Nortel to further link data, telephony

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Nortel Networks Corp. today released its Internet telephony plan for corporate users, announcing that 11 new products, including two Internet phones and assorted enhancements to existing goods, will be offered in coming months.

Meanwhile, Nortel competitor Nextel Communications Inc. today introduced its new Internet phone, which had been scheduled to be on the market next month. Nextel said in a statement that it's releasing the i1000plus phone now because of stepped-up Internet telephony plans from Nortel and Motorola Inc. The Nextel phone includes a Web browser and upgraded voice features for $299.

Nortel's new products will be part of the company's Internet Communications Architecture, which is an IP architecture. Exact launch dates and pricing information were not provided. Among the announcements:

  • Inca M10 Communication System, which runs on a Windows NT server and supports networkwide telephony applications and both analog telephones and Nortel's i2004 Internet telephone. The system will use telephony gateways to connect to the public switched telephone network.
  • Inca M1, Inca M100 and Inca M7500 Communication Systems, combining telephony, connection management and standard protocol support via existing IP networks.
  • iRemote, a single- or multiple-user remote office voice-over-IP hardware and software package connecting to an IP wide area network using the digital telephones and features in the private branch exchange.
  • Inca Telecommuter, Windows-based PC software integrating voice and data over IP so that telecommuters can use computers for voice and data, accessing information over an analog line.
  • i2004 Internet Telephone, the first in a series of Internet-enabled phones that Nortel plans to roll out. The company also announced its i3220 Internet telephone, which will offer multimedia features and access the Net through a dial-up Internet service provider or a corporate intranet.
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