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U.S. LEC Expands Use Of Tekelec Switches

Posted November 6, 2006 9:35 a.m. EST

— Telecommunications provider


has recently added additional Internet protocol-based switches from


to its network covering much of the eastern U.S.

U.S. LEC is incorporating the Tekelec gear to support advanced services such as Voice Over Internet Protocol.

Tekelec is based in Morrisville.

"One of our 2006 goals was evolving the US LEC network for the delivery of next-generation, IP-based services without accelerating our capital spending past our historic levels," said Alan Fitzpatrick, senior vice president of engineering for US LEC. "Not only will the Tekelec softswitch enable us to provide new customer solutions, but the capital cost of adding new customers is incrementally lower."

A softswitch is a device that handles calls through software rather than traditional circuit-based hardware.

U.S. LEC now has Tekelec model T-9000 switches in 15 of its 27 switching facilities, including Atlanta, New York, Washington, D.C., Raleigh and Charlotte.