Ericsson chosen by Altice Portugal for fixed telephony services

Ericsson will implement the Multimedia Telephony Application Server (MTAS, Multimedia telephony application server) on the Altice Portugal network.

The implementation of Ericsson's fixed-line services includes the Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI), as well as integration and support services for MTAS migration
 Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) was selected by Altice Portugal to implement fixed telephony services, as the main supplier of the company's telephony application server. As part of the agreement, Ericsson is already supplying Altice Portugal with the complete solution, namely Ericsson's MTAS, NFVI and systems integration and support services.

By providing high quality voice services with support for regulatory and supplementary services equivalent to the public switched telephone network (PSTN), Ericsson's MTAS supports traditional telephony services, as well as future services such as multiple device applications and multimedia services through various accesses (including fixed, mobile and Wi-Fi networks).

Scheduled for the first half of 2020, the implementation of Ericsson's MTAS will allow the evolution of services and architecture in relation to the existing solution and will enable Altice Portugal to provide top communication services, both for fixed and mobile networks, through a convergent solution, taking advantage of industry-leading methods and tools for migrating multiple suppliers without disrupting the system.

Luís Alveirinho, Chief Technology Officer of Altice Portugal, says: “Expanding our long-term partnership with Ericsson through the implementation of its fixed-line services, including NFVI, is in line with our strategy to modernize the network with a focus on virtualization and providing the best possible service to our growing customer based”.

Luis Silva, CEO of Ericsson Portugal, explains: “This agreement represents a major step in the fixed-mobile convergence of our partner Altice Portugal, since the same core IMS network that manages VoLTE subscribers will also manage its voice residential landline services. The efficiency, capacity and reliability of Ericsson's MTAS will bring the necessary impact that will represent the norm for the new generation of telephony services, so we are proud to be part of Altice Portugal's evolution regarding services for the end user of the future".

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