Nortel, Bell Canada Push IP
Nortel Networks Ltd. and Bell Canada are developing a new IP-based network and beefing up their joint research initiatives.In a concerted effort to push Internet-based voice and multimedia services into the large-enterprise market, Nortel Networks Ltd. and Bell Canada are developing a new IP-based network and beefing up their joint research initiatives. Down the road, they plan to expand the project to be able to provide similar new services to small and midsize businesses. Bell Canada, which has more enterprise customers than any of the countrys other telecommunications carriers, will launch some of the new services in mid-2004, beginning in British Columbia, according to Eugene Roman, group president of Networks & Technology at Bell Canada, in Toronto. The services, based on a "one-network approach," will simplify communications from the customer perspective, Roman said in a teleconference last week.
Enterprises will have access to the same telephone features they have today, but they will also have combined options such as instant video calling; unified messaging; and "hot desking," which lets mobile workers set up an instant work space with their phone numbers and calling preferences.