TCM Mobile has introduced patented technology which uses free, unlicensed spectrum to offer cellular phone service using VOIP.
The Overland Park, Kansas-based company announced the service after years of development and testing. And the technology is now available for licensing, the firm said.
The new telecommunication technology uses free, unlicensed spectrum traditionally used for broadband wireless data services, to deliver voice, data and location-based advertising within large area network environments, the company said.
The technology is best suited for rural area deployments, locations commonly underserved by traditional cellular, because of the costly build-out expenses, according to the company’s Web site.
"TCM Mobile has resolved the major challenges associated with developing this type of system, such as eliminating interference, roaming seamlessly (seamless hand-off) and creating a successful network architecture," a senior TCM Mobile executive said in a statement. "We are proud to announce that we have achieved our goals and look forward to demonstrating our technology to the world."
Carriers can now enter the market without purchasing dedicated spectrum. In addition, the cost to implement the infrastructure is a fraction of the expense for cellular technologies. What’s more, the operating cost is also lower because TCM Mobile uses small, modular equipment.
TCM Mobile developed and built the system, including base stations, handsets and all related hardware and software. The company launched the network in Syracuse, New York. While firm didn’t release specific test numbers, TCM Mobile’s results were “significantly greater” than expected.
“To date, field-testing has proven resilient and robust,” the company’s Web site says.
The latest news shows the growing popularity of VoIp services. As TMC (News - Alert) recently reported, new research from Infonetics Research shows that the global VoIP services market grew 33 percent in 2008 to $30.8 billion. And even in a recession, VoIP services appear to remain a strong proposition for some companies.
Edited by Amy Tierney