Huawei records industry first, ships one billionth mobile softswitch

Huawei Technologies, a provider of next generation telecommunication solutions to operators around the world, has announced it has now shipped over one billion licenses for its All-IP based mobile softswitch. This significant milestone was reached only five years after Huawei shipped the industry’s first mobile softswitch and it is the first time any manufacturer has reached this level. Huawei softswitches are speeding the transformation of mobile networks to All-IP in more than 100 countries.

Huawei launched its IP-based mobile softswitch solution in 2003 and, in the same year, installed the world’s first 3G mobile softswitch with separate architecture in the United Arab Emirates. In 2004, the company created the world’s largest IP mobile softswitch network in China. In 2008, Huawei launched its service quality management solution to simplify IP core network maintenance. Huawei continues to lead in the technology development of IP mobile core networks to help operators build more open and flexible mobile core network architectures in a cost effective way.

Stéphane Téral, principal analyst for Infonetics Research, said: “Over the last few years, mobile telecommunications networks have been revolutionized by changing from TDM-based centralized control to IP-based distributed control. Huawei’s flawless execution in delivering a reliable and scalable softswitch since the beginning of the migration has helped to accelerate that trend, as shown by their being the first vendor to achieve this milestone.”

Huawei’s focus on customer needs has resulted in continued increases in the number of customers and the capabilities have expanded dramatically, culminating in today’s milestone. Notable customers include Vodafone, Orange, KPN, Telenor, Reliance Telecom, MTN, and Etisalat.