FastComm Strengthens the Signalpath Signaling Gateway Product Line With New Enhancements.
Business Editors/Hi-Tech Writers
DULLES, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 30, 2001
New Feature Set Expands Opportunities for Business in
Latin America Latin America, the Spanish-speaking, Portuguese-speaking, and French-speaking countries (except Canada) of North America, South America, Central America, and the West Indies. and Other World Markets by Offering
More Flexible Signaling Conversion Capabilities
FastComm Communications (FSCX.OB) today announced a major software release for the SignalPath(TM) Signaling Gateway A network device that converts control signals from one format to another. For example, a SIGTRAN signaling gateway converts SS7 signals of the PSTN to SIGTRAN for transport over IP. Contrast with media gateway. See SIGTRAN. , a family of protocol converters designed to facilitate interoperability between incompatible communications networks.
Release 0705, already shipping with all products available in the SignalPath(TM) product line, incorporates a number of new signaling features and capabilities across the entire product line.
The new feature set will be attractive to traditional and VoIP carriers, as well as switch manufacturers who are looking to immediately increase profitability in Latin America and in other world markets. End users and vendors selling to end users can benefit from the extended support for leased line A private communications channel leased from a common carrier. Most digital lines require four wires (two pairs) for full-duplex transmission.
(communications, networking) leased line services used on national or multi-national private networks.
The extensive feature list includes the following upgrades for the SignalPath(TM) SP230, SP201, and R2Adapter(TM) products:
-- Feature: three direct conversions for Channel Associated Signaling (CAS) -- T1 NI2 PRI ISDN to T1 R1 -- T1 NI2 PRI ISDN to E1 R2 -- T1 NI2 PRI ISDN to T1/E1 DTMF
Benefit: previously available only in the SP230 for large
applications supporting up to 52 signaling trunks, this
capability is now also supported in the more cost effective
SP201 for smaller solutions requiring no more than four
-- Feature: R2 line signaling
Line signaling is a class of telecommunications signaling protocols. Line signaling is responsible for off-hook, ringing signal, answer, ground start, on-hook unidirectional supervision supported on C7 to DTMF (Dual-Tone MultiFrequency) The type of audio signals that are generated when you press the buttons on a touch-tone telephone. See also DMTF.
DTMF - Dual Tone Multi Frequency , SS7 to
DTMF, NI2 PRI PRI: see Institutional Revolutionary party.
(Primary Rate Interface) An ISDN service that provides 23 64 Kbps B (Bearer) channels and one 64 Kbps D (Data) channel (23B+D), which is equivalent to the 24 channels of a T1 line. ISDN ISDN
in full Integrated Services Digital Network
Digital telecommunications network that operates over standard copper telephone wires or other media. to DTMF, and ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute, Sophia Antipolis technical park, Nice, France, www.etsi.org) A non-profit membership organization founded in 1988, dedicated to standardizing information and communication technologies (ICT) throughout Europe. ISDN to DTMF
applications. (SP230, SP201)
Benefit: the user can optionally configure R2 signaling toward
the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) The worldwide voice telephone network. Once only an analog system, the heart of most telephone networks today is all digital. In the U.S. and DTMF signaling from the PSTN, as uniquely
required in Venezuela. This feature benefits end users and
next-generation IP PBX (Internet Protocol Private Branch eXchange) A telephone switch that supports voice over IP (VoIP). IP PBXs convert IP phone calls into traditional circuit-switched TDM connections for the PSTN. manufacturers providing services in
-- Feature: addition of R2 country variants for Chile and Ecuador
(SP230, SP201, R2Adapter)
Benefit: Chile and Ecuador are newly added country variants in
the extensive list of country variants.
-- Feature: addition of the pay phone calling category for the
Israel R2 variant (SP230, SP201, R2Adapter)
Benefit: the Israel R2 variant has been revised in conformance
with Israel's latest specifications.
-- Feature: ability to configure the SignalPath(TM)to generate
ringback tones CAS (R1, R2, DTMF) applications (SP230, SP201,
Benefit: private PBX (Private Branch eXchange) An inhouse telephone switching system that interconnects telephone extensions to each other as well as to the outside telephone network (PSTN). networks that previously had no local
support for ringback tones and no connection to a PSTN network
that would generate ringback tones can now generate ringback
tones through the SignalPath(TM).
-- Feature: new Line Interface Module (LIM-9) supporting E1 with
the capability for in-band signaling in-band signaling - in-band signalling on four ports, and T1 on
the other four ports (SP230, SP201)
Benefit: In-band signaling is now supported for E1 as well as
The new feature set, influenced by customer requirements, comes standard with all new shipments of the SignalPath(TM) products. Existing SignalPath(TM) users can add these new features to previously installed systems by separately purchasing the Release 0750 software upgrade.
"With this new release, FastComm now offers a product feature set that addresses over 90 percent of the requirements for vendors in the total signaling conversion market space, states Mike McLoughlin, FastComm Director of Product Management. "Even better, when coupled with our existing relationships with next generation switch/PBX vendors such as 3-Com, Sonus, Mitel, and Nortel, this new capability allows FastComm to pursue over 57 percent of the business that addresses next generation network applications in which signaling conversion is required." (Percentages quoted from the October 4, 2001 issue of Internet Telephony).
FastComm Communications www.fastcomm.com is a complete signaling, voice and data system solution provider, offering innovative signaling interoperability solutions that include support for SS7, C7, C5, R1, R2, and DTMF. FastComm also provides advanced IP and data solutions over Frame Relay, such as voice/data Integrated Access Devices (IADs), and protocol converters specifically designed for Unisys environments.
Forward looking with a corporate goal to provide customers with leading edge technology and cost-effective means of incorporating these technologies into existing or new networks, FastComm is positioning itself at the forefront of the evolving converged networks.
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