Vodafone signs deal to license client software for 3G

Vodafone has signed a deal with PCTEL, a provider of wireless broadband solutions, to provide PCTEL's Roaming Client software to be used as one of Vodafone's 3G connectivity management software solutions.

In a statement, the company said the Roaming Client facilitated connection to the Internet over different types of wireless networks.

PCTEL's Roaming Client software, which included support for HSDPA, UMTS, GPRS and Wi-Fi, had been customized to include Vodafone-specific features, including local language variants. This had been branded as Vodafone Mobile Connect, the statement said.

The Roaming Client would be deployed with Vodafone's "built-in" or embedded 3G Broadband offering, the statement further said.

Vodafone has also licensed PCTEL's Central Configuration Server, which enables Vodafone to manage all the devices that are connected to its network to ensure that the software, firmware and device drivers for those devices are current.