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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 Big Sight.
    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 routers.

    (Nikkei Communications)

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    Updated: Thu Nov 12 19:25:36 1998 PDT