French telecoms equipment supplier Alcatel is trying to enter the crowded north American converged telecoms and networking market with a range of specially designed systems from its acquisitions of Xylan and Packet Engines.
The OmniPCX 4400 range of IP private communications exchanges is company's latest attempt to transform itself from a so-called voice-only company to a developer of voice and data networking equipment. However, the market is already being targeted by US telecoms giants Lucent and Nortel.
Olivier Houssin, Alcatel's executive vice president, said: "We are now addressing the US business market with a world-class offering, taking advantage of the opportunity created by the convergence of voice and data technologies."
In addition to Xylan and Packet Engines, Alcatel also bought call centre systems developer Genesys last year to provide the applications element to its plans.
The Alcatel OmniPCX 4400 range replaces traditional voice-only private branch exchange systems and allows companies to route both data and voice across the same network.
The range is based on a Unix server and can support between 50 and 50,000 PC clients, providing unified messaging, voice-over-IP and combined voice and data network management capabilities.
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