The Internet Protocol telephony company Vienna Systems Corp has signed an agreement with NEC Corp for its Vienna.way gateway to be sold by NEC as part of its multimedia package for corporations. NEC claims that voice over IP technology will be important in Private Branch Exchange sales, with the major PBX vendors looking to integrate IP telephony into their products by mid-1998. Kanata, Ontario-based Vienna Systems, an affiliate of the Canadian Newbridge Networks Inc, has claimed that its gateway is well ahead of the competition since its launch in February this year (CI No 3,100). An IP telephone gateway, is one that uses a server to convert conversations transmitted over an IP network into normal telephone signaled calls, or vice versa. The Vienna.way gateway software supports both Unix and NT servers, and the package includes specialized Digital Signal Processing cards, and an interface board. Vienna is going to have to maintain its technological lead over industry giants such as 3Com Corp and Siemens AG (CI No 3,200), who have joined forces with the intention of developing voice over IP products. NEC sees this deal with Vienna as the start of a strategic relationship. NEC will be launching the Vienna.way product integrated into its PBX systems in September.
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