Russian mobile operator MegaFon has begun cooperating with IP/Cloud voice provider Mango Telecom (Mango Office) in offering fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) services, initially for companies and entrepreneurs in Moscow and St. Petersburg, reports TelecomDaily. The move follows MegaFon’s launch last month of a wholesale ‘FMC Partner’ service aimed at other operators. MegaFon’s FMC services extend the capabilities of corporate mobile communications, giving each SIM card dual numbers – a Federal mobile number and an internal corporate short number, both usable at any location – whilst in addition users can access Mango’s virtual PBX functionality with a range of additional corporate features such as service information analysis, mapping internal employee numbers, call recording, call registration, integrated CRM and others. Connections between the virtual PBX and mobile phone are free.
Previously, Mango Telecom launched FMC services in September 2015 in cooperation with another major Russian cellco, VimpelCom (Beeline Russia).
The report notes that another Russian VoIP provider, MCN Telecom, is also in the process of establishing similar FMC inter-working agreements with mobile operators, whilst Russian long-distance network operator MTT has recently launched its own FMC platform featuring virtual PBX as part of its MTT Business range via its own full MVNO-based mobile division.
In other MegaFon news this week, the cellco has agreed to buy out its national cellular rival Beeline from their currently 50/50 owned mobile retail chain Euroset, Vedomosti reports. In return for MegaFon taking a 100% Euroset stake, Beeline will reportedly take ownership of 2,000 retail outlets to be spun off from the chain.