News Release


Teams with Cisco to offer best-of-breed voice solutions
Mar 28, 2000

RICHARDSON, TEXAS, March 28, 2000-IPCell Technologies today announced that its OptiCallT Call Agent is available for field trials. The OptiCall Call Agent field trials will last through July.

IPCell provides technology solutions for next-generation packet networks with its OptiCall Call Agent. These solutions deliver enhanced services over Internet Protocol (IP) and Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) networks with full interconnectivity to existing Public Switched Telephone Networks (PSTN).

The OptiCall Call Agent also allows service providers to offer profitable, customized voice and data services to both business and residential customers, meeting both immediate tactical needs as well as contributing to long-term growth strategies. With IPCell's solution, service providers can create new value-added services, increase network scalability to handle growing call volumes, and embed carrier-grade reliability, advanced technology and open interfaces, all at an impressive cost savings.

"The OptiCall Call Agent is a robust product," says Mike Barker, IPCell's Chief Operating Officer. " You won't find another product with the feature-rich solutions that our call agent offers. It is truly a best-of-breed product. We're confident our field trials will prove this."

Cisco has helped IPCell focus its efforts on developing a solution to give carriers a new way to compete in the marketplace." Barker added. This solution includes Cisco's voice gateway products and IPCell's OptiCall Call Agent product. Using this solution, a carrier can handle their subscribers' voice and data traffic on a single IP facility, opening up a variety of revenue generating services for carriers.

"Cisco is an ideal technology partner for IPCell," explains Prasad Praturi, IPCell's Chief Technical Officer. "Using Cisco's gateways and our OptiCall Call Agent, we've been able to successfully make IP telephony calls in our labs for prospects and partners. The response has been overwhelming."

With the use of open interfaces such as Media Gateway Control Protocol (MGCP), Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and Signaling System 7 (SS7) this solution provides a robust architecture and feature rich applications. The architecture provides carrier-class reliability and scaling to millions of subscribers. Key services include a large portfolio of local and long distance services, incoming toll free calls as well as widely used business services such as intercom dialing, Direct Inward Dialing (DID)/Direct Outward Dialing (DOD) and hunting.

"We are pleased to welcome IPCell as a New World Ecosystem partner," said Steve Hoch, director of marketing for Cisco's Service Provider Line of Business. "With this partnership, we will be offering best of breed solutions to both new customers and our installed base."

The Cisco New World Ecosystem is a community of technology partners enabling service providers to deploy innovative networking services. Cisco and its partners offer a wide range of solutions for packet telephony, voice applications, OSS/BSS, internetworking and e-business. Cisco's New World Ecosystem partners support open, standards-based architectures and a shared commitment to interoperable, multi-vendor implementations.