Japanese telecoms service provider KDDI has selected Sonus Networks to upgrade its backbone to an IP network, and awarded a further contract to Fujitsu for the supply of mobile Wi-Fi handsets. Sonus will deploy its GSX9000 open services switch, PSX call-routing server, and Sonus Insight management system to migrate all KDDI’s long-distance traffic to a VoIP network by 2008. Sonus will be the exclusive equipment provider for KDDI customers using the Metal Plus, MYLINE, and Hikari Plus voice service plans. The telco says it also plans to continue working with Sonus to provide triple-play services.
Meanwhile, KDDI has announced it will use Fujitsu E02SA mobile handsets with Wi-Fi capabilities, which are based on the Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless (BREW) software developed by Qualcomm. This is the first handset offered by KDDI able to make mobile cellular calls and office extension calls over an 802.11 infrastructure.