Kineto, Cisco team for UMA, fixed-mobile convergence

Cisco Systems and Kineto Wireless are collaborating to ensure interoperability between their UMA products. UMA enables fixed-mobile convergence/substitution by enabling the end user to automatically switch to an IP network when in range of a WiFi network. The duo aims to enhance subscriber access control and security for UMA deployments for carriers' core networks, as well as lowering price points and expediting the products' time to market. Both Kineto and Cisco's products are resold through Nokia and Motorola.

Kineto says the biggest barrier to market for UMA is still the dual-mode handset. LG, Nokia and Motorola will probably launch lines of compatible handsets by the second quarter and Kineto expects to see them deployed in the thousands by year-end.

For more on UMA and the Kineto/Cisco collaboration:
- check out this press release