Cisco Kills Initial IMS Platform

Cisco's commitment to IMS is under the spotlight again now that it's issued an 'end of life' notice on its CSCP product family

Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

December 14, 2006

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Cisco Kills Initial IMS Platform

Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) is killing off its first real products aimed at mobile and wireline operators that wanted to support IP-based services via IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem).

The networking giant issued an "End of Life" notice for its Call Session Control Platform (CSCP) product family on November 30. It will stop taking orders on May 31 and halt shipments on August 29, 2007 and will terminate support on May 30, 2010. Cisco's standalone Network Route Director (NRD) is not included in the cull.

Cisco says that it had build more IMS functionality into the SIP-based CSCP technology in December 2005. (See Cisco Warms Up to IMS.) The platform was intended to allow carriers to migrate to IMS and support services such as convergence between fixed and mobile networks and push to talk.

Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) is one of the most prominent mobile operators using the CSCP. The operator has had the system installed for more than two years.

Cisco introduced more SIP- and IMS-friendly features on its 7600 series of routers with the December 2005 release of CSCP 3.0 and generally appeared to be softening its sometimes hostile stance to IMS. A Heavy Reading report earlier that year, however, noted that -- despite its softening attitude to the technology -- Cisco was still ambivalent about IMS. (See Cisco Muddles on IMS.)

This latest move appears to indicate that may still be the case. It is not yet clear what Cisco will replace the CSCP system with. The end-of-life notice says that customers should contact their Cisco reps about migration plans.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

About the Author(s)

Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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