BridgePort Networks is making some interesting announcments at the CTIA Wireless show. Most importantly they are demonstrating how they leverages SIP and IMS to demonstrate seamless handover based on 'VCC' technical requirements. If you're not familiar with IMS or even if you are, you should subscribe to TMC's newest publication, IMS Magazine which covers IMS exclusively. IMS is going to be a huge driver of VoIP and mobile applications in the next couple of years.
Also at the CTIA show they are introducting a USB MobileSTICK product that turns a laptop into a mobile phone. The MobileSTICK solution enables users to place and receive calls from their PC or laptop using their mobile phone numbers. The MobileSTICK application is housed in a USB key, contains an embedded SIM card, and can be branded by the service provider. Cool stuff! B)
Here's the news from their release:
BridgePort Networks, the leader in MobileVoIP convergence, introduced to the North American mobile industry several significant breakthroughs at CTIA Wireless 2006.
"The action in the Fixed Mobile Convergence arena is moving from plumbing and standards to applications that can drive top line revenue for service providers," said Mike Mulica, President and CEO of BridgePort Networks. "Our theme at CTIA is to show innovative FMC applications for mobile and broadband service providers that illustrate the path to profitability that FMC creates."
BridgePort Networks Executive Speaks Out @ CTIA 2006
Steve Blumenthal, BridgePort Networks' CTO and Senior Vice President, will be a featured presenter on a panel entitled, "Fixed/Mobile Convergence: The Future Discussed Today." Scheduled for Wednesday, April 5, 2006, from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM, in room N113, Blumenthal will address the market opportunities as well as technical issues.
Openwave & BridgePort Networks Expand Fixed Mobile/IMS Intellectual Property Relationship
Openwave Systems Inc. (Nasdaq:OPWV), the leading provider of open software products and services for the communications industry, today announced an expanded relationship with BridgePort Networks, the leader in MobileVoIP convergence, on intellectual property rights (IPR) in the emerging area of fixed mobile convergence (FMC).
The agreement extends an original Openwave patent license with BridgePort Networks, and fosters a combined intellectual property portfolio that represents landmark innovations in the broad field of FMC applications.
Additionally, BridgePort Networks will have an exclusive worldwide license to the combined patent portfolio, and both companies will collaborate to further stimulate FMC open systems industry innovation.
BridgePort Networks' Fixed Mobile Convergence Applications Showcased
BridgePort Networks will be showcasing a variety of MobileVoIP applications at their booth #3500 that demonstrate the ongoing maturation of Fixed Mobile Convergence:
IMS Voice Call Continuity (VCC)
The world's first implementation of the emerging IMS standard for "Voice Call Continuity." The solution, currently in market trials, enables operators to offer single phone number voice services that maintain an in-process voice call across both cellular and Wi-Fi networks. Providing a true business case for IMS deployments, BridgePort Networks' IMS Convergence Server (ICS) implements VCC, supports both GSM and CDMA networks, and is available for commercial deployment this year.
Additionally, the solution is supported by a variety of devices and client software companies that have implemented support for single number dual-mode telephony, SIP-based VoIP, security and seamless handover, including BridgePort Networks' partners: E28 and PCTEL.
Kyocera and Boingo Wireless Dual Mode MobileVoIP Telephony
Kyocera and Boingo -- also members of MobileIGNITE -- have collaborated with fellow member BridgePort Networks to showcase a Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) solution that ensures interoperability and a seamless user experience. The trio of companies will demonstrate a BREW-based dual-mode handset, with integrated public Wi-Fi roaming, addressing the growing market for WLAN-enabled handsets.
BridgePort Networks' NomadicONE Network Convergence Gateway connects the VoIP and CDMA network environments to enable the use of a single mobile number for voice calls and messages across both environments.
The demonstration can be viewed at the Kyocera booth #5426 North Hall 2 and the BridgePort Networks booth #3500 Hall C1/C2.
MobileSTICK Turns Laptop Into A Mobile Phone
BridgePort Networks' MobileSTICK application, based on joint collaboration with Oberthur, turns a laptop into a mobile phone. The MobileSTICK solution, targeted at the mobile workforce, enables users to place and receive calls from their PC or laptop using their mobile phone numbers. The MobileSTICK application is housed in a USB key, contains an embedded SIM card, and can be branded by the service provider.
MobileSTICK leverages BridgePort Networks' SoftMOBILE solution, and a partnership with Oberthur Card Systems, to make users always reachable over an Internet connected endpoint (i.e. soft client, IP phone, etc.) or mobile phone using a single identity without a separate VoIP or landline number.
Microsoft (R) Live Communication Server Integration
BridgePort Networks and 724 Solutions -- both members of MobileIGNITE -- will demonstrate their combined MobileVoIP solution, which bridges a person's mobile phone number identity, presence, phone calls and messages to the user's desktop running Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 client software, extending the reach of Microsoft Live Communications Server 2005.