AT&T Announces Global VOIP Trials

 
 
By Ellen Muraskin  |  Posted 2004-06-10 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

AT&T will soon begin trials of a global voice-over-IP service aimed at multinational corporations that want to configure worldwide, single-PBX-like dialing.

AT&T will soon begin trials of a global voice-over-IP service aimed at multinational corporations that want to configure worldwide, single-PBX-like dialing. The service, with an expected launch next year, should also appeal for its ability to link up remote or roaming workers with broadband connectivity and IP phone or softphone. It follows on the heels of the Bedminster, N.J.-based carriers domestic VOIP CallVantage launch in March, and will employ a similar feature set, including Web-retreivable voice mail, ad-hoc conferencing for up to 10 participants, call logging and click-to-dial.
For more on CallVantage, read "AT&T Rolls Out Do-It-Yourself VOIP."
Web-accessed voice mail will allow participants to hear their messages by phone or PC and forward them to anyone in the world via e-mail. Call logs will allow participants to track and monitor their calling habits or move frequently called numbers into their personal phone books for click-to-dial access. The trials are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and the United Kingdom. AT&Ts global network uses MPLS (Multi-Protocol Labeled Services) routing technology to drive down packet latency and achieve toll-quality (i.e., traditional telephony) voice transmission. It routes voice over any data network, including ATM, frame relay and IP-VPN. The carrier is reporting a fourfold increase in the number of VOIP business customers over the past four years. The announcement follows a similar offering from Equant, a division of France Telecom, and those of other global data networking companies.
Check out eWEEK.coms VOIP & Telephony Center at http://voip.eweek.com for the latest news, views and analysis on voice over IP and telephony.
 
 
 
 
Ellen Muraskin is editor of eWEEK.com's VOIP & Telephony Center. She has worked on the editorial staff at Computer Telephony, since renamed Communications Convergence, including three years as executive editor. Muraskin's work has also appeared in Popular Science magazine and other publications.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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