CWC using Ericsson core to enable Wi-Fi calling and VoLTE for Panamanian unit

22 Feb 2016

Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) has revealed that Swedish vendor Ericsson will support an upgrade of its Panamanian unit’s core network with a nationwide IMS and Evolved Packet Core solution. With a press release claiming that this development shall ‘enable strong possibilities of fixed and mobile convergence, and appealing subscriber services like Wi-Fi calling and voice-over-LTE (VoLTE)’, Carlo Alloni, EVP Technology and Group CTIO at CWC, added: ‘We are constantly working to enhance and upgrade our network and offer more services for our customers … As a result of this upgrade, we will be able to offer our customers in Panama more options to make regular operator calls everywhere, and to have better quality all the time in a simple, seamless way.’

The Ericsson Wi-Fi calling solution is based on Evolved Packet Core (EPC) with Wi-Fi Mobility Gateway (ePDG and TWAG combined), and Ericsson IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS). Rollout, integration and implementation of the IMS is currently ongoing; the technology will also support VoLTE services which are expected to be implemented ‘in the near future’.