Cisco unveils hardware, software products

By : |October 28, 2001 0



SAN JOSE: Cisco Systems Inc., the biggest maker of computer-networking
equipment, on Monday announced 12 telephony products based on Internet Protocol,
the lingua franca of the Internet, that run on a network carrying voice, video
and data.

The announcements by Cisco, their largest in recent memory, come as the
company and other data-networking and telecommunications equipment vendors
suffer from declining sales and large losses.

                                 

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The decline in capital spending on telecommunications equipment is forecast
to accelerate next year, according to Merrill Lynch, which expects sales to fall
17 per cent in 2002 to $87 billion, following an 11 per cent contraction in 2001
to $104 billion.

But Cisco, along with other high-tech titans with billions in cash on its
balance sheet, such as Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp., are continuing to invest
in new technologies and research and development to gain market share now and to
be positioned well when demand returns.

The products are a combination of both hardware and software, Cisco said. On
the software side, San Jose, California-based Cisco’s new products include Cisco
CallManager 3.2, Cisco Emergency Responder, Media Gateway Control Protocol and
the Cisco IP Contact Center bundle.

New hardware products include the Cisco VG 248 voice analog gateway, which
lets customers still use their traditional analog phones, faxes and other public
branch exchange, or PBX, equipment until they install all digital, all Internet
Protocol equipment.

Cisco also announced the Catalyst 4200 switch. The Catalyst 4200 switch helps
lower costs for branch offices by using converged IP voice, video and data
routing and switching functions through a single two-rack unit box.

Many of the products are available now, while all of then will be available
by Dec. 31, Cisco said.

(C) Reuters Limited.

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