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Huawei eSpace U1981 Unified Gateway

This powerful device combines the advantages of Huawei’s eSpace IP Telephony (IPT) and Unified Communications (UC) Solutions.

It is a highly integrated, SIP-based, core voice gateway for both IP and analog services for Small- and Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs). Its integrated broadband and narrowband design provides VoIP and UC solutions for up to 20,000 users.


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Vendor Product Description Huawei Advantages
HUAWEI eSpace U1981 U1981 Integrated Host,provide 1SCU, 1 MTU, 1 power, including 60 concurrent voice conference participants license.
CISCO CUCM + ISR1861/2800/3800/2900/3900 CUCM server cluster deployment, single cluster supports 40,000 users and supports up to 80,000 users, a single server support 10,000 users.
Outgoing PSTN and analog terminal access through gateway.
Support Node redundancy and geographical redundancy.
Single maximum support 20,000 users, the integration of highly integrated gateways, support outgoing PSTN and analog terminal access, support key board backup and dual-standby, up to 160 FXS / 60 FXO / 24 E1 / 20 BRI.

Product Features

  • Maximum 20,000 users, or 160 FXS or 60 FXO analog ports, or 24 E1/24 T1 or 20 BRI ports per subrack
  • Built-in voice conferencing, with multiple conference access methods
  • One Number Link You (ONLY) service permits users to answer incoming calls anywhere, anytime, in the way they prefer
  • Built-in voice mailbox records messages from unanswered callers so users never miss any important calls


Product Characteristics


Highly integrated, impressive functionality

  • Extensive IPT services
  • Built-in high-fidelity audio conferencing with multiple conferencing modes
  • One-Number-Link-You (ONLY) allows users to answer incoming calls from anywhere, at any time, the way they prefer
  • Built-in voice mailbox, recording messages from unanswered callers so users never miss any important calls
  • UC application extension

Highly stable and reliable

  • 99.999% carrier-class reliability
  • Redundancy backup for key modules

Effective cost control

  • Number analysis and whitelist/blacklist
  • 32-level customized call rights
  • Password-based call barring
  • Intelligent routing to save on communications

Quick deployment and easy maintenance

  • GUI-based deployment tools for easy and quick installation
  • Unified network management system to help improve management and maintenance efficiency
  • Built-in web management system for convenient operations


Product Specification

Parameters Specifications
User Capacity per U1981 Maximum of 20,000 users, including 160 direct-connected analog phone users
Terminals Supported Analog, IP, and video phone and soft terminal
Trunk Ports Maximum of 60 FXO ports, 24 E1/T1 ports, and 20 BRI ports
Signaling Protocols PRI, QSIG, SS7, R2, SIP, and BRI
Codecs G.711a/μ, G.729a/b/ab, iLBC, and G.722, G.722.1, G.722.2
Conference Capacity Maximum of 2,000 participants
Maximum of 660 conferences with a maximum of 360 participants per conference
Built-in Voicemail Box 30 channels concurrently
Built-in 16G SD storage card
Power Supplies AC: 100V to 240V AC, 50/60 Hz
DC: -38.4V to -60V DC, typical value: -48V DC
Two power modules in 1+1 backup mode
Power Consumption 220W fully configured
Dimensions (H x W x D) Standard 19-inch 2U subrack
3.3 in. x 17.4 x 12.2 in. (86.1 mm x 442 mm x 310 mm)
Weight 22 lb. (10 kg) fully configured
Environment Storage temperature: -40oF to 158oF (-40oC to 70oC)
Long-term operating temperature: 32oF to 113oF (0oC to 45oC)
Short-term operating temperature: 23oF to 131oF (-5oC to 55oC)
Operating humidity: 5% to 95% relative humidity, no condensing
Deploy air-filtration systems in the operating environment. Airborne dust should be less than 180 mg/m³
System Reliability ≥ 99.999%
Mean-Time-Between-Failure (MTBF): 30 years
Manageability Centralized/remote device management, log management, resource management, and alarm management

Application Scenarios

Huawei’s U1981 is a large-capacity voice gateway with carrier-grade reliability for large-sized voice communication scenarios. It provides a wide range of voice services and supports two-node cluster deployment and geographical redundancy

IPT application scenarios

U1981 core voice gateways provide call control services network-wide. The branches can use different model eSpace U1900 series gateways as local voice gateways. These local voice gateways support local regeneration to ensure service continuity.
Using narrow and broadband trunks, local voice gateways can connect to external networks, such as PSTN, to implement communication between internal and external (mobile and fixed-line) users. In those cases, SIP phones can connect directly. Analog phones and fax machines can connect through Integrated Access Devices (IADs).

IP Telephony Scenarios

UC application scenarios

Based on IPT application scenarios, UC application servers deploy at the same time to enrich communication channels and improve communication efficiency with a wide range of UC services. Services include presence, Instant Messaging (IM), and multimedia conferencing. In this case, the U1981 works as a core voice gateway.

U1981 UC deployment