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Johanne Torres[October 18, 2004]

AudioCodes Adds Wireless/Wireline Server Offering

BY JOHANNE TORRES


Provider of VoIP products AudioCodes just announced that it added two high-density converged wireless/wireline media server platforms, the IPmedia 8000 and the IPmedia 5000, to the company’s IPmedia Media Server product line. AudioCodes says the new servers will enable users to benefit from business communication, wireless personal communication, fixed-mobile-convergence and residential broadband service applications.




The two new platforms are carrier-grade, targeting high-availability, high-reliability, mission-critical apps and services. They are planned to be released in the first quarter of 2005. The new IPmedia 8000 media server supports up to 18,000 low-bit-rate VoIP/VoATM channels of media processing. The new IPmedia 5000 media server offers up to 8,000 low-bit-rate channels.

Those media processing channels can be used to provide centralized announcements, conferencing, Interactive Voice Response (IVR), media transcoding, IP multicasting / IP forking, record & playback, and Web-based playback server functions. It’s intriguing to see developments in combined platforms like these, since more service providers will soon be announcing releases of a whole gamut of wireless/VoIP-enabled devices.

The IPmedia 8000 and 5000 platforms are also designed to serve as a Multimedia Resource Function Processor (MRFP), supporting both wireline and 3G (UMTS & CDMA) wireless networks that have adopted the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) architecture. The IPmedia servers allow mixing wireline and wireless subscribers on the same platform.

"We are seeing an increased adoption of the 3GPP IMS architecture in both wireline and wireless network deployments. This architecture drives some of the density requirements we are seeing in the market place. These media servers can be used as a shared, aggregated resource across multiple applications," said Lior Weiss, Director of Product Marketing at AudioCodes.

Johanne Torres is the contributing editor for TMCnet.com and Internet Telephony magazine. Previously, she was the assistant editor for EContent magazine in Connecticut. She can be reached by e-mail at jtorres@tmcnet.com.

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