As the CTIA Wireless conference wrapped up in Orlando, Fla., three announcements that affect convergence were timed to coincide with the event. On the infrastructure side, Acme Packet announced portfolio solution enhancements to support Voice over LTE (VoLTE) while Motorola Mobility revealed it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire Dreampark, an IPTV software provider. On the services side, Sprint and Google plan to enable Google Voice on all Sprint phones.
Sprint's integration with Google Voice allows customers to use their existing mobile number as their Google Voice number, helping users avoid the hassle of calling their carrier to terminate and port their number to Google Voice and then re-subscribe with another number, shortening the process of moving a phone number to Google Voice. Customers can sign up to be notified when the integrated Google Voice experience for Sprint phones is available at www.google.com/googlevoice/sprint.
Motorola Mobility announced it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Dreampark, an IPTV software provider based in Sweden. The Dreampark software portfolio uses HTML and scalable vector graphics (SVG) combined with software development kits (SDK), allowing operators to customize television portals. Motorola also plans to integrate the incoming portfolio with its service management software suite. According to a statement by John Burke, senior vice president and general manager of Motorola Mobility's Converged Experiences business, the acquisition will strengthen his company's "ability to provide systems integrators, service providers, enterprises and content providers with innovative solutions for deploying converged media experiences."
Finally, Acme Packet announced enhancements to its Net-Net Session Director for VoLTE that will help mobile service providers deliver seamless and reliable voice call handover between 2G/3G networks when subscribers leave LTE coverage areas. These new features, added to the company's session border controller (SBC), take advantage of newly defined IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) functions for call continuity for VoLTE. VoLTE are expected to be phased in over the in the next 12-18 months, so 2G and 3G circuit-switched networks will need to coexist with LTE coverage areas for ubiquitous coverage for voice and messaging. According to Acme Packet's statement, the 3GPP Release 10 defines new interfaces and protocols to improve mobility across LTE and 2G/3G networks, addressing the latency concern from previous architectures.