China Telecom employs Alcatel-Lucent for its IMS transition program

China Telecom is the latest service provider to begin transitioning its existing PSTN wireline network to internet protocol multimedia subsystem (IMS).

Upon completion, the new system supplied by Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell (NYSE: ALU), will deliver multimedia services to 130 subscribers in six provinces: Shanghai, Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Xinjiang and Sichuan.

Building off a successful trial in Shanghai and Shandong provinces, the deployment of Alcatel-Lucent's IMS system is part of China Telecom's broader plan to migrate all of its to migrate its multimedia services, video, data, wireline and wireless voice onto a single delivery platform. Among the new services available on this new platform, include video-conferencing, multimedia ringback tones, IP Centrex, SIP Pushsystem, CDMA Anchoring, and terminal management.

Recognizing the need for more personalized services, including high speed video streaming, XU Sui, Deputy General Manager of Network Development Dept. at China Telecom, said the deal with Alcatel-Lucent "is a critical step in our transformation to a much more flexible, cost effective all-IP network."

But the new deployment is not just about equipment alone. China Telecom and Alcatel-Lucent will develop advanced services, including a unified network address book, presence, multimedia instant messaging (including SMS, text and video) and image sharing.

For more:
- see the release
- TeleGeography has this article

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