Lucent will soon increase its R/Evolutionary Networking product portfolio, with plans to launch a solution enabling voice and data to travel on packet Networks within a Global Systems for Mobile Communications (GSM) infrastructure. The planned technology, known as PacketGSM, is designed to help GSM operators evolve convergence traffic onto packet networks. It borrows technology from the 7R/E Call Feature Server.
Network managers will be able to offer extended benefits over General Packet Radio Service (GPRS), including support for multimedia applications.
Despite speculation that voice/ data convergence may not be ready for commercial use on an IP platform for the next five or six years, Lucent is confident that it could take off on the GPRS platform by the end of next year.
Arif Hussain, product team leader for PacketGSM said: "We expect to have a product by the middle of next year."
Similar to the 7R/E technology, PacketGSM will be based on ATM technology. It will be integrated into systems using GSM by making as much use of existing hardware as possible.
Lucent also announced collaboration with Sony and Samsung to develop mobile terminals supporting PacketGSM technology.
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