Cisco makes voice over IP pitch

Continuing its drive to make VoIP (voice over IP) telephone calls commonplace, Cisco Systems yesterday said it plans to buy privately held VoIP player Komodo Technology for $US175 million.

Komodo, based in Los Gatos, California, makes VoIP devices that allow analog telephones to be used to place calls over IP-based networks, San Jose, California-based Cisco said. The gear will be used to let service providers offer integrated data, voice, and video services over an internet-based network.

By supporting customers with analog phones, Komodo's products help service providers offer a transition path from circuit-switched networks to packet-based networks, Cisco said. An analog phone can be connected directly to Komodo's product, which connects via an internal modem to a telephone line or via an Ethernet jack to a DSL, cable, or wireless access device, according to Cisco.

In a separate agreement, Lucent Technologies announced plans to buy IP services equipment vendor Spring Tide Networks for an estimated $US1.3 billion.

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