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Low powered GSM networks gets VoIPed

Sonus Networks, Inc., which supplies Voice over IP (VoIP) infrastructure solutions, announced at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, Spain that it has partnered with 3Way Networks to develop solutions to deliver voice services and multimedia applications to mobile handsets over an end-to-end low powered GSM network.

3Way Networks will provide femto cells, which enable existing and future 2G and 3G handsets to integrate with Sonus' IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)-based network infrastructure. Together, the two companies are working to provide network operators with a complete Low Powered GSM (LP GSM) solution that provides new levels of operational efficiency with robust support for the delivery of next generation voice and multimedia services.

"As this new market for LP GSM solutions starts to take shape, Sonus is actively looking to leverage relationships with leading providers of cutting edge technology, such as 3Way networks, to help our customers stay ahead of the innovation curve," said Steve Edwards, chief marketing officer, Sonus Networks. "By integrating solutions from companies like 3Way Networks, we are helping our customers seize the opportunity created by the release of LP GSM spectrum to improve their core business models and provide seamless fixed-mobile converged services to the end user."

"The march towards fixed mobile convergence (FMC) is beginning to gain pace in Europe," said Simon Albury, MD, 3Way Network. "LP GSM via femto cells offers mobile operators a unique means of offering converged services that work with existing 3G handsets, eliminating the need to deploy expensive dual-mode technologies. We are very pleased to be working with Sonus to promote and encourage adoption of LP GSM solutions and believe the partnership will help to raise awareness of the value of this type of FMC technology."

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