Boingo Wireless, BridgePort Networks, and SIPquest today demonstrated the collaboration of their products as part of a converged MobileVoIP application for automatic device provisioning and seamless MobileVoIP roaming. Seamless MobileVoIP roaming with authentication is an important enabler for the fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) market and will be shown at the 3GSM World Congress, 13-16 February, 2006 in Barcelona, Spain at the BridgePort Networks' stand D49, Hall 1.
The demonstration utilizes the Boingo Wireless Wi-Fi toolkit for handsets, the BridgePort Networks NomadicONE Network Convergence Gateway and the SIPquest Mobile Console client software. The effort demonstrates interoperability amongst several active members in the MobileIGNITE industry association to accelerate the market for FMC applications.
In the demonstration, a user with a dual-mode (cellular and Wi-Fi) smartphone can seamlessly roam between mobile and VoIP when entering into a hot spot. Handsets that have automatically authenticated to the hot spot will be able to use the connection for VoIP or other applications on Wi-Fi.
"As new dual-mode devices arrive and users try to perform increasingly complex and inter-related actions, it's important that the supporting applications are interoperable," said Colby Goff, Boingo Wireless Senior Vice President of Network Strategy and Business Development. "The value to users of our Wi-Fi network increases exponentially if making that broadband connection is easy and simplifies the use of VoIP clients or streaming media applications."
The demonstration begins when a user connects to a private Wi-Fi network, which enables the handset to be remotely provisioned with Boingo Wireless account credentials via Boingo's configuration server. Once the handset has been provisioned with authentication credentials for access to the Boingo Roaming Network, the new Wi-Fi toolkit from Boingo can auto-connect and authenticate to more than 25,000 public Wi-Fi hot spots worldwide -- as well as any private networks configured by the user.
After the handset is automatically provisioned for commercial Wi-Fi access, the demonstration uses BridgePort Networks' NomadicONE NCG to enable seamless mobile to VoIP roaming, showing how a user entering a public Wi-Fi hotspot from a mobile environment can automatically switch networks and make and receive voice or VoIP calls, using a single mobile phone number over the Wi-Fi network as well as the mobile network.
The user can select the network-aware SIPquest Mobile Console application on their device to make a phone call using the mobile network or, once authenticated, can make a VoIP call over the Wi-Fi network. The SIPquest Mobile Console maintains a consistent user interface across both networks and provides the personal command and control of communications that delivers the highest levels of user productivity.
WorldCell, a leading wireless services company providing global voice and data mobile services for government, enterprise and mobile professionals, provided the GSM network services used in the demonstration.
"Bringing networks, systems and applications from separate companies together to provide seamless interoperability for end users is critical to accelerating the deployment of FMC applications," said Sanjay Jhawar, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, BridgePort Networks. "BridgePort Networks' collaboration with SIPquest and Boingo Wireless proves that MobileVoIP at hotspot and private locations need not be an exercise in end-user frustration with passwords and access codes, and can be provisioned in a way that benefits mobile carriers and their hot spot partners worldwide."
"Innovation in fixed-mobile convergence is a cornerstone of our strategy for accelerating the market towards the benefits of IMS," said Peter Brockmann, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for SIPquest. "We will continue to collaborate with industry leaders to showcase the power of our technologies. SIPquest is focused on creating a pleasing user experience while making the network complexities transparent and this demonstration proves that point very well."
About Boingo Wireless
Boingo Wireless, Inc. is an ultra-high-speed wireless Internet service available in tens of thousands of locations such as hotels, airports, cafes and other public places in dozens of countries throughout the world. The Boingo Roaming System comprises hundreds of Wi-Fi network operators, which are accessible through Boingo's connection software for laptops, PDAs, dual-mode phones and other embedded devices. The software -- available in SDK and white label GUI versions -- makes finding and connecting to Wi-Fi networks point-and-click simple, improving productivity for people on the go by enabling their device of choice for Wi-Fi roaming authentication. With the largest aggregated Wi-Fi network in the world, coupled with best-in-class software solutions for both laptops and portable devices, Boingo helps carriers and ISPs keep their customers connected with a high-quality broadband wireless connection. More information about Boingo is available at http://www.boingo.com.
Boingo is a registered trademark of Boingo Wireless, Inc.
About BridgePort Networks
BridgePort Networks is the leader in MobileVoIP convergence -- combining the personalization and mobility of mobile phone services with the flexibility, innovation and outstanding cost economics of the rapidly growing VoIP sector. The NomadicONE product family extends single identity phone number services over multiple access networks, including -- mobile, cable, DSL and Wi-Fi -- in both pre-IMS and IMS environments. The company is a leading member of the MobileIGNITE industry association for the interoperability of fixed mobile convergence (FMC) services and applications. BridgePort Networks is a global company, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. To learn more about BridgePort Networks visit: www.bridgeport-networks.com.
BridgePort Networks logo and NomadicONE are trademarks of BridgePort Networks Inc. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.
SIPquest is the leading developer of Converged Multimedia Client software for desktop, Wi-Fi, fixed mobile convergence (FMC) and IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) environments. The company' s solutions are embedded or bundled into the world's largest equipment vendors, systems integrators and service providers products to quickly and seamlessly deliver rich multimedia services to their end-users.
Based in Ottawa, Canada, the company differentiates its mobile VoIP offerings by being first to market with major innovations in mobility management, working with a broad range of channel partners so enterprises have the widest choice of preferred suppliers, and supporting the widest range of mobile devices. Partners include Nortel, Cisco and 3Com, among others. For more information visit http://www.sipquest.com or call +1-613-254-8886.