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The IMS: IP Multimedia Concepts and Services, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-03183-4
466 pages
January 2007
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The IMS: IP Multimedia Concepts and Services in the Mobile Domain, Second Edition, builds on the success of the previous best-selling edition, providing comprehensive coverage of IMS –  its concepts, architecture, protocols and functionalities with a wealth of new and updated material.

Mobile telephony with the current technology has been hugely successful and demonstrates the immense value of communicating with peers while being mobile, and with increasingly available smarter multimedia terminals, the communication experience will be something more than just exchanging voice. These multimedia terminals need IP multimedia networks. Hence the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) has developed a standard for SIP-based IP multimedia service machinery known as ‘The IMS’ (IP Multimedia Subsystem). This completely up-to-date and informative guide explains everything you need to know about it...

Key features of the Second Edition include:

  • Two new chapters on push-to-talk over cellular and group management.
  • Additional new material includes: fixed and mobile convergence, interworking between IPv4 and IPv6 in the IMS, combined circuit-switched and IMS services (combinational services), IMS security and alternative session establishment procedures.
  • More coverage of the benefits of IMS, particularly with regard to its role in fixed-mobile convergence.
  • Special emphasis on services, featuring more detailed descriptions of presence, messaging, group management and push-to-talk over cellular (conferencing).
  • Updates on Third Generation Partnership Project Agreement (3GPP) Release 6 level.
  • New examples and case studies, including a variety of scenarios, how to handle multiple terminals and end-user preferences.

Written in a manner that allows readers to choose the level of knowledge and understanding they need to gain about the IMS, this volume will have instant appeal to a wide ranging audience including marketing managers, research and development engineers, network engineers, developes, test engineers and university students.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Petri Pöyhönen.

Foreword by Alan Duric.



List of figures.

List of tables


1. Introduction.

2. IP Multimedia Subsystem architecture.

3. IMS concepts.


4. Presence.

5. Messaging.

6. Push to talk Over Cellular.

7. Conferencing.

8. Group management.


9. Introduction to detailed procedures.

10. An example IMS registration.

11. An example IMS session.


12. SIP.

13. SDP.

14. The Offer/Answer Model with SDP.

15. RTP.

16. DNS.

17. GPRS.

18. TLS.

19. Diameter.


21. COPS.

22. IPsec.

23. Signalling Compression.

24. DHCPv6.

25. XCAP.

26. Common Policy.

List ofabbreviations.


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Author Information

Miikka Poikselkä works for Nokia Networks, Finland.

Hisham Khartabil works for Telio, Norway.

Georg Mayer and Aki Niemi both work for Nokia Mobile Phones, Finland.
All the authors are involved with Third Generation Partnership Project Agreement (3GPP), Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) standardization.

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"The excellent presentation of content will make this book appeal to a wide audience…an invaluable guide to IMS…" (Computing Reviews.com, August 11, 2006)
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