NZ firms to trial Cisco IP telephony

Two New Zealand companies are to trial IP telephony systems from Cisco Systems. Steve Coad, Cisco New Zealand country manager, would not reveal the customers' identities but says they were not existing customers of Cisco's data networking gear.

Two New Zealand companies are to trial IP telephony systems from Cisco Systems.

Steve Coad, Cisco New Zealand country manager, would not reveal the customers’ identities but says they were not existing customers of Cisco’s data networking gear.

The pilots will be using NT-based IP tele-phony servers and IP telephones which Cisco acquired last year with the purchase of Texas-based Selsius Systems for $US145 million in cash and Cisco stock. Selsius was a start-up making telephone switching systems that switch voice calls as IP packets over data lines.

Coad says Cisco New Zealand will also be using the system, which is currently being telepermitted by Telecom. Cisco will run the Selsius telephone system in its Auckland and Wellington offices. The server will be based in Sydney and there will be a gateway in Auckland. The IP telephony server software costs approximately $4000 to $5000 and the IP phones $800 each.

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