Ericsson selected by Vodafone Group as a supplier of IP Multimedia Subsystem, IMS

Ericsson has been selected by Vodafone Group as a preferred supplier of its IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS). Implementation of IMS will enable Vodafone to pilot a range of next generation communication services, with the first market implementation planned for Vodafone KK (Japan).

IMS based services demonstrate a new level of richer communications. A main benefit is to enrich and enhance the mobile experience, providing Vodafone’s customers with presence enhanced applications, sharing of different media during a phone call such as pictures and video clips.

Under the agreement, Ericsson will be able to supply its IMS system, support and integration services to support Vodafone’s step-by-step evolution to an all-IP network. As Ericsson’s IMS enables interoperability between operators, network types and handsets, Vodafone’s aim is to start interoperability testing as soon as possible.

“Vodafone intends to pilot the next generation of services based on this technology”, said Detlef Schultz, Head of GSCM at Vodafone Group. “We have chosen Ericsson as a supplier for IMS because of their technology leadership in this area, which will ensure we can start interoperability testing as soon as possible.”

“Our appointment as a preferred supplier for IMS further strengthens the relationship between Vodafone and Ericsson. We are honored to have been chosen by Vodafone in supporting their evolution to IP,” said Anders Olin, Head of Vodafone Global Customer Account, Ericsson.