Aruba Networks plans to mobilize its portfolio of wireless local area network (WLAN) switches to support wireless VoIP. The company is entering the third phase of a five-stage plan.
Fixed mobile convergence, the attaching of wireless VoIP functionality to fixed line infrastructure, is an important next step in communications. Many telecommunications players -- including traditional carriers, VoIP players such as Vonage and cable operators -- are paying attention. End users also are interested in the platform's flexibility.
The platform is attractive, but deployment isn't easy. The Aruba move seems to be a step toward confronting the complexity of FMC. Among the biggest issues are the ability to enable roaming of VoIP signals across multiple access points and integrating the extra functionality into handsets without making them too big or power-hungry.