Telecom equipment provider Ericsson has signed a contract with Japanese operator KDDI (News - Alert) to develop and deploy an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) that builds the foundation for the operator to deliver advanced communication services over LTE.
The IMS deployment enables KDDI to deploy services such as Rich Communications Suite (RCS), HD Voice over LTE (News - Alert) (VoLTE) and video calling over LTE.
IMS is a 3GPP standardized platform that delivers multimedia services. The deployment of IMS will help KDDI deliver the latest communications services to over 35 million subscribers, according to company officials.
“KDDI always strives to provide its subscribers with a superior user experience through constant technological innovation,” said Yoshiharu Shimatani, senior vice president, general manager, Technology Sector, Member of the Board, KDDI, in a statement.
“Introducing IMS will enable us to make the most of KDDI's past investment and launch additional rich services in future,” Shimatani added. “With Ericsson's (News - Alert) global leadership in development of new functions for IMS, we will be able to deliver ever better services."
KDDI launched LTE mobile broadband in September 2012. The IMS deployment allows KDDI to make better use of its resources and optimize both capital and operational expenditure. It will also allow the operator to launch innovative services such as RCS, HD VoLTE and video calling over LTE, opening up new revenue streams.
"We are delighted to have this opportunity to work with KDDI to provide its Japanese customers with the world's best IMS platform and new services,” said Jan Signell, president and representative director of Ericsson Japan K.K., in a statement. “This contract marks a major advance in our relationship with KDDI and we hope we will be able to develop our partnership with them in many other areas."
Ericsson will provide KDDI with a complete solution including IMS and system integration. The company plans to start providing IMS after the second half of 2013.
Ericsson leads the IMS and VoLTE global footprint, according to ABI Research (News - Alert). Ericsson's large cache of IMS and VoLTE patents, industry leadership in interoperability testing and market share firmly places it in the top position, the research firm said.
Edited by Brooke Neuman