Cicero proves converged services aren’t Poles apart

12 Dec 2007

An Irish mobile software company that in recent years was labelled a ‘technology pioneer’ by the World Economic Forum, has deployed the first fixed-mobile convergence service across Poland.

International telecoms firm based in Poland Mobilna Telefonia Internetowa (MTI) has deployed a converged wireless voice over internet protocol (VoIP) service called LoVo using Cicero’s technology as the engine.

LoVo is targeted at the corporate/SME market and delivers converged wireless VoIP and cellular services on both Nokia E-Series and Microsoft Windows Mobile phones.

MTI will initially provide services in Poland and plans to expand its reach across central and eastern Europe during 2008.

“By providing converged VoWi-Fi, Vo3G and GSM services LoVo delivers even greater mobility and reduced costs for our business customers,” commented Pawel Ośka, CEO of MTI.

“The service has been recognised as the most innovative network solution 2007 by NETGEAR Poland and our growth strategy means other eastern European markets will benefit from FMC [fixed mobile convergence] services in the near future,” Ośka added.

The service uses CiceroPhone VoIP software to enable free communication among VoIP users and low-cost connectivity to other networks.

In addition, using CiceroController, the service offers seamless in-call handover between Wi-Fi and GSM networks as users from office or home Wi-Fi areas to external GSM areas.

The service also enables calls to roam on to 3G/UMTS to deliver even more cast savings for users due to growth of third-generation networks.

“Demand for FMC services is growing throughout Europe, and Cicero’s selection for the LoVo service is a great endorsement for our technology,” said Ross Brennan, CEO of Cicero Networks.

“The service showcases how multiple wireless networks – Wi-Fi, 3G and GSM – can be used to deliver a seamless, highly cost-effective mobile services to corporate users,” Brennan added.

By John Kennedy