Light Reading
Telecom Italia cans UMA in favor of SIP for its fixed-mobile convergence service Unica

Telecom Italia Dumps UMA for FMC

Michelle Donegan
LR Mobile News Analysis
Michelle Donegan
12/5/2007
50%
50%

Telecom Italia SpA (NYSE: TI) has decided not to use unlicensed mobile access (UMA) for its fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) service Unica, and has relaunched the service with a homegrown SIP-based solution. (See Telecom Italia Launches FMC.)

The operator made the technology change because of Italy's regulatory regime and the limited availability of UMA-enabled handsets.

Telecom Italia launched a limited commercial FMC service earlier this year with UMA network controllers from Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT). But the service got tangled up in a regulatory tussle -- along with Vodafone Italy 's home zone service -- at national regulator Agcom . (See FMC Fusilli and Italian FMC Face-Off.)

After months of investigation, Agcom decided that Telecom Italia would have to provide a wholesale version of Unica so that competitors would have a chance to provide a similar service. And Agcom gave Telecom Italia six months to create a wholesale service -- not a desirable scenario for the Italian operator.

In addition, Telecom Italia felt constrained by the limited number of UMA-enabled handsets.

"We launched [earlier this year] based on UMA, but we left the technology," says Enrico Roberto Polese, technology program and process management at Telecom Italia Lab , speaking at Informa Telecoms & Media 's Developing Converged Services conference in London.

So in October, Telecom Italia relaunched the Unica service, this time based on SIP, as part of a quadruple play offering. Telecom Italia Lab developed the client that is loaded onto dual-mode WiFi/cellular handsets. The handset can then determine whether to place calls over WiFi networks or the cellular 3G or GSM networks.

Theoretically, the Unica service can be used with any Symbian handset, but Telecom Italia has launched with just the Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) E65 for now. Telecom Italia says the service will work on about six or seven Nokia handsets in its portfolio. Unica will also soon be compatible with Windows Mobile devices, once a small technical glitch with volume control is resolved.

Telecom Italia is in discussions with Nokia about pre-installing the Unica client onto its dual-mode phones.

The SIP-based service will work on more handsets -- many of which are 3G devices -- than a UMA-based service. But the drawback is that there is no handover between the cellular and WiFi networks with SIP.

"There is no integration between the two networks," says Polese. "Convergence is in the handset."

Ultimately, Telecom Italia wants to base its FMC services on IMS with voice call continuity (VCC). The operator has tested IMS-based VCC in its lab, "and it works," according to Polese.

Early next year, the Italian operator will launch an IMS trial, which will include some tests of VCC.

"When we look at the customer, convergence means better tariffs at this moment, and that's a problem," says Polese. "From a technical point of view, we believe IMS will be the converged platform."

Other operators that have rolled out UMA-based FMC services, and so far stuck with the technology, include BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), Orange France , TeliaSonera AB (Nasdaq: TLSN), and T-Mobile US Inc. . (See Orange Doubles FMC Customers, Orange Builds on FMC Base, Swedes Are Home Free With FMC, Gateway Key to BT's Fusion Flop, and T-Mobile Launches UMA in USA.)

News of Telecom Italia's decision comes as UMA edges closer to becoming a 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standard technology. (See UMA Nears 3GPP Approval.)

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung

(0)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Flash Poll
From The Founder
It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
LRTV Custom TV
Advantech Accelerates 100G Traffic Handling

10|17|14   |   7:56   |   (0) comments


Paul Stevens from Advantech explains why handling 100GbE needs a whole new platform design approach and how Advantech is addressing the needs of equipment providers and carriers to give them the flexibility and performance they will need for SDN and NFV deployment.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Holland's Imtech Traffic & Infra Discusses Huawei's ICT Solution and Services

10|16|14   |   4:49   |   (0) comments


Dimitry Theebe is from the business unit at Imtech Traffic & Infra which delivers communications solutions for transportations. His partnershp with Huawei began about a years ago. In this video, Theebe speaks more about this partnership and what he hopes to accomplish with Huawei.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Comprehensive Storage Solutions Vital for SVR

