Monday, May 2, 2005

Level 3 Enhances Audio for MSN Messenger

Level 3 Communications will enhance the audio conversation feature of Microsoft's MSN Messenger, an instant messaging (IM) service with more than 155 million active users each month. The improved voice communication capability was announced by MSN in April. The companies said Level 3's new technology significantly improves connectivity helping to navigate firewalls and enabling a more seamless experience.

Level 3 is using Netrake's nCite session controllers to overcome the security technology challenges associated with passing VoIP calls through firewalls, as well as through translations from public IP address schemes to private corporate network addresses. This Firewall/NAT (Network Address Translation) traversal function is a core capability of Netrake's nCite session controller.