Cingular Wireless Selects Lucent Technologies' IMS-Based Solution for Evolution to Next-Generation Services; Solution Will Enable Cingular to Rapidly Develop and Launch Exciting New End-User Applications Over its 3G Network.
Lucent's IMS-based architecture and applications will complement Cingular's 3G network and enable Cingular to offer subscribers innovative, easy-to-use services that they can access anytime, anywhere, with almost any device.
Lucent Worldwide Services (LWS) will assist Cingular in the deployment and integration of Lucent's solution. This includes multi-vendor integration and technical support services that will seamlessly connect and maintain a critical link between Cingular's core network and its new applications portal.
"Lucent's IMS-based architecture, combined with our 3G UMTS/HSDPA network, will allow us to offer our customers new and exciting end-user experiences over one of the most advanced, reliable and secure networks in North America," said Kelly Williams, executive director of strategy and planning for Cingular. "The IMS platform also provides Cingular with a cost effective process for delivering these new features and services."
IMS is an open, standards-based solution to build next-generation networks capable of delivering advanced communications services. With a standards-based IMS architecture and solution that allow services to flow in a network-agnostic environment, service providers can build applications and have them work with numerous endpoints, producing the so-called "grand slam" of services -- voice, data, video and wireless/wired communications.
"Lucent offers a unique blend of Bell Labs enabled technology, expertise and an end-to-end portfolio of solutions and services to build and deliver next-generation networks that offer the easy-to-use services customers are clamoring for," said Joe McCarthy, sales vice president for Lucent Technologies. "Lucent's IMS-based architecture enables Cingular to smoothly introduce new applications that customers can access anytime, anywhere, with any device, into its existing network while controlling operational and capital expense."
Cingular will deploy components of Lucent's Accelerate(TM) Next Generation Communications Solutions portfolio that consists of IMS-based products and applications, both with unique Bell Labs developed enhancements and services.
Among the available solutions and applications in this portfolio are the Lucent Session Manager, including the service broker function, the new Lucent Feature Server with support for mobile roaming using dual-mode devices, Lucent Unified Subscriber Data Server for wireless and wireline customers, Lucent Network Controller, Lucent Network Gateway, Lucent Communication Manager with next generation features, Lucent Active PhoneBook and Lucent MiLife(R) Application Server. (Product information is at end of this news release)
The Lucent Technologies Bell Labs Service Enhancement Layer is a library of Bell Labs software assets built into Lucent's IMS elements and deployed within IMS standard functions that work across wireless, wireline, and WiFi networks to simplify and speed delivery of services. The Service Enhancement Layer offers a distinct advantage over competing IMS implementations by enhancing SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) processing, and supporting flexible service brokering, real-time policy management, and enhanced data management and integration, including access to data outside a service provider's network.
The Bell Labs enhancements support simple service management, seamless operations, secure communications, portable services, rich personalization, and rapid service customization.
About Cingular Wireless
Cingular Wireless is the largest wireless carrier in the United States, serving 51.6 million customers. Cingular, a joint venture between SBC Communications Inc. (NYSE: SBC) and BellSouth Corporation (NYSE: BLS), has the largest digital voice and data network in the nation -- the ALLOVER(sm) network -- and the largest mobile-to-mobile community of any national wireless carrier. Cingular is the only U.S. wireless carrier to offer Rollover(R), the wireless plan that lets customers keep their unused monthly minutes. Details of the company are available at http://www.cingular.com/.
About Lucent Technologies
Lucent Technologies designs and delivers the systems, services and software that drive next-generation communications networks. Backed by Bell Labs research and development, Lucent uses its strengths in mobility, optical, software, data and voice networking technologies, as well as services, to create new revenue-generating opportunities for its customers, while enabling them to quickly deploy and better manage their networks. Lucent's customer base includes communications service providers, governments and enterprises worldwide. For more information on Lucent Technologies, which has headquarters in Murray Hill, N.J., USA, visit www.lucent.com.
