The first day of Comnet 99 in Washington this week saw a bevvy of networking announcements, including 3Com's IP telephony system aimed at killing off the public switched telephone exchange (PSTN).
The Total Control IP Telephony System includes gatekeepers, gateways and backend servers in a three tier design which, according to 3Com, enables carriers to separate their database into an additional tier for better scaleability.
Newbridge also released the first fruits of its revamped IP strategy, dubbed Versatile IP. The Multiservices Remote Access Solution family includes the Newbridge and Siemens developed Mainstreet Xpress 36100 Access Concentrator which provides dial, ISDN and dedicated access services to Internet Service Providers or business customers.
The Mainstreet Xpress 56020 routing services control point provides routing policy and information, emulating conventional router processor and policy server functions.
Also at the show Fore Systems announced it has integrated its wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) technology into its Fore Runner ASX 4000 asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) switch.
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