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Philips Electronics, Kineto to bring UMA into mobile phones

Posted: 17 Feb 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:kineto wireless? unlicensed mobile access? mobile phone system? nexperia cellular system? gsm?

Royal Philips Electronics and Kineto Wireless, a supplier of UMA technology, are working together to bring unlicensed mobile access (UMA) into mobile phone system solutions. As part of the agreement, Philips plans to integrate Kineto's UMA-compliant handset software client in Philips' Nexperia cellular system solution, as well as leveraging Kineto's UMA development test tools to help accelerate the development of UMA-complaint mobile devices. The resulting UMA-compliant GSM, gprs, edge system will give consumers added flexibility with their mobile handsets.

The UMA technology from Kineto combined with Philips' Nexperia WiFi-enabled cellular system solutions are believed to allow cell phones to roam voice, data and multimedia calls between conventional cellular networks and WLAN access points at home, in the office and at public areas (hot spots).

UMA Technology provides an alternative access to GSM and GPRS core network services via IP-based broadband connections. In order to deliver a seamless user experience, the specifications define a new network element and associated protocols that provide for the secure transport of GSM/GPRS signaling and user traffic over IP.

"When users come into range of a WLAN access point, UMA enabled mobile phones will allow them to automatically switch over from a cellular network without interruptions," said Mario Rivas, executive vice president Communications Businesses, Philips Semiconductors. "Our line of Nexperia cellular systems solutions and low-power Wi-Fi products provide all the elements for a complete system design and will reduce time-to-market for mobile handset manufacturers to bring UMA enabled phones to their customers."

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