Clear Communications has completed the first stage of an Internet protocol (IP) backbone trial and says the results so far are positive.
The internal trial, which began in December last year, has two further stages and is scheduled to finish in April, when Clear will consider whether to go ahead with a commercial trial. An IP backbone will allow Clear to offer various Internet-protocol based services, such as voice over IP and virtual private networks. Clear is already running a virtual private network service called Clear Net Connect.
Stage one, which tested voice over IP, brought back successful results for authentication and intelligent voice response, as well as voice quality.
Clear’s emerging business development manager Andy Lake says the company has also identified a handful of issues, such as the passing of dual tone multi-frequency (DTMF) tones through the network, that require further investigation. He say none of them present major problems and believes they can readily be solved. The next two stages will trial management, grade of service and scalability issues. Clear is using Cisco equipment for the trial.