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Taqua Acquires VoWiFi Innovator Kineto Wireless
|By Business Wire
|September 4, 2014 08:04 AM EDT
Taqua®, LLC, a leading supplier of mobile and fixed IP
convergence systems, applications, and services announced today the
acquisition of Milpitas-based Kineto Wireless, the market leader in
mobile client solutions that enable smartphones to deliver high quality
voice and messaging services over Wi-Fi networks, commonly referred to
For more than 10 years, Kineto Wireless has worked with all major
smartphone manufacturers to deliver tens of millions of VoWiFi-enabled
smartphones to major mobile operators across every region of the world.
Over the last several years, Taqua and Kineto have been working together
to provide an end-to-end, standards-based VoWiFi solution that utilizes
Taqua’s Virtual Mobile Core and Kineto’s mobile client solutions. The
first customer for that solution was Sprint, who launched their highly
successful “Wi-Fi Calling” service in February of this year.
“If WiFi was not ubiquitous, smartphone usage would not be that great,”
said StéphaneTéral, Principal Analyst at Infonetics Research. “At this
point a number of mobile operators have already begun to leverage these
WiFi connections by utilizing VoWiFi to address indoor voice and
messaging coverage issues. Now that Apple is on board with iOS 8’s
support of WiFi calling, we expect to see an increasing number of mobile
operators launch WiFi calling plans and services. With this acquisition,
Taqua has put itself in a strong position to capture a significant chunk
of this growing opportunity.”
With the acquisition of Kineto, Taqua can now deliver the industry’s
only end-to-end VoWiFi solution that is proven, fully integrated and
scalable. This VoWiFi solution will allow mobile operators and broadband
providers to quickly deploy a Wi-Fi Calling service today, with or
without an IP Multimedia System (IMS). Within any network deployment
scenario, subscribers can make and receive calls and messages using any
Wi-Fi network with exactly the same experience they have on a cellular
network. The solution is completely transparent to the subscriber.
For mobile users, VoWiFi provides a high quality voice and messaging
experience in the locations they spend most of their time, at home and
in the office, as well as a low cost roaming alternative when traveling
internationally. For mobile network operators (MNOs), VoWiFi provides a
simple solution that solves indoor coverage challenges in locations that
are historically difficult to reach with the macro cellular network. For
Broadband providers and Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs), VoWiFi
provides the added benefit of maximizing the use of Wi-Fi and thus
improving their profitability, a strategy in the industry commonly
referred to as Wi-Fi First.
“With the VoWiFi market set to take off and many operators looking for
an end-to-end solution, we decided to take our partnership with Kineto
to the next level,” said Eric Pratt, Taqua’s president and CEO. “By
combining the companies, we can now offer mobile service providers a
truly disruptive solution that enables the rapid, cost effective
deployment of Wi-Fi Calling services. Beyond technology and key VoWiFi
patents, merging Kineto’s operations into Taqua gives us tremendous
expertise and significantly expands our sales and service reach
Taqua End-to-End VoWiFi Solution
The Taqua Virtual Mobile Core (VMC) is a converged IP mobile core that
enables rapid deployment of next generation mobile voice and messaging
services. Deployed within Tier 1 operator networks today, the VMC
provides the 3GPP/3GPP2 standard functions necessary for providing
VoWiFi, VoLTE and small cell services. In addition, the VMC supports the
ability to be deployed as a standard MSC/VLR within a mobile operator’s
existing circuit-switched core network. This unique deployment option
enables complete feature transparency for voice, messaging and
supplementary services across cellular and Wi-Fi networks. Communication
over the Internet between the VMC and VoWiFi-enabled devices (such as
those enabled using the Taqua Mobile Client) is entirely standards
compliant and follows the mobile industry SIP-based standards for VoWiFi
Taqua’s Mobile Client, which can be downloadedby end users or embedded
by smartphone manufacturers for an ‘out of the box’ experience, connects
with Taqua’s Virtual Mobile Core across Wi-Fi and the Internet to enable
transparent use of mobile telephony and SMS/MMS services. The Mobile
Client enables subscribers to continue using the phone’s native dialer,
contacts, call settings, messaging application, message notifications,
and voice mail in the same manner as they do today, while automatically
routing voice and messaging traffic over Wi-Fi or the cellular network
based on current connection status. Depending upon wireless network
quality, the mobile client selects the Wi-Fi or cellular network to
conduct incoming and outgoing calls and messages. This allows carriers
to utilize any existing Wi-Fi access point, reduce cellular spectrum
load, and expand and enhance network coverage.
About Taqua® LLC.
Taqua enables service providers to deliver next generation IP-based
communications while pragmatically transitioning their legacy networks
to LTE and IMS architectures. Since 1998, Taqua’s mobile and fixed IP
convergence solutions have been used by hundreds of wireline, cable and
wireless carriers. Taqua is headquartered in Dallas, TX, with research
and development facilities in Boston, MA, Milpitas, CA, Toronto, Canada,
and Dallas, TX, and European sales offices in Germany and the U.K. More
information on Taqua can be obtained by calling +1.972.692.1800 or by
browsing the website at www.taqua.com.
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