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Cellular to WiFi Roaming Solution coming

Aepona, the leading supplier of Service Network products and solutions to telecoms operators worldwide, is set to release its solution for Cellular to WiFi Roaming, based on the 3GPP Voice Call Continuity (VCC) specifications.

The announcement marks a further move by Aepona into the Fixed-Mobile Convergence market, and strengthens the company's position as a key player in the evolution towards next-generation all-IP networks based on the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS). Aepona's VCC solution, which will be demonstrated at this year's 3GSM event in Barcelona, is built on the company's highly successful Universal Service Platform, which has been deployed with several of the world's leading telecoms operators including the France Telecom / Orange Group, Sprint, Vimpelcom and KPN.

"Cellular to WiFi roaming based on the VCC specifications will be one of the main initial drivers for operators to implement IMS in their networks", said Jean-Charles Doineau, Service Infrastructure Practice Leader at leading research firm, Ovum. "Many operators are taking a service-led approach towards adopting IMS, and our research indicates that both fixed and mobile operators view VCC as being a strategically important element of their Fixed-Mobile convergence strategies."

"Adding Voice Call Continuity to our portfolio of solutions is a natural step for Aepona", said Kieran Dalton, Aepona's Chief Technical Officer.

"Much of the required functionality is already present in our Universal Service Platform, including the required connectors to both SIP/IMS and

SS7 networks, multi-party call control, user status and charging capabilities. This, coupled with the fact that our platform is already serving millions of subscribers globally, means that it is very straightforward for us to introduce the VCC solution as an application layer on top of existing, proven technology".

A unique aspect of Aepona's approach to VCC is the company's emphasis on the real-life challenges that will be faced by operators contemplating Cellular to WiFi roaming.

"Most vendors who are active in VCC today are focused on the call handover technology aspects", continued Dalton. "Whilst this is obviously an important element of the solution, Aepona believes that the real challenges for operators will be related to how call routing decisions are managed and controlled, how to apply intelligent rating and charging to calls that move between the Wi-Fi and cellular domains, and how to ensure the interoperability of value-added services between these domains. Because of our existing capabilities and our installed base, we believe Aepona is in a very strong position to address these challenges".

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