Techies Unveil New IP Products at Western Show

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Anaheim, Calif.— With so many technology executives gathered here at the Western Show last week, it was no surprise that vendors used the forum to announce a number of Internet-protocol products.

Convergys Corp. released its ICOMS 5.0 (Integrated Communications Operations Management System) billing-software package, which the company said integrates its Geneva rating engine for Internet telephony. The package's provisioning transaction manager provides for an automated, configurable and open standards output to integrate with the activation manager for real-time, flow-through provisioning or to share data with third-party provisioning systems. Convergys said this allows operators to minimize the time, cost and errors associated with the manual transmission of information.

The new software also gives customers enhanced statements and expands their ability to define and package service bundles. For instance, operators can show consumers on their bills how much money they are saving through discounted bundle offerings.

Ellacoya Networks Inc. has added new features to its IP Service Control Systems, including reporting tools for granular measurement of network traffic. The product is geared to help cable operators handle peer-to-peer traffic that can clog up networks.

The company said Millenium Digital Media, along with a few utilities, are using the new software, and other MSOs are trialing the product.

Arris Group has released the next generation of its Cadant C4 cable-modem termination system. The 3.0 release includes enhanced scalability, hardware-based wire-speed Layer 3 IP routing performance, and fault-tolerant operation with both system control complex redundancy and integrated "hitless" RF module fail-over capabilities. The release also features enhanced network performance and security for operators with RADIUS authentication support, advanced system management and access control, secure file transport capabilities, and Gigabit Ethernet network interface connectivity.

Aurora Networks is debuting its new Ethernet transport system for cable operators, which the company said will enable MSOs to better target the home office and small- to medium-sized businesses for high-speed data and telephony applications.

The transport system offers 1.6 gigabits per second bandwidth per wavelength, which can be extended further by using dense wave division multiplexing. The transport would allow MSOs to provide voice, video and data services, virtual local area networks, virtual private networks and leased line replacements. Aurora said its transport offers latency under one millisecond, good enough for IP telephony services.

The system includes an NI3000 network interface module, which interfaces with MAN/WAN (metro-area network/wide area network) routers and switches and manages the transport network. The OE1110 Ethernet access device for business premises interfaces with office LAN switches and routers. The system also includes Opti-Trace Monitoring and Management software.

Aurora said the product allows for flexible bandwidth allocation between business Ethernet traffic and residential subscriber RF traffic.

In other IP news, Nuera Communications Inc. debuted its ORCA BTX-8 media gateway for PacketCable networks. The BTX-8 is a voice-over-IP media gateway that links a PackectCable managed IP network with the public switched telephone network. Each BTX supports 384 ports. Nuera also said Comcast Corp. will deploy the product in its Detroit system.