Siemens is about to unveil enhancements to its current telephone line-based enterprise PBX systems to enable them to run over an IP network.
At the Networld+Interop show in May, the European telecoms equipment manufacturer said it would enhance its Hicom 150 and 300 PBX systems to enable them to manage such IP services as Internet telephony.
A new version of the firm's Hinet IP telephony system, which is currently in its second release, is also due to ship later this year. It will support unified messaging and enable calls to be routed to call agents according to skill levels.
Mark Straten, vice president of marketing at Siemens US, said the enhancements would provide "a path to convergence" between telecoms and data networking technology.
The new products follow Siemens' split with 3Com last year, which ended an alliance to design IP telephony systems. Straten said Siemens decided that hubs and routers were not core to its business and the company preferred to be able to support networking hardware from a range of vendors.
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