Cisco and DiVitas Networks focus on mobility solutions

* Cisco and DiVitas Networks announcements at Interop

Last time we began reporting on product developments timed to coincide with Interop 2007, today we highlight separate announcements focused on fixed mobile convergence and enterprise mobility from Cisco and DiVitas Networks.

Cisco announced a broad range of enhancements to its mobility solutions, including the Cisco Unified Wireless Network; Mobile Solutions for Unified Communications; Cisco Business on the Go Solutions; and Cisco Process Monitoring and Optimization Solutions. The enhancements include upgrades to provide better asset tracking, voice over WLAN improvements, and a targeted mobility package for the oil and gas industry. Although these aren’t a big deal as individual products or upgrades, they do point to the fact that Cisco wants to keep pace with advances in the mobility market.

DiVitas Networks had two announcements for Interop. First, the company announced the worldwide availability of its “mobile-to-mobile convergence (MMC) solution” for the Nokia Eseries. The MMC architecture runs on a “Mobile Convergence Appliance” sitting inside the enterprise network which works with client software running on the MMC-compatible handset. Mobile features supported include voice, presence, IM, e-mail, and PBX desk phone functions, according to the company’s statement, allowing users to roam “seamlessly, back and forth, between disparate Wi-Fi and cellular networks.” In their second announcement, DiVitas said they have also extended their MMC solution to include integration with Microsoft’s Office Live Communications Server 2005 & Office Communications Server 2007.

Our analysis: we’re still waiting to see fixed mobile convergence applications become as indispensable as e-mail or the phone to a business, but as we predicted in our January market outlook, “Fixed-mobile convergence will benefit from the 2005-2006 build out of mobile data networks and we will see actual services targeting enterprise vertical markets emerge in 2007.”

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