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June 25, 2015

New Zealand CSP Taps Metaswitch for Virtualized VoLTE Proof of Concept

Data and voice services provider Spark New Zealand has selected Metaswitch technology for part of its virtualized voice over LTE proof of concept.

The deployment involves the Metaswitch Clearwater virtualized IMS solution and the virtualized version of the company’s Perimeta session border controller. Spark New Zealand’s goal in leveraging this infrastructure is to unify its fixed and mobile networks to create a single IP-based network that can provide services to customers on any endpoint.

"Mobile technology is constantly changing, and our network needs to handle not just what is possible today, but what our customers will demand in the future," said David Havercroft, COO of Spark, which offers services to more than 2.1 million mobile devices and delivers 674,000 broadband connections in New Zealand. "We took this project from a concept on paper to a functioning demonstration in less than 14 weeks. We're not letting up on this pace of innovation and change to deliver value to our customers."

New data released earlier this month by IHS indicates that 35 percent of telecom carriers around the world intend to deploy NFV this year.

A pioneer in the NFV and software-defined networking space, Metaswitch started out in this arena by virtualizing an SBC and then decided to build a whole IMS core – that open source solution is known as Clearwater. The company’s Virtual Perimeta SBC earlier this year was among TMC’s NFV Pioneer Award winners.

Metaswitch was also active in early industry initiatives around NFV, such as CloudNFV. As Tom Nolle, president of CIMI Corp. and the architect of CloudNFV, noted in an August 2013 story: "What attracted us to Project Clearwater was the fact that it was at the leading edge of cloud-hosted network function design, a real prototype of how cloud-based network functionality will be built in the future."

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