After France Télécom and Microsoft signed an agreement on the 29th of June, the companies unveiled two of the planned initiatives. The scope of the agreement had been the creation of interactive services for terminals, as well as products and services that would allow the convergence between fixed and mobile phones aimed at private customers and companies.
The first project focuses on the development of a next generation platform that incorporates voice, video and data services. This platform, based on the Microsoft Connected Services Framework, will be the foundation for the construction and administration of complex services that use a service oriented architecture (SOA) and Web service interfaces.
The second project unveiled is a joint collaboration based on VoIP services developed by France Télécom and the software from Microsoft. This is LivePhone, the first broadband WiFi Smartphone aimed at the Home segment, and Homezone, a service that uses GSM / WiFi voice over IP technology supported on a Smartphone based on the Windows Mobile platform.
The French company stressed that with this alliance it carries out its strategy of integrated operation, focused on the development of «new and innovative integrated services», in the desire to be a leader in the sector and offer the best possible services to customers by multiplying resources, shared projects and offers.
Both voice over IP phones will be built using the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) industry, noting that Homezone will be compatible with Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA), the technology promoted by France Télécom.
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