Motorola claims it now offers the world's lowest priced solution for migrating voice packets over frame relay. A combination of its Vanguard frame relay access device (Frad) and Voice Relay software costs $999 (US list price). Non-US pricing will be decided this month in discussions with Motorola's international distributors, but will be "definitely just as competitive in the local markets".
Motorola's Information Systems Group will offer Voice Relay to provide FXS or FXO voice capability to the Vanguard 100 or 300 frame relay access devices.
Voice Relay can also be used with non-Motorola Frads and routers, even if they do not support voice. The supplier said it would particularly target Voice Relay at banks running networks of ATMs with 'hot line' phone links, retailers' point of sale sites, and companies with remote offices that can cut costs by combining voice and data traffic.
Motorola claims various benefits for its package, including compression technology that improves voice quality and reduction of costs for voice-only public lines. Digital Speech Interpolation features are designed to cut down on wasted bandwidth and Vanguard also offers echo cancellation and integration fax and voice on one port.
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