Boston, Massachusetts – (The Hosting News) – September 22, 2005 – VeriSign, Inc., a leading provider of intelligent infrastructure services for the Internet and telecommunications networks, has announced that Net2Phone, a leading Voice over IP (VoIP) enabler for service providers, has started a trial of the VeriSign Wireless IP Connect Service.
Net2Phone empowers broadband service providers with an alternative to traditional phone line through its VoiceLine VoIP service, which routes calls through the Internet. Using the VeriSign Wireless IP Connect Service, select trial members will be able to receive and place calls over a WiFi network or a mobile carrier network while using a single device and phone number.
Tom Kershaw, Vice President of Next Generation Services, VeriSign explained the importance of the relationship, “This new market trial will enable broadband operators to accelerate the deployment of the triple threat – voice, data and wireless services – for consumers. By combining VeriSign’s Intelligent Infrastructure with Net2Phone’s VoiceLine service, Net2Phone’s customers will benefit from having a reliable, high-quality calling option that combines landline services, the lower cost of voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) calls and the convenience of mobility.”
VeriSign Wireless IP Connect Service provides a single, cellular-WiFi interconnection point that resolves interoperability issues between disparate networks and facilitates the delivery of end-to-end, next-generation features. The service allows cellular handsets to register as Internet Protocol (IP) devices when near a Wi-Fi signal, thus enabling consumer to make and receive cost-effective VoIP calls.
According to a Yankee Group report published in March 2005, more than 70 percent of U.S. households have at least one person using a mobile phone. An estimated 60 percent of these consumers make long distance calls and 36 percent make local calls using their mobile phones.
Joe Morris, Senior Vice President of Product Strategy at Net2Phone added, “People are always looking for more economic, flexible means of communicating. This trial with VeriSign is a great example of how we are working to provide a cost-effective service that will give our partners the ability to deliver new features to their customers, such as enabling convergence of mobile communications services on a single device.”
The trial with Net2Phone is expected to run through the end of the year. The VeriSign Wireless IP Connect Service is currently available for evaluation and testing.
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