Nortel CVAS Offers New Mobile VOIP, Hosted IP Solutions

Nortel CVAS, which is being bought by Texas-based Genband, is unveiling its upcoming 4G Mobile VOIP solution designed to enable service providers to seamlessly integrate all cellular technologies. In addition, at VoiceCon, Nortel CVAS took the wraps off an enhanced Hosted IP Communications solution.

Nortel CVAS is rolling out new VOIP and hosted IP offerings for service providers.

Nortel CVAS (Carrier VOIP and Applications Solutions) on March 23 unveiled its new 4G Mobile VOIP solution that will enable service providers to integrate all cellular technologies-including 2G, 3G, the new 4G LTE and WiMax networks-and will allow them to optimize call routing into the cellular network, correlate billing between legacy cellular and SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) networks, and support roaming on a foreign operator's network.

For users, the communications experience will be better because of a more seamless handoff between cellular and broadband networks, according to Nortel CVAS officials.

"Our 4G Mobile VOIP [voice over IP] solution simplifies operator deployments and eliminates the need for costly upgrades to existing Mobile Service Control Points and back-office systems," Samih Elhage, president of Nortel CVAS, said in a statement.

The enhanced 4G Mobile VOIP solution will be available in the second half of the year.

In addition, at VoiceCon in Orlando, Fla., Nortel is showing off its latest Carrier Hosted IP Communications solution, which is designed to make it easier for enterprises to migrate their communications networks to IP, which company officials said will enable businesses to save money and boost productivity.

Based on the company's Communications Server 2000 softswitch and Adaptive Application Server SIP software engine, the enhanced hosted offering not only offers advanced IP capabilities but also supports legacy Centrex and TDM equipment.

The upgraded offering "equips enterprises to tackle the challenges of having to manage several disparate applications and communications systems used across multiple departments," Elhage said.

Nortel CVAS is in the process of being bought by Texas-based Genband for $182 million. The Nortel business was one of several units that Nortel Networks, which filed for bankruptcy in January 2009, has sold to various vendors.

Company executives opted to sell off the company piecemeal rather than try to restructure, saying it was the best way to preserve the company's technology and save as many jobs as possible. The executives had blamed Nortel's financial problems primarily on the staggering economy.

Nortel CVAS is getting officials out into the public view this week. Not only is the company at VoiceCon, but John McCready, vice president of product management, will be part of a panel discussion March 24 at the CTIA Wireless 2010 show in Las Vegas.