Local PC builder, Optima, has signed an agreement to incorporate VoIP hardware from local broadband phone company, engin, into a selection of its desktop PCs.
Optima product marketing manager, Ole Mortensen, said the built-in hardware would enable ADSL users to plug a regular telephone into the PCs and make engin-enabled calls. The products would be available from June.
"Convergence is such a buzzword, but it's really happening now," he said. "Optima has already taken a stance on Media Center and VoIP was another obvious addition."
While the deal with engin wasn't exclusive, Mortensen said the technology was not yet broadly available.
He predicted SMB resellers in particular would benefit from the deal.
"engin has a good name with our resellers," he said. "There is also great potential in SMB. While big companies have gone with the likes of Cisco for VoIP, here's an easy access product for anyone sat in front of their computer."
engin CEO, Ilkka Tales, said it made sense for the two local companies to work together but wouldn't be drawn on potential sales.
Optima and engin are currently hammering out final service pricing.