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IP Telephony news wrap-up for Aug 29 - 2006

NEC Unified Launches Managed VoIP Services

NEC Unified Solutions has launched a managed VoIP service for SMBs that employs the company's Univerge platform and applications suite. The service is offered with the option to have NEC manage both voice and networking equipment or co-manage the IPT domain.

Under the Essential Managed IP Telephony Service, NEC offers 24x7 monitoring of VoIP infrastructure and the data network for availability and performance; incident management of VoIP and the data network; off-site configuration backup of infrastructure and applications; change management of the VoIP platform and applications; web access to real-time network performance data and historical reports; and a SLA defining objectives for system availability, IPT QoS, and mean time to problem resolution.

Under the Comprehensive Managed IP Telephony Service, NEC offers all of the features of the Essential plan plus change management for routers and switches; trend analysis for VoIP and the data networ; and a dedicated customer service manager assigned to the customer.

The services are being offered at what the company calls a predictable monthly rate.

NEC Unified Solutions
Madrid-based Insido has introduced three new IP PBX models including the 100, 200, and 300, which support up to 20, 70 and 300 users respectively. The systems, based on IBM and Novell technology, support auto-attendant, voicemail, music on hold, and web-based management. The systems support any SIP phone or Wi-Fi phones.

The 100 model comes with 1 analog and 1 BRI line (supporting 10 users), with the option to add 4 analog lines (supporting 20 users). The 200 model has 4 analog lines and 4 BRI lines (supporting 50 users), with the option to add 4 analog and 4 BRI lines (supporting 70 users). The 300 model includes 4 analog lines and 1 PRI line (supporting 250 users). This model can be upgraded to include an additional RDSI line (supporting 300 users).

Insido
Globetel Communications, a VoIP network operator and participant in multiple VoIP market segments, has received a letter from the American Stock Exchange (AMEX) notifying the company that it plans to delist it for:

failure to make timely, accurate and complete disclosure of material corporate developments, as well as engaging in a pattern of issuing materially misleading and overly promotional public disclosures; failure to comply with Securities and Exchange Commission reporting obligations by filing incomplete, misleading and/or inaccurate information in its public filings; failure to provide information to the Exchange; providing materially false and misleading information and statements to the Amex staff hindering its investigation of the Company's compliance with Amex listing requirements; acting to interfere with the operation of a fair and orderly market by issuing public statements not warranted by the Company's affairs that were intended to affect the price of its common stock; association with an individual with a history of regulatory misconduct that rises to the level of a public interest concern; and serious internal control weaknesses that rise to a level of a public interest concern.

Globetel plans to appeal the delisting during a hearing set for September 28. If the company is delisted, the stock will return to the OTC bulletin board.

Globetel Communications
Jacob Kobi Alexander, the founder and former CEO of Comverse Technology turned fugitive, was recently apprehended in Columbo, Sri Lanka after law enforcement used a one-minute phone call he placed using Skype to track him down. A private investigator then identified his location at a a villa in the town of Negombo. Skype nor any of the parties involved have specified Skype's role - neglecting to confirm if Alexander's IP address was used to locate him or if investigators simply traced a call made for Skype billing verification made from a landline or mobile line that was being monitored. Alexander, who has dual American and Israeli citizenship, faces charges related to backdating options and making misleading public financial statements.

Alexander resigned from Comverse last May along with the company's CFO David Kreinberg and former general counsel William Sorin, who have been charged with conspiracy to commit securities fraud and wire fraud.

The scandal, uncovered by the Wall Street Journal, emerged just as Comverse announced it would acquire NetCentrex, a Paris-based supplier of a popular VoIP application server. Despite questions raised about Comverse's accounting practices, the NetCentrex acquisition closed. Further, the company, this week, announced that it will buy Netonomy, a provider of customer self-service, bill analysis and POS solutions.

Alexander is expected to be extradited to the U.S. soon.

Comverse
Skype
TCS has enhanced its e911 solution known as VoIP Positioning Center by adding Master Street Address Guide (MSAG) validation for static VoIP addresses. The new functionality improves MSAG matching and speeds up service activation.

The VoIP Positioning Center already provided a MSAG routing engine, MSAG-based routing. and uses emergency services number deployments.

The company has also enhanced its wireless e911 solution by enabling PSAP to obtain mid-call location updates, when available, without requiring changes to systems that employ PSAP to ALI Message and NENA ALIs.

TCS provides e911 to nearly 2 million VoIP users to more than 3,500 PSAPs.

Telecommunication Systems (TCS)
Clarus Systems has released a new version of its ClarusIPC Operations software, a productivity add-on to Cisco's CallManager. The latest version includes security reporting to prevent unauthorized access and toll fraud and automatic system health checks.

The new security features are facilitated by automatic or ad hoc reporting and verifications of the security settings for all of the phones on the network. The report defines what phones are registered, what phones are unregistered and if the status of any of the phones' registration has changed since the last report.

Clarus Systems
ShoreTel has added two new application options to its IP PBX including click to call functionality ($100 per client per seat) enabled through integration with salesforce.com and a series of notification capabilities ($2000 for up to 5 employees and $5000 for six or more clients) developed to work with the company's e911 solution.

Google and Ebay have entered into a multi-year strategic alliance that includes text based advertising and click-to-call advertising, in a deal that involves Skype and Google Talk in various ways.

Global's Crossing's subsidiary, GC Acquisitions UK Limited will pay $96.1 million to acquire Fibernet Group Plc, a service provider that operates a fiber network with 100 PoPs throughout the UK as well as 12 PoPs in Frankfurt.


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