Jun 9th 2015

OpenCloud provides lightning-speed VoLTE for Spark NZ

Cambridge, UK – 9th June 2015 – OpenCloud, the telecom software innovator, today announced that its Rhino Sentinel VoLTE Application Server was chosen by Spark New Zealand for the operators’ fast-paced virtualised VoLTE proof of concept.

The project went from concept on paper to a fully-functioning, fully-virtualised VoLTE, virtualised IMS, and NFV infrastructure in less than 14 weeks. It demonstrated a range of voice and video-calling services between VoLTE handsets, from VoLTE to SIP soft-clients, as well as communication with legacy devices to prove network convergence.

Spark’s project team included three vendor partners. Cisco Systems provided the virtualised network infrastructure, management and packet core functions and Metaswitch supplied the virtualised IMS functions. The virtualised VoLTE MMTel and SCC functions were delivered by OpenCloud Rhino Sentinel VoLTE.

In a pre-cursor to the project, OpenCloud demonstrated the potential and agility of virtualised VoLTE by making a “same-day” delivery of its VoLTE TAS with Metaswitch’s vIMS on an Amazon EC2 instance provided by Spark. The ease and low-cost at which new virtualised systems can be created enables many individuals, each with their own personal test network, to deploy, test and innovate faster. Enabling agility and DevOps with this technology greatly accelerates the journey to live deployment.

“We selected OpenCloud on the strength of their VoLTE proposition and their leading position in virtualised VoLTE. The speed and flexibility their platform affords us has been critical in the development of Spark’s new virtualised VoLTE solution” said Spark COO David Havercroft, adding “It’s great to work with a New Zealand born partner, and one that shares our passion for driving this technology forwards”.

“OpenCloud’s products are designed to enable agile evolution which has previously been a long-term barrier for telecoms operators” said OpenCloud VP Engineering, Director and co-founder David Long, “We are delighted to help leading operators such as Spark accelerate the pace of innovation to deliver further value to their customers. The transition to VoLTE is a prime opportunity for such transformation.”

Earlier this year (20th February 2015) OpenCloud was part of the vendor team that enabled VIP Mobile (Serbia) to conduct the award-winning, world’s first demonstration of fully virtualised VoLTE delivered over a live LTE network.

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About Spark New Zealand

Spark New Zealand is New Zealand’s largest digital services company delivering mobile, fixed and IT products and services to millions of New Zealand consumers and businesses. Our ambition is to be a winning business, inspired by customers to unleash the potential in all New Zealanders.

Spark New Zealand is a multi-brand business, with principal brands Spark (supporting home, consumer mobile and small business customers) and Spark Digital (supporting government and business customers with strong Cloud services, mobility and ICT capabilities).

Specialist and flanking brands include Skinny (consumer mobile), Revera and Appserv (data hosting services), Lightbox (internet TV), Qrious (data analytics), and Bigpipe (consumer broadband). An in-house incubator, Spark Ventures, is developing other new business opportunities.

Fully privatised since 1990, Spark New Zealand is listed on the NZX and ASX stock exchanges. Spark New Zealand contributes significantly to the community via the Spark Foundation, whose activities include ownership of Givealittle, New Zealand’s first ‘zero-fees’ online crowdfunding platform through which generous New Zealanders donate millions of dollars annually to thousands of charities and deserving causes; and as a key partner of the Manaiakalani Education Trust, which is transforming digital learning at schools within economically-challenged communities across New Zealand.

www.sparknz.co.nz

About OpenCloud

Used by 60+ operators globally, OpenCloud’s open, extendable products transform the real-time communications service-layer to enable competitive and economically-sustainable evolution of IN, GSM, IMS and VoLTE services.

OpenCloud’s customers include multi-national groups (T-Mobile, Vodafone, for example), large operators (Telkomsel – Indonesia), independent operators (Free Mobile – France) and MVNOs (AinaCom – Finland), mobile, wireline and converged operators (BT).

Rhino, OpenCloud’s family of next-generation service layer products, is deployed within SS7 and All-IP networks to accelerate transitional and convergent network evolution and enable competitive differentiation. Unlike traditional communication network equipment, OpenCloud’s products are open for extension and development by its network operator customers and their freely selected developer partners so our customers have more control of the direction, speed and cost of their network and service evolution.

OpenCloud is privately held and VC-backed. Headquartered in Cambridge UK, OpenCloud also has offices in New Zealand, Spain, Singapore, Indonesia and Brazil.

www.opencloud.com