Timico set to launch FMC

Timico is preparing to launch a fixed-mobile convergence service featuring a SIP client on dual-mode cellular/WiFi handsets according to reports by Datamonitor.

Newark-based Timico currently offers fixed TDM and IP telephony, mobile, internet access, and WAN data services. It has its own MPLS-enabled core, uses Energis (now part of Cable & Wireless) for PSTN break-out, resells mobile minutes on the O2 network (now part of Telefonica), and offers co-location services with racks at TeleHouse and a full suite at TeleCity.

Trefor Davies, Timico’s technology director, said the VoIP service, which can offer fully managed IP PBX as well as integration with on-premise PBXes, was launched last October using Nortel’s MCS5200 IP PBX platform in Timico’s core.

The FMC offering, which will be launched later this year, will use the O2 network for its cellular connectivity, while an SIP client from an Ottawa-based Nortel spin-off, SIPquest, will enable calls from the same handset to go over a WiFi network when a user is on company premises. “[If the company hasn’t already got a WiFi network in place], we install WiFi using Netgear or Cisco infrastructure,” said Davies. “Further downstream we’ll probably enter into agreements with hotspot providers for our customers to be able to use the phones at their sites.”