Cicero Claim First with Wireless VoIP

Cicero Networks, a provider of wireless VoIP (wVoIP) solutions for Fixed Mobile Convergence, has announced the availability of CiceroPhone, a dual-mode VoIP client for Nokia S60 handsets.

In what they claim as an industry first Cicero say this dual-mode solution for the Nokia S60 platform enables seamless roaming between the WiFi and cellular networks adding that with over 8 million Nokia S60 smartphones shipped during Q2 2006 alone, this demonstrates that mass market wVoIP can now become a reality.

The company says CiceroPhone provides a unified, highly intuitive user experience, whereby calls are automatically routed over the best available network – Wi-Fi or cellular. Intelligent routing rules ensure cost and quality are optimised on all calls. In addition, CiceroPhone enables routing decisions to be optimised on the handset for certain numbers or ranges of numbers for specific networks.

“Nokia is the market leader in the smartphone market and it has been a strategic priority for us to support S60 platform to enable operators to drive Fixed Mobile convergence adoption,” said Ross Brennan, CEO Cicero Networks. “The addition of CiceroPhone for Nokia S60 smartphones to our portfolio underpins our commitment to bring mobile wVoIP technology and Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) solutions to the mainstream market.”

According to the latest research from technology analyst firm Canalys growth in the converged device market continues at pace. The overall year-on-year market growth of converged devices in Q2 2006 (smart phones and wireless handhelds) was 73%. Nokia dominates the smartphone market, shipping over 9 million Symbian smart phones during Q2 2006, a year-on-year rise of 35%. Canalys estimates that more than 95% of these were S60 models, which have recently branched out from their consumer-oriented, keypad-centric designs to include enterprise-focused models such as the keyboard-based E61.