CounterPath Converges Voice, Messaging and Now Video Into a Single Mobile
Addition of Live Video Calling Offers Apple iOS and Android Users a
Communications Package Unlike Any Other
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 4, 2012
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --CounterPath
Corporation (TSX-V: CCV) (OTCBB: CPAH) will debut live video calling across
its range of Bria mobile softphone applications at this year's ShowStoppers
event (booth F17) on Tuesday evening Jan. 10 during the Consumer Electronics
Show in Las Vegas. The company's converged application delivers on an
industry's promise to consumers and businesses that want a single, unified
communications service that goes beyond basic voice and messaging features.
The new video calling feature will be included across CounterPath's entire
suite of Bria mobile softphone applications including Bria iPhone, iPad and
Android editions. CounterPath plans to have the video calling feature for Bria
iPhone/iPod Touch edition available globally this month, with the iPad and
Android editions to quickly follow in February.
"In a world where social networking and real-time, anytime, anywhere
communication has become the norm, mobile video use continues to outpace all
other features. We believe 2012 is finally the year where video calling
transitions from the 'whatever app' to the 'got to have it app,'" said Todd
Carothers, SVP of Marketing and Products at CounterPath.
"Mobile devices are getting more powerful processors, connecting over faster
networks and running more content-rich applications than a year ago. People
are using these various applications available to them that result in a
fragmented user experience," Carothers continued. "Video calling, like voice
calling and texting, is the next logical step in the evolution to a single
application and platform that is network and device agnostic. Landline or
mobile phone, desktop or tablet computer – no technical or geographical
boundaries should exist when communicating. Our entire Bria softphone suite
While video calling has been available from others, CounterPath's Bria
softphone application goes beyond offers from competitors. Based on the SIP
and H.264 standards, Bria mobile seamlessly combines voice, instant messaging
and presence, and now video into a single application that can be easily and
quickly downloaded to a mobile device. By adding video to Bria mobile for
smartphones and tablets seamlessly interacting with the video capabilities on
CounterPath's existing desktop and web softphones, video is now truly
available to more people, anyplace, across any network and on many more
As CounterPath has kept ahead of the market in delivering converged
communications services, its introduction of mobile video calling aligns more
closely with the acceptance and use of video communications by customers and
with mobile operators' network investments. The success of Apple's FaceTime
and other proprietary applications has already demonstrated consumer demand.
By featuring high-quality, standards-based video calling with its feature-rich
softphone, CounterPath continues to lead the industry by introducing
competitive new offers focused on interoperability across all devices,
operating systems and networks.
Analyst firm MobileSQUARED stated nearly three-quarters of global mobile
operators are using, deploying, trialing or planning to deploy Long Term
Evolution (LTE), which can better handle "network heavy" features like mobile
video calling. CounterPath's addition of video calling is closely aligned with
network operators' deployment of 4G LTE networks and expansion of Wi-Fi
hotspots. Sometimes referred to as "Over the Top" or OTT services,
CounterPath's video calling offer meets the need of customers who are enjoying
faster and more capable networks fueled by 4G LTE deployments.
"Anyone using Bria today for voice calling can immediately make video calls
between users and connect to video conferencing systems and bridges as long as
they are connected to the Internet," said Jon Arnold, principal analyst, J.
Arnold & Associates.
CounterPath leverages years of experience in desktop softphone applications to
create a carrier-grade mobile application giving mobile and wireline network
operators an opportunity to compete with the OTT rivals by offering a powerful
softphone endpoint. Additionally, by working with key partners, CounterPath
is in a unique position to help create a truly competitive solution for
service providers at a time when voice revenues are decreasing and alternative
opportunities for growth are being sought.
Key video features include:
oVideo calling across both Wi-Fi or 3G/4G (mobile data network)
oH.264 CODEC support
oSupport for two quality settings:
o(1) Lower: QCIF (Quarter Common Intermediate Format - 176 pixels by
o(2) Higher: CIF (Common Intermediate Format - 352 pixels x 288
For more information on Bria mobile applications, please visit
CounterPath Corporation is an award-winning 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), Mobilkom Austria, Avaya, BroadSoft, Cisco
Systems, GENBAND, Metaswitch Networks and Mitel.
For more information please visit www.counterpath.com.
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Contact: CONTACT: CounterPath Media and Analyst Relations, Sue Huss,
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