Messaging: This focus is the result of another Genband acquisition, that of uReach in February. With the platform, operators can offer mobile video messaging and improve their voicemail services. (See Genband Extends UC Reach With uReach Buy .)
Session Grid: This is Genband's framework for an "IP exchange," enabling communications across networks, apps and devices regardless of protocols and standards. Sanjay Bhatia, Genband's senior director of strategic marketing, says Session Grid takes care of the security, interoperability and compatibility between networks, including WebRTC, VoIP and fixed networks, and is enabled by Genband's presence in the session layer of networks. (See BT Deploys Genband's Diameter Signaling Controller and Top 10 Perspectives From Genband.)
"We are in a key position with all our assets to bring an environment that interworks different networks in terms of media and protocols," Bhatia says.
Network densification: Genband's small cell and WiFi services are the newest bit of its mobile package. The company is launching the QUANTiX wireless access gateway, to connect the mini-basestations' traffic back to the core mobile network. Natasha Tamaskar, Genband's vice president of global solutions strategy, says this launch was spurred in part by the traction behind Hotspot 2.0, which makes authentication seamless, as well as the formation of more roaming agreements between mobile operators and hotspot vendors. (See BT's Wireless Re-Entry Starts With Small Cells.)
"We also see that once you can offer WiFi for roaming, you then are in a great place to offer over-the-top services as well," Tamaskar says, adding that voice-over-WiFi is one good example of a service driven by improved WiFi. (See Taqua Lets Mobile Users Talk Over WiFi.)
Why this matters
Genband's Simply Mobile platform essentially amounts to a conglomeration of the services it has acquired and built up over the past year, but it's also important to the company from a market-positioning angle. The one-time hardware maker has had a tough time shaking its image as a legacy voice systems provider. (See Genband Plots Funding of TDM Death March.)
When asked about its mobile strategy in the past, CEO David Walsh said that it doesn't segment between fixed and mobile, because its priority is unified communications across both networks. It's an explanation that might make sense, but the market is moving increasingly mobile and needs convincing Genband can keep up.
"This is not just a wrapper of old things, but all of this indicates we are all moving to a mobile world," Bush says. "The things we're offering here from wireline to Kandy and OTT all tie back into the same thing: one, it's all mobile and, two, we're trying to help traditional customers to move up the mobile value chain."
Mobile story time Today's announcement reminds me a lot of when Genband bundled together all its enterprise offers to make a comprehensive platform offering. It's important that the market understands what it offers and where it plays, and that's far-reaching on both fronts. It is trying to a bit to be everything to everyone, which isn't always a sound strategy, but we'll see if this is the mobile story investors were looking for.
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