Can you place phone calls over Wi-Fi to save roaming costs when you travel abroad? Is there an easy solution for making phone calls despite poor indoor cellular coverage?
The answer is Yes! You can do all of the above using a new solution adopted by service providers and cell phone vendors known as Wi-Fi calling. The most compelling aspect of the solution is its non-intrusive nature. You don’t need to install any apps or change your directory; it’s all tightly integrated and built into the phone itself.
Mobile Service Providers (MSP’s) are extensively using Wi-Fi to offload data to meet the ever-increasing demands of mobile device users. In the next phase of Mobile-Offloading MSP’s are now supporting Voice over Wi-Fi (and refer to it as Wi-Fi calling).
iOS and Android devices support it today. Apple’s supports Wi-Fi calling with newer phones along with iOS8, whereas on the Android front, Wi-Fi source code is publicly available, and is being supported on almost 30+ phones.
Services providers are embracing Wi-Fi calling throughout the world. As Sprint and T-Mobile are leading the way in the US; EE in UK and 3, SmarTone are early adopters in Asia. Wi-Fi calling is expected to be supported by larger variety of mobile devices and offered on more MSPs by the end of 2015. AT&T has already enabled this service in the latest version of iOS 9 beta.
Challenges in enabling Wi-Fi calling on IT managed Enterprise Wi-Fi Networks
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Tags: 802.11ac, cellular calls, Cisco Mobility, HDVX, IT managed enterprise Wi-Fi networks, wi-fi
Join us in Vegas this week at CTIA Super Mobility 2015, one of the biggest mobility shows in the country. We’re in the MobilCON space, the premier destination at CTIA where the best minds in business and enterprise IT converge to transform their organizations in this digital, connected era.
You have questions? We have Answers…at the Bar. We are THE sponsor of the Answer Bar, stationed between Stage 1 and 3. Despite its name, our Cisco experts won’t be slinging cocktails but they will be slinging mobility and wireless know-how.
Check out our live demos, Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) and Enterprise Mobility Services Platform (EMSP). In the demos, see how you can gain valuable customer insights and personalize customer mobile experiences by leveraging your Wi-Fi network.
We’ll also have a portfolio of Cisco wireless products on display, including one of our new Wave 2 access points – the Aironet 1850 – as well as our award-winning Hyperlocation Solution.
Racers, start your engines! In other exciting news, the official launch of our new Mobility Motor Mania game is happening right here at CTIA MobileCON. Come to the Answer Bar, put on your (virtual) racing helmet, and show off your mobility and wireless geekiness on the big screen for a chance to win an Amazon gift card. (The online launch is tomorrow, September 10, so check back on Twitter @Cisco_Mobility – play at home to see how well you stack up against your fellow mobility geeks.)
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Tags: cmx, connected mobile experiences, ctia, EMSP, enterprise mobility services platform, Hyperlocation, mobility
The network and phone system for the largest charitable funder of child health research in Canada—SickKids Foundation—was ailing.
From dropped calls to poor voice quality to unexpected downtime, SickKids Foundation’s phone system was causing a lot of frustration among donors. SickKids Foundation depends on backers to fund their charity and employees realize that donor frustration can turn into donor apathy real quick.
SickKids Foundation called on Cisco to find a solution to their networking ills by refreshing its communication tools. Cisco came up with a plan and used the following products to rebuild the SickKids Foundation’s aging communication network:
- Cisco Aironet 3500 Series Access Points with 802.11ac
- Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers
- Cisco Catalyst 4500, 4500-X and 2960-S Series Switches
- Cisco 2900 Series Integrated Services Routers
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Tags: 4500-X and 2960-S Series Switches, Cisco 2500 Series Wireless Controllers, Cisco 2900 Series Integrated Services Routers, Cisco Aironet 3500 Series Access Points with 802.11ac, Cisco Catalyst 4500, Cisco Mobility, SickKids Foundation
In my position at Cisco I manage a team who helps our customers set an architecture vision and processes for using Cisco solutions to achieve business outcomes. Despite the fact that we have been creating solutions for Healthcare for many years now, some of our customers are still not fully aware that Cisco offers a suite of architectures and products besides the routing and switching portfolio that we are traditionally known for. Members of our Business Transformation team took this on as a challenge and created this video showing how Cisco solutions can be impactful across many points in the care continuum. https://youtu.be/X0AWC_rCK2c . Solutions from location services, physical safety and security, virtual patient observation, digital signage, care coordination, TeleHealth to any location using any number of endpoint devices, and patient infotainment can all drive measurable impact and outcomes which can increase productivity, improve patient satisfaction, improve provider satisfaction, and help organizations manage the care and wellness of their patients.
As the world’s largest appliance maker, Whirlpool Corporation knows a thing or two about innovations. But the company recently looked at its factories’ mixed networking devices and realized that their backend infrastructure needed some innovating too. An unstable wireless network set-up was costing the company money, was difficult to troubleshoot and simply could not keep up with new technologies.
Whirlpool turned to Cisco and the appliance company’s service provider, Black Box Network Services, to come up with a plan to update their network architecture.
Beginning with five pilot sites—including one of Whirlpool’s largest plants—Cisco employed designs to modernize the network. The products included in the plans were:
- Cisco Catalyst 3750X switch
- Cisco Catalyst 2960X Series switches
- Cisco FlexStack and StackWise cabling
- Cisco Aironet 3600 Series Access Point with Cisco CleanAir technology
- Cisco 5500 Series wireless controller
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Tags: Cisco Mobility, Manufacturing, Whirlpool corporation, •Cisco 5500 Series wireless controller, •Cisco Aironet 3600 Series Access Point with Cisco CleanAir technology, •Cisco Catalyst 2960X Series switches, •Cisco Catalyst 3750X switch, •Cisco FlexStack and StackWise cabling