19 February 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
Ericsson has been selected by Eastlink as its core network supplier for voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) services in Canada.
The move will allow the Canadian telecom operator to
provide enhanced and more resilient services, as well as laying
the foundation for Wi-Fi calling and future 5G services.
Ericsson’s Fast VoLTE solution is a complete
pre-integrated virtual IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) that
allows rapid deployment and scaling. In addition, it supports
high-definition voice (HD voice) and other communication
services over LTE and Wi-Fi access networks.
Commenting on the news, Lee Bragg, chief executive officer
at Eastlink, said: "We operate with an overarching philosophy
of continuous improvement through investment in our people, our
networks, our services, and in advanced technologies.
Partnerships like the longstanding one we have with Ericsson,
makes it possible for us to leverage the very best expertise
and technology to help bring our customers an exceptional and
continuously improved experience."
Ericsson’s Fast VoLTE
solution features components such as virtual Mobile
Telephony Application Server, virtual Session Border
Controller, virtual Call Session Control Function, virtual
Message Resource Function and virtual IPWorks. It is built on
Ericsson BSP 8100 telecom grade hardware and the
OpenStack-based virtual infrastructure manager Ericsson Cloud
"Telecom operators are looking for cost-effective solutions
to manage the ever-increasing volume of mobile traffic and
demand for enhanced services. Eastlink is dedicated to
delivering the best experience possible to all their customers
and this network upgrade will bring immediate improvements and
position them well to add future services," added Graham
Osborne, head of Ericsson Canada.
Under the scope of the partnership Eastlink will work with
Ericsson to deploy a geo-redundant and 5G-ready core network.
Ericsson’s project team will also modernise
customer and front-end databases, including the Home Location
Register and Home Subscriber Service. The network upgrade is
expected to be completed during the second half of 2018.
Singtel recently followed suit and partnered Ericsson on its 4G
speeds trials. The results of the tests showed that speeds
of 1Gbps were achieved and the Singapore operator plans to
offer the service later this year.