Telkom’s IMS core network goes live

Telkom tower undoneTelcom's IMS network has gone live in South Africa as part of its network transformation programme. (Image source: undone) Telkom has announced that it has switched on its new Internet Protocol Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) core network

The company, which is moving towards an all IP converged core network, has taken the next step of its network transformation programme by choosing the IMS core to provide IP multimedia services.

At the launch of the company’s first Multi-service access Node (MSAN) unit, which was held in March 2012 Bashier Sallie, Telkom’s managing director of wholesale and networks stated that an access control solution was only good as the underlying transmission.

“For Telkom, this is the most significant network intervention in three decades. Our current Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) voice switching equipment has reliably provided the voice platform over the past three decades but has reached end-of-life and will reach end-of-support in 2015/16," Telkom said in a press statement.

"The IMS core will replace this seamlessly. In terms of voice applications, we are now ready for the future with the latest, best in breed technology.

"It satisfies Telkom’s need for an overlay network that supports both emulated and simulated voice services whilst enabling efficiency and delivering fixed and mobile converged voice products."

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