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Ericsson Grabs Sprint IMS Win

Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERICY) used the CTIA Wireless 2005 event in New Orleans this week to sneak out details of a surprise IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystems Services) win at Sprint Corp. (NYSE: FON).

Although the equipment supplier has not issued an official announcement, Ericsson spokesman Rob Elston confirms it has joined rival Lucent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LU) as an IMS supplier to Sprint’s CDMA2000 1xEV-DO network (see Lucent Supplies Sprint and Ericsson Demos IMS).

“Sprint has selected us to design, deploy, and integrate their IMS architecture,” Elston tells Unstrung. “We are supplying components of their IMS architecture and we are the integrator for it... We think it's very important to be able to integrate in a multi-vendor architecture.”

Elston was unable to provide financial details. Sprint was unavailable for comment at press time.

In a research note, Prudential Equity Group LLC analyst Inder Singh claims that news of the win “was a bit of a surprise... This is an interesting win as we do not believe Ericsson has any wireless base stations in Sprint’s network.”

IMS is a SIP-based control layer with interfaces to the transport layer below and the services layer above. IMS will enable applications like transferring a VOWLAN call to a cellular network, multimedia conferencing, and multiplayer gaming (see IP Multimedia Subsystems: Easy Does It).

IMS developments have gained major momentum in the past few months, with standards bodies making progress and vendors and operators announcing IMS-based strategies (see IMS Tops 3GSM Agenda and Vendors Prep for IMS Fight).

— Justin Springham, Senior Editor, Europe, Unstrung


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