Argela Removes Physical Boundaries of Telecom With Its Convergence Solutions

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Argela, one of the leading next-generation telecom solution providers, is offering operators its patented technology innovation Convergence Gateway for a variety of convergence solutions.

By combining its extensive experience and expertise in telecom infrastructure technologies and applications, Argela focuses on devising a solution to help the network operators expand their market beyond geographical boundaries in a world where the communications networks evolve towards an all-IP architecture. Ayse Erinc, Argela's Deputy CEO and COO, says: "Both fixed and mobile network operators were offering their services within a limited geographical area which defined the boundaries of their markets. Today, however, it's possible for them to offer their services globally, to the whole world. Until recently, telecom operators didn't have the access to an infrastructure which enables them to offer these services beyond their physical boundaries. Converging telecommunications and Internet technologies, we developed Argela Convergence Gateway to help telecom operators open their infrastructure and make them independent of geographical constraints and access networks, and to let subscribers access the services no matter where they are in the world and no matter which mobile device they use."

Turkey's incumbent operator Turk Telekom introduced some of the products developed on Argela's, one of the group companies, Convergence Gateway.

The first service introduced is WIRO. By WIRO, users will be initiating calls from their dual-mode handsets with the Wi-Fi support feature even if there is no SIM card in the handset and no matter where they are. It will also be available via computers with Internet connection. WIRO users will benefit from very cheap tariffs advantage with this "always-carried" add-on feature of fixed phones especially when they are abroad. This service removes the boundaries of coverage for Turk Telekom though it is an incumbent operator.

The second service showcased at the meeting is Wi-Phone, which offers a comfort of personalized extension line to each individual living at the same place and using the same fixed line. Wi-Phone meets the callers with a pre-recorded announcement asking to dial the extension number of the individual they are calling. When the caller dials the extension, the call is accepted by the owner of that extension. Until now, a family had to share the fixed line but now each member of the family will enjoy having a personalized phone and line.

Turk Telekom also introduced calls between 3G handsets and videophones. Videophone is one of the many innovative services developed on Argela Convergence Gateway and allows users to make video calls. Video call is possible between 3G handsets on the classical systems. However, this next-generation technology, provided by Argela, makes it possible to make a video call between mobile and fixed networks.

About Argela

Argela provides telecom operators with turn-key next generation solutions with a strong commitment to developing the most innovative products & services, understanding operators' needs, customizing solutions accordingly and building a continuous relationship with its partners and customers.

Argela collaborates with telecom operators to help them increase their revenue, customer satisfaction and loyalty, and decrease churn through distinguished, innovative solutions. These solutions include network convergence, service delivery & enablement, targeted advertising solutions including sponsored services, number portability, professional services and services infrastructure. Argela is combining its extensive telecom expertise with its high energy and ultimate passion to add value to its customers' business.

For more information, please visit http://www.argela.com.

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