First Enterprise Fixed Mobile Convergence Solution for Greater Enterprise
Productivity and Mobility
SINGAPORE, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Nokia today announced a
collaboration with two market leaders -- Advanced Info Service (AIS),
Thailand's leading mobile communications network operator, and Avaya, the
leader in business communications applications, systems and services -- to
introduce the first phase of an Enterprise Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC)
Solution that will greatly enhance mobile office productivity and
The Enterprise Fixed Mobile Convergence Solution, available on mobile
devices operating on the S60 (formerly known as Series 60) platform and
Symbian operating system, enables mobile workers to access the features and
functions of office desk phones through an easy-to-use on-screen interface.
Mobile workers can then be reached at a single business phone number
regardless of their work location, thus allowing people to be easily reached
and dramatically enhance their productivity.
Nokia, Avaya and AIS have also announced that they are jointly providing
the service to their enterprise customers. This includes PTT Exploration and
Production Plc (PTTEP), a leading petroleum exploration and production company
based in Thailand. PTTEP is the first company to use the Enterprise FMC
solution for its mobile workers.
Commenting on the cooperation, Mr. Somchai Lertsuthiwong, Vice President,
Wireless Service Business, Advanced Info Service Plc., said, "Based on our
2006 vision, the Enterprise Fixed Mobile Convergence Solution is a part of our
policy to create and offer innovative industry convergence services for
subscribers' maximum benefit and satisfaction. This can be device convergence,
technology convergence or service and application convergence. Being the
country's leading mobile network operator, we are committed to offering the
best and most reliable network services, as well as being the first to bring
new services and technology solutions to our subscribers. This is the first
cooperation between three industry leaders -- AIS in GSM network business,
Nokia in the mobile device business and Avaya in the communications
applications and solutions business, in offering an intuitive enterprise
solution that helps increase enterprise communications efficiency using mobile
and landline networks. With this solution, AIS' enterprise customers will find
it more convenient to communicate anywhere and anytime. AIS and our partners
are committed to bringing new solutions to our customers."
Mr. Bob McDougall, Managing Director, Customers and Market Operations,
Nokia (Thailand) Ltd., said: "This cooperation will enable Thai enterprises to
be transformed into a mobile office, enabling them to easily connect people
and increase productivity and profitability with this intuitive solution.
Nokia's wide range of user-friendly products with the Symbian operating system
and S60 platform is already available and ready to help enterprises increase
competitiveness and enjoy true mobility in the dynamic business world. At the
same time, Nokia can achieve our business goals of maintaining our market and
technology leadership as well as enhancing our brand preference among
Mr. Sutas Kongdumrongkiat, Country Director, Thailand and Indochina, Avaya
Asia Pacific Inc., said: "This is a milestone for us as it is the first
industry implementation of the Enterprise Fixed Mobile Convergence Solution
following the launch of our collaboration with Nokia in June last year in
Thailand. We are very pleased that AIS is leading the region with this. Also,
the fact that we have Thailand's petroleum giant PTTEP on board as the first
enterprise to adopt the solution bears testimony that businesses buy into
Avaya's vision of enhancing worker effectiveness by integrating mobile
communications with the reliability and features of our enterprise IP
Under the collaboration, Avaya provides Enterprise Fixed Mobile
Convergence Applications to enterprise customers while AIS provides mobile
network service to support fixed mobile convergence (FMC) calls. Nokia offers
a wide range of products to arm large-scale enterprises comprising a large
mobile workforce with high performance and user-friendly mobile communications
The applications integrate mobile phones into an enterprise's business
operations, providing centralized intelligence and control of policies between
enterprise fixed and mobile voice communications.
Through one business telephone number, workers can receive calls either on
their desktop or on their mobile phone through the AIS network, switching
transparently between them as needed. Mobile workers also have easy access to
business telephony features such as abbreviated extension dialing, multi-party
conferencing, call transfer, voicemail forwarding, and group call features.
At present, Nokia mobile communications devices operating on S60 platform
and Symbian operating system, including products within the enterprise
solution category, can support FMC calls. The S60 platform is the world's most
widely adopted smartphone platform, with millions of devices already in use.
In the first phase, the Enterprise Fixed Mobile Convergence Solution is
available through landline and GSM network connections. There are various
Nokia devices running on S60 platform and Symbian operating system which are
already available and can support the solution. In the second phase, which is
expected to be implemented later this year, mobile enterprise users can also
be connected through wireless LAN. In this phase, the solution will also be
available on Nokia's Enterprise Solution products, which will be launched
later in Thai market, including the E60, E61 and E70. At present, Nokia and
Avaya are working together to make the solution available on new Nokia devices
operating on Series 80 platform.
Advanced Info Service Public Company Limited (AIS), a subsidiary of Shin
Corporation PCL., is the established leader in Thailand's wireless
communications industry after more than 15 years of services with its
subscribers based more than 16 millions and market share more than 50%.
To date, AIS service network covers 795 districts (amphur) throughout
Thailand, plus international roaming across in six continents. Additionally,
indoor coverage has been greatly expanded in both Bangkok and the provinces.
AIS has continuously enhanced and expanded its network in order to respond to
the market and technological advances, whilst keeping abreast of consumers'
growing demands and needs. It continues to integrate the latest in advanced
technology and deliver more than just voice communication, with GPRS and EDGE
AIS strongly believe that wireless communications bring changes to the way
Thai people live their life, regardless of who they are and what they do. With
endless communications possibilities, the quality of life is better. Visit our
web site at http://www.ais.co.th
A market leader in the cellular industry in Asia Pacific, Nokia provides
innovative, industry leading and market-relevant technology and products to
around 20 diverse markets in the region.
Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and
sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each
other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative
products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media
and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network
operators and corporations.
You may visit the Nokia Asia-Pacific website at http://www.nokia-asia.com
or the Nokia Group website at http://www.nokia.com
Avaya Inc. designs, builds and manages communications networks for more
than one million businesses worldwide, including over 90 percent of the
FORTUNE 500(R). Focused on businesses large to small, Avaya is a world leader
in secure and reliable Internet Protocol telephony systems and communications
software applications and services.
Driving the convergence of voice and data communications with business
applications - and distinguished by comprehensive worldwide services - Avaya
helps customers leverage existing and new networks to achieve superior
business results. For more information visit the Avaya Web site:
Chinnaree Tanmanee of Advanced Info Service Plc., 0-229-9584; or Jiraporn
Boonnark of Nokia, Thailand, Ltd., 0-2673-8888; or Nalinee Chanmaroeng of Avaya
Asia Pacific Inc., 0-2655-4400; or Jonathan Varman of Avaya Media Relations,
U.S., +1-973-994-2896; or Waralee Bunnag, 0-2205-6627, or Dujduan Hetrakul, 0-2205-6684, both of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide Ltd.
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