Alcatel has announced a new integrated platform for delivering scalable, voice, fax and data services over the Internet at the recent CommunicAsia 99.
The new offering enables service providers to provide voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services using the same physical interface as data and fax services. Currently such features are only found in circuit switched voice networks.
VoIP is an opportunity for network operators and Internet service providers to either migrate voice traffic to a packet-based backbone, or add voice support to existing data services, said Marilyn Suey, vice president of marketing, Alcatel.
This announcement is the result of combining expertise in IP-based multiservice access from Assured Access, a company which Alcatel acquired.
The integrated voice, fax, and data product comprises five key components: the Assured Access Universal Access Gateway, Alcatel's 1135 Service Management Center/Gatekeeper, the Alcatel Call Signaling Gateway, and Alcatel's IN 1400 Service Control Point and Service Creation Environment.
"With the new product, service providers can now easily manage thousands of voice, fax, and data paths and add new users and services on the fly -- a necessary feature in this quickly evolving market," said Suey.
The core of the product is Assured Access' Universal Gateway, an offering that supports voice, fax, and dial-up data on the same physical interface, enabling service providers to provide all three services in a cost-effective manner.
Built to scale as service providers add new subscribers, the Universal Access Gateway is a high-density dial-up remote access server family that supports more than 2000 VoIP or V.90 data ports per shelf and more than 8000 VoIP ports per standard seven-foot rack.