE service that would incorporate Rich Communications Services, or RCS. FierceWireless delved into these aspects of VoLTE and more in a new ebook, "The Promise of VoLTE."
4G Americas announced the election of Mavenir Systems to its Board of Governors. Mavenir joins the 17 operators and manufacturers currently on the Board to work together to promote, facilitate and advocate for the deployment and adoption of 3GPP mobile broadband technologies throughout the Americas.
Deutsche Telekom customers now have access to the joyn™ messaging platform.
Mavenir expects SRVCC to be available in devices by the year-end, with launches of VoLTE following in early 2014. The company is already adding rich communication suite (RCS) capability on top of Metro PCS’s VoLTE launch in the form of a downloadable client that supports RCS services such as video calling. Mavenir expects that when other US operators such as Verizon and AT&T launch VoLTE, they will actively market it as a new, improved voice service.
T-Mobile Czech Republic selects Mavenir for IMS Core and RCS-e/VoLTE. Mavenir Systems will provide both the converged IMS core and the Application Servers, supporting services across wireless, wireline and enterprise, to T-Mobile Czech Republic.
Launch of Rich Communication Services is Faster with Lower Upfront Costs with SAP and Mavenir.
Czech Republic's T-Mobile has ordered converged IMS core and the Application Servers from Mavenir Systems.
Key to deriving new 4G LTE revenues will be taking advantage of the more technical benefits offered by the technology, believes Mavenir Systems CTO Terry McCabe. LTE starts as an overlay that allows operators to fill in capacity needs around mobile broadband. Operators should not be looking to charge a premium for some of the first steps – from VoLTE to core RCS communications services. Instead, he believes creating new user experiences is more interesting, exciting and, crucially, lucrative.
Virtualization is a very real topic as seen by recent formation of the network functions virtualization (NFV) Industry Specifications Group by some of the world's biggest and most influential operators, means the mobile networking community can't afford to ignore it. Mavenir has a virtual IMS solution for deployment of services such as 4G voice (also known as voice over LTE/VoLTE) and RCS (Rich Communication Services) version 5.0 applications.
Tele2 has consciously built in support for VoLTE in the 4G network, with Mavenir, covering almost the entire population of Sweden. Tests have shown tremendous results in a multivendor environment. From a technical standpoint we could be ready to launch commercially within a year. Not only does VoLTE enable superior voice and data experience simultaneously for our customers, but the technology is also more cost efficient.
Tele2 launches voice over 4G, with Mavenir IMS Core and Telephony Application Server, the central part of this new capability.