Videotron has extended its IP telephony partnership with Nortel Networks. Under the new, multi-year deal, Nortel will serve as Videotron's primary VoIP technology and professional services provider as the MSO extends voice services to its 1.5 million subs.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but Nortel is on tap to supply Videotron with its "IMS-ready" technology and linked services, which include project management, multi-vendor integration and testing, security assessment and deployment support.
IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) will add unified messaging and mobility to the mix, thanks to its ability to offer IP-based services via a range of wired and wireless networks. IMS and SIP (session initiation protocol) are also key elements of the recently-issued PacketCable Release 2 specifications from CableLabs.
Videotron, which launched VoIP in January 2005, had 283,000 voice subs as of June 30.