VoIP Systems

Siemens VOIP Wins at Time Warner

Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) has selected Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE) to supply IP-based voice feature servers for the MSO's continuing nationwide rollout of VOIP service.

Time Warner, the cable industry's largest VOIP player with more than 1.6 million subscribers, announced that it will use the Siemens Surpass hiQ servers to help accelerate its deployment of IP phone service. Siemens says its platform can support as many as 150,000 voice subscribers in a single-feature server, making it particularly attractive to a large MSO like Time Warner with many big markets.

The two companies say Time Warner will also use the feature servers to provide new voice-related services to customers. The list of possibilities includes wireless phone and converged services.

In May, Time Warner and Siemens announced a successful demonstration of fully integrated fixed line, mobile, and WiFi technologies to deliver fixed/mobile convergence using IMS Guide standards. The two are now teaming up on an IMS trial in the MSO's Herndon, Va., facility.

Surpass hiQ servers have already been deployed in North America by Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC), Canada's Shaw Communications Inc. , and Mexico's Multimedios . In Europe, Com Hem AB , Casema NV , and Essent Kabelcom BV have all introduced the feature servers. The vendor claims that it has already sold more than 5 million licenses for Surpass hiQ worldwide.

— Alan Breznick, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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