BridgePort Networks, Oberthur Card Systems and CounterPath Solutions Announce Commercial Availability of MobileSTICK Fixed Mobile Convergence Solution
MobileSTICK brings Voice 2.0 to the PC for GSM and UMTS operators, enabling profitable competition against Skype and similar services
3GSM World Congress, Barcelona and Vancouver, BC, Canada — February 8, 2007 —
BridgePort Networks, Oberthur Card Systems and CounterPath Solutions (OTCBB:CTPS) today announced the commercial availability of the MobileSTICK solution, first previewed at 3GSM World Congress in February 2006 (then referred to as SoftMOBILE with USB SIM authentication).
The MobileSTICK solution transforms personal computers into voice, SMS and multimedia messaging (MMS) terminals for mobile operator services, leveraging standards-based Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology. Bringing together the mobile number identity with the benefits of Internet VoIP and messaging services, MobileSTICK can use virtually any broadband-connected PC, while maintaining security and mobile operator control via the same SIM card-based authentication already trusted by GSM and UMTS operators.
“MobileSTICK is a quick win, fixed-mobile convergence solution for mobile operators that addresses an existing need” said Mike Mulica, President & CEO of BridgePort Networks. ”It can be rapidly deployed and will quickly generate profitable new convergence revenues.“
Simply plugging the MobileSTICK USB device into a PC or laptop with a fixed line or Wi-Fi broadband connection launches a PC softphone, secured by a SIM card that utilizes the user's existing mobile phone number to make and receive phone calls, SMS messages and multimedia (MMS) messages. The user's existing mobile remains active and continues to utilize its existing SIM.
Using the SIP standard and the PC's non-cellular broadband connection, MobileSTICK allows mobile operators to offer flat rate voice and messaging services to PC users, bringing Internet economics and Voice 2.0 flexibility to the mobile number, appealing to teenagers, college students, young adults, home office workers, frequent international travelers and other mobile professionals.
These users currently deal with the complexities of using their mobile phone in conjunction with VoIP services such as Skype, Yahoo Messenger with Voice, Microsoft Windows Messenger and GoogleTalk. They suffer from multiple numbers to be reached on, no or mysterious calling line identities, multiple voicemail boxes, poor or no integration with SMS and MMS services, manual call forwarding, high prices for calls to mobile numbers and to send SMS messages, a second bill or separate credit card charge and other problems. MobileSTICK solves all these issues by truly unifying the VoIP service with the mobile phone.
The MobileSTICK solution is an end-to-end Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) application, comprising the following components:
- BridgePort Networks' NomadicONE Network Convergence Gateway software, release 6.1 located in the mobile service providers' network running on IBM BladeCenter T telecom grade Linux servers
- Oberthur Card Systems' AngelIC - a low cost, operator brandable USB memory drive with embedded USIM release 6 compliant SIM card and 256MB of flash memory, including secure storage
- CounterPath Solutions' customized, operator brandable Voice over IP SIP softphone for the Microsoft Windows platform, combining voice and messaging functionality with a user-friendly interface
MobileSTICK stimulates much greater usage of MMS through the innovative MMS drag and drop feature. The user has easy access to many more photos, and other multimedia content stored on their PC or accessed from the mainstream Internet via the PC browser than from the mobile phone. Simply dragging this content to the softphone client and dropping on a buddy or contact generates an MMS message uploaded from the PC to the network over the PC broadband link and sent to a mobile phone, with the source address of the MobileSTICK user's mobile phone number. This in turn stimulates return phone calls and messages.
In contrast to FMC services based on dual mode cellular/WiFi handsets, a network application also offered by BridgePort Networks, the MobileSTICK solution does not depend on emerging standards, long lead times for compelling low-cost handsets from major handset providers and does not require a new subsidy for a new handset.
”MobileSTICK targets hundreds of millions of current and future PC softphone users, who also have GSM or UMTS mobile phones, with an integrated and highly secure proposition, and is forecast to penetrate 10-15 percent of a typical mobile operator's subscriber base in strong PC broadband markets within three years,“ said Marc Bertin, Chief Strategy Officer of Oberthur Card Systems.
”MobileSTICK enables service providers and operators the opportunity to offer a unified and flexible solution that responds to user requirements,“ said Donovan Jones, President & COO of CounterPath. ”The softphone component provides an application to drive immediate revenue streams while its platform capabilities and adherence to open standards support the roadmap to fixed mobile convergence of presence and video services.“
The companies and several partner network equipment providers, messaging systems providers and system integrators are marketing the MobileSTICK solution worldwide.
For a live demonstration, please visit the following locations at 3GSM World Congress: Oberthur Card Systems — Hall 8 — Stand B68 Openwave Systems — Hospitality Suite AV93-97, Avenida Cristina Acme Packet — Hall 2, Level 1 — Stand B16 AMD — Hall 2, Level 1 — Stand B26 About BridgePort Networks
BridgePort Networks is the leader in MobileVoIP convergence – combining the personalization and mobility of mobile phone services with the flexibility, innovation and outstanding cost economics of the rapidly growing VoIP sector. The NomadicONE product family extends single identity phone number services over multiple access networks, including – mobile, cable, DSL and Wi-Fi – in both pre-IMS and IMS environments. The company was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer for 2007. BridgePort Networks is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. To learn more visit: www.bridgeport-networks.com
BridgePort Networks, NomadicONE and MobileSTICK are trademarks of BridgePort Networks Inc. All other trademarks are properties of their respective owners. About Oberthur Card Systems
With sales of 524 million euros in 2006, Oberthur Card Systems is one of the world's leading providers of card-based solutions, software and applications including SIM and multiapplication smart cards as well as services ranging from consulting to personalization. Innovative products, security expertise and high quality services ensure Oberthur Card Systems' strong positioning in its main target markets. For more information, visit http://www.oberthurcs.com About CounterPath Solutions
CounterPath Solutions, Inc., formerly Xten Networks, Inc., is a developer of award-winning, carrier-grade VoIP and Video over IP SIP softphones for telecom and Internet telephony service providers, cable operators, IP-PBX manufacturers and infrastructure manufacturers. CounterPath's SIP softphones and softphone SDKs (Software Development Kits), which provide VoIP, Video over IP, IM (Instant Messaging) and Presence functionality and can be preconfigured to our customer's VoIP service, are predominantly licensed on a per seat or per subscriber basis, either co-branded or private labeled. CounterPath's technology is deployed by over 235 customers in more than 50 countries. Additional information about CounterPath and CounterPath's products and services is available at www.counterpath.com. Media Contact
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