Major Japanese utility embraces wVoIP

Osaka Gas, one of Japan's largest national utilities, has selected Meru Networks and NTT DoCoMo technology to form a pervasive wireless VoIP (wVoIP) network. The 10,000-user system will serve the organization's 50 offices, including its Osaka headquarters. The infrastructure, based on Meru's WLAN technology and NTT DoCoMo's dual-mode cellular/WiFi service and handsets, will be designed to provide converged, wireless voice and data services to employees across the organization. Osaka Gas employees will have one-number access with voice calls running over the corporate WLAN indoors and handing off to NTT DoCoMo's cellular service when roaming outdoors.

Last March, Meru announced partnerships with three major Japanese VoIP systems manufacturers and solution providers: Oki Electric, Hitachi High-Technologies and Fujitsu I-Networks.

For more on Osaka Gas' new wVoIP network:
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