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The International Packet Communications Consortium (IPCC), the premiere industry association dedicated to the advancement of the market for packet communications of all types, announced today that it has released two new white papers: Softswitch Class 4 Tandem Replacement and Leveraging Legacy Networks While Delivering Enhanced IP Services.

"The IPCC membership sees the packet to circuit communications interoperability issues addressed in these two white papers as a major stepping stone in the evolution to fully convergent packet communications architectures," said Michael Khalilian, President and CEO of the International Packet Communications Consortium (IPCC). "Together these white papers educate the industry about the viability of packet communications architectures as a replacement to tandem switches and as a boon to existing legacy TDM networks, speeding the deployment of more profitable enhanced services."

The Class 4 Tandem white paper explains in detail the superiority of softswitches to Class 4 switches in every criteria including, scalability, reliability, QoS, signaling, routing, footprint, power draw, and regulatory requirements. This white paper concludes that softswitches are a disruptive technology in that they have the potential to replace mainstream technologies and products from principal vendors. Furthermore, softswitches will provide the crucial vehicle for competitive service providers to enter telecommunications markets worldwide.

Leveraging Legacy Networks While Delivering Enhanced IP Services shows how profitable enhanced services can be derived from a hybrid TDM/IP architecture. It notes that service providers not only need economical transport but also to generate profitable new enhanced services.

Service providers need an IP services architecture that can be used by legacy networks, thus extending the useful life of the legacy infrastructure. The white paper asserts that carriers can manage the integration of TDM and IP services to profitably deliver converged services such as IP Centrex, unified messaging and enhanced multimedia conferencing. The white paper shows how network operators can rapidly deploy flexible and cost-effective IP services while leveraging legacy access networks and creating new services that allow them to capture increased revenue, market share and profits.

The International Packet Communications Consortium (IPCC) is an international industry association dedicated to the development of the market for all products, services, applications and solutions that utilize packet-based communications technologies, over the broadest range of transport mediums including wireless, copper, broadband, and fiber optics. The IPCC membership is comprised of a diverse group of wireline and wireless service providers, governmental agencies, standards bodies, equipment and software vendors and enterprises, representing all network elements involved in next generation networks.