Cisco announced the fourth phase of its five-pronged strategy to carry voice over traditional data networks at the Networld Interop show in Paris today.
The networking giant aims to enable users to transmit voice, data and video over IP, frame relay and ATM networks. But the latest rollout extends the scheme to campus and branch office environments and is based on the corporate PBX software developed by Selsius, which Cisco acquired less than a month ago.
Paul Di Leo, Cisco Europe?s head of enterprise solutions marketing, said that Selius IP phones are attached to corporate IP networks and are managed and used as thin clients, but claimed that Selsius Call Manager will not be used to oust traditional corporate PBXs from Alcatel or Ericsson. Instead it will be used to control IP voice traffic.
"It?s not our intention to take traditional voice suppliers on head to head - it would not be a problem if they developed handsets for the network," he explained.
But Di Leo would not specify when Cisco would roll out phase five of its strategy, even though company chiefs had said earlier this year that it would be introduced by the end of 1998.
The final plank includes the addition of applications to run in the converged environment and Cisco intends to recruit ISVs to write these packages.
The networking giant also announced four initial models in its new 800 series of routers for small offices and teleworkers. The 801 provides a basic rate interface ISDN S/T port, the 802 adds an NT-1 integration network termination device, while the 803 and 804 include a four port Ethernet hub and two optional analogue telephone interfaces.
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