Eastlink chooses Ericsson to upgrade its VoLTE services in Canada

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 Execution Environment. 

“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.