Ericsson claims it is the first telco equipment vendor to market gatekeeper technology to enable carriers to add intelligence to their IP networks.
The Ericsson Gatekeeper helps operators or Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to monitor all IP telephony traffic. It also enables suppliers to set up user profiles and send calls through most efficient routes.
Currently IP calls are pushed between gateways but if one goes down calls are lost. The gatekeeper ensures calls go through the cheapest route. The technology also allows providers to bill calls according to date, time, length and distance.
Ericsson Gatekeeper has been tested by Norwegian telco, Telenor Nextel, since February.
?The Ericsson Gatekeeper brings intelligence to voice over IP networks and unlike other gatekeepers is available today,? commented Thomas Anglero, business manager at Ericsson?s multimedia over IP unit.
The product is available in two editions: an evaluation version which can handle three calls simultaneously, and a commercial version handling 30 simultaneous calls. Support for 90 and 120 callers will be available later.
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