My customer has an Alcatel 4400 with 2 CPU cards, 1 PCM card (for DID a E1 line for dialing in only, no dial outs), 10 NDDI cards for 10 x 8 analog lines.
From the Alcatel are 10 fiber lines going to 9 Voice hubs, which include analog cards for 12/24/32 phones. There are also some combi cards for analog and digital phones.
The numbers are 8*** for one group of users and 1*** for another group of totally 700 phones.
Our exercise is to (our idea, if you have a better, please tell):
don’t add any cards to the Alcatel. For that are several reasons, like newer cards are incompatible.
use one of the voice boxes at another place where they need urgent extensions
use a second voice box as link to Asterisk system (analog lines)
use for the new Asterisk system numbers starting with 6**** (example only)
Operation would be than like:
a. dialing on the Alcatel a number starting with 6 would go to Asterisk, dialing ahead with the rest of the number. Q: do we need to wait or dial directly the extension number?
b. dialing from Asterisk would mean to go out via a prefix to the old Alcatel - same Q: do we need to wait or dial directly the extension number, or even the external line, e.g. dial 5 (for the old system as prefix) and than the number 8*** or 1*** or 9xxxxx for external calls.
Example: 58123 to call Mr. A (group of users “8”)
51123 to call Mr. B (group of users “1”)
5933445566 to call a local number
move over one by one of the Voice boxes’ extensions to Asterisk
move the E1 & analog lines dirctly to Asterisk
sell Alcatel on ebay
CAN we do that?
What do we need to offer to the customer? Remember, that we will move over the entire system of currently 1 E1, 80 analog lines and 700 extensions, plus add more from each. We also want to add at the beginning VoIP to route some calls cheaper via VoIP.
What hardware can do that?
Thanks for your help.