Pipeline Publishing, Volume 5, Issue 6
This Month's Issue:
IMS: the Way to True Convergence?
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Why IMS?
   By Tim Young

IMS: IP Multimedia Subsystem. It's been a part of the telecommunications lexicon since the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) designed it as a wireless technology some time ago. It has obviously progressed from being an exclusively mobile technology to an integral part of the long-term visions of many a CSP. However, where are we on the road to true convergence? How can IMS help us get there? Is IMS the only way to go? Is its necessity a foregone conclusion?

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OSS NewsWatch
   By Alana Grelyak

Welcome to NewsWatch, where we at Pipeline do our best to provide you with what we feel is a good representation of what's going on in the OSS space, as well as the telecom world as a whole. This month, we've noticed a slight increase in newsworthy contract wins and product suite adoptions, signaling that many in the industry are hoping to streamline functionality and enhance customer services. The topics of QoS and customer service are getting more and more important as customers make greater demands...

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Governing Transformation
   By Wedge Greene

Can we develop a new, sustainable, and repeatable business transformation pattern that will guide our NGN, IMS, and NGOSS projects to successful outcomes?

To transform, you need a pattern

For a variety of reasons, the telecom market has changed radically over the last two decades. In reaction to competitive pressures and declines in many business metrics, telecom service providers have decided...

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The Search for Mobile Payments Continues
   By Ed Finegold

There was a time when Bluetooth was an exciting new personal networking technology that would provide some of the glue in an always-on service environment. All of that engineering has only replaced the wired headset. In the meantime, Near Field Communication (NFC) has come along as the favorite in the payments world. Mobile phones all have Bluetooth now. It'll be 5 years before enough have NFC fobs integrated into them. However, if the communications industry...

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IMS Isn't Necessary...Yet
   By Brian Cappellani

The communications industry's excitement about IMS peaked nearly three years ago, but the technology hasn't become irrelevant. IMS has a future purpose yet to serve, but that purpose hasn't quite arrived yet. IMS, in one form or another, will be a critical enabler for the kind of seamless and ubiquitous service environment found only in futuristic movies today. That ubiquitous service environment is the communications industry's Apollo mission.

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The Promise of IMS
   By Chun-Ling Woon and Bill Otto

Since its inception in 1999 by the wireless standards body 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) has evolved beyond the wireless world to embrace wireline as well. The convergence of voice, multimedia and mobile network technology over an IP-based infrastructure closes the gap between wireless and Internet technologies to provide end-users ubiquitous access of any IP service on any type of device. Ultimately, multiple networks will deliver multimedia applications in a standardized way.

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Is IMS the Golden Goose?
   By Dawn Hill

Is there a golden goose movement on the rise? Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka demanded a goose that laid golden eggs, which kicked off the "I want it now" musical scene in the movie. Lyrics included, "I want it now. I don't care how. I want it now! And if I don't get the things I am after I'm going to scream!" Are today's consumers any different? Are consumers demanding IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)? Not by that name or acronym, of course, but today's consumers are demanding the net results/benefits of IMS...

Challenges and Opportunities of IMS
   By Liam Maxwell

While innovation and technology provide the foundation for the communications industry, they can also sometimes get in the way of a great idea. For example, to help communications service providers (CSPs) integrate and orchestrate IP-based multimedia services across disparate network domains, the mobile telecommunications industry standards group 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) has introduced IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) – an industry standard...

Letter from the Editor
   By Tim Young

"The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time."
-Abraham Lincoln

Convergence: It's where the world of telecommunications is headed. That much seems evident. Furthermore, it is evident that IMS could be a key architecture in paving the way for convergence. The problem? IMS is complicated.

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