Oki launches new VoIP gateway

Oki Network Australia has launched a stackable, four-port VoIP (voice over IP) gateway aimed at the 100-channel market.

The modular system BV1250, which is available now, is being trialled in a few hospitals across Australia.

Nadia Toumi, general manager, network technologies division for Oki, said the solution is best suited to VPNs (virtual private networks) and the intranet, and can be scaled to suit small business or large organisations with satellite or international branches. The stand-alone device integrates into most telephony and data networks and is compatible with all PABX systems. It supports SNMP, remote management and most routers. Toumi said it has proven compatibility with Cisco routers.

Oki said the BV1250 supports both G.723.1 and G729a codecs and is equipped with Oki encoded DSPs (digital signal processors). It is fully H.323 v2 compliant.

Toumi said a lack of Internet bandwidth within Australia has hindered the take up of VoIP, and recommends that VoIP users set their router to give priority to voice over data to improve voice quality.

"VoIP is in its infancy in Australia, perhaps not at the carrier level where it is used more than consumers think; but it is not used by most businesses, expect a few large banks," she said.

"VoIP is best aimed at vertical industries that import and export and have a high intensity of international calls." Toumi sees VoIP becoming more common in Australia within two to three years.

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