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Jun 27 2018

The analysts view? Nokia leads the field in evolving voice services

We all like a pat on the back every now and again, an acknowledgement that we are doing well and here at Nokia we are no different. Which is why we were glad to see two recent reports from analysts Global Data that showed we are ahead of the field in two offerings that support our vision of evolved voice services.

The first, ‘Nokia Networks IMS portfolio’, highlights that we have the most comprehensive portfolio of IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) network APIs (Application Programming Interface). The report puts Nokia ahead of the industry average in border control, interworking and deployability.

Among the conclusions of the report is that the Nokia Subscriber Data Management (SDM) is very high capacity, one of the first to support a virtualized HSS. It also points out that Nokia’s vIMS was available earlier and supports larger deployments than rival offerings. The general conclusion Global Data draws from its analysis is that Nokia leads the field in Voice over LTE (VoLTE) roaming

Global Data also reports on the Nokia Telephony Application Server (TAS), noting it as a leader among its competitors, being ahead in all assessed categories. As the latest application server available, the Nokia TAS is designed to serve any combination of fixed, mobile and enterprise market applications. It can work with APIs and also has built-in service creation and customization capabilities.

The report states that Nokia’s TAS is more comprehensive and more widely deployed than most other offerings.

Why is this important? It all relates to the future of voice and how services based on it are developing right now.

VoLTE is the logical choice to provide high-quality voice services over the same technology that is driving the data evolution, namely LTE. This is why it is increasingly popular with operators.

VoLTE and Rich Communications Service (RCS) are based on the same IMS. IMS-based VoLTE supports an RCS multimedia service portfolio, including privacy, buddy lists, presence, video share, video call, multimedia messaging, chat, file transfer and many more.

The TAS manages voice services and basic supplementary services such as call forwarding, call wait and call transfer. The Global Data IMS report makes it clear that Nokia has equipped its IMS portfolio with a leading array of interworking capabilities, many of which are built-in to the Nokia TAS.

With such capable solutions as the Nokia IMS APIs and the TAS, operators are well equipped to go beyond even the advantages of VoLTE and take voice to a new level.

Share your thoughts on this topic by joining the Twitter discussion with @nokia and @nokianetworks using #VoLTE or visit our webpage for more details: networks.nokia.com/volte-home

About Ismo Matilainen

Ismo is responsible for Nokia Global LTE voice evolution marketing. Feel free to ask him about anything related to IMS core VoLTE and Voice over Wi-Fi or communication services using APIs. He is particularly pleased to see business models with existing IMS technology now developing to include more and better digitalized service possibilities.

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