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Alcatel carries out ‘world’s first’ IMS over Wi-Max demo

Alcatel said it has achieved a world first by demonstrating the delivery of IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) services ...


September 26, 2005  


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Alcatel said it has achieved a world first by demonstrating the delivery of IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) services over a Wi-Max radio access network.

The goal of the demonstration, which took place today at an Alcatel location near Paris, was to show that the multi-access capability of the firm’s IMS offering can be extended into the broadband wireless domain using IP Wi-Max technology.

The test phase utilized components of IMS connected over three different access technologies: DSL, 3G/UMTS and Wi-Max.

Through a dynamic address book, three end-users participating in the demonstration were able to access their buddy lists, while communicating with each other using text, voice and video communication modes.

The demonstration scenario included typical IMS services such as community management functions combined with audio-video and data messaging, as well as video telephony, and push-to-speak and push-to-show.

Among those in attendance was Peter Jarich, principal analyst of wireless infrastructure at Current Analysis.

“Wi-Max as an IP-based network holds a lot of promise in terms of cost efficiencies and scalability,” he said. “At the same time, IP opens up a growing ecosystem of novel applications and IMS is the way to tap into that.”