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| Fujitsu to Enter Market for Internet Telephony Devices
November 13, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Fujitsu Ltd. displayed a prototype Internet
telephony device for enterprise networks at COM
Japan 1998, which was held Nov. 10 through Nov. 13 at the Tokyo
|The computer company plans to ship the product at the end of November
at the earliest.
The device, code-named EW30IP, is a voice-over-IP (VoIP) adapter that
bundles voice traffic into Internet Protocol (IP) packets for transmission
over IP networks such as the Internet, according to Fujitsu.
Many manufacturers of LAN/WAN products, including Cisco Systems Inc.
of San Jose, Calif., Ascend Communications Inc. of Alameda, Calif.,
and NEC Corp., are already shipping VoIP devices. However, this is the
first time for Fujitsu to enter the market.
The EW30IP is connected between a company's private branch exchange (PBX)
and a router linked to a wide area network (WAN). The voice signals
sent from the PBX are digitized (encoded) into IP packets, then forwarded
to the router. The adapter has two interfaces: a 10BASE-T LAN interface
and an analog PBX interface. It can accommodate up to eight phone lines.
Many companies have installed Fujitsu's voice-over-frame-relay (VoFR)
devices for relaying voice traffic over frame-relay networks. However,
those VoFR products were manufactured for Fujitsu by other companies.
Fujitsu will enter the VoIP market with its own product.
The Tokyo-based company said that in addition to stand-alone VoIP products,
it may also produce modular products that add VoIP functionality to
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