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December 20, 2011


ADTRAN (News - Alert), a provider of networking and communication equipment, has expanded its family of gateways so that they reach more consumers around the globe. The company’s new NetVanta 644 makes use of its expertise in VoIP access and SIP trunking to bring down complexity in voice migration.

According to the company, the ADTRAN NetVanta 644 is a VoIP media gateway designed to interface between TDM and IP networks allowing connection of legacy telephone and PBX systems to IP networks. It is stated to be suitable as a PSTN gateway providing IP conversion for newer PBXs, like the NetVanta Unified Communications (News - Alert) Enterprise Communication Server. Utilizing the ADTRAN AOS, the NetVanta 644 offers simple management and administration and can support 120 simultaneous calls and not miss a beat. Redundant Ethernet functionality is a unique failover feature that provides customers confidence their voice connectivity will be maintained in the event of circuit failure.

ADTRAN added that the NetVanta 644 is a streamlined migration solution that enables providers to support voice deployments on the data network they currently are investing in to meet the growing demand for cloud services, virtual mobility and other data networking programs.

Officials with the company said that the strength of ADTRAN's U.S. market position in the IP Business Gateway (News - Alert), SIP and Voice Access Trunking markets provides the company with the foundation to expand its position worldwide. The introduction of the NetVanta 644 gives it the platform to meet the needs of a broader set of enterprise customers and is a strong reflection of the company's commitment to growing its business around the globe.

In this current capital and operationally sensitive market, the ability to utilize existing data network resources for VoIP will have tremendous value. With the introduction of the NetVanta 644, ADTRAN's customers worldwide can streamline the transition from TDM to IP for voice communications.

Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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