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# 19622 24-Feb-2008 08:36
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Morning Gents/Ladies,

I'm currently working on a web conferencing project for the deaf and a collegue mentioned how it would be good to be able to interface the web conferencing with mobile.

The project isn't fully spec'ed yet but we are looking at using either H323 or SIP, (These 2 protocols meet other requirements. voice etc) and possible MS Communications Server. 

Is it possible to create/install a gateway which will allow an internet based system to interface with the video network on 3G to communicate with a video capable mobile phone?

If so can someone point me in the direction of information on said topic please.

I have had a good troll around but come up with nothing.

Thanks in advance.

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  # 112603 24-Feb-2008 09:03
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In reality this can be easily done but mobile operators seem unwilling to open up a great revenue stream by allowing connection to their gateways. A few years ago it was possible to video call Telstra 3G mobiles from MSN Messenger however I believe this service has been discontinued.

There are commercial devices available that act as a gateway between the mobile network and SIP/H323 networks and these have become very common in the UK. One of my mates was working for BT and they had quite a few units that they would integrate into video conferencing setups for customers.

A quick Google search will lead you to quite a few however I have no idea if there is anybody in NZ distributing any of these units.

I just can't quite understand why mobile carriers aren't doing more to open up aspects of their networks, a brilliant opportunity exists to integrate video calling back to IM software on PC's yet they seem oblivious to the market.

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