Espoo. Finland – Nokia and TeliaSonera have entered into close cooperation in Next Generation Network technologies and architectures based on IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and other technologies that will define the “networks of tomorrow”.
The cooperation envisaged by the two companies will result in feedback from real environments and guide the development of products and solutions. As part of the cooperation, Nokia and TeliaSonera will hold workshops and trials to evaluate the requirements for services for the home environment as well as for enterprises.
“We at TeliaSonera have recognized very clearly how networks are changing to meet the needs of the converged world of telecommunications,” says Claes Nycander, Senior Vice President and Chief Network Officer at TeliaSonera. “This is why cooperation, such as this we are undertaking with Nokia and other vendors, plays a very important part in our vision for the future. We are looking forward to working with Nokia and especially to the concrete results of this close cooperation.”
“This agreement is further proof of the unstoppable move towards converged services in this industry, as well as our commitment to drive that development,” said Jan Lindgren, Vice President, Networks, Nokia. “TeliaSonera is an important and farsighted player in the telecommunications business, and we are extremely pleased to be working with them in mapping out the future of advanced network offerings.”
IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) are the key enablers of service convergence between different access technologies. The Nokia IMS enables operators to deploy IP-based person-to-person multimedia services in 2G and 3G networks. It brings a major new capability to existing networks by allowing terminals to establish IP sessions between each other, which in turn enables a wide range of multimedia communication services and interactive applications, such as Push to talk over Cellular (PoC) and video sharing. SIP technology makes IP-based person-to-person services possible.
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