Lucent will tap into the $4 billion VoIP services market with the European launch of its Packetstar IP Gateway 1000.
Lucent claims it will enable service providers to design virtually 99.999 per cent reliable networks. But whether a virtual promise is enough to sway users from their standard phone system is debatable.
"You can't say that something like this is going to be 100 per cent reliable, but we aim for 99.999 per cent," said Alex Raistrick, Lucent's sales manager for service provider business in the UK. "When you look at our competitors, they aren't rolling out anything like it."
Malek Akilie, product manager of the enterprise voice business unit at Cisco, disagrees. He pointed out that the Gateway 1000 was developed by Livingston, and is a dial termination - not a Wan routing - device.
"We look at the product as similar to products we have had on the market for a while," Akilie said.
The Packetstar IP Gateway can, however, carry two million voice or fax calls a day, a figure greater than the entire industry's needs. The device is based on the Portmaster 4 integrated concentrator platform and ComOS operating system.
The product has an ATM switching fabric in the backplane and can support up to 21 E1s. This provides 630 Digital Signal Zeros (DSOs) per gateway and five gateways can be stacked together to provide 3150 DS0s per seven foot rack. An end to end latency of 80 milliseconds should provide the quality expected from today's phone systems.
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