Kyocera Wireless and PCTEL Inc. 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. The new VCC solution integrates Kyocera’s CDMA voice, user interface and SMS features with PCTEL’s VoIP, SMS Over IP, single-number roaming and active-call handover functionality.
According to the company press release:
“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.”
“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.”
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. 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.