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May 28, 2009
BT Inmo to Sell, Distribute Mobile VoIP Products
By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributor
With an innovative solution from Qnective called “QTalk,” BT (News - Alert) Inmo, a wholly owned subsidiary of BT, recently announced its purchase of a global license to sell and distribute mobile VoIP. BT says it’s prepared to produce a QTalk-based mobile VoIP solution, tailor-made for BT Global Services (News - Alert).
The mVoIP market has seen rapid growth in recent times and the launch of a VoIP client for the Apple iPhone by Skype (News - Alert) and plans to launch another on the RIM-based BlackBerry platform are latest developments in the sector.
With the rapid deployment of 3G and 4G based technologies and release of compatible handsets there has been considerable increase in interest in the sector for all those involved. Opportunities are ample and equitable for callable enterprises, conventional fixed-line operators, mobile carriers, over-the-top market vendors and third-party application developers. The emerging UC market offers unique opportunities for multi offerings based on IP convergence/substitution. The mobile device has become a focal point of connection for end users and telecom operators sense better scope for diversification into adjacent business areas.
mVoIP is being seen as the new age technology and it seeks to provide a viable alternative to existing technologies and services to address the communication challenges faced by contemporary businesses and technology-savvy end users. Telecom operators today are compulsively marketing mVoIP to its subscribers.
With IP-based and hosted IP telephony services becoming more relevant and leading to a complete phasing out of the conventional TDM based products, its importance in the enterprise and SMB market cannot be understated. At the other end of the spectrum, PBX (News - Alert) vendors are also looking to innovate IP-based solutions for its customers. The first generation of commercially feasible VoIP products is anticipated from Enterprise solutions while IP-based PBX products are already freely available in the market. Mobile only systems are of much less relevance as far as market share is concerned.
At present a section of mobile network operators are opposing the adoption of VoIP technology on their networks. But with the increasing relevance of 4G technologies such as WiMAX and LTE (News - Alert), this opposition is expected to wane. With VoIP mobile operators can rationalize infrastructure costs and service charges to enhance competitiveness, improve their reach by adding WLAN access points to their network and overall, offer better customer experience.
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Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Michael Dinan