Motorola, Avaya, and Proxim to bring together Cellular, Wireless LAN and IP Telephony Technologies to provide seamless roaming between Enterprise and Cellular Networks.
January 14, 2003 - Motorola Inc., Avaya Inc. and Proxim Corporation today announced they will collaborate on
the creation and deployment of converged cellular, Wireless Local Area Networking (WLAN), and Internet
Protocol (IP) Telephony solutions that will deliver new levels of communications mobility and network
connectivity. These solutions will be enabled by an array of new products including a Wi-Fi/cellular
dual-system phone from Motorola, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)-enabled IP Telephony software from Avaya,
and voice-enabled WLAN infrastructure from Proxim.
The jointly-developed, standards-based solutions will support contiguous voice and data service to users
across enterprise networks, public cellular networks, and public hotspot WLANs based on 802.11 technology
(commonly known as Wi-Fi). The convergence of these technologies will enable businesses to gain new cost
savings, user efficiencies, and enhanced communications capabilities.
Cost-savings can be achieved through reduced network management expenses, lower usage charges and device
consolidation. User efficiencies will result from increased accessibility to the business network and greater
mobility through seamless wireless access to business networks, applications, and information within or
outside of a work campus. These solutions will also provide enhanced communications capabilities, including
on-demand conference calling and speech access to key business applications such as email, calendars and
"Motorola believes that tying together wireless LANs, IP Telephony, and cellular technologies in a single
handset will extend the mobility of the cellular networks inside the enterprise, and provide the best
available access to the user," said Dan Coombes, senior vice president and general manager for Motorola's
Network Systems Group. "Both Avaya and Proxim are industry leaders, and we eagerly anticipate working with
them to create integrated networks to provide everywhere-connectivity for our customers."
"Avaya views this collaboration as a significant advancement in mobile workplace communications," said Michael
Thurk, group vice president for Avaya's Converged Systems and Applications Group. "Companies are demanding
increased business results from their communications networks. This converged solution is a natural extension
to the way Avaya serves the enterprise, with innovative MultiVantage capabilities such as
Extension-to-Cellular. Together, we will bring unprecedented value to an organization's network by expanding
employees' desktops beyond office walls to virtually wherever an employee happens to be working."
"As the only wireless networking company offering integrated, end-to-end connectivity, we are big supporters
of convergent solutions such as this," said Angela Champness, senior vice president and general manager of
Proxim's LAN Division. "We have already integrated VoIP into our wireless WAN products and this is a logical
next step in the development of our WLANs. Businesses will enjoy increased employee productivity and the
opportunity for significant cost savings through convergent networks that can scale to their needs."
The converged infrastructure solutions will tap into a new and widening enterprise market that demands key
technologies to boost the performance of enterprise communications. The IP Telephony application is enabled by
Avaya MultiVantageâ„¢ Software, which provides reliable and scalable communications. Motorola will create
network Mobility Management components that control the hand-off between local (WLAN) and cellular networks;
and Proxim will provide voice-enabled Wi-Fi WLAN infrastructure, quality of service software, and centralized
management systems to facilitate hand-offs between access points.
"There is a huge opportunity for this converged solution given the strengths of the IP Telephony, WLAN and
cellular markets," said Jeremy Duke, President, Synergy Research Group, a market research firm based in
Phoenix, Arizona. "These three industry leaders together bring the expertise and the vision required to bring
this solution to market."
Voice-enabled Wi-Fi WLAN infrastructure from Proxim and SIP-enabled communications applications from Avaya is
expected to be made available early in 2003, establishing a ready base for converged communications. Trials of
the joint solution are expected to begin in the second half of 2003.
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