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Avaya and Nokia to deliver next phase of fixed to mobile convergence apps for enterprises

Avaya Inc. and Nokia Corp. today announced the next phase of their collaboration to jointly address the emerging ma...

June 13, 2005  

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Avaya Inc. and Nokia Corp. today announced the next phase of their collaboration to jointly address the emerging market for enterprise Fixed to Mobile Convergence (FMC) voice products and services based on open industry standards.

Enterprise FMC offerings integrate mobile and fixed line networks, providing enterprise telephony services to mobile workers regardless of their location, access technology and communications device.

They also make it easier for employees to collaborate and respond rapidly to customers in a multi-vendor, standards-based environment, the two companies said in a statement.

The offerings from the companies will include a dual-mode device with Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) capabilities that can make and receive calls over both cellular and wireless local area networks (WLAN), both on and off a company campus.

The device can be equipped with an Avaya mobile application, enabling Nokia phone users to access Avaya Communication Manager-based enterprise telephony capabilities.

Avaya Communication Manager is Avaya’s flagship IP telephony software, part of the Avaya MultiVantage Communications Applications suite.

FMC offerings currently use voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) to enable assisted handoff of calls and call features across wireline, including Wi-Fi or 802.11, and wireless (cellular) networks.

According to Phillip Redman, research vice president for Gartner, “convergence in the enterprise is happening rapidly today on both the wired and wireless LAN, reducing network and device costs and driving new capabilities for voice and data access across wired and wireless networks.”

Avaya will sell the mobile application as part of its IP telephony portfolio through its enterprise channels; Nokia will sell the solution through its operator and other channels.

Both companies are investing research, development and marketing resources into the initiative.

Geoffrey Baird, vice president and general manager of Avaya’s Communication Appliances Division, said more than 50% of employees conduct business away from the office, and voice is a primary business application for these mobile workers.