Parag M. Doshi - Hazlet NJ,
Oliver Haase - Fair Haven NJ,
Jonathan Michael Lennox - New York NY,
Kazutaka Murakami - Freehold NJ,
Ming Xiong - Somerville NJ,
Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc. - Murray Hill NJ
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An optimized gateway selection process of the present invention is based on a universal mobility manager (UMM), a component for inter-technology location management. The UMM is capable of holding location information for diverse cellular networks, as well as for Internet telephony systems. For cellular networks, UMM acts as a traditional HLR; for an Internet telephony network, it acts as the entities that are responsible for user/terminal registration (registrar in SIP, gatekeeper in H. 323) and address resolution (proxy server in SIP, gatekeeper in H. 323). An optimal gateway selection is possible based on location related information provided by the UMM which had not previously been available. Utilizing the newly available information enables a gateway to be selected which may, for example, enable the circuit switched portion of a call to now be minimized.