Avaya, Proxim and Motorola are codeveloping a mobile device that roams between cell phone networks and public or private Wi-Fi wireless hot spots.
The three communications manufacturers believe the phones and supporting gear will be among the first from major companies to link two of the world’s most popular kinds of wireless network, said Bo Pyskir, senior director of business development at Motorola.
“Our vision is to connect the various spaces, be they public hot spots, private hot spots or office networks,” Pyskir said.
The gear announced includes a phone from Motorola that uses both Wi-Fi and cell phone networks. The telephone network equipment and the software to manage it all comes from Avaya, while Proxim is building a new kind of Wi-Fi access point.
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