Thursday, May 17, 2007

Telia: UMA and IMS! not really...

When I first saw the headline “TeliaSonera Plans IMS Service in 2008” in Informa's IMS Vision newsletter, I was excited. Telia is a progressive operator and they are investing heavily in their UMA-based dual-mode service called HomeFree. I was certain they were going to combine IMS services onto UMA devices and have seamlessly mobility to Wi-Fi for IMS applications.

Alas, that is not the case. The article interviews Goran Eriksson, TeliaSonera’s head of technology for the broadband/fixed line side of the business.

'The main driver for TeliaSonera to ramp up IMS in the fixed side of the business is to upgrade and enhance its VoIP services and the first ‘IMS service’ that TeliaSonera subscribers will use will be VoIP, in 2008.’

So this is the state of IMS today...

Near the end of the article, it is mentioned that VCC is available from the vendor Telia has chosen for network infrastructure. Mr. Eriksson was coy about any plans. VCC for a fixed operator, what a surprise.

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