Irish equipment firm Cicero Networks has won a major contract with Polish cableco Multimedia Polska to enable its customers to make calls from their mobile handsets over Wi-Fi networks. Multimedia Polska purchased Cicero’s technology to power its MobilFON voice and messaging service. Using standard GSM handsets customers can now make calls on a mobile network but when in a hotspot area the calls are sent using voice over IP (VoIP). Cicero’s software ensures that there is a seamless handover, with no interruption to the call when the user moves between networks. Multimedia Polska has also implemented Cicero’s P messaging client software to allow chat and instant messaging capabilities.
Ross Brennan, chief executive of Cicero, said cable operators in particular were keen on implementing its technology which enables them to offer services combining voice, messaging, presence and video. Because the voice element is VoIP, which is usually free or extremely low cost, traditional telcos are less keen on the technology. ‘Using networks such as Wi-Fi to enhance mobile services delivers significant cost and revenue generating benefits to service providers who do not own their own cellular footprint,’ said Mr Brennan.
At the end of 2009 Multimedia Polska had 673,000 subscribers and operated in over 2,000 locations across Poland.