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Cisco Systems has teamed up with Intel, Nokia, Research In Motion (RIM) and other technology leaders to drive enterprise adoption of voice-ready wireless networks.

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By  Angela Sutherland Published  May 2, 2006

Cisco Systems has teamed up with Intel, Nokia, Research In Motion (RIM) and other technology leaders to drive enterprise adoption of voice-ready wireless networks. Building upon the growth of voice-over-IP (VoIP), and Wi-Fi networks, Cisco says its voice-ready wireless capabilities create the foundation for enterprises that want to capitalise on these converging technologies and make voice over Wi-Fi a business reality. "The allure of streamlined voice-intensive business processes in the enterprise shifts the case for IP voice from 'It costs less' to 'It's better'," says Abner Germanow, research director at IDC. "Meanwhile, new wireless investments are delivering connectivity to mobile workers. The end result will be a new class of mobility applications as voice and wireless collide." Voice-ready wireless is an end-to-end solutions approach that addresses the convergence of VoIP and wireless networks and allows enterprises to flexibly extend the mobility benefits of wireless networks to their voice communications. Critical to this solution are client devices with fully integrated advanced wireless LAN capabilities to ensure optimal performance. To optimise clients and wireless network components, Cisco is working with several vendors, so that enterprises can deploy highly secure clients that are interoperable and capable of supporting advanced features required for voice. The networking giant says the foundation of a voice-ready wireless network begins with its Unified Wireless Network. Designed to complement a variety of voice clients, the solution is optimised for voice. It builds upon a scalable, low total cost of ownership architecture. "The benefits of converging VoIP and wireless are evident in having increased productivity and more responsive communications among increasingly mobile workforces," says Brian Hoepner, senior network specialist at Luther Midelfort Mayo Health System. "Knowing that industry leaders such as Cisco, Intel, Nokia and others support the capabilities of a voice-ready wireless network gives us assurance that as clients and network components change, we will have the optimal mix in place for advanced mobility services."

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