Verizon, Equipment Cos. Improve IMS For Real World Deployment
Jul 27, 2006, 11:26 AM by (staff)
Verizon today, along with equipment manufacturing heavyweights unveiled two documents proposing improvements to IP Multimedia Subsystems (IMS). IMS is the new standard that is supposed to allow carriers to switch to an all IP network, including voice calls as well as create a unified experience for subscribers across a number of networks. The advances proposed today address a number of IMS's weaknesses. The proposal outlines systems to improve IMS when handing off data streams from one network to another (as UMA does now), it also addresses communication between IP-based devices and a traditional circuit switched cell phone and other non-IP devices. Because a majority of IMS equipment providers such as Cisco, Lucent, Motorola, Nortel and Qualcomm all worked with Verizon on the advances to IMS, it is highly likely they will get these improvements passed by the standards body and will be able to launch networks with the changes in place.
IMS is actually a massive shift in how all of the back-end stuff will be handled on the network side. It's moving everything from circuit-switched to packet-switched.
For the carriers, it's kind of like the ...