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VoIP Software: CounterPath Announces Messaging Convergence Gateway (MCG) 2.0

December 02, 2010
By Anuradha Shukla, Virtual PBX Contributor

CounterPath is set to launch the Messaging Convergence Gateway (MCG) 2.0, and claimed that this hosted solution will enable wireline operators to extend their VoIP and messaging services over the top of mobile networks.


CounterPath is an award-winning provider of desktop and mobile Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) software solutions. The company has scheduled the launch in early 2011 but notes that many of CounterPath's partners are already poised to bring this solution to market.

The Messaging Convergence Gateway (MCG) 2.0 is touted to be the industry's first platform that can provide single-number reachability for voice, Instant Messaging, and SMS across an operator's existing wireline VoIP network and on feature phones, smartphones or tablets from any mobile operator.

CounterPath notes Juniper Research according to which the number of mobile VoIP minutes carried annually on 3G and 4G networks will increase from 15 billion minutes in 2010 to 470.6 billion minutes by 2015.

Also, another report indicates that American SMS usage has increased from 14.4 million messages sent per month to 152.7 billion over the past 10 years. CounterPath sees this as an opportunity and is attempting to capture a large market portion.

Internet Service Providers (ITSPs) and wireline operators can use CounterPath's wireline mobility services solution to provide SMS services to their VoIP subscribers. The solution also delivers number of benefits, including one-number accessibility, single-number communications, wireline SMS, fixed-mobile convergence savings and convenience, network-agnostic flexibility and fast, CapEx-Free implementation.

"This offering is the latest example of CounterPath's leadership in providing solutions that deliver top-line, market-differentiating benefits for ITSPs and wireline operators," said Donovan Jones, president and CEO of CounterPath, in a press release. "Our platform provides sophisticated yet easy-to-implement solutions to the challenges of staying connected across a wide variety of devices, networks and technologies. Even more, by creating a hosted wireline mobility services offering, we are enabling operators with a powerful new option for extending their services to the mobile environment to stay relevant, while targeting the market for wireline single-number services."

Read a related article on virtual-pbx “G.722 Now Available on CounterPath's Bria iPhone Client.”


Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for virtual-pbx. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard

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