Internet systems vendor Efusion has introduced a telecomms gateway for service providers that will enable them to deliver voice and data communications to customers over the same phone line.
Based on the International Telecommunications Union?s H.323 standard for audio and videoconferencing, the gateway will allow service providers to offer similar applications to those offered on conventional telephone services, such as Internet call waiting, or Internet direct dial.
By adding the Enhanced Internet Services gateway to their existing Lans, ISPs will also be able to route voice calls to Internet PCs or from PCs to telephones, officials at the company explained.
Incoming phone calls, they said, can be routed through the gateway and on to the Internet connection. The subscriber is notified through his or her browser and can answer the call using Microsoft?s Netmeeting (or other H.323 compliant client) while continuing to browse.
?There are three pieces to the Internet telephony puzzle: H.323 clients, telecomm-grade gateways and compelling user services,? said John Ludwig, vice president of Internet client and collaboration division at Microsoft. ?We look forward to seeing ISPs deploy enhanced Internet services soon to enhance the ability for users to communicate over the Internet.?
The company was able to give no pricing details but said the gateway would be expandable in increments of 24 (T1) or 30 (E1) ports, to multiple server systems capable of delivering thousands of ports.
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