Optical Solutions GPON gains integrated VoIP

October 6, 2005 Minneapolis, MN -- Optical Solutions (OSI) announced that its FiberPath 500 GPON platform has been enhanced with carrier-class quality VoIP service based on the SIP protocol. According to the company, the integrated VoIP service, which is provisioned without a truck roll, can be deployed as part of an all-IP triple-play offering or offered in tandem with existing TDM voice services.

October 6, 2005 Minneapolis, MN -- Optical Solutions (OSI) announced that its FiberPath 500 GPON platform has been enhanced with carrier-class quality VoIP service based on the SIP protocol. According to the company, the integrated VoIP service, which is provisioned without a truck roll, can be deployed as part of an all-IP triple-play offering or offered in tandem with existing TDM voice services.

"Our GPON system sets a new QoS standard for VoIP, while also providing a streamlined solution for carriers and their customers," comments Mike Dagenais president and CEO of Optical Solutions. "Moreover, like our IPTV solution, FiberPath GPON VoIP provides flexibility for carriers no matter where they are in transitioning from a legacy to an all-IP network."

The FiberPath 500 VoIP platform uses the advanced SIP signaling protocol. According to the company, SIP is the only protocol that can scale for multimedia services and future integration with IMS wireless networks. The company says that carriers that deploy the VoIP feature therefore gain a range of options for leveraging their investment and generating new revenue streams.

The company says the FiberPath 500 VoIP service seamlessly integrates with the platform's optical network terminal (ONT) and is provisioned using FiberPath Director, OSI's service management software. At the customer premises, standard in-home wiring and phone handsets are used to receive the VoIP service from the carrier. The VoIP platform is available to the company's new and existing GPON customers via a downloadable software enhancement.

FiberPath 500 VoIP features, according to the company, include: E911 service support; standard POTS service; caller ID; call waiting; call waiting caller ID; three-way calling; distinctive ring; visual message waiting indication; and vertical service code.

The company is currently conducting VoIP interoperability testing with several softswitch vendors. General availability of the VoIP enhancement for initial softswitches is scheduled for Q4 of 2005.

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