CounterPath Enters RCS-e Market with Bria Mobile Edition
Company Extends its Softphone Leadership Position into the GSMA’s RCS-e
BARCELONA, Spain, at Mobile World Congress, Feb. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Riding
the growing worldwide wave of operator interest in Rich Communication
Suite-enhanced (RCS-e) service, CounterPath Corporation (TSX-V: CCV) (OTCBB: CPAH) today announces the launch of its own RCS-e
softphone client. The company is demonstrating the client during Mobile
World Congress in Barcelona this week.
CounterPath’s market entry underscores the importance of the RCS
protocol championed by the Global System for Mobile Communications
Association (GSMA) and follows the recent introduction of the world’s
first commercial RCS-e service in Spain. As interest in RCS-e gains
momentum, service launches are expected to follow in other countries.
According to Infonetics Research, by 2013 there will be 15 million
subscribers worldwide to RCS, RCS-e, and RCS-like services, and RCS
will rise in popularity in North America as operators launch voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) services.
The RCS initiative is a joint effort among a group of key operators,
infrastructure providers and device vendors to foster the evolution of
mobile communications toward rich communication. Focused on the use of
IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) for providing mobile services, the
initiative aims to enable rich communication services such as instant
messaging, video sharing and buddy lists to mobile users, regardless of
device or network.
This first version of the CounterPath RCS-e client is available for the
Android platform to address the burgeoning market for this platform.
Based on the company’s award-winning Bria softphone technology, the RCS-e client will be available to
CounterPath’s carrier and service operator customers for both trials
and commercial deployments.
Features of the CounterPath RCS-e client enable users to:
-- Enjoy an intuitive user interface designed for easy and efficient communication. -- Make and receive voice calls. -- Make and receive instant messages via an easy-to-access slide tab. -- Make and receive video calls with the option to quickly select the video source -- front camera, back camera. -- Transfer files, including photos and videos, from the RCS-e client to other devices.
“Market research and patterns of early usage show that consumers in
their 20s who actively engage in social networking are the initial
target for RCS, followed by business and mobile-centric users who are
accustomed to being connected anytime, anywhere,” said Todd Carothers,
CounterPath Senior Vice President, Marketing and Products. “There has
always been, and continues to be, a strong correlation between these
users and those who are strong adopters of CounterPath technology as
our softphones enable exactly this kind of connectivity and lifestyle.”
To see a live demonstration of CounterPath’s RCS-e client, Mobile World
Congress attendees can visit any day during MWC the CounterPath meeting
room — 4.6HS21 — located at Fira de Barcelona, Hall 4, Level 6. To
learn more about CounterPath, visit www.counterpath.com.
CounterPath’s SIP-based VoIP softphones are changing the face of
telecommunications. An industry and user favorite, Bria softphones for
desktop and mobile devices, together with the company’s server
applications and Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) solutions, enable
service providers, OEMs and enterprises large and small around the
globe to offer a seamless and unified communications experience across
both fixed and mobile networks. Standards-based, cost-effective and
reliable, CounterPath’s award-winning solutions power the voice and
video calling, messaging, and presence offerings of customers such as
Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Verizon, BT, Mobilkom Austria, Rogers, Avaya,
BroadSoft, Cisco Systems, GENBAND, Metaswitch Networks, Mitel and NEC.
For more information, visit www.counterpath.com.
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