Cingular Wireless and Lucent Technologies today announced that Cingular has awarded Lucent a four-year agreement to provide a comprehensive IMS-based (IP Multimedia Subsystem) solution that will enable Cingular to rapidly develop and launch a broad range of new personalized voice, video, data and multimedia services.
Lucent's IMS-based architecture and applications will complement Cingular's 3G network and enable Cingular to offer subscribers innovative, easy-to-use services that they can access anytime, anywhere, with almost any device.
Lucent Worldwide Services (LWS) will assist Cingular in the deployment and integration of Lucent's solution. This includes multi-vendor integration and technical support services that will seamlessly connect and maintain a critical link between Cingular's core network and its new applications portal.
IMS is an open, standards-based solution to build next-generation networks capable of delivering advanced communications services. With a standards-based IMS architecture and solution that allow services to flow in a network-agnostic environment, service providers can build applications and have them work with numerous endpoints, producing the so-called "grand slam" of services - voice, data, video and wireless/wired communications.
Cingular will deploy components of Lucent's Accelerate(tm) Next Generation Communications Solutions portfolio that consists of IMS-based products and applications, both with unique Bell Labs developed enhancements and services.
Among the available solutions and applications in this portfolio are the Lucent Session Manager, including the service broker function, the new Lucent Feature Server with support for mobile roaming using dual-mode devices, Lucent Unified Subscriber Data Server for wireless and wireline customers, Lucent Network Controller, Lucent Network Gateway, Lucent Communication Manager with next generation features, Lucent Active PhoneBook and Lucent MiLife Application Server.
The Lucent Technologies Bell Labs Service Enhancement Layer is a library of Bell Labs software assets built into Lucent's IMS elements and deployed within IMS standard functions that work across wireless, wireline, and WiFi networks to simplify and speed delivery of services. The Service Enhancement Layer offers a distinct advantage over competing IMS implementations by enhancing SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) processing, and supporting flexible service brokering, real-time policy management, and enhanced data management and integration, including access to data outside a service provider's network.
The Bell Labs enhancements support simple service management, seamless operations, secure communications, portable services, rich personalization, and rapid service customization.