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Lucent Dials Up New Software

In an effort to tap into the expanding Internet telephony market, Lucent Technologies today announced new software for converging voice and data networks.

PacketStar IP Services Platform, developed by Bell Labs, is designed to let Internet telephony gateways from different vendors interoperate with each other and with traditional telephone networks.

The product features an interoperability capability made to solve basic interoperability problems caused by signaling, directory and protocol incompatibilities between packet-circuit gateways from different vendors.

Also included is a software switch offering, designed for seamless connectivity between public telephone networks and various Internet telephony networks, according to the company said.

The software switch enables network operators to offer their customers Intelligent Network services--such as call waiting, call forwarding, billing and operator assistance--over either traditional networks or the Internet, said Lucent. Service providers can access and use existing directories and databases on both the Internet and the phone network.

Lucent said the software is aimed at those just entering the telephony arena. The firm described its customer base as traditional carriers expanding into Internet telephony, competitive entrants building Internet-style networks, and ISPs who want to offer standards-based Internet Telephony services.

"This is breakthrough technology that will redefine Internet telephony," said Dan Stanzione, chief operating officer of Lucent Technologies and president of Bell Labs. "This technology gives Internet service providers the 'glue' they need to make Internet telephony equipment work together and to make Internet phone calls look, feel and work like regular phone calls."

The software is written in Java and runs on most commercially available servers. Beta testing is slated for this month.

Although the telephony market is in its infancy revenues are predicted to reach as high as $9 billion by 2002.