While the deal period or the financial details of the deal remain undisclosed, Spirit stated that Reliance will be using its video and voice engine to provide Skype-like video and voice calling services (VVoIP) to its subscribers over its soon to be launched LTE network.
Why this deal is interesting
This deal becomes particularly interesting since there are no handsets or tablets available in the Indian market, which support Voice over LTE functionality over India’s 4G network. However, it’s worth noting that state-run BSNL had partnered with Sai InfoSystems in July 2011, to launch VVoIP services for its subscribers. Through this service, It was offering audio calls at 40 paise per minute and video calls at Rs.2/- per minute within India at a monthly rental of Rs 150. It was also offering International VoIP calling at Rs 1.20 per minute to the United States, China and landlines in the United Kingdom and Rs 7.20 per minute to mobile phones in the United Kingdom. But all in all there’s no large scale VoIP service in the country. Also, according to the recently passed telecom policy, operators are allowed to offer voice services through 4G or BWA whenever an appropriate regulatory framework for progressive liberalisation of spectrum utilisation is established in the country. So it has the potential to disrupt regular voice services.
Last year, it was reported that RIL would be partnering with Reliance Communications for its 4G rollout, its towers and pan-India fibre optic network. It was also indicated that RIL may bundle voice services from RCOM with its data offerings, and collaborate on selling cheaper devices. However, earlier this year, a senior RIL official had reportedly stated during its annual general body meeting, that RIL would not be partnering with RCOM and it would be launching operations all on its own. He had also stated that RIL was planning to even make self-branded handsets for its 4G rollout.
How this works?
TeamSpirit Engine is essentially a software-based engine, which allows companies to integrate this solution into their software and hardware product to offer HD-quality voice and video communication services over mobile and desktop platforms. The company claims that this solution has been optimized for majority of the prominent ARM processors and has all the requisite features like iOS and Android device tuning, all-in-one VoIP codecs and mobile Acoustic Echo Cancellation. It also claims to have a multi-point conferencing server based on scalable video coding to offer video conferencing services.
Spirit DSP claims to serve more than one billion VoIP users in 100 countries globally. Its customers include carriers and service providers like AT&T, BT (British Telecom), China Mobile, China Telecom, France Telecom, GlobalRoam, LG U+, LG-Dacom, Paltalk, Skype and Viber; OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) like Huawei, Avaya, Compal, Ericsson, HP, HTC, Hyundai, LG, Philips, Polycom, Quanta, Samsung and ZTE; Software Makers like Adobe, Microsoft, Oracle and Blizzard Entertainment; and Chipmakers like Freescale Semiconductors, National Semiconductors, NEC, Texas Instruments, Toshiba and Analog Devices among others.
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