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Vendors offer voice nets, Web phones

November 20, 1998
Web posted at: 6:15 PM EST

by Elinor Mills


LAS VEGAS (IDG) -- Lucent and other vendors at Comdex/Fall '98 made announcements this week that will enable networks to support voice users to surf the Web over a screen phone and people to organize online telephone conferencing.

Lucent said it is targeting Internet telephony service providers in its plan to integrate Elemedia H.323 gatekeeper software from its Elemedia subsidiary into Hewlett-Packard's OpenCall Intelligent Network (IN) platform, a carrier-grade computer-based service.

The H.323 protocol allows voice and multimedia services to run over IP networks. H.323 gatekeeper software provides intelligence within the networks to support functions like authentication, address resolution and bandwidth management.
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HP will optimize its OpenCall IN platform so that service providers and equipment vendors can deploy advanced services over data networks.

Meanwhile, Lucent announced the availability of a screen phone with Internet access that uses technology created by the Lucent spin-off, Inferno. Universal Microelectronics of Taiwan used Inferno's web phone reference design kit and applications in developing its ISP 2000 screen phone.

The device is available in two versions, one for the U.S. market and one for the Asian market. The Asian version has Chinese input/output capabilities and a graphical user interface written in Chinese. Its features include Internet access with a web browser and e-mail client, a 33.6K bit/sec modem, a touch screen and retractable keyboard, and an expandable memory with two telephone lines-one for telephone calls and the other for Internet access.

NTT Software, a subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone, announced the premier of its newest VoiceHive computer-Internet-telephony integration (CITI) product, which is available in English and Japanese.

VoiceHive 2.0 allows up to 3,000 people to participate in online telephone conferencing, distance learning and chat forums. With VoiceHive a teleconference administrator uses a PC connected to the Internet to control a "voice community space" of people who are connected by their telephones.

In other voice and data networking news from Comdex, LG InfoComm, the North American subsidiary of LG Information and Communications (LGIC) of South Korea, introduced its Goldstream Series of data networking products to the U.S. market.

LGIC said it hopes to become a primary player in North America's rapidly converging voice and data networking market.

The Goldstream products include Ethernet routers, switches and hubs, ATM switches, digital service units and network management systems.

Elinor Mills is Deputy Managing Editor of the IDG News Service in its San Francisco bureau.

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