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Espoo, Finland - Introduces new gateway application for off-the-shelf hardware to boost operators’ competitiveness.

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Nokia Siemens Networks is launching its Open Multimedia Gateway, the first in the market based on ATCA* off-the-shelf hardware. Multimedia gateways handle data and call traffic for IP-based and legacy networks. This new gateway product enhances the company’s portfolio of open and cost-effective core network applications that help operators reduce energy consumption and operating expenses.

“As the telecom industry evolves and matures, it is important that we transform the way we design our products,” said Michael Clever, head of voice and IP transformation at Nokia Siemens Networks. “Our aim is to decouple hardware and software, making our network applications more hardware independent. Decoupling creates a more open environment that gives service providers greater flexibility to meet their hardware requirements and reduce their operational costs.”

By adapting its field-proven core network software to run on off-the-shelf ATCA hardware, Nokia Siemens Networks is allowing service providers to support a greater number of subscribers with a smaller equipment footprint and significant energy savings. Compared to current solutions based on proprietary hardware, the Open Multimedia Gateway cuts power consumption by almost 40 percent. The new gateway also delivers up to four times more capacity per footprint compared to legacy platforms, thus requires less floor space.

By relying on open ATCA platforms, service providers can also combine several core network applications into one hardware rack, again helping reduce space requirements, and improving the management and maintenance of spare parts by having the same hardware used by multiple telecom applications.

In a unique software design, the Nokia Siemens Networks’ gateway software can be used in either legacy hardware or the new ATCA-based Open Multimedia Gateway. This means that service providers can benefit from having the same software running on multiple hardware options. This represents gains not only in network operational efficiency, but also in the speed of launching new services and functionalities.
About Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of telecommunications services. With its focus on innovation and sustainability, the company provides a complete portfolio of mobile, fixed and converged network technology, as well as professional services including consultancy and systems integration, deployment, maintenance and managed services. It is one of the largest telecommunications hardware, software and professional services companies in the world. Operating in 150 countries, its headquarters are in Espoo, Finland.

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Notes to the editor
*AdvancedTCA (ATCA) is an industry specification for communications equipment envisioned by the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG). It defines open standards-based guidelines for the design and manufacture of next-generation carrier-grade telecom hardware. In practical terms, it means that all equipment based on ATCA conforms to standardized rack-size and power supply guidelines, making it easier for operators to plan for equipment deployments, regardless of the actual makeup of the equipment they will be deploying. To utilize all these benefits. Nokia Siemens Networks employs the use of this hardware architecture in all its core network solutions. This includes mobile softswitches, multimedia gateways, packet core and evolved packet core solutions.

The Nokia Siemens Networks ATCA-based mobile softswitch, announced in 2009, delivers seven times more capacity compared to legacy proprietary platforms, and reduces power consumption by more than 70 percent.


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