So here's the pick of today's announcements, best washed down with a flagon of frothy Furstenburg.
Mark De Simone, a marketing VP for the EMEA region, claims these enhanced capabilities take Cisco closer to an intelligent enterprise network that can recognize specific applications, such as VOIP, and deal with the packets appropriately and securely. Nobody argued with him.
T-Com's CTO Roland Kittel says T-Com is developing services -- "more than just VOIP" -- for small business users, that will be launched later this year. "We've got the largest MPLS-based IP network in the world, and we're going to use it!" boasted Kittel at a CeBIT breakfast briefing. "Size does matter," he didn't add.
Alcatel also announced an R&D partnership with France Telecom SA (NYSE: FTE) for the development of next-generation services and a converged fixed/mobile network. (See Alcatel Does NGN With FT.)
Separately, ECI's softswitch offshoot Veraz Networks upgraded its chief product and announced a European customer. (See Veraz Upgrades Softswitch and Veraz Signs VOIP Trunking Deal.)
Stay tuned for more CeBITs and pieces as the show develops...
— Ray Le Maistre, International Editor, Boardwatch