News Release

HP Introduces Opencall Solution Provider Program

First release Offers Flexible, Scalable Platform for Advanced Value-added Services in Carrier VoIP Networks
Sep 21, 1999

Grenoble, France. - 21 September 1999: -- Hewlett-Packard Company today announced the availability of the first release of OpenCall Multiservice Controller (OCMC), building on the relationship announced last year between HP and Cisco Systems. Targeted at Local and Long Distance carriers, Internet Telephony Service Providers (ITSPs) and Internet Service Providers (ISPs), the OCMC uniquely combines HP OpenCall - a robust, proven, telco-class Service Creation, Execution, and Management platform - and H.323 to deliver a highly scalable and flexible environment, for developing and deploying advanced services in New World service provider networks.

OCMC's open Service Creation Environment enables service providers to develop and deploy customized, differentiated services such as Voice Virtual Private Network, Internet Call Waiting and Click to Talk to expand their service offerings, generate additional revenue and retain customers.

OCMC interoperates with Cisco's packet telephony gateways, including the AS5300 and AS5800 Voice Gateways, with 2600 and 3600 series multiservice modular access routers, and with the Multimedia Conference Manager (Cisco's IOS-based H.323 Gatekeeper). OCMC is supported on a wide range of hardware platforms, from entry-level HP9000 A-class servers up to HP9000 multi-processors K-class servers, to insure a scalable and cost-effective deployment.

"Carrier-class service creation and deployment platforms like the OCMC that incorporate H.323 gatekeeper technology deliver the promise of advanced services to packet networks", said Ami Amir, CEO of RADvision. OCMC integrates RADVision's H.323v2 technology enhanced for creating services for packet telephony networks.

OCMC is expected to be available worldwide from HP in October, starting at $25,000 for the software and the computer hardware.

By early 2000, HP OpenCall's proven carrier-grade SS7 connectivity will be added to OCMC, to enable value added services for both VoIP networks and the PSTN. OCMC will also interwork with carriers' existing SCP-based services to fully leverage existing investments in IN/AIN infrastructure. Future releases of OCMC will support additional Cisco IP network elements, such as the Virtual Switch Controller (VSC), under the common OCMC layer for value added services. A common service application layer, integrating multiple network elements, is key to unlocking a wide range of highly innovative, New World services spanning PSTN and IP networks.

In order to broaden Service Providers' choices for services and to promote innovation, HP also announced the HP OpenCall Solution Provider Program, which will support Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and Systems Integrators (SIs) in the development of applications for telecommunications companies and ISPs. The program facilitates the development of Intelligent Network-based services for both voice and data networks, enabling service providers to achieve a faster time-to-market.

"Open platforms like OCMC let application developers such as IntelliNet bring our expertise in developing traditional IN services to New World networks.", said Anjan Ghosal, President/CEO of IntelliNet Technologies. IntelliNet has been working with HP and Cisco to develop various applications on OCMC.

Developers interested in receiving more information on the program and its benefits can contact HP via the Website:

OCMC will be showcased at Telecom99 in Geneva at the HP booth.

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