MCI's Vault heralds true integrated services

Rohit Khare (
Wed, 29 Jan 1997 16:32:15 -0500

This is another good sign that things are going as expected. Voice to IP
inside the network is a good application and a driver for improving IP Qo=


January 29, 1997 1:30 PM ET=20
MCI opens the Vault
By Margaret Kane

=A0MCI Communications Corp. today announced a new architecture code for i=
networks that the company claims will allow simultaneous voice and data
transmissions over a standard phone line.

The new technology, called Vault, will be used in products that MCI expec=
to roll out during the year. Using Vault, MCI can convert communications
traffic into IP packets and send them over MCI's Internet backbone.

The technology also will allow MCI to apply standard switched network
features and pricing models to the Internet, so that, for instance, voice
mail, faxes, pages and phone calls could be managed from a single World
Wide Web site.

The first features to roll out in 1997 will focus on communications
management, collaborative multimedia applications, fax applications and
intranet managed services. In 1998, the company plans to use the new
technology to enhance its Intelligent Network Services business.=20

The products are part of the Colorado Springs, Colo., company's effort to
pull in $2 billion in revenues from the Internet by the end of the decade.

"Going forward, the power of our combined networks exceeds the sum of the=
parts," MCI President Tim Price said in a release.