Founded in 1998, Taqua’s original focus was to develop next generation communications solutions that would economically deliver advanced communications capabilities. Currently, it focuses on helping companies move to IP-based services, as well as software-centric networks capable of delivering next generation communications services.
John Hoadley, the CTO of Taqua, gave us some of his insights as he met with TMC CEO Rich Tehrani during an installment of On the Road 2015, Dallas, TX. Hoadley plans to offer a simple, yet complete Wi-Fi calling solution as the next logical step for the company. In fact, Taqua has been working on it for the past four years.
Wi-Fi calling is not a new concept; rather than using a carrier's network connection, users can make voice calls through a Wi-Fi network. What makes this convenient is that it can include a home Wi-Fi connection, a work connection, or a Wi-Fi hotspot such as you would find in a park, cafe or library. Wi-Fi calling is especially useful in an area that has weak carrier coverage.
According to Hoadley, “The role we play is we provide carriers, mobile operators and also broadband players and MVNOs with a client and with the core network equipment so that they can very quickly get to market with Wi-Fi calling Voice over Wi-Fi.”
Bandwidth has always been an issue, and when you couple that with the fact that almost everyone in the world has a mobile, wireless subscription, then add weak carrier coverage into the mix, you can see why Wi-Fi calling can be a global solution.
That is not to say that there are not some challenges that need to be met. One of the major issues is how to handle a smooth handoff from one Wi-Fi network to the next or between Wi-Fi and back to a cellular connection. Another challenge is to find a quick and easy way to integrate into the carriers existing network.
You can find answers to these challenging questions in the interview below: