Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global supplier of CDMA wireless devices and accessories, and PCTEL Inc., a leader in wireless broadband solutions, announced their collaboration on a Voice Call Continuity (VCC) solution for dual-mode Wi-Fi/CDMA handsets. The solution, which incorporates PCTEL’s Roaming Client – Voice Enabled (VE), is being demonstrated on a prototype Kyocera handset. VCC technology allows a dual-mode handset to make seamless handoffs of active calls while moving between Wi-Fi and CDMA air interfaces.
“Adding Voice Call Continuity to our portfolio represents the latest step by Kyocera Wireless in creating a commercial handset that brings together the best of CDMA and Wi-Fi without sacrificing any functionality,” said Dave Carey, vice president of strategic planning for Kyocera Wireless Corp. “This Kyocera/PCTEL collaboration demonstrates our commitment to developing innovative wireless devices that leverage expanding wireless technology as they improve today’s busy lifestyles.”
According to analyst firm ABI Research, as soon as 2008 more than 11 million subscribers will be using VCC solutions for dual-mode Wi-Fi mobile phones. The new VCC solution integrates Kyocera’s CDMA voice, user interface and Short Message Service (SMS) features with PCTEL’s Voice Over IP (VoIP), SMS Over IP, single-number roaming and active-call handover functionality.
“Dual-mode phones with roaming and call hand-over capabilities deliver powerful advantages to consumer and enterprise markets,” said Biju Nair, vice president and general manager of PCTEL’s Mobility Solutions Group. “Our effort with Kyocera demonstrates a market-ready IMS voice application on a mass-market dual-mode handset.”
PCTEL will demonstrate the Roaming Client – VE on the Kyocera Wireless mobile handset at its booth (#3767) at CTIA 2007 in Orlando the week of March 26, 2007.
About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a leading supplier of innovative, feature-rich CDMA wireless devices and accessories for customers worldwide. Kyocera Wireless maintains an operating belief in the genius of simplicity and strives to make the wireless experience as simple and intuitive as humanly possible. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., which acquired QUALCOMM Incorporated’s CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. Based in San Diego, the company is ISO-14001 and ISO-9001 certified and has won city, state and federal awards for its environmentally friendly manufacturing and recycling practices.
Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cameras, laser printers, copiers, solar energy systems and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2006, Kyocera Corporation’s consolidated net sales totaled approximately US$10 billion (JP¥ 1,181,489 million) with net income of approximately US$596 million (JP¥ 69,696 million).
PCTEL, Inc. (Nasdaq:PCTI), which is headquartered in Chicago, is a global leader in wireless broadband solutions. The company’s Broadband Technology Group (BTG) includes Antenna Products and RF Solutions. PCTEL’s BTG designs, distributes, and supports innovative antenna solutions for public safety applications, unlicensed and licensed wireless broadband, fleet management, network timing, and other GPS applications. Its portfolio of OEM receivers, receiver based products and interference management solutions are used to measure, monitor and optimize cellular networks. PCTEL’s Mobility Solutions’ software tools provide secure, access independent, remote connectivity to the Internet and IMS software for converged handsets.
The company’s products are sold or licensed to wireless carriers, wireless ISPs, distributors, system integrators, wireless test and measurement companies, wireless network equipment, handset manufacturers, and government agencies. PCTEL protects its technology with a strong intellectual property portfolio and broad cross-licensing agreements.