Cisco, best known for its high end routers, is to start selling telephones under its own brand.
The phones will complete the range Cisco will offer corporates interested in voice/data convergence and IP telephony, the company said.
The technology comes from its recent acquisition, Selsius Systems, which specialises in phones and PBXs for IP.
Cisco said offering the phone would drive adoption of Internet based voice traffic and other convergence applications, but is not about to start competing with high street telephone vendors. It will only sell its products in conjunction with back end equipment and they will cost $100-$250, including an Ethernet connection for integration into the data network and the Internet.
Microsoft also recently announced that it would market a telephone.
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