Lucent has launched its Full Circle scheme in an attempt to help carrier equipment developers, service providers and portal companies design broadband networks for the converged voice, data and video market.
Although the programme seemed lacking in new products to back it up, it was full of marketing promises, and Carly Fiorina, group president of Lucent's global service provider business, claimed the intiative would make it "easy for our customers to quickly deploy the new services and applications that software and Web developers are creating now."
And developers will be able to draw on a range of existing Lucent products, including Softswitch, previously known as Packetstar, which is Lucent's software switch for IP networks, and the 7R/E Programmable Feature Server to help service providers create features such as Internet call waiting.
Also included in the scheme is Flexent for the creation of wireless services and Tool Box Pro, a set of tools for Lucent's Any Path Messaging Platform to enable service providers to customise messaging functions.
Among the firms taking part in the programme, which includes support for sales and marketing functions, include Novell, Sun Microsystems and AT&T. They will use Full Circle to develop broadband equipment and services for the telecoms market.
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