Nortel Networks Corp has announced that it has been chosen to expand T-Mobile’s wireless core network with new capabilities, designed to bridge the operator’s commercial UMTS wireless network with WiFi networks to provide seamless communications for subscribers.
The expanded service is claimed to be the first commercial deployment that supports seamless broadband mobility across 3G, EDGE, GPRS, and WiFi networks in Europe, and the companies will demonstrate the technology at CeBit 2006 in Hanover this week.
T-Mobile will offer the new service to customers using laptops and dual mode PDAs, such as the T-Mobile MDA Pro, beginning in summer 2006. It said that with the new service, enterprise customers will be able to enjoy Always Best Connected access to new data and multimedia/SIP-based services beyond voice, including video calling, video conferencing, short messaging service, instant messaging, email, and web access all from one device and with one phone number with no interruption to their communication session.
T-Mobile said it will also enable it to better manage customer billing information across networks so that end users can receive a single, consolidated bill.
Nortel said it was able to provide T-Mobile with the new service thanks to integration of Nortel’s existing Gateway GPRS Support Node with Azaire Networks’ IP Converged Network Platform. Azaire’s IP-CNP provides an integrated hybrid network by extending the services from the existing 3G and GSM core network investments over new access technologies like WiFi and WiMax, Nortel said.
Nortel has been a supplier of GPRS and third-generation wireless networking equipment for T-Mobile’s Pan-European network since 2002, and supplies packet core networking equipment in Germany, the UK, Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Hungary, Slovakia, and Austria.