The Geneva-based World Economic Forum has released a list of its 47 tech pioneers for 2007, three of whom focus on the IP communications space.
Signaling the upcoming increased importance of communications convergence, all three — Bridgeport Networks of the US, HelloSoft Inc. of India and UK-based Truphone — are behind products aiming to merge IP-based and mobile communications.
BridgePort Networks develops telecommunications software for mobile services between mobile and Internet protocol networks. Its network convergence gateway uses roaming technology to extend single identity phone number services over multiple access networks, including mobile, cable, DSL, and WiFi.
HelloSoft is a leading provider of VoIP technologies for wireline and wireless devices. The company enables mass deployment of low-cost, power-efficient, fully-featured multi-mode wireline and wireless devices by providing highly optimized RISC-based VoIP products with superior voice quality, QoS, and efficient call switching specifically designed for next generation end-points.
Tryphone has developed a software infrastructure that allows mobile phones with Wi-Fi to make calls and send SMS messages using only Wi-Fi and the Internet. When a Truphone-enabled mobile handset is out of Wi-Fi range it reconnects to the mobile network, allowing customers to roam between the two networks.
The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas.
According to the Forum’s announcement, Each of the 47 selected companies “is involved in the development of life-changing technology innovation and has potential for long-term impact on business and society.”