A survey on IMS-Web2.0 based services

[24.02.2010 - 11.06.2010]

The objectives of this work are to investigate the needs and the trends that new telecommunication services should guarantee in the coming years. More precisely these objectives are:

  • State of the art about the IMS networks deployment and service development;
  • Analysis of the Web2.0 concepts and the applications of these to IMS services;
  • Survey on IMS services and prototypes of IMS services;
  • Definition of needs and trends for future IMS services;
  • Technical support to EIA-FR lectures and students during their semester’s projects related to the EIA-FR IMS platforms (Empirix’s Hammer DEX and Ericsson’ SDS).

Definition: IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) is a new generation network promoted as the solution implemented by telecommunications operators to increase the users’ communication experience. Operators assume that users wish to stay “always connected” and be able to exchange contents and personal information using all kind of devices (smartphones, computers, connected TV, etc.).
Definition: The Web2.0 is usually considered to be a platform where users can share information and contents easily and quickly. The goal of Web2.0 is to improve the social aspect of communication and puts the users at the center of the information diffusion.
A SWOT analysis about IMS and Web2.0 was performed and the following conclusions have been reached.

SWOT Analysis

To complete our analysis of Web2.0, some technologies used to develop RIA (Rich Internet Applications) like Ajax, Adobe Flex, HTML5, etc. have been summarized to provide an overview of services enabling technologies.
Further analysis were undertaken to define the needs and the trends of future IMS based services. Our analysis covered a total of 27 stakeholders: 12 universities, 8 manufacturers and 7 operators. The results are summarized in the following figure:

Analysis's Results

Our analysis clearly highlighted that 3/4th (7 universities, 6 manufacturers and 7 operators) of the considered stakeholders offer traditional IMS services like presence, IM (Instant Messaging) and users’ location. The Web2.0 concepts are also integrated by 1/3rd of the stakeholders. Only a few (1/4th) offer some IMS services coupled with others technologies (RFID, NFC, P2P, etc.). Even if 6 operators have IPTV services in their portfolios, the combination IMS-IPTV is proposed only by 3 manufacturers and 1 university. Our conclusion is that the combination IMS-IPTV-Web2.0 promises large possibilities of innovation in the development of future IMS services.

Author: Vaccani Andrea
Advisor: Wagen Jean-Frédéric (EIA-FR)