Deutsche Telekom has agreed to use technology from Lucent Technologies in a next-generation voice pilot project.
The contract to deliver VoIP technology was one of several with Deutsche Telekom that Lucent chairman and chief executive officer Patricia Russo announced at the Cebit trade show in Hannover yesterday.
Under the pilot, Deutsche Telekom is to assess - under live network conditions - how both IP and circuit-switched voice and data calls can be handled over a unified network infrastructure. The project will also help the German operator validate a migration path from its existing circuit-switched network to a next-generation packet-based one capable of offering new unified communications.
For the voice pilot project, Lucent has agreed to deliver new gateway controllers that add VoIP capability to the IP gateway products it already supplies.
Lucent also received orders to deliver software for the internet dial-up platform of Deutsche Telekom's online division and network management software for the operator's optical network.
In all, Lucent announced several contracts worth more than $300m to deliver equipment, software and services with several European fixed-line and wireless operators, in addition to Deutsche Telekom.
John Blau writes for IDG News Service