Embattled UK communications equipment company Marconi Corporation today vowed to fight on with a reaffirmation of its commitment to develop equipment for next-generation IP-based networks.
Still reeling from the impact of being excluded from the potentially lucrative contracts to build elements of BT's 21st Century Network, Marconi insisted that it remains committed to its MarSoftSwitch development programme.
Development of its Impact SoftSwitch technology will focus on operators such as alternative carriers, ISPs, cable TV providers, metro city carriers, international telcos and local loop unbundlers.
The SoftSwitch can help develop new business opportunities such as hosted managed services, click-to-dial and triple-play applications that integrate voice, video and data, according to Marconi.
The company also promised to prioritise services such as voice-over-broadband to allow providers such as major ISPs and unbundlers to enter the wholesale broadband market with combined voice and data offerings.
Under the revised development programme, Marconi engineers will integrate new features and applications designed to broaden SoftSwitch's market appeal, including support for enhanced SIP features and real-time charging.
"There is a large market emerging for the alternative carriers, and our Impact SoftSwitch is perfectly positioned for success in that space," said Andy Evans, chief technology and information officer at Marconi.
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