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Cisco’s FMC Game

Posted by tggokul on July 17, 2007

Even as infrastructure companies like Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson are flaunting their FMC capabilities in Europe and elsewhere, Cisco in its usual low profile way has gone ahead and has done certain things which only Cisco would do. It has partnered with different mobile phone manufacturers to interop with their latest Call Manager version to enable presence/mobility. I had blogged about Orative acquisition nearly eight months ago and the latest CCM ( now called Unified Communication Manager 6.0) has tightly integrated Orative’s mobility solution to its existing telephony suite.

Cisco has partnered with Nokia to offer a SCCP client on Nokia E-61 models which lets it talk to the Cisco Call Manager. Nokia calls it Intellisync Call Connect ( which is basically a SCCP client on symbian environment) and this makes Nokia behave like any other endpoint which can utilize the IP-PBX/Mobility capabilities that Cisco Communication Manager uses. And better still, if you are a SIP buff, you can turn on the SIP stack inbuilt by default in the Nokia stack and register it as SIP endpoint. The only issue with that is not all features that are in SCCP are exploited with the native SIP stack.

So based on whom you are calling, you can either make a ‘On-net’ call ( through IP) or offload it to the MSCs. Incidentally I just came from a Cisco roadshow where E61 with the stack( the proto type) was on display and we played around with it to make cheap/free calls 🙂

I believe Cisco has a proto type available on Blackberry,Motorola phones. What they are pretty much saying is that if you have a dual-mode phone, you can plug into the enterprise and avail the features of the enterprise. Pretty neat stuff.  I did ask the question whether they were working with Apple on getting the iphone to support this as well and the answer was a mischievous “we will have to wait and see”. Whatever that might mean!!!

Incidentally,I had a chance to meet with Laurent Philonenko ( the CCBU head of Cisco) five months ago. It was just a day or two after Cisco and Apple had patched up on the patent row. I asked him that time whether the agreement between Apple and Cisco was something in the Unified Communications front and he answered with the diplomatic ‘too early to say’.

My gut feeling is that something is brewing on that front and if it does turn out to be true, you know you guessed it first:). There are quite a few of us who believe the phone is your network and we are glad that Cisco is taking a similar stand as well.

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3 Responses to “Cisco’s FMC Game”

  1. Vijay said

    Hi,

    I was under the impression that the CCM is now (v5) running SIP compared to the earlier versions which were running H.323 between the CCM and gatekeeper and SCCP with the clients. They had a separate SIP server earlier (running on Solaris boxes while the CCM needs Windows 2000) but I thought they had unified their solution. Again SCCP seems like a good idea for I found it to be light weight compared to that bloat called SIP.

    I am asking you a question. The industry was fine with SS7 (binary signaling) and I find SIP does not yet match the capabilities of SS7 and it is bloated. (For the record, it holds the record for the longest RFC ever !) so why not develop something more efficient ?

  2. Vijay said

    Hi,
    A quick follow up on the previous comment, check this latest information RFC by Rosenberg, which brings together all the SIP related RFCs so that we get familiar with all the extensions to SIP. It is available in draft form at http://quimby.gnus.org/internet-drafts/draft-ietf-sip-hitchhikers-guide-03.txt

  3. sirgerald said

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!! A recent article states that “FMC Telecom is adding SMS to the company fold”. This is nothing but MORE name-dropping and empty technology dribble to form ANOTHER “shell” holding company for Ed Berkhof. Who does he think he is? Allen Stanford? Ed Berkhof and his previous co-conspirator, Sidney D. “Trip” Camper used name dropping, donations to St. Jude’s, and falsified tax documents to gain trust and get private investors to hand over thousands of dollars in cash, trips to England, and ultimately control of their company. Ed berkhof is NOT a president or COO of anything – Ed Berkhof is a third rate bass player looking for another victim to give him money so he can pay his creditors = PONZI. SEC files state that Sidney Trip Camper was fired from Elandia by Allen Stanford when the Ahkoy family’s business fell victim to investment fraud. Before the ink was dry on his resignation letter, Trip Camper and Ed Berkhof were already busy ruining ANOTHER company – in Los Angeles. Trip Camper and Ed Berkhof illegally signed over company stock to themselves and eventually performed a hostile takeover and ruined an honest and profitable company. The FBI has nabbed Allen Stanford and is now looking for other schemers in his network like Sidney D. Trip Camper and Ed Berkhof.

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