Ditech Networks today announced the launch of mStage, a network-based suite of products for mobile carriers that allows the Internet to become part of a voice conversation. mStage enables mobile subscribers to use their voice as well as their thumbs to interact with Web applications like social networking and IM during a phone call.
“We allow Web services to access the voice stream in real-time,” says Ditech’s CEO, Todd Simpson.
Through its open API, mStage allows Web developers to effectively integrate voice into apps built for the platform, enabling mobile carriers to increase revenue opportunities for mStage-enabled networks.
mStage can be engaged with one word spoken in the midst of a phone call, instantly connecting callers with the Web, where they can interact in a variety of ways, including checking e-mail, communicating with social networks, researching local entertainment or accessing real-time traffic information.
Simpson says the open API leaves the possibilities for the technology wide open. “We actually believe the Web developers will dream up the applications. That’s the beauty of our open API,” he says.
Ditech’s announcement comes during a time when carriers are increasingly dependent on data for revenue. Ditech hopes its technology will place renewed emphasis on voice as a revenue driver by increasing call time.
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