Espoo, Finland – Nokia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Brazilian telecommunications giant Telemar Oi to begin trials of Nokia’s Fixed Mobile Convergence solutions. The Nokia Fixed Mobile Convergence solutions can leverage Telemar’s current fixed network to create a converged packet based domain for fixed and mobile services. Telemar operates the largest fixed network in South America, with around 15 million subscribers, as well as the Oi branded mobile network, which currently caters to around 8 million subscribers.
The trial employs a comprehensive Nokia end-to-end solution for unified core and converged access networks, as well as Nokia terminals providing multimedia and VoIP services for both mobile and fixed customers. The Nokia unified core includes the Nokia IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), for voice calls and multimedia services, the Nokia VoIP Server, and the Nokia MSC Server System (MSS). The agreement also includes testing of the Nokia Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) solution for extending the potential of fixed broadband networks.
"At Telemar Oi, we have been a pioneer in GSM in Brazil and have already successfully launched integrated service packages for our fixed and mobile residential customers," says Alberto Blanco, marketing director of Telemar Group. "This convergence trial is a natural extension of that and is an important part in our vision for the future in driving growth in our businesses."
"We are delighted to be working with Telemar Oi on this end-to-end convergence trial to address emerging opportunities for combining fixed and mobile services in Brazil," says Olli Oittinen, Vice President, Networks, Nokia. "Nokia is trialing its converged solutions with many leading operators worldwide, providing powerful solutions for consumer and corporate, fixed and mobile networks, in what is shaping up to be a new chapter in this industry."
The Nokia IMS solution provides the service machinery for enriching communications in converging fixed and mobile networks. It enables SIP-based multimedia services, such as video sharing and push to talk, in addition to voice services for fixed, cellular and multiradio terminals, as well as for PCs.
The Nokia VoIP Server, a key part of the Nokia IMS solution, supports the convergence of legacy voice and VoIP communications by allowing Telemar Oi to offer mobile telephony services, such as Caller ID and SMS, to VoIP customers.
The Nokia MSC Server, the world leading 3GPP Release 4 based voice solution, is currently deployed in Telemar Oi’s commercial mobile network, as part of an earlier contract. Nokia has been the main GSM network supplier to Oi since 2001.
About Telemar Group
The Telemar Group is the biggest private company in the country. It’s focused on the offering of integrated solutions; Telemar offers local calling services, long distance, wireless, data communication, a helpline and the Internet.
The company holds the concession to operate the local fixed telecommunication network and the authority to offers wireless services with Oi in Region I, which includes 16 northern, northeastern and southeastern states.
Besides this, the company acts in all national territory and provides data communication and long distance services since June 2002, when it anticipated the universal standards and received authorization to act throughout Brazil with code 31, which was launched regionally in 1999.
The Telemar Group has established a single brand in Internet and mobile segments with its own ISP Oi Internet, launched in February 2005.
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