Alcatel-Lucent launches new solution to switch voice to IP

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Alcatel-Lucent has launched a new solution that helps operators shift existing voice services from public switched telephone network (PSTN) tech to all-IP infrastructure.

PSTN Smart Transform is aimed at operators seeking to move away from ageing, inefficient voice infrastructure. It provides consulting and design to help operators make the change to ultra-broadband, as well as planning and migration services.

The France-based vendor claimed it can offer up to 50 percent lower costs compared to traditional IP migration approaches, an outage time of 20 seconds during migration, compared to rivals' 20 minutes, and twice as fast time to market.

According to Ovum Analyst Kamalini Ganguly, operators are struggling with PSTN transformation. She said: "While the benefits of an IP network are strong; operators are concerned that the transformation process will disrupt high-margin revenue services." 

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Federico Guillén, President of Fixed Networks at Alcatel-Lucent, said: “PSTN Smart Transform offers communications service providers with a comprehensive, low-risk way to accelerate the migration of their legacy voice users to an all-IP infrastructure.

"By using PSTN Smart Transform, service providers can reap the benefits of a PSTN transformation more quickly to gain greater operational efficiencies and create more opportunities for revenue generation.

"In fact, when a PSTN migration is carefully planned in tandem with an ultra-broadband deployment, the positive impact from operational savings can be reallocated to other parts of the business or used to further fuel the network transformation.”