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January 13, 2009

GIPS Signs Technology Agreement with Skuku

By Michelle Robart, TMCnet Editor

Skuku, an international communications company specializing in network-based telephony solutions, has signed a new deal with Global IP Solutions (GIPS), under which it will use GIPS' technology to power its softclient stack.
Thanks to this agreement, Skuku will significantly improve and enhance the quality of voice transmission in an IP environment. Every phone call placed using Skuku’s innovative solutions will enable a PSTN-like experience.
Skuku has created a new phone service called, Skuku Roaming, that allows customers to make mobile calls and send text messages over Internet connections using their GSM mobile SIM Card. The company claims that this new service will enable mobile subscribers to drastically cut costs.
Powered by the GIPS VoiceEngine, the Skuku solution will now be provided with advanced voice quality features.
“Incorporating GIPS services into our platform underscores our commitment to provide our customers with the very best communications experience,” said Colin Blou, Skuku’s vice president of sales. “We have already started to see how GIPS can enhance our offering and as we expand into new markets, we look forward to continuing to provide our customers around the world with our industry-leading roaming solutions as well as updating our technology with new features and services.”
Skuku is a USB handset or USB stick which, once a SIM-card has been inserted, requires the user to pay only their local airtime charges when placing and receiving calls from their home country. Skuku’s solutions transform a user’s PC into a personal mobile phone, keeping all of the phone’s features and allowing for low-cost VoIP.
In addition, Skuku users can access all the other features of their mobile phone, including contact lists and text messaging. Skuku products enable the placing and receiving of international calls from anywhere in the world at low IP tariffs, while calls made within the network are free between Skuku users.
“We are excited about the partnership that we have established with Skuku and are very impressed with their unique roaming platform,” said Joyce Kim, chief marketing officer at GIPS. “Combining our services with Skuku’s technology is a winning combination for users and we look forward to a long and productive relationship with Skuku.”
Skuku is an international company which has been specializing in network based telephony solutions since 2000. The company recently debuted an innovative solution for roaming that combines the GSM network and VoIP technology.

The company’s research and development complies years of experience and is proud of its young and innovative approach to telecom. Skuku’s expertise lies in converging IP and GSM technologies. The company believes in a joint mobile network which crosses borders and enables customers to call from everywhere in the world at local prices.
As a voice and video processing provider specializing in IP communications, Global IP Solutions (News - Alert) (GIPS) enables its customers to deliver superior quality, with a faster time to market and less risk than its competitors. The company serves application developers, service providers, and network equipment vendors. Its customer list includes Nortel, Oracle, Samsung, WebEx, Yahoo!, AOL (News - Alert) and other key players in the VoIP market. GIPS is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Stockholm, Boston and Hong Kong.

Michelle Robart is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Michelle's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Michelle Robart

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