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IMS Definitions

IMS Definitions

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The document talk about some terms used into the IP multimedia subsystem world.
The document talk about some terms used into the IP multimedia subsystem world.

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Some definition about IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystems).
By Daniel Anselmo Bustos
The scope of this document is clarify some concepts used in IMS (IP MultimediaSubsystems), as we see in [1], IMS is the key element in the next generation architecturethat makes it possible to provide multi access to Internet services. IMS can seamlesslycombine ongoing communication sessions with multimedia elements, for example sharinglive video while talking or by chatting during a multiplayer game.Its architecture is based on the characteristics from both telecom and IT and unlocksthe closed communication environments of today. The openness provides opportunities for the fixed and mobile community, like inter connect, where consumer services can beshared, despite different subscriptions and telecom operator.From a network perspective, IMS is a standardized, intelligent architecture, based onindustry standard interfaces and IT-protocols (e.g. SIP). The main functionality is to controland deliver multimedia services. It is separated into three layers - an application layer, acontrol layer and connectivity layer, for both fixed and mobile operators.(See figure1).Each layer can evolve independently as market and technology develop. IMS is acornerstone for providing converged multimedia services across multiple accesses.
The benefits of IMS
From a consumer perspective, it’s all about enhancing the multimedia experience. It’s theconvenience of bringing person to person communication values together and providingease of use by making everything available in one device. Combinations of variouscontent and communication types, sharing with others and inviting multiple contacts - allthis can be consumed in one session on any terminal, using the best available access.The standardized services, based on IMS, also allow a global reach to friends all over theworld, despite different subscriptions and telecom operators.For operators, IMS provides a window of opportunities. They can challenge the ever 
 Figure 1: 3 Layer components
growing competition and search for new revenue streams by expanding their businessinto new markets and differentiate themselves with new offerings. By using the possibilitiesthat IMS offers by combining the standardized communications like voice, messaging etc,with their own innovations and third party services and applications, the operator can offer new appealing service packages.These new service offerings will provide immediate top line revenues. IMS will also enablemass market creation beyond voice and SMS. On a long term basis, there are costbenefits of having one IMS solution over which multiple applications can be launched.Reusability of components and common interfaces to be integrated into the existingnetwork system are lowering overall costs. IMS is a natural evolution path for an All-IPenvironment.
Beginning with the definition.The IMS Eco System.
The new paradigm brings industries and capabilities together. IMS is a cross-industryphenomenon, which means that no single player alone can satisfy the consumer anymore.The cooperation between industry players in open and standardized solutions is themarket making engine, called the ecosystem. The IMS Ecosystem is intended to create awin-win situation for the involved parties, where together they will be able to offer newattractive offerings and new business opportunities. In the ecosystem you find innovators,system integrators, device and terminal vendors, system vendors, application developers,network and service providers, broadband and cable providers, internet service providersand standardization bodies cooperating to meet consumer desires.
IMS EcoSystem:
The possibilities for many different actors to create added value andbuild sustainable business within the IMS architecture.
The IMS Multimedia Telephony (IMT) solution provides voice and videocommunication (Assuming the user equipment has video capability), with a wide range of traditional ‘PSTN’ and new Value-Add Services (VAS) for both Residential and Enterprise(company) users.It also provides other services such as Presence, Instant Messaging and Self-Management via a web portal, plus Group services like Group pick-up, Call Centre, AutoAttendant, short dialing etc. In addition, Regulatory Services directed to service providers(Network Services) are provided, such as Malicious Call Tracing, Lawful Intercept,Emergency Call, Call Barring and Number Portability.Type of User:
The Residential or Personal user is usually a private individual who subscribes tothe services by entering into a contract with an operator or other service provider.
The Enterprise or Group user is an employee of a company, who uses the servicesas a part of their job. In this case the company enters into a contract with theoperator or other service provider for the whole company to use the services andthe Enterprise or Group administrator manages the users and services within thecompany. This user has all the Personal user services available to them, plusadditional Group services. IMT also provides support for other services such asVoicemail, Conference Services, personalized greetings etc.Describing below some services provides by IMT :Personal Services: Personal services are assigned to specific users, and are used,managed, and configured by the end-user. The services range from standard services,such as simple audio & video calling, to conferencing and other high-end services.The personal services are used by both residential and enterprise/group end-users. IMSMultimedia Telephony provides all of the traditional PSTN call functions. The call functionsapply both to voice and video calls with the exception of multiparty calls.Examples of personal services are the following:
Audio, fax, and video calls
Instant messaging
Presence management
Voice and Video mailboxes
Voice Portal
Selective call acceptance/rejection
Advanced call handling services such as: call forwarding and last number redial
Distinctive ringing.Group Services: A Group is typically a small/medium business or a part of a largeenterprise. Group services apply to groups of users and are administered by a groupadministrator. The group services are usually used by enterprise end-users.

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