In a mature industry such as telephony, there’s a need to differentiate services. To that end, PacketCable 2.0 technology is becoming more important to deliver VoIP (For more, click here). Cedar Point Communications has launched a next-generation solution to enable service providers to harness the flexibility of PacketCable 2.0 and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) architectures for carrier-class communications services.

The solution, which leverages industry standard Web 2.0 tools and applications, includes the new SafariFusion Application Platform and two initial applications:  the Residential Communication Application (RCA) for residential services and the Registration and Routing Application (RRA).

The RCA supports the features within the PacketCable 2.0 residential SIP telephony specification, including call forwarding, call waiting and others. The RRA has been designed to combine the functionality of multiple IMS elements, including the Interrogating Call Session Control Function (I-CSCF); the Serving Call Session Control Function (S-CSCF); the Home Subscriber Server (HSS); and the Breakout Gateway Control Function.

“Some of the new products we have under development will push the whole concept of VoIP,” said Paul Miller, chief architect, Cedar Point. “We’re really beginning to focus on the integrated digital lifestyle.”

Possible applications include wigits on the PC to notify subs of voicemail and access to voicemail on the PC or set-top box.

“The whole concept of fused services is something we started to push about a year ago,” said Jim Gayton, director of marketing, Cedar Point.  “Networks are built like islands today. This new architecture allows disparate islands and brings them together.”

The Cedar Point PC 2.0/IMS approach leverages core capabilities of the company’s Safari C3 Multimedia Switching System, to provide operators with the ability to simultaneously support NCS, SIP and IMS endpoints and allow for use of PC 2.0/IMS applications by legacy subscribers.

-Linda Hardesty

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