Nokia's plans for reducing call costs

Mobile phone maker Nokia has said corporate users should tackle the increasing costs of mobile phone calls by making the phone...

Mobile phone maker Nokia has said corporate users should tackle the increasing costs of mobile phone calls by making the phone the responsibility of the IT department.

Speaking at Nokia's Enterprise Summit, Spring 2005 last week, Scott Cooper, vice-president at Nokia Enterprise Systems, argued that users should be able to make mobile calls via an IP access point, which he said would be considerably cheaper than international roaming.

According to Cooper, mobile phone costs were a major IT expenditure that IT directors needed to address. He said, "30% of IT spending is on telephony and a massive amount of that goes on mobile voice."

Cooper said Nokia's role in reducing costs was to provide the infrastructure and integration. "There is so much opportunity for cost savings in the integration between fixed telephony infrastructures and mobile telephony," he said.

As the mobile phone becomes integrated with the corporate PBX, Cooper said users would only need to master one way to access voicemail, transfer calls and participate in teleconferences.

The technology infrastructure, such as wireless IP, already exists to save users money, said Cooper, if suppliers can offer ways to integrate these services.

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