Nokia today introduced IP Multimedia products that allow operators of GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA and CDMA2000 networks to bring interactive services such as person-to-person mobile games to their customer. Interactive services are made possible by IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) technology, which enables person-to-person IP connections between terminals. The new IMS-capable network products, expected to be available during 2003, employ the 3GPP/3GPP2-adopted Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) in setting up the IP session.
At the same time, Nokia is endorsing the unification of the IMS standards in the 3GPP and 3GPP2 standardization bodies. A unified IMS standard will pave the way for seamless IP Multimedia service between CDMA2000 and GSM-based 2.5G and 3G networks.
"This is a major step forward for the industry as IP Multimedia products will enable attractive, new services for mobile consumers, including multi-player mobile games and business applications like content sharing," says Petri Launiainen, vice president, IP Convergence Business Program, Nokia Mobile Phones. "During 2003, we also will provide operators and third-party application developers with open tools for creating mobile applications that will connect and interact using IP via the IMS. Nokia is strongly committed to this technology."
"The Nokia IP Multimedia Core brings important new revenue opportunities for the operators of different types of mobile networks," says Heikki Kasko, senior vice president, Nokia Networks (Americas). "Global platforms such as the Nokia IP Multimedia Core, that can be employed in GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA, and CDMA2000 networks, bring unprecedented economies of scale and enable greatly simplified service inter-working. This technology will significantly help operators to deploy new revenue-generating services in a cost effective manner."
The Nokia IP Multimedia Core is part of Nokia Intelligent Edge, a solution that enables operators to provide new packet-based services and support new business models for content-to-person, person-to-person and business-connectivity services. Nokia Intelligent Edge provides new "service aware" capability to enhance existing packet core networks. It gives operators new possibilities for positioning themselves in the value chain and allows them to more precisely manage revenues related to network use. Service awareness allows operators to differentiate network traffic by the type of service being delivered.
The IP Multimedia Subsystem, as specified by 3GPP/3GPP2, expands the ways people connect to each other beyond simple voice and messaging. New person-to-person applications enabled by the Nokia IP Multimedia Core allow mobile devices to share media such as streaming video, game data, or any other data content and eventually will enable virtually any IP-based media such as voice, images and video to be combined into a single session.
These new network capabilities, matched with present and emerging mobile device capabilities, will drive IP service profitability. Consumers will benefit from a much wider base of innovative new services made possible by empowering the application developers worldwide to create applications that can interact over mobile networks. Operators then can deploy these applications with a single network investment, making it faster and more cost-effective to deploy a wide range of services.