Kineto Wireless, Inc., the key innovator and leading supplier of Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) technology, announced that BenQ has selected Kineto’s industry-leading UMA client software for inclusion on a number of upcoming UMA-enabled dual-mode handsets. The BenQ handsets to feature the Kineto UMA client include an open OS smart phone and a feature phone available later in 2007.
“BenQ is pleased to be working with the UMA technology leader on our new UMA-enabled handsets,” said Dr. Irwin Chen, senior vice president and general manager, Mobile Communication Business Group (MCG) of BenQ. “Kineto’s proven UMA client software and superior engineering support are helping BenQ accelerate our UMA products to market in order to meet the growing need for UMA handsets from our important operator customers.”
With UMA client software from Kineto Wireless, BenQ dual-mode handsets can seamlessly handover between GSM networks and Wi-Fi connections in subscriber’s homes, offices or hotspots. UMA technology enables seamless mobility for all mobile services, including circuit-based voice services as well as packet and IMS-based services. UMA technology is being deployed by leading operators around the world including Orange, T-Mobile, Telecom Italia, TeliaSonera, and British Telecom.
“Kineto is excited to be working with BenQ on these compelling new UMA-enabled handsets,” said Mark Powell, vice president of the client business unit and co-founder of Kineto Wireless. “With demand for UMA product growing rapidly, BenQ’s attractive designs and excellent products will prove a welcome addition to the portfolio of handsets available to UMA operators worldwide.”
About UMA Technology
Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) technology is the 3GPP global standard for fixed-mobile convergence. UMA enables secure, scalable access to mobile voice, data and IMS services over broadband IP access networks. By deploying UMA technology, mobile operators can deliver a number of compelling fixed-mobile convergence services. The most well known application of UMA is dual-mode cellular/Wi-Fi handsets, which enable subscribers to automatically roam and handover between cellular networks and public and private WLANs. Leading operators around the world have embraced UMA technology as the foundation for their fixed-mobile convergence strategy, including Telecom Italia, France Telecom/Orange and TeliaSonera.
About BenQ Corporation
BenQ Corporation consists of three main business groups — Digital Media Business Group, Integrated Manufacturing Service Business Group and Mobile Communications Business Group. These three business groups encompass a broad range of products and each possesses a focus on providing consumer-oriented solutions designed for the digital lifestyle. 2005 revenues for BenQ Corporation exceeded US$5.07 billion dollars.
About Kineto Wireless
Kineto Wireless is the key innovator and leading supplier of Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) technology, the 3GPP standard for fixed-mobile convergence. As the leading provider of UMA technology, Kineto supplies core network solutions through OEM partnerships with leading network infrastructure providers, and also provides UMA-compliant software, development tools and support services to mobile platform suppliers, mobile handset developers, and other consumer electronics vendors. Kineto was recently named as the recipient the 2006 Financial Times (FT) World Communications Award for innovation in technology for its role in UMA.