Sunday, February 6, 2005

RIM Provides SIP Integration for BlackBerry Enterprise

Research In Motion (RIM) is working with Nortel to enable full-featured, SIP-enabled business communications over wireless local area networks (LAN). The companies are focusing on providing interoperability and integration between RIM's BlackBerry enterprise platform and Nortel's Multimedia Communications Server (MCS) 5100. Enterprise customers would be able to use RIM's new BlackBerry 7270 to securely access IP telephony, corporate e-mail and other business applications via the wireless LAN.

The BlackBerry 7270 works in conjunction with BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 and BlackBerry Mobile Data Service, providing push-based integration with Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus Domino. The BlackBerry 7270 supports IP telephony that essentially extends desktop phone functionality to a BlackBerry wireless handheld, allowing the user to place and receive calls.

Separately, Research In Motion announced an alliance with 3Com targeting Blackberry Enterprise Server integration into 3Com's IP-PBX and WLAN switching gear. This integration is also based on SIP.