IMS Alert

Our new report is an IMS beast

Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief

November 19, 2007

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IMS Alert

7:00 AM -- Is the IMS equipment being installed by vendors today really up to the task of delivering on the promise of a converged network?

The answer, in the mind of at least one senior executive at AT&T, is up in the air:

What is not yet proven, by anybody, is the loading of an IMS-based network with the kind of traffic we anticipate -- millions of users and each user taking on multiple personalities and using multiple devices, and then actuating the existing traffic of PSTN. That is a huge load, and none of the existing equipment has been tested even within two orders of magnitude of that load level.

That's just one dose of reality served up cold in Light Reading's latest look at IMS. Our new report gives a thorough update on the challenges facing IMS technology, as it finds its way into carrier networks worldwide.

The report, by correspondent Tim Hills, picks up where our incredibly popular March 2005 IMS Guide left off. The original report was a primer on the technology itself; the new one is an update on how and where the technology is making it to market -- and what's holding it back, in some cases.

Like its predecessor, we expect this will be a key online IMS reference work for months to come, and we're proud to offer this special report completely free of charge.

The report's right here: What's Up With IMS?

— Phil Harvey, Barely Managing Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.

His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the foundational technologies powering the modern Internet.

Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000.

After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing columns about tech advances in everything from supercomputing to cellphone recycling.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if you accept that compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same.

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