ECT's intelligent softswitch, AutoCarrier, passes BT NUP testing and is now approved for interconnection in the UK Tuesday 28 August 2001 PDF Print UK carriers already use ECT's AutoCarrier (as a platform for their state-of-the-art intelligent services; now they can connect the softswitch directly to the public network, avoiding the acquisition and collocation costs for separate class 4 switches, service nodes and intelligent peripherals. London, August 2, 2001 - ECT (European Computer Telecoms AG), a Munich-based developer and manufacturer of next-generation softswitching technology, today announced BT has awarded them certification for interconnection in the UK via the BT NUP protocol. This means that carriers can now utilise AutoCarrier as a class 4 switch connected directly to the UK public switched telephone network (PSTN). In order to offer services, carriers with legacy switches use additional equipment, which is expensive and takes up costly collocation space. With its next-generation technology based on Internet-enabled software and open standards, ECT has set out to reduce the horrendous amount of kit and the highly complicated architecture required for intelligent value-added services. As Walter Rott, ECT's chief technology officer (CTO), sums it up, "We want to enable our customers throughout Europe to use one, high-density softswitch for interconnection and, at the same time, as an innovative and powerful platform for customised services." Of course, ECT can only reach this goal by being approved for interconnection in each European country. The AutoCarrier softswitch passed conformity tests conducted by T-Nova Deutsche Telekom in June 2000, laying the foundation for certification in all other European countries. Approval in Ireland, for instance, followed in March 2001. However, the interconnection testing for the UK is a special challenge due to BT NUP, the country-specific SS7 variant required especially for the UK. Nevertheless, the approval testing, which was carried out by BT Exact Technologies, was completed on the first go and far ahead of schedule in just nine working days. "Of course, I'm proud that we passed BT interconnection so quickly, " says Rott, "but even after such a significant milestone, there's no rest for me any my colleagues at ECT. Just a week before the BT testing, we also completed interconnection in the Czech Republic for a member of the Deutsche Telekom Group, and now I'm already preparing interconnection testing in France with yet another country specific-protocol called SPIROU. That will mean three interconnections in record time!" Carriers throughout Europe use the AutoCarrier to realise services like personal number service with unified messaging, network-based call centre, audiotex and fax services, prepaid calling cards, web-based conferencing, etc. With AutoCarrier alone, UK carriers can now offer such services without separate class 4 switches, intelligent peripherals, unified messaging systems, or intelligent network kit, as all of these are integrated into the AutoCarrier architecture. The interconnect testing is carried out against the UK agreed PNO specification (1) and ITU-T standards where they are referenced from the PNO specification. About European Computer Telecoms AG European Computer Telecoms AG was established in Munich in 1998, not long after the German telecommunications market was liberalised. The company develops and manufactures next-generation public switching solutions on the basis of open-standard, Internet-compatible software and computer technologies. As well as providing intelligent switching and service platforms, ECT also helps its customers to open up new markets. Its services range from creating new sources of revenue and optimising the use of existing telecommunications infrastructure to the rapid introduction of new services. ECT's customers include large public network operators as well as up-and-coming young carriers. The AutoCarrier, a switching system developed and marketed by ECT, is the first ever softswitch to use one and the same hardware platform to provide a connection to the public telephone networks as well as to implement intelligent value-added services. With its platform for intelligent networks, INtellECT, ECT also realises intelligent value-added services on the basis of an intelligent network with INAP CS1 and CS2. Network operators, telephone companies and Internet service providers can use service applications to respond instantly to changing patterns of demand in their markets. They can develop entirely new services, becoming innovators in their particular sector. A wide range of technologies - such as prepaid or postpaid billing, data warehousing, advanced routing, interactive voice response (IVR), Web-based administration, automatic call distribution over the network, unified messaging, digital recording, text-to-speech and speech recognition - can be implemented as new, intelligent services without the need for high investment or long run-up periods. ECT is constantly developing and integrating additional service applications, all of which can be implemented directly on ECT softswitches without any additional hardware. And the Internet can be used to make all services directly available to resellers and end customers. For more information, visit the ECT Web site at http://www.ect-telecoms.co.uk For further press information: European Computer Telecoms AG Albrecht Faber Ridlerstraße 55 80339 München Telefon: 0 89/ 55 29 47 - 0 Telefax: 0 89/ 55 29 47 - 111 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Text 100 David Reeks Power Road Studios 114a Power Road Chiswick London W4 5PY Tel: +44 (0) 20 8996 4136 Fax: +44 (0) 20 8996 1236 Email: email@example.com This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Text 100 London in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.