The problem with most traditional telecoms equipment is that the function it performs can only be changed by the equipment vendor. If the network operator wants to do something new then they are dependent on the equipment vendors to make it happen. This dependency creates barriers to progress, and stifles innovation.
Metaswitch Rhino TAS, an in-network open telecoms platform based on Java, addresses this issue by providing a development environment and test tools needed by developers to create converged (IMS and IN) applications for telecom network operators.
More than 65 mobile, fixed and converged network operators around the world already use Rhino, including large mobile operator groups such as Orange, Vodafone, and T-Mobile.