3Com has announced new wide area offerings aimed at the growing market for converged voice/data networks in corporates.
Unveiled at the Networld+Interop show in Atlanta this week, the products include a voice switch for adding voice, fax and modem traffic to IP or frame relay data networks. They are the first result of 3Com's development partnership with Motorola's Internet and networking group, with Motorola providing packet voice technology.
The Pathbuilder S200 voice access switch offers a choice of using voice over frame relay (VoFR) or voice over IP (VoIP) technologies. 3Com believes the large enterprises that are its target will generally combine the two, perhaps to integrate remote workers into a corporate frame relay network over the IP Internet.
The new switch joins the existing Pathbuilder Wan access switches, which provide voice over ATM.
Also part of 3Com's voice over IP strategy is its IP Telephony architecture for carriers and large corporates, also unveiled at N+I.
This is built round a three-tier structure of gateways, gatekeepers and servers, supporting phone-to-phone and PC-to-phone IP telephony. Standard application programming interfaces are included on all three tiers to allow users to develop new apps.
The platform is based on 3Com's existing Total Control access platform, and users of that product can upgrade to voice over IP.
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