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Cisco and T-Mobile Team to Deliver a Wi-Fi Calling Solution with an Enterprise-Class Voice-Ready Wireless LAN

When it comes to business mobility and collaborating with customers, partners and colleagues, a “good” mobile experience isn’t “good enough.”  As mobile workers increasingly adopt dual mode smartphones to remain connected in any environment, the requirement to deliver reliable, business-quality voice and data access across cellular and Wi-Fi networks has become business critical.

Wi-Fi calling is becoming a must-have technology for the enterprise, as corporations seek new ways to reduce costs and improve productivity for employees in the office and traveling overseas.  With the joint solution Cisco and T-Mobile announced today, more organizations can meet the mobility and connectivity demands of their employees with the added benefits of improved voice quality, fast roaming and extended battery life. ..one more step towards a true, borderless network experience that connects users securely, reliability and seamlessly anywhere, anytime, on any device.

To address these customer challenges, Cisco and T-Mobile are collaborating to deliver mobile calls over Wi-Fi, enabling reliable, seamless roaming of voice and data traffic between cellular and Wi-Fi networks, allowing businesses to reduce cellular voice calling costs.

This joint solution from Cisco and T-Mobile is a great example of how enterprises can save significantly – up to 30-40% on both domestic and international cellular usage – by not using their wireless minutes when employees leverage a campus Wi-Fi network or other open Wi-Fi access point. Customers such as Cytec Industries are using the joint Cisco and T-Mobile solution to establish a secure and reliable wireless infrastructure that takes advantage of Wi-Fi calling’s cost effective benefits across the globe.

Wi-Fi calling on your smartphone can help you save minutes, improve voice quality and productivity. Cisco and T-Mobile are partnering to deliver mobile calls over the wireless network you already have, enhancing the value of your existing wireless network.

The two companies are combining their market-leading technologies to deliver an enterprise-class Wi-Fi access solution based on the Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) standard, optimized with Cisco’s Unified Wireless Network and Cisco Compatible Extensions (CCX) for both large and mid-sized enterprises.  This joint solution complements Cisco’s broad portfolio of mobile voice and collaboration solutions, providing another method for enterprises utilizing a Cisco Unified Wireless Network to access voice and data services with T-Mobile Wi-Fi enabled smartphones.

Tested and validated for interoperability with the Cisco Unified Wireless Network and CCX features, T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi calling solution can save enterprises significant costs, improve their users’ experience, and ensure pervasive, high-performance wireless coverage.

What does Cisco add to the experience?  CCX enhances the performance of T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi enabled smartphones with features like improved quality of service, secure fast roaming and intelligent power savings.  T-Mobile business subscribers using dual-mode UMA smartphones can also roam and hand over voice calls between cellular and Wi-Fi networks.

Cisco’s 802.11n wireless network provides a ‘voice-ready” wireless platform that delivers the security, scalability and reliable performance needed to optimize Wi-Fi calling in the enterprise. As part of Cisco’s Borderless Networks architecture, innovations like CleanAir technology and ClientLink as well as Radio Resource Management and Voice Troubleshooting tools make all the difference when your business communications depend on an enterprise-class mobility experience.

What’s been your experience with WiFi calling? Have you experienced savings by using this technology, or if not, is it in your plans for 2011?

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