Nortel to deliver VoIP softswitches to Charter

Nortel Networks Corp. this week said it expanded an 20-month-old relationship with cable company Charter Communications Inc. by signing a deal to supply softswitches for VoIP services in Charter's Midwest and Great Lakes regions.

Charter will deploy Nortel's Succession Communication Server (CS) 2000-Compact softswitches, subject to the execution of a definitive agreement. Charter also intends to deploy Nortel's Multimedia Communication Server (MCS) 5200 in a 2004 market trial of multimedia service delivery to businesses and residences.

The Charter VoIP architecture will include the capability to communicate between a Session Initiation Protocol server and a PacketCable qualified Call Management Server, Nortel said.

Charter will also use Nortel professional services to support the planning and deployment of the VoIP system. In September 2002, Charter deployed cable VoIP service in North America using Nortel equipment.

Separately, Nortel said it will resell PacketCable capable VoIP media gateways from Nuera Communications Inc. Nuera's Orca BTX-21 and BTX-8 gateways will be integrated with Nortel's softswitch and communicate with the device via the PacketCable Trunk Gateway Control Protocol.

Nortel says the Nuera gateways will complement its own Passport Packet Voice Gateways, which supports the older H.248 protocol, and Primary Rate Interface and V5.2 interfaces.

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