Network convergence is built around a unique, shared and IP-based platform and delivers voice, data and video services. It can be based on Next-Generation Network (NGN) components such as Class 4 and Class 5 soft-switches, with associated Next-Generation services such as pre-paid service plans, voice and video messaging, and IVVR (Interactive Voice and Video Response) all interconnected to the NGN network via Session Initiation Protocol (SIP).
This solution is especially practical for operators launching new business activities.
IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) architecture enables operators to reap the full benefits of a convergent infrastructure because of the rapid integration possibilities for new, high added-value services which can revolutionize the way the operator manages its business.
IMS effectively defines an architecture that permits sharing, not just of the network, but also of the back-office and the whole service-production environment.
These days, consolidation is an essential way of bringing down operating costs, and optimizing the productivity, flexibility and resilience of information systems
This consolidation strategy benefits from the constant improvements being made to technologies, from semi-conductors to virtualization applications that ensure systems are increasingly powerful. Once it has been standardized and is easy to administer, the IT infrastructure facilitates alignment with the organization’s business priorities.
Bull has supplied one integrated telecoms operator with hardware platforms that are well suited to providing the availability, extendibility and reliability the group needs to manage critical databases based on Oracle, as well as its centralized applications. In addition, Bull Escala® servers are used to support customer relations management applications, for a CRM project covering all operations in France.
In Poland and the UK, Escala servers have enabled operators to consolidate their critical applications managing Oracle databases. Finally, they support the France Telecom group’s call-collect application – a vital revenue-generating system for all operators – both in France and in its subsidiaries in emerging countries.