10|16|14   |   6:16   |   (0) comments


SVR Information Technology provides cloud services for academic and special sectors. With Huawei's support, SVR and Yildiz Technical University has established Turkey's largest and most advanced High Performance Computing system. CSO Ismail Cem Aslan talks about what he hopes Huawei's OceanStor storage system will bring for him.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Mexico's Servitron's Impression of Huawei at CCW 2014

10|16|14   |   6:35   |   (0) comments


Servitron is a network operator in Mexico that has been in the trunking industry for the past 20 years. Its COO, Ing. Ragnar Trillo O., explains at Critical Communications World 2014 that his company has been interested in the long-term evolution of LTE technology and its adoption for TETRA.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Building a Better Dubai

10|16|14   |   2:06   |   (0) comments


Abdulla Ahmed Al Falasi is the director of commercial affairs, a telecommunications coordinator for the government of Dubai. Their areas of service span across multiple industries, including police, safety, shopping malls and more. In this video, Abdulla talks about his department's work with Huawei.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Lights Up Malaysia Partner Maju Nusa

10|16|14   |   1:59   |   (0) comments


Malaysia's Maju Nusa is an enterprise partner to Huawei in networking, route switches and telco equipment. At this year's Critical Communications World in Singapore, CTO Pushpender Singh talks about what Huawei's eLTE solutions mean to his company and for Malaysia.
LRTV Custom TV
Evolving From HFC to FTTH Networks

10|15|14   |   2:19   |   (0) comments


Cisco's Todd McCrum delves into the future of cable's HFC plant, examining how DOCSIS 3.1 and advanced video compression will extend its life and how the IP video transition will usher in GPON and EPON over FTTH.
LRTV Custom TV
Exploring the Future of Cable Access

10|15|14   |   6:23   |   (0) comments


Cisco's Brett Wingo looks at where cable access architectures are heading, discussing the impact of DOCSIS 3.1, CCAP, Remote PHY, SDN, virtualization of cable networks and related technologies.
LRTV Custom TV
Optimizing & Monetizing WiFi

10|15|14   |   5:53   |   (0) comments


Cisco's Vince Pandolfi outlines the reasons for cable WiFi's rapid growth, lays out the issues with the technology and explains the new Cisco tools that can help operators monitor and improve their WiFi delivery.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Emulex & Huawei Collaboration Mutually Beneficial

10|14|14   |   4:17   |   (0) comments


US company Emulex collaborates with Huawei in areas such as blade servers and workload documentation. Mike Heumann of Emulex believes that Huawei has done incredibly well moving from a telecom company into servers and networks, working closely with customers to realize their needs.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Chile's VZION Looks Forward to Seeing More of Huawei

10|14|14   |   4:43   |   (0) comments


VZION is a systems integrator company in Chile with a focus on virtulization technology. In this video, Cesar Alcacibar talks about the challenges in virtualization and how Huawei helps his company to achieve the best results possible. Alcacibar is expecting more adoption and integration of Huawei technologies in Chile.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Pro-Datech & Huawei for a High-Tech Singapore

10|14|14   |   2:59   |   (0) comments


Pro-Datech Systems is a specialty IT solution provider based in Singapore. For an added value to its customers, the company uses Huawei's hardware and trusted performance and features for a total solution. It's looking forward to the creation of a lab, to be based in Singapore, for the two companies' coorporation on total storage solution.
Upcoming Live Events
October 29, 2014, New York City
November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
December 2, 2014, New York City
December 3, 2014, New York City
December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
WhoIsHostingThis.com presents six of the world's most extreme WiFi hotspots, enabling the most epic selfies you can imagine.
Hot Topics
Forget the Internet, Brace for Skynet
Stephen Saunders, 10/15/2014
HBO Will Go OTT in 2015
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 10/15/2014
Google: Carriers & Cloud Providers Need to Cooperate
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 10/16/2014
CBS Takes OTT Plunge
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 10/16/2014
Could Data Be the New 'Currency'?
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 10/16/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed