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August 22, 2005

Nokia considers SIP client for PCs

Nokia Corp is considering the merits of a SIP client for PCs and laptops to enable access to its core VoIP network infrastructure within enterprises.

By CBR Staff Writer

The idea is part of the Espoo, Finland-based equipment vendor’s two-pronged strategy for VoIP, on the one hand selling UMA technology under an OEM deal with Kineto Wireless Inc (and developing its own UMA capability in parallel), while on the other evolving direct access to an IP core, said Oscar Salonaho, Nokia’s director of technology and marketing for northwest Europe.

This is a common approach among mobile equipment vendors to the issue of fixed-mobile convergence. Motorola is pursuing the UMA path for the residential and perhaps SoHo markets. Its first high-profile customer is the UK’s BT Group Plc with its BT Fusion service. At the same time it is teaming up with the likes of Cisco Systems Inc and Trapeze Networks Inc for a more end-to-end IP approach.

In Nokia’s case, it fits in with the group’s portfolio segmentation whereby it offers mobile devices for both the GSM and CDMA worlds, radio access networks for GSM and its successors, and a common IP core that can be sold into networks regardless of the RAN technology used. An SIP client would enable voice access to a Nokia core, whether over a wireless or cellular RAN, irrespective of whether the latter was a GPRS/W-CDMA or CDMA2000/EV-DO network.

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