Brooktrout and Hughes Software Systems Partner to Deliver Integrated MEGACO Building Blocks

7/24/2002 - Brooktrout Technology, Inc., a leading provider of innovative hardware and software platforms that enable applications for the New Network™, and Hughes Software Systems (HSS) today announced that they have collaborated to integrate Hughes’ MEGACO Media Gateway Toolkit with Brooktrout’s TR2020™ voice over packet platform. This will allow developers of standards-compliant media gateways and media gateway controllers to save significant development time and the cost of integrating the enabling hardware and software elements.

MEGACO/H.248 is a protocol that has been endorsed by the ITU and IETF, and is being adopted by leading carriers and system vendors for next-generation packet telephony, including 3G wireless-to-IP environments. By using Brooktrout’s and Hughes’ products, and taking advantage of the integration work between them, system developers can save three to four months of development effort when compared with doing the integration on their own, and significantly more than that when compared with building the platforms and protocols from scratch.

“We are committed to product integration with industry leaders like Hughes Software Systems to ensure that Brooktrout-powered media gateways will meet the scalability and interoperability requirements of service providers,” said Peter Vescuso, vice president of market development for the New Public Networks Group at Brooktrout Technology. “Brooktrout’s expertise in transcoding platforms, coupled with Hughes’ leadership in protocol toolkits, provides a powerful combination for the development of New Network infrastructure.”

Brooktrout’s TR2020 is an open systems platform for voice over packet developers that performs core functions including voice compression, PSTN signaling, and IP packetization. It enables developers to create media gateways for a variety of network environments including packet-based wireless local loops and mobile switching centers (MSCs), voice over cable, and IP PBX/Centrex, among others. The TR2020’s GSM coding capability makes it particularly well suited for wireless applications. The TR2020 also offers VQmon™, which enables real-time call quality monitoring to improve quality of service, one of the most important enablers of growth for the packet voice market.

The MEGACO Media Gateway Toolkit from HSS offers the necessary software components for gateway developers building highly scalable and flexible solutions. The HSS MEGACO/H.248 offering is compliant with the latest release of IETF RFC 3015 and the ITU-T H.248 standard, complementing Hughes’ comprehensive suite of packet communication protocol software.

“MEGACO is rapidly becoming an accepted standard that developers are using for packet telephony,” said Manoranjan Mohapatra, EVP and chief operation officer of Hughes Software Systems. “By integrating these standards-based components, Hughes and Brooktrout are providing a new level of interoperability and maturity, increasing the confidence and decreasing the effort required by our customers in building their systems.”

Last Fall, Brooktrout and Hughes collaborated to integrate Hughes’ Gb protocol stack on Brooktrout’s Netaccess® Series NS300™ board to provide wireless developers with a proven solution for packet data backhaul functions utilizing the latest 2.5G technology.

The Brooktrout TR2020 and the Hughes MEGACO Media Gateway Toolkit are both available now. For more information, contact Brooktrout Technology in North America at +1 (781) 449 4100, in the UK at +44 1344 380 280 or in Belgium at +32 2 658 0170, or visit Contact Hughes Software Systems at +1 240 453 2498 or

About Hughes Software Systems (HSS)
Hughes Software Systems Ltd., ( specialists in convergent network software, offers a broad range of communications-related software services, products, and solutions to leading Communication OEMs around the world. HSS' technology focus is in the convergence market with products and services in Next Generation Networks, and Mobile Data. Assessed at SEI-CMM Level 4 for all its development centers and all projects, HSS has been an ISO 9001 company since 1996. HSS is a subsidiary of Hughes Network Systems, a unit of Hughes Electronics Corporation. HSS' U.S. headquarters are located in Germantown, MD.

Ranked among the five best companies to work for in India, by Hewitt Associates, HSS has a team of over 1500 world class professionals, at its development centers in India: at Gurgaon, a suburb of New Delhi, and in Bangalore. With sales and support offices in the US, the UK, Germany and Finland, it is represented throughout Europe, South America, and Asia to support its global customer base.

About Brooktrout Technology
Brooktrout Technology ( delivers innovative hardware and software platforms that enable the development of New Network™ applications, systems and services in targeted market segments, including voice over packet gateways, enhanced services platforms, wireless infrastructure, unified communications, and contact centers. The company’s strategy is to collaborate with its partners to help them increase existing business, expand into new markets and accelerate the delivery of new applications and services. Brooktrout Technology is a subsidiary of Brooktrout, Inc. (NASDAQ: BRKT). For more information, visit

The New Network, TR2020, NS300 and Netaccess are trademarks or registered trademarks of Brooktrout, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Laura Often
Brooktrout Inc.

Anne Marie Clark
Brooktrout, Inc.

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