Mitel enhances wireless; CounterPath and XO make VoIP announcements

Highlights from three companies announcements are in the spotlight today: Mitel has enhanced its wireless service, CounterPath has announced an Android edition with VoIP, and XO hits a major VoIP milestone.

Highlights from three companies announcements are in the spotlight today: Mitel has enhanced its wireless service, CounterPath has announced an Android edition with VoIP, and XO hits a major VoIP milestone.

Mitel has added two major enhancements to its Mitel Mobile voice and data service through Mitel NetSolutions. The company has added Mobile Wireless Integration, which allows users to access their corporate voice network from their mobile device. The mobile phone acts like a desk phone, with the same functionality for both inbound and outbound calls along with access to other applications like conferencing, and collaboration. Mitel's new "Adaptive Mobile Connect" offers access to hybrid 3G/4G data services so in the case of limited 4G coverage, 3G service is automatically provided as a backup. Adaptive Mobile Connect also offers a disaster-recovery option should wireline services be interrupted. Traditionally known as an equipment supplier, Mitel also offers a one-stop shop by also acting as a wireless services provider.

CounterPath has announced an enterprise-grade, SIP-Compliant VoIP application designed to work over 3G and Wi-Fi. The company's Bria Android Edition works as a softphone and is planned for commercial availability at the end this month. The company's portfolio already includes a Bria iPhone Edition for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The application provides automatic codec selection designed to optimize call quality, security settings including audio encryption, and NAT traversal -- along with other features typically found on a mobile device like support for voice mail, multi-tasking support for background operations, and user contacts stored on the device.

And XO Communications announced it now serves over 1 million business VoIP users -- reaching a major milestone in the business VoIP services market. The company's XO IP Flex was initially launched in April 2005. Frost & Sullivan's April 2010 report titled "North American VoIP Access and SIP Trunking Services Market" showed XO Communications as the VoIP access services market leader in terms of users with 22.2% of the market. XO’s million-users are spread across nearly 30,000 VoIP customer accounts, according to Mike Toplisek, chief marketing officer for XO Business Services.

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