Irish VoIP firm says Hello
to Norwegian deal


16 May 2006

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An Irish technology company specialising in wireless voice over IP (wVoIP) technology has been selected by a Norwegian wireless service provider to deploy its VoIP technology across 2.5G and 3G networks.

Dublin-based Cicero Networks has been selected by Hello to deliver fixed-mobile convergence services to their business and residential customers. Hello is positioning itself to be a leader in a new generation of mobile broadband players, combining seamlessly 2G, 2.5G and 3G services with mobile VoIP technology.

Cicero’s software, which will sit on the next generation of mobile devices, supports both wireless VoIP calls as well as mobile calls. The company recently struck a deal with Taiwanese phone manufacturer HTC to deploy the software on the company’s devices and is currently understood have 35 active trials across Europe, including Tier 1 and Tier 2 incumbents, fixed-line telcos, cable operators, VoIP service providers and broadband service providers.

“The focus of Hello onePhone is to deliver ease of use and simplicity to our customers for both fixed and mobile services,” said Matthias Peter, chief operations officer of Hello. “Teaming up with Cicero Networks has enabled us to do this and to strengthen our position as an innovative mobile service provider.

“Using Cicero’s solutions our customers will have access to user-friendly, seamless and cost-effective services in the fast-growing footprint of new mobile access technologies such as Wi-Fi, 3G and WiMAX,” Peter said.

Cicero chief executive Ross Brennan said that the key drivers Cicero is seeing today for its session-initiation protocol (SIP), or presence-based, fixed-to-mobile solutions include the ability to reduce enterprise mobility costs by extending the reach of PBX using Wi-Fi, Cicero’s natural fit for future IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) migration and its ability to support seamless roaming between Wi-Fi and cellular networks.

“Hello is one of the new breed of operators whose philosophy on convergence is all about delivering the benefits of both fixed and cellular services on a single device,” said Brennan. “We are seeing significant demand right across the service provider marketplace to enable true convergence of fixed and mobile services whereby the goal is more than fixed-mobile substitution and using Wi-Fi to extend the cellular environment.”

By John Kennedy