Tuesday, March 28, 2006

AudioCodes and Kineto Interoperate for Mobile/Wi-Fi Convergence

AudioCodes and Kineto Wireless completed interoperability testing between AudioCodes' Mediant media gateways and Kineto Wireless' IP-based UMA Network Controller (IP-UNC). In addition, the companies announced their deployment of these products as part of ongoing fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) trials with several major European operators.

The core component of Kineto's mobile/Wi-Fi convergence solution is its IP-UNC, a carrier-class network element that integrates with a service provider's existing voice (MSC) and data (SGSN) switching systems and uses standard interfaces to extend high-performance mobile services over IP access networks and WLANs. The Kineto IP-UNC manages and secures all subscriber access to mobile, voice, data and IMS services from various WLAN locations, and facilitates automatic seamless roaming and handover between licensed radio access networks and WLANs.

AudioCodes' Mediant media gateways interconnect the VoIP traffic received over IP from the cellular/WiFi-enabled handsets to existing GSM MSCs using standards-based signaling and control. The AudioCodes gateway can also support GSM, UMTS and/or IMS networks, providing additional utility for operators as they evolve their networks over time.


UMA Enables Broadband IMS
developed by 15 leading companies in the mobile industry, Unlicensed
Mobile Access (UMA) is now the 3GPP standard for enabling subscriber
access to mobile services over Wi-Fi and broadband IP networks. The UMA
standard effectively creates a parallel radio access network - the UMA
Network (UMAN) that interfaces to the mobile core network using existing
GSM-defined standard interfaces. This solution uses IP tunneling
techniques to transparently extend mobile voice, data, and IMS services
over IP access networks. Here is an overview of UMA.

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