Converged mobile systems promise cost savings

Suppliers will use 3GSM to showcase a range of converged mobile devices. Avaya, Alcatel, Cisco, Motorola and Nokia are among suppliers set to discuss how they have integrated 3G mobile handsets with Wi-Fi, fixed lines and IP-based private branch exchanges.

Suppliers will use 3GSM to showcase a range of converged mobile devices. Avaya, Alcatel, Cisco, Motorola and Nokia are among suppliers set to discuss how they have integrated 3G mobile handsets with Wi-Fi, fixed lines and IP-based private branch exchanges.

Jason Chapman, managing vice-president at analyst firm Gartner, said the benefits to organisations of this technology would be lower networking and call costs, the use of single phone numbers for each employee, universal inboxes, and the ability to access the same office applications and information from mobiles or desktops.

"Enterprises have made big investments in internal phone networks and want to get value from them," he said.

Apart from the operational costs of the network, there would be no extra charge for making person-to-person mobile calls if calls were routed through the company's PBX, Chapman added.

However, several issues may delay the widespread adoption of integrated mobile systems, said Chapman, such as handset availability, a lack of standards and contract complexity.

Along with high-speed wireless services and converged mobile/fixed communications, push e-mail, popularised by Research in Motion's Blackberry service, will also be among the big themes of the conference.

Microsoft and newcomer Funambol will be demonstrating their respective push e-mail services at 3GSM.

Voice and video e-mail messaging

Glenayre will demonstrate its active messaging systems at 3GSM 2006. The Versera Active Messaging platform lets companies deliver interactive voice and video e-mail messages to the user's inboxes. Subscribers can purchase, subscribe, download, provide feedback, tell a friend, or request more information while reviewing the multimedia content, said the company.

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