Taqua acquires Kineto to form complete voice-over-wifi player

US company Taqua, which makes a virtual mobile core, has acquired Kineto, which provides voice-over-wifi (VoWifi) software for smartphones, with the aim of creating a complete VoWifi provider. They had already been collaborating extensively, including on Sprint’s wifi calling service.

LTE falls back on voice

Keith Mumford, Vice President of Technology at Kineto, explains that although O2 and Vodafone have launched their 800 MHz LTE services, neither is choosing to focus on coverage – which is often one of the traditional battlegrounds that operators favour when it comes to marketing roll outs. Coverage though, particularly for LTE at 800MHz, may still arise as a contentious issue.

Sending the right message

Since the launch of Skype in 2003, over-the-top (OTT) service providers have been successful in convincing subscribers to opt for their perceived to be free offerings, at the expense of operators’ voice and SMS services.


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