Interop Taps Taqua for VoWiFi and VoLTE Enablement

Interop Technologies has selected Taqua’s Virtual Mobile Core and Mobile Client to power the Interop Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) and Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service offerings.

Interop Technologies enables telecommunications service providers of all sizes to launch new communication services through flexible deployment options, including the private Interop Cloud, which utilizes network function virtualization (NFV) technology, and turnkey services. By incorporating Taqua’s Virtual Mobile Core and Mobile Client into its managed services, Interop customers can launch VoWiFi and VoLTE.

“Mobile network operators are increasingly challenged to provide reliable indoor coverage with a guaranteed voice quality. Achieving this in a cost effective way is requiring operators to look at non- 3GPP IP access that can leverage smartphone WiFi capability and minimal cellular network readiness.” said Sathya Atreyam, research manager for wireless network infrastructure at IDC. “By adopting newer innovative solutions based on cloud-based service models, along with VoWiFi capable smartphones, mobile operators especially in the small to medium category can address their immediate need to roll out carrier grade voice services in an economically efficient manner. Furthermore, it could allow these operators to strategize LTE and VoLTE rollouts as part of the migration plans to an all IP-based mobile voice and messaging network.”

Taqua’s Virtual Mobile Core (VMC) is a converged 4G mobile core software product that converges a number of 3GPP standard functions, including a Telephony Application Server (TAS), IP Short Message Gateway (IP-SM-GW), Service Consistency and Continuity Application Server (SCC-AS), and Media Resource Function (MRF). It works with standards-based VoWiFi clients, such as the native Wi-Fi calling capability in Apple’s iOS 8, as well as Taqua’s Mobile Client for Android devices.

Taqua’s Mobile Client is a standards-compliant VoWiFi client for smartphones that’s available in embedded and downloadable versions. The Client has been used in all major mobile operator VoWiFi deployments, and the company said that it is already integrated into over one hundred handset models by some of the world’s largest vendors, including Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola, Huawei and ZTE.

“The VoWiFi movement is happening right now,” added John Dwyer, president and CEO of Interop Technologies. “With the recent launches in the U.S. from T-Mobile, Sprint, Cablevision, and Google, Wi-Fi calling is more than a background feature; it is a key offering for operators. We’re glad to work in partnership with Taqua to launch a virtualized VoWiFi offering enabling operators to ride this wave without the need for major capital or significant personnel to do so.”

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