A joint venture between LG-Ericcson USA and Accton aims to provide cost-conscious businesses with VOIP and telephony solutions as well as network management services.
Telecommunications and networking solutions specialist LG-Ericsson
USA announced the launch
of its brand into the North American market, offering a portfolio of scalable
end-to-end data and voice networking solutions for businesses ranging in size
from small to medium-size businesses (SMBs) to large enterprises.
Headquartered in Irvine, Calif.,
formerly Edgecore Networks, is a joint venture between LG-Ericsson and
Taiwan-based Accton Technology, a provider of voice and data networking
In a joint release, LG-Ericsson and Accton said they will develop and
deliver a line of high-performance data and voice communications solutions to
North American SMBs and enterprise businesses. LG-Ericsson owns 60 percent
share in the joint venture, while Accton owns 40 percent, according to the
LG-Ericsson USA will provide communications solutions to suit business of
all sizes, with solutions including a suite of IP PBX systems and a complement of
business-class digital, IP, WiFi, SIP, soft phones and multimedia terminals, as
well as a host of smart, fully managed and unmanaged switches with a robust
Network Management Services (NMS) and Unified Device Manager (UDM) platform to
provide user-friendly management capability.
"The launch of LG-Ericsson USA will, for the first time, provide SMBs
and large enterprises with a portfolio of scalable, performance-oriented,
unified end-to-end data and voice network solutions from a single
manufacturer," stated S.B. Mun, CEO of
LG-Ericsson USA. "We are confident that by deploying our solutions, our
customers will benefit from improved cost effectiveness and operational
efficiency, as well as unparalleled interoperability."
Products include the LG-Ericsson iPECS ES-3000/3000G, a family of fully
managed Layer 2 switches that support enterprise-class Layer 2 switching
features and comes in four models, from Fast Ethernet to Gigabit Ethernet. The
appliance features UDM (Unified Device Manager), which enables network
administrators to configure and manage multiple iPECS switches across the
network. Also available is the LG-Ericsson ipLDK-60, designed to support
analog, digital and IP phones and trunks.
The system supports IP phones ranging from desktop phones to soft phones,
which can be configured on a PC or PDA.
Through IP trunks, up to 72 ipLDK-60 branches can be networked together,
offering the ability to leverage features such as centralized attendant and
voice mail, common dialing plan, transfer, follow me forward and other
features. The ipLDK-60 SIP trunks also enable the LG-Ericsson ipLDK-60 to
interoperate with other third-party equipment that supports the open standard
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.