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February 06, 2008

CounterPath Strengthens its Leadership Position in Mobile VoIP with Acquisition of BridgePort Networks

By Patrick Barnard, Senior Web Editor, TMCnet

In a move which will significantly expand its market reach and strengthen its leadership position in the blossoming mobile VoIP market, CounterPath Corporation has acquired fixed mobile convergence (FMC) solutions provider BridgePort Networks (News - Alert) Inc. for an undisclosed sum. News of the deal comes just days after CounterPath announced that it had closed its acquisition of another leading FMC solutions provider, FirstHand Technologies.

The deal means CounterPath can now offer service providers an impressive range of carrier-class FMC solutions facilitating seamless handoff of mobile calls to fixed line networks and vice versa. Seamless hand-off of mobile calls has become increasingly attractive to enterprises, as it enables mobile workers to use a single wireless communications device that works both on the local company network, typically via WiFi, as well as on a wireless carrier’s next generation network. By giving mobile workers free VoIP calling within the range of the local network – as well as free or super low cost mobile VoIP calling when outside of the office -- companies can significantly reduce their communications costs. In addition, it enables them to have a single number for every employee – as opposed to two numbers, one for the desk phone and one for the mobile device – thus streamlining communications and enabling simpler, more effective collaboration among all workers. CounterPath's integrated voice, video, messaging and presence-based services work on virtually any mobile and SIP-enabled device.
CounterPath will benefit from the acquisition immediately, as Bridgeport’s solutions are based on SIP and thus are compatible with CounterPath’s products. CounterPath can quickly integrate Bridgeport’s battle-hardened voice, text messaging, multimedia and presence-based applications into its solutions suite. Not only does CounterPath gain Bridgeport’s 18 pending or granted patents, representing significant investment in the development of advanced new technologies, it also gains a seasoned engineering staff with skill sets in SS7, IMS, SIP and networking who will continue to focus on building FMC solutions for service providers.
"We are rapidly executing on the new strategy and vision that started with our acquisition of NewHeights Software, that is, to transform CounterPath from a leading desktop softphone company to an innovative 'one stop shop' VoIP solutions company," said Greg Pelling (News - Alert), Chief Executive Officer of CounterPath, in a press release. "Our acquisition of BridgePort Networks builds on the value of our most recent acquisition of FirstHand Technologies, a leader in Enterprise FMC. By adding BridgePort's unique carrier-class FMC offerings, we now become the industry innovation leader for service providers, enterprises, small and medium businesses and consumers as the only company offering a tailored platform that seamlessly bridges voice, text messaging, multimedia, video and presence-based applications between virtually any networks - fixed or mobile. Our management team's unique approach to successfully identify, acquire and integrate companies allows us to rapidly execute on CounterPath's strategy and increase shareholder value while establishing ourselves as a trusted innovator to our growing list of strategic clients."
BridgePort Networks’ product portfolio includes the MobileSTICK, which transforms personal computers into voice, SMS, Multimedia Messaging Services (MMS) and video terminals for integrated broadband and mobile carrier services. The company's products also include the NomadicONE Network Convergence (News - Alert) Gateway (NCG) and NomadicONE IMS Convergence Server (ICS). BridgePort has reportedly invested more than $50 million in the development and initial marketing of its intellectual property since 2002.
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Patrick Barnard is Assignment Editor for TMCnet and Associate Editor for Customer Interaction Solutions magazine. To see more of his articles, please visit Patrick Barnard’s columnist page.
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