ntl:Telewest has selected Ericsson as a technology and services partner to help with developments to its telephone network using VoIP technology.
A 5-year agreement has been signed by the two companies. The initial phase of the agreement is to help build a Residential Voice-over-Broadband service utilising the Ericsson IMS platform which has been installed and is undergoing testing ahead of launch.
Under the agreement, Ericsson will also be involved with upgrading ntl:Telewest voice network from circuit-switched technology to IP using Ericsson’s IP-based Telephony Softswitch solution. Planning for the network transformation is currently underway and will involve the migration of circuits across the network from TDM to IP thus utilizing the current IP network more effectively and producing cost savings through out the network.
Jacqueline Hey, managing director for Ericsson in the UK, claims that “NTL is already seeing the benefits from its investment in its network. We are delighted to have concluded this agreement which will see Ericsson technology introduced that will provide gains in both network running costs and efficiency“.
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