This blog is dedicated to technologies, solutions and ideas that Make Wi-Fi Smarter. UMA/GAN, the 3GPP standard for providing for secure, scalable access to mobile voice, data and IMS services over IP, is being utilized with Wi-Fi to help operators grow their market positions.
From today's Wall Street Journal, Amol Sharma writes that T-Mobile USA is expected to announce a host of new services, including a new generation of of Internet phones to attract new customers from both wireless and wireline phone companies.
The article also states the the company plans to release cellphones that can roam onto Wi-Fi connections at home and in T-Mobile's thousands of hotspots.
There has been much speculation on the web and in discussion forums about T-Mobile's plans.
Orange France announced unik, their UMA-enabled dual mode service. The service will use subscriber's existing LiveBox DSL modem/Wi-Fi router.
Orange announced two tariffs for unik, one for unlimited calling from a Wi-Fi connected mobile to fixed lines throughout France for €10/month. A second tarrif offers unlimited calling to fixed lines and Orange mobile lines in France for €22/month.
The services will use the Nokia 6136 and Samsung P200 phones initially, with the Motorola A910 to follow in November.
Orange announced the service for France to begin October 5, but with plans for other Orange properties shortly. From their promotional material, the company states unik launches for the Netherlands October 17, UK in November, Spain in Q1 2007 and Poland in 2007.
Welcome to the first post on the UMA Today blog. With the UMA market taking off, there is tremendous demand for location on the net for users, vendors and operators to come together to share the latest news and information about UMA.
This blog, in conjunction with the UMA Today website, form the basis for the growing UMA community. In the coming weeks, we will focus on the latest developments and issues in the UMA market.