Smart chooses Nortel for next-generation VoIP platform

Wireless services provider Smart Communications (SMART) has selected an international gateway solution from Nortel to provide next generation, carrier-grade wireless VoIP services to Philippines-based and international long distance customers.

Comprising Nortel's IMS-ready Communication Server (CS) 2000 VoIP superclass softswitch and the company's Media Gateway (MG) 15000, the Nortel solution will enable Smart to migrate its TDM voice trunking to a packet-based infrastructure and prepare its network for IMS services. This in turn will simplify the operator's GSM network, enhance bandwidth efficiency, and extend geographical reach and lower operational costs.

Nortel also has a long-standing relationship with Smart's parent company, the Philippine Long Distance Telephony Company (PLDT) and the new SMART contract has been concluded under a new, synergised procurement approach. By jointly negotiating supply agreements for both PLDT and SMART, the purchasing process is being streamlined for company and vendor alike.

Nortel is also currently implementing its ninth expansion of PLDT's national 10G DWDM Domestic Fibre Optic Network (DFON), which Smart also uses to meet its rapidly growing transport requirements. In addition, Nortel has provided optical equipment, including the Optical Multiservice Edge 6500, to expand Smart's metro Manila optical backbone, as well as call centre solutions and DWDM equipment for data centre business continuity and disaster recovery services.

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