IP telephony has received a huge endorsement from heavyweight telecomms equipment developer Ericsson.
It has launched an IP telephony system aimed at operators, which it developed with specialist carrier, Delta Three.
Ericsson and its partner spent six months building the system, called IP Telephony Solution for Carriers (IPTC), offering phone-to-phone and PC-to-phone IP communications.
Delta Three will be the first to use it to offer IP telephony services in Europe, claiming it will slash up to 75 per cent off premium long distance calls. The service is currently available in the UK and is expected to reach 14 European countries and 40 worldwide by the end of the year.
The system will work with most traditional telecomms switches to convert voice traffic to IP packets. Users dial a special prefix to use the network.
According to Staffan Lindholm, general manager of Ericsson?s Internet group busness unit for public networks, both companies spent a significant amount of time addressing Internet telephony quality issues. The system uses a higher number of digital signalling processors to enable it to recreate aspects of words if these are lost, by recognising speech tones.
Linholm said Ericsson plans to include the technology in its range of switches for corporate customers building their own networks.
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