China Mobile rolls out commercial NFV IMS network

Staff writer
08 Jun 2016

China Mobile has officially started the commercialization of its rich communication services (RCS) network.

The Chinese mobile giant collaborated with ZTE for the virtual IP multimedia subsystem (vIMS) based RCS deployment.

In October 2014, ZTE won the tender to become the system integrator of this project.

The vendor is providing the complete IMS-based RCS solution, which is designed to support an initial capacity of 100 million subscribers, and supports RCS including multimedia messaging, network voice calling, video calling and address book capabilities.

ZTE said building RCS in an NFV-based vIMS platform standardizes uniform equipment, enabling service and hardware decoupling, and automatic deployment and flexible scale-in/out of service bearer networks, improving the resource utilization ratio.

This will guarantee system response speed and shorten service deployment and expansion periods, helping operators to reduce total cost of ownership and guarantee smooth system evolution.

ZTE said the company has so far deployed NFV virtualized core network in 12 commercial deployments, 32 proof of concept projects, with operators such as Vodafone, Telefonica, VimpelCom and several other mainstream operators.

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