Subscribers of China Telecom will soon have multimedia services over Internet protocol (IP) after the Chinese fixed and mobile operator engages Alcatel-Lucent to help build its multimedia IP infrastructure.
Soon, multimedia ringback tones, video-conferencing and multimedia instant messaging, including SMS, text and video, will be common services to more than 120 subscribers of China Telecom, similar to how text messaging is now.
Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell, Alcatel-Lucent's flagship company in China, said the project is the "first commercial deployment of IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) technology for China Telecom." The deployment follows what the company said is a "successful trial" in Shanghai and Shandong provinces.
The two companies have been working on the delivery of the multimedia services since 2005. The project is in initial deployment and testing to deliver the services to six China provinces, initially, namely: Shanghai, Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Xinjiang and Sichuan.
"This project with Alcatel-Lucent, our first largescale commercial deployment of IMS, is a critical step in our transformation to a much more flexible, cost effective all-IP network," said XU Sui, deputy general manager, network development department, China Telecom. "The world of communications is moving to more video, more streamed content from the Web, more personalised services - we are building a network for this new world."
China Telecom said it has experienced "dramatic growth" in its mobile business and would like to offer its subscribers expanded services.
At the heart of the infrastructure deployment is Alcatel-Lucent's IMS solution which can unify communication services via IP across fixed, mobile and the Web. The two companies are also working together to deliver advanced services, including unified network address book, presence, multimedia instant messaging (including SMS, text and video) and image sharing.
"The successful China Telecom trial and commercial deployment of our IMS solution in one of the world's largest markets demonstrates that we can support the most demanding, fastest-growing operators," said Rajeev Singh-Molares, president, Alcatel-Lucent, Asia-Pacific. "We are ideally positioned to meet the growing appetite for multimedia services and universal access in this part of the world."
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