Plan to cut mobile costs via the Lan

Avaya and Nokia are collaborating on technology to allow companies to cut mobile calling costs.

Avaya and Nokia are collaborating on technology to allow companies to cut mobile calling costs.

The joint effort includes a dual-mode device with session initiation protocol (Sip) capabilities that can make and receive calls via mobile and wireless Lans on and off a company campus.

Sip gives the mobile device an easy connection to a corporate network and the same functionality as a desktop device. By allowing a mobile phone to make calls via the enterprise private branch exchange (PBX), companies can cut calls made on expensive mobile networks.

Phillip Redman, an analyst at Gartner, said, "Convergence in the enterprise is happening rapidly today on both the wired and wireless Lan, reducing network and device costs and driving new capabilities for voice and data access across networks."

The dual-mode device can be equipped with an Avaya mobile application giving Nokia phone users access to Avaya Communication Manager-based enterprise telephony capabilities.

"Nokia is working with Avaya to extend voice communications to mobile workers who want to use a single Nokia device to access mobile or Wi-Fi networks while retaining enterprise control and PBX functionality," said Jaakko Olkkonen, Nokia's general manager of enterprise voice solutions.

"The Avaya application for Nokia devices will allow users to enjoy the convenience of one business number and one voice mailbox, and route mobile calls to enterprise IP networks for better cost control and streamlined management."

The companies are testing the technology on Nokia Series 60 smartphones at organisations in Europe, including Italy's National Centre for Information Technologies in Public Administration.

It is expected to be commercially available later this summer.

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