RAD's CLEC Gateway Device Offers IP Services

BOSTON (06/08/2000) - RAD Data Communications Ltd. Monday announced a new gateway device that will improve service providers' ability to sell integrated voice and data service packages to customers over IP networks.

Aimed at competitive local exchange carriers (CLEC), the IPmux-16 gateway supports up to 16 T-1 or E-1 connections, as well as two 10/100M-bps Ethernet ports for redundancy and failover.

Placed at the carrier's point of presence, the IPmux-16 enables CLECs to offer end users advanced bundled services over IP networks at a predictably low cost.

Such services would include cheap, carrier-class voice services, Centrex call features and unified messaging services.

The device also lets service providers support leased-line services for multitenant buildings, as well as a base for cellular carrier network infrastructure. Alternatively, large multitenant dwellings or a big corporate campus being serviced by the CLEC might have a lower end version on their own site, such as the IPmux-4.

The IPmux-16, measuring 1.5 stackable units in height, is compatible with standard telephony equipment such as legacy telephony switches, PBXs and time-division multiplexing devices.

According to International Data Corp. (IDC), a Framingham, Massachusetts, research firm, worldwide service provider revenue for such value-added services as IP telephony and IP faxing will grow at a rate of 34.8 percent over the next 3 years. That outpaces the revenue growth rate of 19.6 percent for consumer Internet access and 23.8 percent for corporate Internet access expected over the same time period.

The IPmux-16 is available now and is priced at $19,000, for a 16 T-1 port configuration.

RAD Data Communications: www.rad.com.

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