The Network Side ISDN PRI Signaling, Trunking, and Switching feature enables Cisco IOS software to replicate the public switched network interface to a PBX that is compatible with the National ISDN (NI) switch types and European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Net5 switch types.
Routers and PBXs are both traditionally customer premises equipment (CPE) devices with respect to the public switched network interfaces. However, for Voice over IP (VoIP) applications, it is desirable to interface access servers to PBXs with the access server representing the public switched network.
Enterprise organizations use the current VoIP features with Cisco products as a method to reduce costs for long distance phone calls within and outside their organizations. However, there are times that a call cannot go over VoIP and the call needs to be placed using the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). The customer then must have two devices connected to a PBX to allow some calls to be placed using VoIP and some calls to be placed over the PSTN. In contrast, this feature allows Cisco access servers to connect directly to user-side CPE devices such as PBXs and allows voice calls and data calls to be placed without requiring two different devices to be connected to the PBXs.
The Network Side ISDN PRI Signaling, Trunking, and Switching feature provides the following benefits:
?Allows you to bypass PSTN tariffed services such as trunking and administration, thus extending the cost savings of VoIP.
?Allows your PBXs to be connected directly to a Cisco access server, so PBX station calls can be routed automatically to the IP network without the need for special IP telephones.
?Provides flexibility in network design.
?Enables you to block calls selectively based on the called number or the calling number.
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