NTT DoCoMo taps Fujitsu, Lucent for future network

Fujitsu, Lucent Technologies Japan and NTT Communicationware will provide an experimental IP (Internet protocol)-based network that will be tested out later this year by NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest mobile telephone operator, the companies announced Wednesday.

NTT will begin laboratory trials of the all-IP core network in the fourth quarter, with the goal of evaluating the system for possible use in its mobile development efforts, the companies said. NTT hopes to use the IP system to build a next-generation broadband wireless network that will support a range of voice, data and multimedia services.

The trial network includes Fujitsu's EA1000 IP router platform for IP core networks and its mobile IP platform for managing voice and data mobility using IP technology. It also uses Lucent's Softswitch-based call agent platform and Lucent's APX 8000 multiservice access switch. NTT Communicationware will supply service applications on the platform.

Fujitsu and Lucent announced last month that they will work together to build advanced networks in Japan and the Asia Pacific region. Lucent and NTT Communicationware, meanwhile, announced at Telecom '99 last October that they would jointly develop and market Lucent's Softswitch product for carriers in Japan.

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