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IP Telephony news wrap-up for Dec 13 - 2006

Mu Introduces Technology for Improving Security in Network Products

Mu Security has introduced Adaptive Analysis, a dynamic protocol mutation technology that analyzes unique attack surfaces and remediates vulnerabilities and flaws for a wide range of IPv4 or IPv6 transport methods. The technology can be used by developers of security appliances, secure storage systems, triple play provisioning products and PoS products as well as by service providers and critical infrastructure customers.

The security solution also uses tunnel encapsulations such as GRE, L2TP, MPLS and IPSec.

Adaptive Analysis is currently being used by Veraz, Juniper, Decru, Motorola, and ConSentry along with a set of unnamed service providers and government agencies.

Mu Security
Jinan Yinquan Technology, a subsidiary of China VoIP & Digital Telecom, has recently opened 30 new call shops in and around Shandong Province in China. The provider continues to expand its chain of stores, which now totals 50. The company expects the new call shops to generate near $1 million in 2007.

The provider is deploying its own proprietary softswitch system and markets the technology in China.

Jinan Yinquan claims that call shops are growing in popularity as rural citizens without phones are traveling to large cities to use call shops to search for job opportunities - in a national economy that, the provider's president and CEO Li Kunwu claims, is growing at a rapid pace.

Elsewhere in China, Along Mobile Technologies will be converting its public kiosks that give consumers temporary access to mobile phones to VoIP next quarter. The migration in technology will allow Along to offer international calling to the U.S. for 1 Yuan per minute, which is far less than the current China Telecom rate of 1.5MB per minute. The company expects the move to increase its Q1 profits by 5-10% over last year's Q1 profits.

Jinan Yinquan Technology
Along Mobile Technologies
IPcelerate has released version 2.0 of IPstudio, an IP recording solution for VoIP users. The system features audio and video recording, monitoring, storage and support for video blogging.

IPstudio supports real time monitoring, enabling customers to listen to calls via a web interface or IP phone an option to join the call if necessary. Support for recording storage is also provided, allowing the transfer of recorded sessions to an integrated storage service for access, filtering and control. With the new release, the system now includes expanded call filters that allow customers to dynamically filter recorded calls based on a variety of characteristics. The new video blogging capability offers users the ability to record, store and play videos via a web browser and integrate video alerts into the VoIP environment.

Other features include situation replay, analog phone support for both BG248 and ATA devices, scheduled recording groups and multi-NIC span support.

IPcelerate
Talkster has launched the beta version of a new consumer service that enables cell phone calls to be placed to the voice services associated with instant messaging products offered by MSN, Google, and Gizmo. Talkster does not charge for the calls at this time, but consumers are subject to the fees their cell phone provider charges for using web or data services. Since the service operates through a web service, cell users will be able to access contact lists and presence.

Aimed primarily at the European market, Talkster is planning to follow its consumer launch with an enterprise service that will use VoIP to connect cell phones to a wide variety of endpoints.

Talkster
Toshiba has introduced IPT2010-SDC, an IP desktop phone that interoperates with the company's Strata CIX phone systems as well as Strata CTX systems that support IP interface units. The new phone features 10 programmable feature buttons, a 2-line by 24 character LCD, full duplex speakerphone, a handset/headset choice, power via PoE or AC adapter, and an analog CO line interface for local dialing or emergency calls.

The phone goes for $370.

Toshiba America Information Systems
Skype is set to end its promotional calling service that allowed its users to place unlimited calls within North America at no charge. Beginning in 2007, the provider will allow customers to make calls within North America by per minute charges or pay $14.95 for an entire year of unlimited N.A. calling. The rate will go up to $29.95 in February. During the promotional phase, Skype is giving subscribers 100 minutes of free international calling as well as coupons for hardware that works with the Skype service.

Skype has 136 million registered users, and while that doesn't accurately measure the level of active users, it is indicative of the service's significant market presence.

Skype