SOMA Networks WiMAX VoIP Interoperability Test

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SOMA Networks WiMAX VoIP Interoperability Test

Thought I'd share this bit of interesting news that involves all the hot buzzwords these days: wireless, VoIP, SIP, and WiMAX.

SOMA Networks Completes Validation with BroadSoft to Deliver Industry-Leading VoIP to the Broadband Wireless Market

First Pre-WiMAX Voice Interoperability Test Successfully Completed between SOMA' solution and BroadWorks(r)

SAN FRANCISCO, June 28, 2005 - SOMA Networks, Inc., a leading provider of next-generation broadband wireless access technology, today announced the successful completion of interoperability validation between SOMA Networks' end-to-end SIP-based voice solution and BroadSoft(r)'s BroadWorks(r) platform. By testing the seamless integration of these two solutions, BroadSoft Inc., the leading provider of VoIP application software, and SOMA Networks have certified the reliability of next-generation voice applications over a broadband wireless air interface. This trial marks the industry's first successful interoperability test of BroadWorks service delivery system and a pre-WiMAX voice system.

BroadSoft's BroadWorks, which provides a rich set of web-enabled telephony services such as call waiting, voice mail, conferencing, auto-attendant and follow-me-anywhere applications, will work seamlessly with SOMA Networks' advanced wireless system to provide a complete end-to-end packet-telephony solution for the service provider market. The SOMA' solution provides assured quality of service (QoS) and bandwidth efficiency for VoIP applications over a broadband wireless infrastructure, as well as fully integrated VoIP wireless broadband gateways. The BroadWorks architecture provides a core infrastructure that enables VoIP services and manages call routing. The resulting end-to-end voice solution is uniquely capable of providing applications with the reliability, redundancy, scalability and regulatory capabilities required to deliver landline-quality voice service on a worldwide basis.

"Over the past ten years, the explosion of Internet-based applications like VoIP has radically altered the telecom industry. BroadSoft is pleased to be working with a leading BWA company like SOMA Networks to forge a presence in this exciting new market," says Scott Wharton, Vice President of Marketing for BroadSoft. "Service providers that deploy BroadSoft's VoIP application software and the SOMA solution have the added assurance of interoperability through SOMA Networks' completion of this testing process, thereby shortening their testing cycle and reducing time to market."

SOMA Networks is the only BWA vendor to offer a fully converged all-in-one gateway device that integrates the functionality of a wireless broadband modem, WiFi router, analog terminal adapter (ATA), and SIP User Agent (SUA), into a single, self-installable unit. Service providers looking to offer voice as one of many revenue-generating applications over a wireless network no longer have to deal with the complexity of procuring, testing, provisioning, and managing multiple subscriber devices for voice and data services. Customers can plug any standard analog phone or FAX line directly into the SOMAport' 300 wireless broadband gateway and instantly register for VoIP services via an Internet browser. The SOMA solution eliminates the need for external voice equipment, resulting in increased savings and simplified deployment for both service providers and consumers.

"This BroadSoft validation is a critical benchmark for the BWA industry as it paves the way for advanced VoIP services in this market," said Greg Caltabiano, Chief Operating Officer of SOMA Networks. "Voice has been an integral part of the SOMA solution from day one. Service providers that seek to offer reliable voice service, and other multimedia applications, over a broadband wireless access network must absolutely ensure the QoS, scalability and bandwidth efficiency of their voice offering. This interoperability certification with a leader in VoIP applications validates the high quality of SOMA Networks' voice service."
Both SOMA Networks and BroadSoft will appear on a speaker panel entitled, "Implementing A Long-Term VoIP Profit Model" during WCA 2005 in Washington, DC on June 30.

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