Thursday, May 19, 2005

Belgium's Telenet Deploys Cirpack Switches

Telenet, the largest provider of broadband cable services in Belgium, has deployed Cirpack's Class-5 switch solution to deliver voice over broadband services to business customers in Belgium and Luxembourg. The service allows small and medium-sized businesses to connect their ISDN PBX to a secured DSL line. Cirpack's MultiNode delivers a complete set of ISDN services over the DSL line. The companies noted that almost all enterprises in Belgium and Luxembourg have an ISDN PBX and said that broadband local loops are very efficient alternatives to deliver carrier-grade voice services.

  • In April, Thomson acquired Cirpack, a privately-held developer of class-5 softswitching solutions based near Paris. Financial terms were not disclosed.

    Cirpack claims 45 telco and ISP customers in 15 countries. The customer list includes Free, a subsidiary of the Iliad Group and the second largest French ISP, which is using a joint solution from IBM and Cirpack to deliver a consumer VoIP service over unbundled DSL lines. The residential VoIP is provided as an add-on to the company's ADSL service in the areas where Free has deployed its own DSL infrastructure.

    Cirpack's softswitch platform can host a range of high-density network interfaces (IP, ATM, TDM) and supports multiple local signaling protocol variants simultaneously (ISDN, SS7, VoIP, VoATM). It can be configured to manage voice transit services (Class-4) as well as subscriber services (Class- 5). The company partners with IBM Global Services.

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