Remi Communications Selects MetaSwitch for IMS

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Remi Communications, a Pennsylvania-based smart communications provider, has selected MetaSwitch (Booth 513) for its IMS implementation.

Designed to address the challenge of delivering competitive, flexible telecommunications services to large enterprise and government users, Remi’s network is built on MetaSwitch’s proven session control, media/signaling gateway and application server components. IMS call session control function is implemented by MetaSwitch CA9020 call agent servers deployed in two hubs in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. MetaSwitch MG3510 media gateways are located throughout Remi’s serving area to achieve the levels of redundancy and reliability demanded by Remi’s blue-chip customers.

In addition to robust call control and media gateways, Remi selected MetaSwitch for its award-winning IMS application server, the UC9000 unified communications system. The UC9000 platform delivers a compelling range of new services integrating presence and instant messaging with traditional voice calling. These services are available to all Remi subscribers, whether they are using IP phones or regular analog handsets.

“I strongly believe in the potential of IMS to enable the ‘holy grail’ of convergence and an open feature creation environment,” said David J. Malfara, Sr., Remi’s president and CEO. “I also knew that we needed a solution that was built for prime time, including the ability to deliver full equivalence for legacy Class 5 features including E911, CALEA and LNP. MetaSwitch offered the only solution that provided proven Class 5 capabilities, including business-class services, with an open IMS architecture. For our customers, this translates into continued support of all their existing features — plus the availability of exciting new services such as unified messaging, PC-based call control and support for IP endpoints such as softphones.”

The MetaSwitch solution also provides an open platform for the development of new services in the future, based on the SIP standard as specified by IMS.

“For carriers such as Remi, who are strongly focused on meeting customers’ next-generation communications needs, MetaSwitch recognizes the integral role IMS will play in fueling an open applications environment that promises to completely change the rules of telecom,” said Andy Randall, vice president of marketing for MetaSwitch. “MetaSwitch is committed to enabling carriers to quickly and cost effectively architect their next-generation networks for new multimedia-enhanced IP services — without compromising any of the legacy capabilities they need to continue supporting to enable a smooth migration.”

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