TME upgrades networks; Telefónica launches IMS VoIP; Vodafone rolls out PoC

15 Feb 2006

Mobile operator Telefónica Móviles Espana (TME) has contracted Cisco Systems to deploy its IP-based radio access network (IP-RAN) optimisation solution for TME’s GSM and W-CDMA networks. The deal represents the first mobile operator deployment of the Cisco IP RAN optimisation solution in the world. Cisco’s IP-RAN enables mobile operators to economically add new radio technologies, such as HSDPA, while delivering a common next-generation, multiservice IP backhaul.

In more Spanish networks news, TME’s fixed line parent Telefónica Espana has deployed VoIP services for residential consumers and SMEs based on an application platform supplied by BroadSoft. Telefónica claims the service is one of the world’s first VoIP deployments with IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) service architecture. BroadSoft’s IMS-compliant BroadWorks system provides a range of VoIP applications, including hosted PBX, IP Centrex, mobile PBX, business trunking and residential broadband services fully integrated into a single hosted communications platform.

Meanwhile, Spanish cellco Vodafone has announced that it is deploying Motorola’s Push-to-talk-over-Cellular (PoC) handset and server solution to its subscribers nationwide. The service enables users to engage in so-called ‘walkie-talkie’ style mobile conversations with individuals or groups. Vodafone will initially offer the one-touch communication service to business customers, but plans to extend the solution to residential subscribers over time.