Nortel Networks has launched a unified communications platform to provide small and medium-size businesses with a range of Internet-based voice and data communications.
The network equipment vendor also announced a strategy and Web-enabled services to help resellers market its products.
Nortel's new platform, called Enterprise Edge, offers companies a network of data and voice communications linked to the Internet, Nortel spokesperson Bridget Braxton said.
The platform includes an integrated router to manage data communications among offices through local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs), a pri- vate branch exchange (PBX) that manages all telephone communications internally and externally and voice-over-IP (Internet Protocol) communications that enable Internet-based telephony.
The platform, available last week, offers several preinstalled software applications optimised for Microsoft's Windows NT operating system.
Pricing starts at $US500 per workstation for basic communication server capabilities and $615 per workstation with routing and voice-over-IP functions.
Nortel is also offering its 13,000 US resellers a free, online marketing strategy to help them sell to small and medium-size businesses.