Cisco Systems has announced it is working with chipmaker Intel, mobile phone giant Nokia and Research In Motion, maker of the BlackBerry mobile device, to provide voice over Wi-Fi systems for enterprises.
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The move towards voice-ready wireless networks taps into business interest in the benefits of both wireless working and voice over IP (VoIP) technology.
The collaboration aims to ensure mobile device manufacturers can produce handsets that are interoperable with Cisco’s wireless Lan infrastructure, are secure and can support the advanced voice features, through updates to Cisco’s Compatible Extensions (CCX) programme.
The devices will connect with Cisco’s "voice-ready" Unified Wireless Network, which offers secure roaming across a series of access points.
Other developments under the CCX programme are designed to extend mobile device battery life, improve call prioritisation for best voice quality, and analyse voice attributes such as jitter, delay and loss to ensure a high-quality user experience.