Alcatel offers integrated voice/data networking
- By L. Scott Tillett, L. Scott Tillett
- Jan 25, 2000
French telecommunications company Alcatel on Tuesday unveiled a product
designed to act as a nerve center for networks that carry voice and data
OmniPCX 4400 and other products like it stand to displace private branch
exchange (PBX) — the traditional hardware that organizations use to
route telephone calls.
As an organization moves to develop one network for carrying its voice
and its data traffic, it will need hardware more sophisticated than the
traditional PBX, said Mike Paluzzi, director of federal sales for
Alcatel's internetworking division.
Enter Alcatel's PCX, or private communication exchange. "Everybody knows
that they have to move to this technology," Paluzzi said.
Alcatel, which stands to see PCX competition from Nortel Networks Corp.
and Lucent Technologies, has started to pursue federal customers for the
Paluzzi said he is targeting clients such as the Defense Department, the
Justice Department and the Department of Health and Human Services. NATO
probably will beta test the OmniPCX 4400 in coming months, he said.
Alcatel officials said the product enhances mobility and supports many
applications by using Internet protocols to identify users on a combined
voice/data network. The solution, according to company officials,
amounts to a fluid or "virtual" network not bounded by the physical
location of phones or computers.
Alcatel officials also said the product will aid applications that work
on converged voice/data networks, such as translation of e-mail messages
into computer-generated voice-mail messages, and "onscreen" telephone
calls that can connect a computer user with a help desk.