Product Information For Lucent Technologies and Cingular IMS Announcement
Lucent Session Manager -- The Lucent SM provides multiple IMS functions including the call session control functions (CSCF), the service broker function -- the enhanced service capabilities interaction manager (SCIM), the policy decision function (PDF) and the breakout gateway control function (BGCF). It forms the core of Lucent's IMS architecture and manages user presence and call types, dynamically connecting subscribers to a variety of services such as "Push To Show" or "Video on Hold" on an IMS-based network. This enables customers, such as Cingular, to "blend" voice, data, video, multimedia and other capabilities. The Session Manager also enables "single sign-on" for subscribers to access their services instead of separate sign-ons and multiple passwords. The Session Manager also facilitates the easy addition of new applications to an IMS-based network, allowing Cingular to quickly roll out new services.
Lucent Feature Server -- The new Lucent Feature Server is an IMS-compliant application server that supports a variety of telephony and mobility services on broadband or narrowband networks. It can provide telephony services to any subscriber's next-generation or traditional wireline or wireless device, such as, Call Waiting, Caller ID, Automatic Callback, Three-way Conference Calling, Call Forwarding, Advanced Privacy Security, Distinctive Ringing and is also able to manage the "hand-off" between wireline networks and mobile extensions, such as with WiFi, CDMA, GSM or UMTS technologies, supporting the use of dual-mode (wireline/wireless) phones or similar devices. The new Lucent Feature Server also supports emergency number service -- such as 911 - 112, Local Number Portability, Call Trace and Long Distance Carrier Selection.
Lucent Communication Manager -- The Lucent Communication Manager provides a single "screen" or "portal" for subscribers to access their communications applications whether using a wireline or wireless device. Desktop capabilities can include click-to-dial, and access to voice mail, email, instant messaging, buddy lists, find me/follow me and multimedia conference calling applications. The purpose of the Lucent CM is to integrate, simplify, and unify the presentation of features and session control to the end user, regardless of the underlying infrastructure of application servers and regardless of the endpoint in use.
Lucent Network Controller -- The Lucent Network Controller provides the IMS media gateway control function (MGCF) and the signaling gateway (SG) function. These VoIP functions were previously associated with media gateway control (MGC) within traditional softswitches.
Lucent Network Gateway -- The Lucent Network Gateway provides the IMS media gateway (MGW) function and permits seamless interaction between IP networks and both traditional wireline and wireless networks.
Lucent Unified Subscriber Data Server (USDS) -- The USDS provides the IMS home subscriber services (HSS) function which maintains information such as subscriber profiles and user location on wireline and wireless networks. The Lucent USDS is a new product resulting from the integration of the Home Location Register, Home Subscriber Server, Authentication, Authorization, Accounting technology and next-generation Super-Distributed Home Location Register technology, along with Bell Labs enhancements. The USDS delivers a suite of carrier-grade data management and integration tools, so that applications can store and share data in a centralized fashion, and also obtain fast, seamless, integrated access to data which may be hosted inside or outside of a service provider's network and can reside on diverse network platforms. This dramatically reduces the complexity of managing subscriber data, making it much easier for operators to offer their subscribers customized services. The Lucent USDS also makes it possible for mobile operators to offer subscribers a single service presentation that will provide a consistent look and feel for their services even when they're roaming onto another operator's network.
Lucent Active PhoneBook -- a dynamic address-book that enhances the existing address book software that is already supported by various handsets in use today, and supplements these handset capabilities through interactions with a network hosted server and through the seamless incorporation of dynamic presence information in the presentation of various contacts to the end-user using the handset.
Lucent MiLife (R) Application Server -- a combined server and service control point that offers greater capacity and capability in a smaller footprint and at lower cost than traditional service platforms, helping wireless, wireline and converged network operators accelerate the introduction of IP-based voice, data, video and multimedia services. This platform includes service creation and service customization tools.
Lucent Technologies Bell Labs Service Enhancement Layer Components Included in Lucent Agreement With Cingular
--Lucent Datagrid(TM) -- For simple service management, a data management tool that integrates the myriad databases that keep track of each subscriber's basic network services such as call processing, messaging, and customer care, so that all this data is easily accessed by next-generation applications.
--Lucent Service Broker(TM) -- Also for seamless operations, a service brokering capability that allows the blending of multiple, existing and future services, while ensuring that those services interact in a manner that provides a positive, and customized end-user experience.
--Lucent Vortex(TM) -- For personalization and rapid service customization, a new policy engine -- distributed throughout the network -- that supports rich personalization of end-user services, and enables network operators to quickly modify network behaviors to target particular customer segments or offer quality of service guarantees.