Lucent Unveils VoIP For Enterprises

Lucent Technologies Tuesday announced plans for a new line of voice-over-Internet Protocol hardware and software products
aimed at enabling enterprises to manage and control business VoIP networks
dynamically.

The solutions are designed to provide reliable and high-performance voice
calling, multi-vendor networking and investment protection in their existing
voice, data and IP application products. Implementation of the solutions
starts this week and continues into the year 2000.

The new package of software and hardware, dubbed Real World VoIP Networks,
is based upon nine existing Lucent voice, IP application and data
networking products, and on Lucent’s expertise in PBXs, call centers and
messaging. Novell Inc. will be one of the first companies to deploy
Lucent’s voice and IP application solutions.

Lucent said that during the first half of 2000, it expects to deliver a
directory-based scheme for all user information, based on existing work
being done in standards groups, that will be employed by all of Lucent’s
enterprise applications, including the VoIP products. The applications will
be deployed using a universal directory services standard, the Lightweight
Directory Access Protocol (LDAP). The company said this will enable
organizations to lower costs, streamline network access and deliver
services to users based
on class of service and quality of service (QoS) standards.

Lucent’s Real World VoIP Networks product line includes DEFINITY IP
Solutions, IP Exchange Systems,
MultiMedia Communications eXchange (MMCX), CentreVu Internet Solutions,
INTUITY AUDIX Multimedia Messaging System and PacketStar Internet
Telephony System (ITS).

“Lucent is raising the bar on Voice over IP by doing much more than moving
voice packets over IP networks,” said Karyn Mashima, vice president of
enterprise networks at Lucent.

“We are tapping into the power of voice and data at a new level with VoIP
products that meet a business’ changing priorities for high-quality,
IP-smart communications. In addition, with these new solutions, directory
information can be rapidly integrated into multiple voice and IP
applications, making network management highly efficient and cost-effective
for IT managers,” Mashima said.

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