Alcatel details convergence strategy

Alcatel is striving for recognition as a leading convergence player, yesterday revealing plans of its new IP-based Private Communications Exchange (PCX).

Known as the 4400 IP-PCX, it builds on the company's existing LAN-based 4400 PBX platform to offer enterprise users a migration path to integrated IP-based voice and data networks.

The product announcement comes just two weeks before the company's $US2 billion buyout of switch specialist Xylan is due to be completed.

Olivier Baujard, Alcatel's president, enterprise solutions division, said the merger is close to being finalised, describing Xylan as already "part of the family".

Baujard confirmed previous reports that Xylan is to continue operating as a wholly-owned "start-up" company, with its own fiscal responsibilities.

Billed as Alcatel's next flagship product, the 4400 IP-PCX offers full packet voice networking, a "non-proprietary" application system, LAN switching and support for IP telephones.

However, Australian users will not have access to the product until early 2000. Pricing details are also not yet available, with company executives only willing to say pricing will vary according to each site configuration.

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