March 14th, 2005
KYOCERA WIRELESS AND BOINGO WIRELESS JOIN BRIDGEPORT NETWORKS' MOBILEIGNITE ALLIANCE
Collaboration Drives Interoperable MobileVoIP Convergence Solutions For Wireless Carriers and MVNOs
CHICAGO and NEW ORLEANS – March 14th, 2005 –
BridgePort Networks, the leader in MobileVoIP convergence, today announced that Kyocera Wireless Corp. and Boingo Wireless, Inc., have joined its MobileIGNITE™ Alliance. MobileIGNITE (Mobile Integrated Go-to-Market Network IP Telephony Experience) is an alliance of leading technology companies committed to standards-based, interoperability of MobileVoIP convergence solutions for mobile operators, mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) and other service providers.
With a commitment to interoperability, alliance members will work together to ensure that dual-mode handsets support seamless roaming and in-call handoff of voice calls between mobile and Wi-Fi networks. By enabling network interoperability with a single, mobile phone number and BridgePort Networks' NomadicONE™ Network Convergence Gateway (NCG) software, the companies expect to deliver a simplified and vastly improved MobileVoIP user experience.
Availability of dual-mode devices is considered key to introducing the cost economics of VoIP to mobile operators. By extending Wi-Fi, or GSM, CDMA and 3G mobile services using VoIP technology, mobile operators can offer services in broadband-serviced locations at high service quality but at lower costs than over a cellular access network. As a result, MobileVoIP creates new opportunities for mobile service providers to generate new revenue by replacing fixed-line service in buildings, improving customer retention.
Kyocera Wireless, a leading global supplier of feature-rich, easy-to-use CDMA handsets, will work with BridgePort Networks and other members of the MobileIGNITE alliance to develop future handsets offering dual-mode mobile/VoIP functionality. The first wave of MobileVoIP convergence is expected later this year as new handsets emerge to enable seamless voice roaming between 2G/3G wireless and IP-based Wi-Fi networks.
"Increasing demand by consumers and businesses for converged services like MobileVoIP presents a huge opportunity for service providers to add revenue and drive usage," said Jim Kelly, executive vice president and COO for Kyocera Wireless Corp. "Kyocera has been a driver of innovation and differentiation in the CDMA mobile handset industry and through participation in the MobileIGNITE alliance, we're well-positioned to emerge as a leader in the CDMA/Wi-Fi dual-mode handset segment."
Boingo Wireless is partnering with BridgePort Networks to ensure interoperability between the Boingo® Roaming System with the BridgePort Networks' NomadicONE NCG software. Boingo Wireless' network includes more than 16,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in nearly 3,000 cities in 45 countries.
Boingo's VoIP strategy involves delivering true commercial hotspot roaming for all Wi-Fi enabled devices, including handsets. The company is developing software solutions that allow mobile phones to login and authenticate onto any of the thousands of hotspots in the Boingo Roaming System. The device software provides essential Wi-Fi services including signal sniffing, authentication, network selection, and profile management - and can be private labeled for major service providers.
"Enabling roaming between hotspots is essential to the success of MobileVoIP on next-generation dual-mode phones, and Boingo is working with infrastructure and handset manufacturers to make it happen", said David Hagan, president and CEO of Boingo Wireless. "BridgePort Networks has helped bring the MobileVoIP ecosystem together to accelerate work on interoperability, and Boingo Wireless is excited to be able to bring our expertise, software and network of hotspot partners to the effort."
BridgePort Networks is the first vendor to offer a platform for MobileVoIP convergence that bridges cellular roaming technology compatible with today's mobile networks and VoIP based on the open SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) standards. The company's open standards based NomadicONE NCG software bridges signaling, call control and authentication between the SIP based VoIP world and the SS7 based core mobile network, cost effectively delivering mobile services over VoIP networks and VoIP calls to mobile phones.
"Real world interoperability problems can be addressed rapidly through the MobileIGNITE alliance program", said Mike Mulica, president and CEO, BridgePort Networks. "Kyocera's commitment to innovating future dual-mode handsets and Boingo's experience in the public access Wi-Fi market, make the two ideal alliance partners and we look forward to their continued participation in MobileIGNITE."
About BridgePort Networks
BridgePort Networks is the leader in MobileVoIP convergence -- combining the personalization and mobility of mobile phone services with the flexibility, innovation and outstanding cost economics of the rapidly growing VolP sector. The core product, the NomadicONE™ Network Convergence Gateway (NCG), uses roaming technology to extend single identity phone number services over multiple access networks, including: mobile, cable, DSL and WiFi. The NomadicONE NCG is a key component of an open standards partner ecosystem, MobileIGNITE that comprises end-to-end solutions that improve the quality, coverage and cost of mobile service delivery and the mobility of VoIP services. BridgePort Networks is a global company, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. To learn more about BridgePort Networks visit: www.bridgeport-networks.com.
BridgePort Networks logo, NomadicONE and MobileIGNITE are trademarks of BridgePort Networks Inc. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners.
About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a leading supplier of innovative, feature-rich CDMA wireless devices and accessories for customers worldwide. Kyocera Wireless maintains an operating belief in the genius of simplicity and strives to make the wireless experience as simple and intuitive as humanly possible. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., which acquired QUALCOMM Incorporated's CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. Based in San Diego, the company is ISO-14001 and ISO-9001 certified and has won city, state and federal awards for its environmentally friendly manufacturing and recycling practices. For more information, please visit www.kyocera-wireless.com.
Kyocera Corporation, the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cameras, laser printers, copiers, solar energy systems and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2004, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled approximately US$11 billion (JP¥ 1,140,814 million) with net income of approximately US$655 million (JP¥ 68,086 million).
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About Boingo Wireless
Boingo Wireless, Inc. is an ultra-high-speed wireless Internet service available in thousands of locations such as hotels, airports, cafes, and other public places, in dozens of countries throughout the world. Both directly and through major carrier and ISP partners, Boingo provides business travelers with a wireless broadband Internet connection to improve productivity while on the road. Through its Wi-Fi software and Roaming System, Boingo makes finding and connecting to Wi-Fi networks point-and-click simple and secure. More information about Boingo is available at http://www.boingo.com.
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