Tatara Systems, the leader in SIP-based femtocell convergence, today announced the selection of the IBM BladeCenter product line as the hardware platform for the Tatara Convergence Server (TCS), a SIP-based femtocell integration solution that offloads the mobile traffic to a converged IP network to curtail investments in the legacy mobile core and enable the delivery of new IP services and applications.
The Tatara Convergence Server solution enables the interconnection of femtocells and other advanced technology IP-based radio network elements with the legacy macro wireless network, providing the full mobile voice, messaging and data experience in an IP environment supporting both VoIP and IMS networks. The TCS capabilities include authentication of the mobile subscribers, handoff between femtocells and the macro network, emergency and supplementary services, as well as delivering new IP-based applications to existing mobile handsets without modifying or disrupting the existing macro network. The TCS is available in a CDMA or GSM/UMTS variant.
The IBM BladeCenter fulfilled Tatara Systems’ need for a high availability solution that met operators’ strict requirements for service, deployment and reliability as well as providing a common architecture that would allow Tatara to specifically tailor a solution to match a customer’s distinct infrastructure requirements.
"We are thrilled to work with IBM, a long standing, recognized leader in technology," stated Marc Cremer, executive vice president of operations for Tatara Systems. "The IBM BladeCenter technology, with its impressive features and proven track record of success among operators, will assist Tatara in addressing pivotal challenges faced by the industry due to the current evolution to next generation networks and services. Tatara’s solutions seamlessly blend the legacy and next generation networks together, thereby assisting service providers in achieving exemplary utilization of all network assets and an advantageous return on investment." "Tatara Systems understands the importance of standards-based solutions and the complex challenges faced by service providers during this shift to a new converged IP world," said Alex Yost, vice president, IBM Systems & Technology Group. "We are excited Tatara Systems has chosen the IBM BladeCenter platform to deliver versatile, best-in-class, customized solutions to meet their customers’ unique needs, while also driving the complexity out of the implementation process." About Femtocell Technology: Femtocells have the potential to extend the reach of a mobile operator’s network into homes and enterprises, positively impacting the customer experience for millions of subscribers by enhancing coverage and providing capacity for bandwidth hungry applications. Tatara has staked out an early leadership position in this market, as the first vendor to deliver a SIP-based solution for femtocell network integration. As noted by most industry analysts, IP-based femtocell deployment is the only method that offloads the legacy mobile core infrastructure, thereby providing the capacity needed for 3G service delivery and enabling operators to recognize substantial cost savings through OPEX and CAPEX optimization.