Spark New Zealand Selects Metaswitch Virtual IMS Core for VoLTE PoC

Spark New Zealand Selects Metaswitch Virtual IMS Core for VoLTE PoC Image Credit: Spark

Spark with 2.1 million mobile data and more than 674,000 broadband connections across New Zealand has deployed Metaswitch's Clearwater virtualized IP Multimedia Subsystem (vIMS) and its virtualized Perimeta session border controller (vSBC) for its virtualized voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) proof-of-concept project. The project is part of Spark's transformation which involves unifying its mobile and fixed networks into a single, flexible, IP-based network that enables the company to provide services to customers on any device. As part of the project, Spark also partnered with Cisco Systems for virtualized network infrastructure, management, and packet core functions; and OpenCloud for Application Server functions. 

According to Metaswitch, its Clearwater IMS core provides a foundation for complete wireline and wireless IP communications while removing the typical cost barriers to deploying an IMS-centric VoLTE service. 

David Havercroft, COO, Spark
Mobile technology is constantly changing, and our network needs to handle not just what is possible today, but what our customers will demand in the future. We took this project from a concept on paper to a functioning demonstration in less than 14 weeks. We're not letting up on this pace of innovation and change to deliver value to our customers.

Ray Tseng, VP, APAC Sales, Metaswitch
Metaswitch is pleased to be part of Spark's rapid movement towards a more flexible, all-IP network. With the Metaswitch Consumer Communications Solution, network operators like Spark are able to drive down network costs, reduce the need for legacy infrastructure, and take advantage of today's increasingly powerful mobile devices to provide exciting new services to their customers.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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