Telecom Lead India: Research In Motion (RIM), the maker
of BlackBerry smartphones, announced that BlackBerry Mobile Voice System (MVS)
5.1 now supports OpenScape Voice V6 from Siemens Enterprise Communications.
The solution is designed to allow customers to access
desk phone functionality on their BlackBerry smartphone. BlackBerry MVS,
together with OpenScape Voice, provides a fixed-mobile convergence (FMC)
solution for BlackBerry smartphone users.
Siemens Enterprise Communications customers will be able to
place and receive desk phone calls on their BlackBerry smartphones and benefit
from the convenience of single number reach, extension dialing and phone
features such as hold, transfer and ad-hoc conferencing.
“Giving users a wireless extension of the corporate
phone system via their BlackBerry smartphones can improve workforce
productivity, save costs on long-distance and international roaming charges and
reduce employee cell minute usage by allowing Wi-Fi-based phone calls from
work, public hotspots and at home,” said Alan Panezic, VP, Enterprise
Product Management & Marketing at RIM.
With BlackBerry MVS, calls are routed through the
company’s phone system, and administrators can set IT policies and controls to
take advantage of least-cost routing and save on long-distance and
international roaming charges. Call routing through the corporate phone system
can also help with adherence to company policies and regulatory compliance
“Mobility continues to be an area of innovation for
us, and BlackBerry MVS will help our joint customers increase their mobile
productivity and simultaneously drive overall cost-efficiencies. This solution
provides a simplified communications experience which ultimately benefits both
IT departments and their end-users,” said Rick Puskar, senior vice
president, Global Portfolio Management at Siemens Enterprise Communications.
In addition to support for Siemens Enterprise
Communications, BlackBerry MVS supports corporate phone systems from Mitel,
Avaya, Nortel and Cisco.