Internet Telephony: AT&T To Trial New Lucent Switch Enhancement Designed to Bridge Voice and Data Networks

Internet Telephony: AT&T To Trial New Lucent Switch Enhancement Designed to Bridge Voice and Data Networks – Company Business and Marketing

Lucent Technologies Wednesday announced that AT&T will trial a new Lucent switching enhancement that is designed to bring IP (Internet Protocol) capabilities to voice networks. AT&T will trial a version of the Lucent AnyMedia MultiService Module (MSM), a solution that routes voice calls to an IP network, and is expected to have the same reliability as Lucent’s 5ESS Switch. The trial will be conducted during the summer of 1999 and will link AT&T New Jersey locations in Bedminster and Middletown as well as the Lucent location in Holmdel, NJ. “We look forward to working with Lucent as our multi-vendor voice network evolves to packet technology,” said Dan Sheinbein, AT&T vice president, Network Architecture and Development. “Network reliability will remain our top priority as we deploy new technology to better serve the growing voice and data needs of our customers.” “With the addition of Lucent’s MultiService Module, the 5ESS switch will help AT&T make a smooth transition from carrying traditional voice traffic using circuit-based switching to serving both voice and data needs of today’s customers utilizing packet-based technology,” said Jay Carter, Lucent business unit president. The current capabilities of the 5ESS Switch have been certified by AT&T and the switching system is already widely deployed in AT&T’s network, including its core long-distance network. Lucent’s 5ESS Switch is the industry’s most reliable switch, according to analysis of the FCC’s ARMIS data, and currently connects more than 110 million lines to the public network. In addition to voice over IP or ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode), the MSM helps providers use the 5ESS to offer data services including modem pooling, Internet access, xDSL, frame relay, or private line data. All these services can be bundled with all the features of voice services. AT&T (www.att.com) is the world’s premier provider of voice and data communications, with more than 80 million customers, including business, government, and consumers. AT&T runs the largest, most powerful long distance network and the largest wireless network in North America. The company is a leading supplier of data and Internet services for business and the nation’s largest direct Internet service provider to consumers. AT&T also provides local telephone service to a growing number of businesses. Lucent Technologies, headquartered in Murray Hill, New Jersey, designs, builds and delivers a wide range of public and private networks, communications systems and software, data networking systems, business telephone systems and microelectronics components. Bell Laboratories is the research and development arm for the company. For more information on Lucent Technologies, visit the company’s web site at http://www.lucent.com.

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