Cisco on Wednesday announced the addition of voice and video capabilities to its line of VPN (virtual private network) products. The networking equipment maker said the new voice over IP and video over IP will help businesses become more efficient through the use of video conferencing and will lower costs for telephone service and bandwidth. Cisco also announced a "Multiservice VPN" product designed for carriers, and said Sprint was the first to sign up.
The new voice and video capabilities will also meet the standards of IPSEC, a security protocol that ensures all aspects of a network are encrypted. Additional safeguards against intrusion will also be provided. The new capabilities are available on all Cisco VPN routers. The company also announced VPN support for its Cisco 7400 router, which will be available in June for $18,500.