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Lucent Offers IP Telephony Product

Lucent Technologies today announced the availability of an Internet protocol (IP) telephony solution that allows service providers to deliver multiple full-featured voice lines to customers who are currently limited to video and data services.

With Release 3.0 of the iMerge(TM) Network-based Call Signaling Gateway (NCSG), multiple system operators (MSOs) can deliver IP telephony services to an even larger subscriber base -- more than 10,000 subscribers per platform -- without additional equipment. In addition, the new release offers a fully redundant integrated Etherswitch with multiple network interfaces as well as enhanced maintenance and provisioning capabilities.

The iMerge NCSG, part of Lucent's Converged Network Solutions portfolio, is targeted to markets currently served by hybrid fiber-coax (HFC) or fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks, from which more than 70 million cable subscribers currently receive service.

The product is currently deployed or in trials at several major service providers in North America, Lucent said.

"iMerge NCSG gives MSOs the ability to combine IP telephony with their video and data networks while retaining the reliability and quality of service of the public switched telephone network," said Ken Arndt, vice president of marketing at Lucent subsidiary AG Communication Systems. "The ability to offer bundled voice, video and data service packages maximizes profits for MSOs by reducing churn and pulling customers from local telephony providers."