Multi-Tech Launches MultiVOIP Voice Over IP Gateways

2/18/2003 - Multi-Tech Systems, Inc., a leading data communications and telecommunications company based in suburban Minneapolis is now shipping its new line of MultiVOIP Voice over IP gateways that include integrated gatekeepers. Designed for users who need to centrally managed phone books in dispersed VOIP networks plus control how H.323 voice traffic is managed, the new combination gateway/gatekeepers add economic functionality and versatility to Voice over IP networks. The new MultiVOIPs also feature enhancements including PSTN fail-over to ensure operation in case of a network failure, H.450 supplementary services that provides for PBX-like capabilities, and T.38 support that ensures IP interoperability for any fax equipment supporting the standard. The following new Multi-Tech VoIP gateways featuring an integrated gatekeeper and enhancements are now shipping:

“By adding only one of these advanced featured combination gateway/gatekeeper products to an organization’s Voice over IP network, administrators immediately see a new level of management possible,” said Chip Harleman, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Multi-Tech Systems, Inc. “Our design of a fully functional gatekeeper, within the same hardware as the gateway, provides an economical way for administrators to manage a central database of phone numbers for all network locations without the expense of a separate-box gatekeeper solution. And our integrated gatekeeper solution adds simplicity for the future because adding nodes only requires updating the gatekeeper and not all other locations.”

The new line of MultiVOIP Voice over IP gateways with integrated gatekeepers not only provides straightforward means of managing phonebooks for multi-node Voice over IP networks, but it includes a number of enhancements also available on Multi-Tech’s entire line of VOIP gateways. Prominent among these new features are PSTN fail-over, H.450 supplementary services, and T.38 fax support.

PSTN fail-over enables call routing over the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) when the IP network fails. While calls are routed to the PSTN, continued IP network monitoring allows for a safe return to IP operation when conditions improve.

H.450 supplementary services provide PBX-like capabilities between MultiVOIP locations including; call transfer, call forwarding, call hold, call waiting, and name identification. And, with support for Dual Tone Multifrequency (DTMF) tone detection, users can access their voice mail over the VOIP network.

T.38 is the ITU (International Telecommunications Union) interoperability standard for real time fax communications between different vendor fax machines communicating over IP networks. Providing substantial savings as an alternative to fax communications using the PSTN, this feature enables MultiVOIPs to transfer fax material between any of its IP locations from any equipment which supports T.38 fax.

An ISO 9001 certified global manufacturer of award winning Internet, remote access, and telephony products, Multi-Tech Systems provides end-to-end solutions for small- to to medium-sized businesses. Multi-Tech’s products are available through a worldwide network of business partners (distributors, resellers, system integrators, ISPs, and ISVs), or embedded in solutions from OEMs.

Privately held Multi-Tech Systems has over 57 US patents and numerous international patents including many dealing with multiplexing voice, data and video packets over a communications network used in technologies such as Internet telephony, PC telephony, voice over IP or frame relay, and DSVD modems. For additional information, contact Multi-Tech at 800/328-9717 or 763/785-3500, via fax at 763/785-9874 or browse the company’s Web site at

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