Ericsson presents visions and strategies behind next generation network success

- More than USD 800 million in contract wins this year

Ericsson today is presenting its visions and strategies for next generation multi-service networks at a special event in New York City for customers, media and analysts. Some 10 wireline operators have already selected Ericsson's next generation solutions during 1999. These commercial network contracts are worth more than USD 800 million, which the company estimates to be more than 35 percent of the world market. The event, called "Get Insp(w)ired," includes briefings by senior Ericsson executives on Ericsson's overall vision of IP, mobility and applications, with special focus on the transition of voice, data and video from wireline and wireless circuit based networks to multi-service, IP packet based networks. This is the second event in a tour that began in Paris last month, and will continue in Latin America and Europe.

A mini-fair will feature a live demonstration of Ericsson's next generation multi-service network solution, range of services and value- added user applications. Ericsson is the first vendor in the industry to have shown a live demonstration of, as well as the first vendor to receive a substantial order for, a next generation network, circuit-to-packet migration solution. Ericsson's multi-service network offerings provide end-to-end solutions for all network operators and service providers, whether wireline or wireless, incumbent or new, national or international. Ericsson's solution enables operators to move from a series of linked, single service networks for access, transport and switching to one multi- service network that efficiently supports a service mix across both circuit and packet switched traffic.

Ericsson offers a total IP Telephony solution, including voice and SS7 signaling gateways, software and applications. This provides operators with the reliability, security, capacity and Quality of Service for Voice over IP (VoIP) solutions their users require from standard switched telephony services.

To ensure that networks are more future-proof and easier to transition, Ericsson decouples the core and access networks, with applications that are network-independent and reside on external servers. In addition, control servers reside in a separate layer from the connectivity network for both wireline and wireless transport.

ENGINE, Ericsson's next generation wireline network solution, is a range of products and solutions that are optimized for multi-service networks.

ENGINE efficiently migrates operators' current circuit switched networks into a next generation wireline network, based on ATM and IP packet switching technologies that can handle a full range of communications services, such as Internet, telephony and multimedia. The multi-service network efficiently handles circuit switched and packet based services and offers integrated access nodes delivering multiple voice and broadband datacom services. Various IP- and ATM-applications for users, like e-commerce, Click to talk, Personal Internet Access and multimedia services, are being demonstrated, as well as solutions for efficient network management.

User services, including a range of applications from e-commerce to multimedia services, are also on show, along with solutions for efficient multi-service network management.

Ericsson's Open Network Gateway sets the standard in SS7 signaling enabled carrier class multi-access products. It is aligned with the Softswitch Consortium and Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) intended architecture. Via one single platform, a Service Provider is able to offer its customers dial-up Internet access, Voice over IP (VoIP) and access to any IP-based services. Its SS7 gateway functionality enables the provider to achieve operator status and directly offload the dial-up Internet traffic.

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