SOURCE: Alpha Telecom

May 11, 2005 10:05 ET

Alpha Telecom Adds VoIP Gateway That Seamlessly Migrates Enterprises' Legacy Phone Systems Into Lucent iMerge

Arion 1004 Lets Service Providers Offer Centrex Features Over Their IP Backbone

SUNNYVALE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 11, 2005 -- Alpha Telecom, Inc. USA, a leading provider of carrier-class managed customer-premises equipment (CPE), has introduced the Arion 1004, a VoIP gateway that seamlessly and instantly migrates an enterprise's legacy telephones into a softswitch platform or a Lucent iMerge Centrex Feature Gateway (CFG), enabling service providers to offer Centrex features over their IP backbone. The Arion 1004 is the only VoIP gateway currently approved for seamless migration into iMerge.

The H.323-compliant Arion 1004 works in conjunction with the iMerge CFG to provide Centrex features transparent to companies that want to migrate to IP telephony but still keep their legacy ISDN business sets -- including high-quality speaker phones -- and avoid the equipment and training costs associated with adopting a new network infrastructure.

The Arion 1004 allows service providers to seamlessly provision, configure and manage VoIP service without user intervention. The carrier simply ships the plug-and-play, easy-to-maintain units to its customer for attachment to individual phones by the IT department or the users themselves. The VoIP gateways connect directly to the LAN on the network side and provide four ISDN BRI U-Interfaces to the end-user side. Because the units reside at the customer site, the Arion 1004 supports portability, which lets an enterprise balance user requirements for high functionality with the benefits of streamlined management and reduced facilities costs.

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About Alpha Telecom, Inc. USA

Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Alpha Telecom develops and markets innovative hardware/software solutions to meet next-generation network service providers' needs for carrier-class, intelligently managed CPE and service solutions for "IP over everything" networks. Strong financial and manufacturing ties to leading Asian ISO 9001:2000-certified manufacturers assure a high-quality, consistent, cost-effective product supply and the confidence of vendor stability already exceeding 10 years. The company's product offerings for service providers to the enterprise, SOHO and residential markets include a comprehensive range of VoIP-over-ADSL and cable-managed CPE gateway solutions, such as IP-TV, WiFi and desktop VoIP phones, power-over-Ethernet LAN switches and mid-span power supply devices, and ISDN equipment.

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