Allows VoIP users to send and receive SMS text messages between
CounterPath softphones and mobile network devices
VANCOUVER, April 1 /CNW/ - CounterPath Corporation (TSX-V: CCV; OTCBB:
CPAH), a leading provider of desktop and mobile VoIP software products and
solutions, today announced the general availability of its Messaging
Convergence Gateway (MCG). The MCG is a carrier-based, core-network messaging
server that bridges VoIP and mobile networks' Short Messaging Service (SMS)
infrastructure. With the MCG, service providers can enable their VoIP
softphone subscribers to send and receive SMS text messages to and from mobile
phone numbers by adding a non-intrusive gateway component to their existing
"SMS has surpassed telephone calls to become today's most widely used
means of device-driven communication," said Donovan Jones, CEO of CounterPath.
"Until now, consumers were unable to seamlessly send SMS text messages from
their mobile phones to VoIP numbers. CounterPath's MCG technology changes that
by freeing SMS from mobile devices and extending it to consumers using our
Bria softphone on their PC. This groundbreaking technology changes the
landscape of mobile communications and provides numerous benefits to VoIP
service providers and consumers alike, most notably taking consumers one step
closer to single-number identity, a key aspect of Unified Communications."
The MCG is designed for fixed VoIP systems with assigned telephone
numbers. Once deployed in the VoIP operator network, the MCG allows two-way
text communication between CounterPath's Bria softphone and mobile devices.
Deployed in this manner, there is no need to replicate the mobile operator's
SMS infrastructure, as neither a Messaging Service Centre (SMSC), or Home
Location Register (HLR), is required. This greatly reduces capital expenditure
and complexity for rolling out SMS services to VoIP users and provides an
additional revenue opportunity for service providers.
Additional benefits to service providers include greater adoption and
stickiness of their softphone services and ease of implementation. Consumers
benefit from significantly more streamlined communications: they no longer
have to leave their PCs to send and receive text messages with their mobile
contacts and the texting experience is enhanced based on intuitive integration
with the CounterPath softphone.
The MCG is built on the same platform as CounterPath's Network
Convergence Gateway (NCG) offering. Service providers who want to maximize the
value of a fully deployed Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) solution can
implement the NCG to extend single-number mobile voice, text, multimedia
messaging and video services to residential, corporate and hotspot locations
with broadband access.
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CounterPath Corporation is a leading provider of innovative desktop and
mobile VoIP software products and solutions. The Company's product suite
includes SIP-based softphones, server applications and Fixed Mobile
Convergence (FMC) solutions that enable service providers, enterprises and
Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) to cost-effectively integrate voice,
video, presence and Instant Messaging (IM) applications into their VoIP
offerings and extend functionality across both fixed and mobile networks.
CounterPath's customers include some of the world's largest
telecommunications service providers and network equipment providers including
AT&T, Verizon, BT (British Telecommunications PLC), Deutsche Telekom, Cisco
Systems, Mitel and Nortel.
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