Nortel Networks has launched a unified communications platform to provide small and medium 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, said Bridget Braxton, a Nortel spokeswoman, in a telephone interview.
The platform includes an integrated router to manage data communications among offices through local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs), a private 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 this 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 businesses.
Australian pricing was not available at press time.
The "Partner Source" program allows resellers to access, via the Internet, a complete marketing program, including advertisements, brochures and sales presentations.
"The focus is to target resellers so they improve their business performance and better serve our customers, the end users," said Nortel spokeswoman Tracy Dupree.