Net2Phone couples VoIP with Wi-Fi

Wed, 04/21/2004 - 8:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

Net2Phone hopes VoIP and Wi-Fi go together like peanut butter and chocolate...and give operators a way to offer mobile telephony service.

Building on its recently announced SIP-based VoiceLine platform, Net2Phone's "wireless VoIP" platform routes calls over the air to its platform, which handles call management, Class 5 features, billing and provisioning.

In addition to cable operators, Net2Phone will also target the platform to wireless ISPs, DSL service providers and cell phone and PDA manufacturers.

Net2Phone said corporate cousin IDT Corp. plans to deploy the platform in a number of U.S. locations, the first being the Ironbound area of Newark, N.J.

"Net2Phone's wireless solutions remove the tether associated with VoIP, delivering the flexibility of a cellular phone anywhere in the world there is a Wi-Fi hotspot, without the need to be tied to a cell phone carrier, " said Net2Phone CEO Stephen Greenberg, in a release.

Still, cell phone carriers are expected to play a role in helping cable operators offer mobile voice services. Sprint Corp., for example, is just one company that's seeking wireless partnerships with cable operators. Kansas-based broadband operator Sunflower Broadband has already inked a deal to offer Sprint PCS as part of its service bundle.


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