Nortel and Microsoft team up on VoIP

Microsoft and Nortel have agreed to co-develop and market VoIP technology, including Windows CE-based IP phones and videophones.

  • E-Mail
By  Eliot Beer Published  August 1, 2006

Microsoft and Nortel have agreed to co-develop and market VoIP technology, including Windows CE-based IP phones and videophones. “This strategic collaboration provides an excellent fit for our strategy of developing innovative IP solutions for leading telcos looking to expand into IP Centrex services, and such multimedia services as video calls, MMS/EMS and other value added services,” said Jae Ryung Lee, CEO of LG-Nortel, a joint venture between the networking firm and the Korean manufacturer. “In the future, we plan to make a wide range of WinCE-based products available to Microsoft channel partners around the world.” The companies have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in areas including research and development, cooperative marketing to both channels and consumers, and licensing for a new version of Microsoft’s cut-down operating system, Windows CE 6, code-named ‘Yamazaki’. LG-Nortel has worked with Microsoft and its technology before in the field of IP-based telephony. The firm developed a WinCE 5-based multimedia phone based on popular VoIP protocol SIP, and a WinCE-based videophone. “Through this partnership, we anticipate substantial sales of embedded solutions in the area of VoIP, as well as the establishment of a leading position in the IP phone and IP videophone market through WinCE 6,” said Lee. Nortel and Microsoft are expected to conclude specific negotiations shortly; the first products produced under the MoU will appear in 2007. Previously Microsoft has collaborated with Cisco on similar technical areas – this agreement ended earlier in the year. Microsoft is keen to diversify its business and push its technology into devices ranging from set-top boxes to mobile phones. “I think this industry is at a real inflection point, and change is imminent,” said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. “I predict that within just a very few years all of us will be using next generation devices for voice and video communication. “We really will have these devices in our hands, on our desks, in our pockets. And the combination of technology, service and support offerings from Microsoft and Nortel will really enable enterprise customers to deploy unified communications.”

Add a Comment

Your display name This field is mandatory

Your e-mail address This field is mandatory (Your e-mail address won't be published)

Security code