Nact Ipax VoIP switch to be launched at Gitex

UEDCO, the Saudi distributor, is launching Nact's range of digital switches that offer complete end-to-end telephony solutions. The company claims to undercut Cisco and other market leaders on price by 60-80%.

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By  Guy Mathew Published  September 26, 2001

NACT, the US switching company, has appointed a Middle Eastern distributor for its call handling switching products. United Economy and Development Company is a Saudi-based distributor and is the exclusive agent for the Gulf. The latest product from NACT is the Ipax, a giant digital switch that can handle 14,400 voice over IP calls simultaneously. It also has a host of built-in features and is fully customisable for clients needs.

Husam Abu-Amara, managing director of United Economy and Development, emphasised that Ipax is not simply a hardware solution but is an end-to-end solution. “When we sell a client a solution it is not just a box but a fully integrated solution including hardware, software and a network management solution.”

The company is hoping to find clients in four specific markets in the region, namely: carriers, corporations, educational establishments and entrepreneurial enterprises. It envisions carriers using the technology for specific purposes such as pre-paid wireless services. Corporate uses might be call centres or offering unified calling systems between branch offices. For universities the application might be through providing a system to allow students call accounts with parents worrying about paying the bills. Alternatively deploying the technology with sufficient bandwidth would allow a company to offer outsourced calling services to any organisation that needed it.

Abu-Amara pointed out the that since Nact is a twenty year old company it has had a long time to develop its technology, which is now patented, and because it is based on a switch, not a computer data-link it is cheaper and more reliable. “We are averaging between one fifth and one third of the price of an equivalent solution from Cisco for example. And with solutions from them you still have to get the system integrated somehow.”

He continued: “Because there are already networks in place in Asia, Europe and America a company with global reach could easily integrate their regional operations to one system. And if there was to be an Internet connection failure the switch has built-in Public Service Telephone Network (PSTN) compatibility. This is a benefit of using the same SS7 code PSTN networks, even though it is over IP.”

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