February 6, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Ascend Communications Japan K.K.
exhibited a prototype of a multimedia multiplexer to link
corporate offices at NET &
COM '98, an exposition for corporate information systems and
networks held Feb. 4-6 at the Makuhari Messe hall in Makuhari,
However, the prototype was covered in a box at Ascend's booth.
Inside the box was a device resembling the MAX4000, an access
server made by the firm.
Ascend's staff said the product can transmit video data and voice
data via an Internet Protocol (IP) network such as the Internet
and a frame-relay network through links with a local area network
(LAN) and a private branch exchange (PBX) in various offices.
Users will utilize H.323, Voice over IP and other technologies to
transmit video data for a video conference and voice data over a
telephone in IP packets, Ascend's staff noted.
At NET & COM '98, the product debuted with the covering because
it has not yet been officially unveiled even in the United
States. Ascend will commercialize the product as early as the
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