CounterPath Corporation (TSX-V: CCV; OTCBB: CPAH), a leading provider of desktop and mobile VoIP software products and solutions, today announced the general availability of its Messaging Convergence Gateway (MCG). The MCG is a carrier-based, core-network messaging server that bridges VoIP and mobile networks’ Short Messaging Service (SMS) infrastructure. With the MCG, service providers can enable their VoIP softphone subscribers to send and receive SMS text messages to and from mobile phone numbers by adding a non-intrusive gateway component to their existing infrastructure.
“SMS has surpassed telephone calls to become today’s most widely used means of device-driven communication,” said Donovan Jones, CEO of CounterPath. “Until now, consumers were unable to seamlessly send SMS text messages from their mobile phones to VoIP numbers. CounterPath’s MCG technology changes that by freeing SMS from mobile devices and extending it to consumers using our Bria softphone on their PC. This groundbreaking technology changes the landscape of mobile communications and provides numerous benefits to VoIP service providers and consumers alike, most notably taking consumers one step closer to single-number identity, a key aspect of Unified Communications.”
The MCG is designed for fixed VoIP systems with assigned telephone numbers. Once deployed in the VoIP operator network, the MCG allows two-way text communication between CounterPath’s Bria softphone and mobile devices. Deployed in this manner, there is no need to replicate the mobile operator’s SMS infrastructure, as neither a Messaging Service Centre (SMSC), or Home Location Register (HLR), is required. This greatly reduces capital expenditure and complexity for rolling out SMS services to VoIP users and provides an additional revenue opportunity for service providers.
Additional benefits to service providers include greater adoption and stickiness of their softphone services and ease of implementation. Consumers benefit from significantly more streamlined communications: they no longer have to leave their PCs to send and receive text messages with their mobile contacts and the texting experience is enhanced based on intuitive integration with the CounterPath softphone.
The MCG is built on the same platform as CounterPath’s Network Convergence Gateway (NCG) offering. Service providers who want to maximize the value of a fully deployed Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) solution can implement the NCG to extend single-number mobile voice, text, multimedia messaging and video services to residential, corporate and hotspot locations with broadband access.
For more information on the CounterPath MCG, visit www.counterpath.com/messaging-convergence-gateway-mcg.html.
CounterPath Corporation is a leading provider of innovative desktop and mobile VoIP software products and solutions. The company’s product suite includes SIP-based softphones, server applications and Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) solutions that enable service providers, enterprises and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) to cost-effectively integrate voice, video, presence and Instant Messaging (IM) applications into their VoIP offerings and extend functionality across both fixed and mobile networks.
CounterPath’s customers include some of the world’s largest telecommunications service providers and network equipment providers including AT&T, Verizon, BT (British Telecommunications PLC), Deutsche Telekom, Cisco Systems, Mitel and Nortel.
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