One of the challenges facing deployment of Voice over Internet Protocol technology has been dealing with emergency 911 calls, and Nortel has responded with a proposal on how such services should be provided.

Last week, Nortel filed a two-part architectural framework with the FCC that it says “will enable operators at public safety answering points to respond to emergency calls and quickly determine the precise location of the caller, much as is done today with traditional telephone networks.” Nortel was responding to a request from FCC Chairman Michael Powell.

Since VoIP enables roaming of traditional phone numbers, location of individual callers presents a problem. Nortel says its plan could be part of a nation-wide solution.

For details of the proposal, visit: www.nortelnetworks.com/corporate/news/newsreleases/2004a/03_23_04_voip_e911_proposal.html