AUSTRIA: ZTE Corp. is to provide a CS/IMS converged voice network to the Telekom Austria Group. ZTE is realising this project under collaboration with KCC (Kapsch Carrier Com), a well experienced local system integrator.
Under the agreement, ZTE will deploy a mobile CS (Circuit Switched) softswitch network to replace the existing mobile core network for Telekom Austria Group in its northern operational districts, including Austria, Slovenia and Liechtenstein. At the same time, ZTE will build a new IMS (IP multimedia subsystem) network in these branches.
The converged voice solutions provided to Telekom Austria Group is based on a cloud solution helping to reduce TCO. Using an IMS hosting solution, the centralized IMS core will be deployed to serve various branches of the Group independently, enabling the rapid launch of new services and giving the Telekom Austria Group centralised management and control of its networks.
The newly-built IMS network will support various scenarios including RCSe (Rich Communication Suite-enhanced) and VoLTE (Voice over LTE) to enable full convergence of the operator’s fixed and mobile networks. The IMS RCSe service will provide a carrier-class multimedia experience to users, helping the operator to deal with the challenges from Internet-based OTT (over the top) providers.
The IMS network also helps to achieve standard VoLTE service. The new mobile softswitch and IMS network will help Telekom Austria Group to significantly increase its network capacity, enabling rapid growth of the operator’s customer base. ZTE’s highly integrated core network equipment will significantly reduce the network’s physical footprint, enhance the service quality and reduce the operator’s CAPEX.