Deutsche Telekom (DT), which provides fixed and mobile services in Germany through its Telekom Deutschland unit, has announced that it is now using a new platform for IP-based voice telephony in the fixed network. With the new Next Generation IP Multimedia Subsystem (NIMS) platform, the company has launched ‘the cloudification’ of voice telephony. In the future, the control of up to 18 million fixed voice connections will come centrally from the DT data centres set up in Germany. Thanks to virtualised network functions, the fixed network works faster and more efficiently, while the management and allocation of voice capacity in the network is also faster and always in line with current demand.
Following the initial test phase, the rollout of the platform for interconnections will continue step by step over the coming months, with support from technology partners Juniper Networks, Red Hat, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Lenovo, Mavenir and Metaswitch. Being an open platform, DT expects to expand this list of NIMS technology partners as the demand for services grows.