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Etisalat will test voice over ATM

The UAE's incumbent carrier will test Alcatel's voice over ATM systems in limited live environments.

UAE telco Etisalat has announced it will conduct field trials of Alcatel's Voice over ATM (VoATM) solution in Dubai. The field trial, which is part of Etisalat's Next Generation Network evaluation program in the United Arab Emirates, will start at the end of this year.

Etisalat, which has an existing investment in Alcatel’s 7470 Multiservice Platforms (MSP), will conduct the field trial program in two phases. Alcatel's VoATM solution, based on the Alcatel 7470 MSP, the Alcatel 1000 Softswitch and the Alcatel 5620 Network Manager, will initially be tested with limited live traffic. If this phase is successful, the VoATM solution will be integrated into Etisalat's live network, leading to the development of Next Generation Network and services in the United Arab Emirates.

Essa Mohammed Al Haddad, General Manager of Etisalat, said: "The evolution towards Next Generation Networks will enable Etisalat to quickly introduce new services and to manage more efficiently the convergence of voice and data traffic in its network. This field trial will allow us to assess the range of benefits that Alcatel's NGN platform offers."

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