Tango Networks Introduces a Fixed Mobile Convergence Product: Provides First Look at Innovative Carrier-Enterprise Fixed Mobile Convergence / Unified Communications Solution at CTIA Wireless 2007

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A fixed mobile convergence solution that truly integrates any mobile phone with any office telephone system for enterprise mobility made its debut today at the CTIA Wireless 2007 event, as Tango Networks introduced the Tango Abrazo(TM).

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Many of the other fixed mobile convergence / unified communications solutions on the market today take minutes off the carrier network and keep service providers out of the equation altogether

    The Tango Abrazo is the ultimate pragmatic approach to fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) and unified communications enabling mobile operators to integrate all mobile phones with any corporate PBX, Centrex or Unified Communications network. Tango Networks, which emerged last month from stealth mode, unveiled the Abrazo for fixed mobile convergence / unified communications at the industry's largest wireless event, in Booth #1441.

The Tango Abrazo, for fixed mobile convergence / unified communications, which takes its name from the opening move of the Tango dance ("Abrazo" means "embrace"), unites the mobile phone network with the enterprise voice network, turning every mobile phone into a true PBX/Centrex extension for both incoming and outgoing calls. Employees need only give out a single phone number, and calls can reach them wherever they are working enabling unlimited enterprise mobility. Every call from either phone has access to all the company's advanced corporate calling features and corporate dialing plans, as well as a single, unified voice mailbox, delivering a fixed mobile convergence / unified communications solution.

Other fixed-mobile convergence / unified communications solutions on the market today are either entirely enterprise-based or carrier-based. The Tango Abrazo, however, is based on a unique hybrid architecture that includes both carrier and enterprise components for fixed mobile convergence / unified communications. Supporting both legacy and IMS industry standards, Tango's fixed mobile convergence / unified communications solution enables wireless operators to offer a value-added fixed mobile convergence service that easily integrates the mobile network with the customized environments of its enterprise customers for fixed mobile convergence / unified communications. Each enterprise retains control over its users and corporate information, without the need for carrier management and support delivering true enterprise mobility.

Unlike other offerings that require expensive dual-mode handsets, the Tango Abrazo fixed mobile convergence / unified communications solution works with any existing mobile phone, and requires no special client software to manage. Each Tango Abrazo supports a few hundred to more than 25,000 users in the enterprise, and works with legacy TDM, hybrid, or IP PBXs, so the Tango Abrazo supports, but doesn't require, an enterprise's migration to IP.

"Many of the other fixed mobile convergence / unified communications solutions on the market today take minutes off the carrier network and keep service providers out of the equation altogether," said Andrew Silver, chief technology officer and co-founder of Tango Networks. "Not only does this complicate the delivery of a seamless experience for the end user, but also requires that enterprise IT departments essentially build and maintain their own voice-grade RF networks.

"The Tango Abrazo utilizes the best of the carrier network and the best of the enterprise voice communications network, marrying the two to create a truly unified communications / fixed mobile convergence experience that benefits all stakeholders in the mobile ecosystem: carriers, enterprises, and end users."

A carrier deploying the Tango Abrazo can leverage its relationship with an enterprise to offer a fixed mobile convergence / unified communications solution, opening the door to enterprise-wide agreements, reducing customer support demands, decreasing churn, and growing market share. It is an effective counterpoint to enterprise-driven moves toward voice over Wi-Fi or other convergence solutions that move minutes off the carrier's network.

For the enterprise, the Tango Abrazo creates an unprecedented level of control over mobile phones to enable enterprise mobility. By leveraging the internal corporate network, mobile callers can use convenient four- or five-digit dialing for internal calls, while the IT department can enforce corporate policies for wireless phone use, utilize least-cost routing plans, and track, monitor, and record all wireless calls, just as it can calls from corporate desk phones. Not only can enterprises achieve significant cost savings, but can generate tremendous gains in productivity, accessibility, and customer satisfaction for their fixed mobile convergence / unified communications strategies.

The Tango Abrazo is currently being tested in various fixed mobile convergence / unified communications environments and is anticipated to be generally available in late second quarter 2007.

About Tango Networks

Founded in 2005, Tango Networks fixed mobile convergence / unified communications solution integrates mobile phones into the corporate enterprise, enabling any mobile phone to become a true PBX extension on the enterprise network. With the Tango Networks Abrazo(TM), fixed mobile convergence delivers cost savings and control over mobile service while enabling employees to be more responsive to business needs by providing advanced desk phone capabilities on any mobile device. Two phones. One solution. That's Tango. For more information, dance over to http://www.tango-networks.com.

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