Nortel boosts IP telephony platform

Nortel Networks has introduced a set of software enhancements and an add-on application that extends its IP telephony platform to...

Nortel Networks has introduced a set of software enhancements and an add-on application that extends its IP telephony platform to include support for wireless VoIP.

Business Communications Manager 2.5 Feature Pack 1 adds wireless capabilities to Nortel's combined voice and data system, Business Communications Manager (BCM). The free software upgrade has integrated PBX and VoIP functions and allows both packet and circuit switching, Nortel reports.

New to the Feature Pack is a wizard that allows the simultaneous creation of multiple mailboxes and settings, support for multiple IP addresses, a tool that permits remote call centre workers to view activity throughout the system, back-up software, and a tool for simplifying the administration of billing information.

Also offered are add-ons for Nortel's Meridian Customer Defined Networking that assist in the delivery of trunking and centralised voice mail. By linking the Meridian and BCM, communications between branch and head offices can be improved. Also included is Point-to-Point over Ethernet, a product that allows xDSL and DSL capabilities.

Nortel has also announced a Layer 2 and 3 Ethernet switch that boasts improved quality of service functionality and gigabit connectivity to the desktop, respectively.

The switch called BayStack 470-48T 10/100, provides 384 ports and as much as 16 Gigabit uplink ports in a stacked approach. As many as eight of the 48 port stacks can be stacked to achieve the 384 ports.

Additionally, Nortel added BayStack Business Policy Switch, software that allows network administrators to create policies for data networks that carry multi-purpose traffic and to give priority to select users or applications.

The BayStack 380-24T 10/100/1000 provides high-density gigabit network connectivity to the desktop as well as data centre aggregation. Architected with as much as 24 gigabit ports per switch, the BayStack 380-24T offers high-speed multi-link trunks, providing as many as 8Gbps throughput connections to servers and other switches.

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