du selects Nokia's IMS for improved HD video service
Rebecca Hawkes
| 28 May 2014
UAE telecommunications provider du has contracted Nokia to deploy IP Multimedia System (IMS) on its 4G network to provide enhanced high definition (HD) video services for customers later this year.

In addition HD voice, file sharing and instant messaging will benefit from the new network architecture. IMS will also allow for fixed mobile convergence, so that customers can seamlessly access the same service.

"By working with Nokia to deploy IMS, we are increasing the sustainability of our network while also enhancing our connectivity capabilities, to better support the UAE leadership's Smart City and Smart Government initiatives," said Saleem Al Balooshi, executive vice president of network development and operation, du.

IMS enables new telecommunications services and richer communications applications, based on Internet protocol (IP) and session initiation protocol (SIP). The technology is, says du, "the core controller of choice" for long term evolution (LTE) networks.

It will enable scalability and flexibility for the operator's multimedia and voice services through an IP-based platform, for multiscreen delivery capability across device types, and fixed and mobile access.