Lucent has finalised the takeover of ATM switch supplier Ascend and heralded the demise of the Ascend brand. It also demonstrated the latest addition to the Alchemy series, the Argentbranch, last week at the Networks Telecom '99 show in Birmingham. The router-based PBX, which can transport voice and data traffic, has five times the processing power of its previous systems. Two versions are available the ArgentBranch 808, with up to 16 ISDN trunks and the ArgentBranch 3000, with up to 60 ISDN trunks. Pricing and ship dates have yet to be announced.
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