Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, announced that at an Informa’s prestigious AfricaCom Awards dinner Huawei’s FMC Solution received the award category for the “Best Network Improvement”. The Solution deployed as an integral part of the Telkom SA Network transformation programme, is consistent with its themes of moving to an all-IP converged core network, revamping the access network (MSAN), enhancing aggregation (fibre closer to key businesses and office parks) and evolving the core and migrating voice (IMS).
Receiving the award on behalf of Huawei Technologies Mr. Samuel Chen, Vice President of Huawei in Eastern and Southern Africa Region said that “Huawei has been truly honoured to be part of the largest Network Transformation project undertaken by Telkom and the close cooperation between our two companies highlights Huawei’s continued leadership in the network transformation field, and helps promote the development of the ICT industry in South Africa.” The timely building and launch of the new voice platform within six months further indicates Telkom’s focused execution of its network strategy.
The standards based IMS core allows for the deployment of fixed and mobile services and is fully redundant and caters for a larger number of customers than legacy voice systems while affording Telkom significant savings in terms of space, power, cooling and maintenance and support. The technology will replace core network switching equipment that is currently based in more than 100 of Telkom’s buildings nationally. The voice aspect for all future MSAN’s that are deployed by Telkom will work off the IMS core.
Huawei has successfully implemented 149 IMS networks for 93 operators at the end of Q1 2013 and is also leading the service provider VoIP and IMS equipment market in second quarter of 2013, according to Infonetics Research. In addition to South Africa Huawei’s IMS has already been deployed in a number of African countries which include but not limited to Uganda, DRC, Tanzania, Botswana and Zimbabwe.