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IP Telephony news wrap-up for Dec 27 - 2006

Frost & Sullivan to Begin Tracking Voice Codec Market

Frost & Sullivan has added Innovations in Voice Codec as a new part of its Technical Insights Subscription. The coverage will focus on identification and examination of market trends, key drivers, and challenges as well as tracking the technological developments of spectral band replication and parametric stereo.

Unlike other releases from the firm, Frost & Sullivan is sharing some of its findings as enters the field. The group expects wideband coding to replace narrowband in most application segments. Advanced compression and coding is projected to be developed through high frequency reconstruction techniques and more efficient algorithms.

Frost & Sullivan also finds that narrowband handsets need to interoperate with network access points and termination ends.

Challenges identified include the need for quality clarity in the audio, interoperability of codecs, maintenance of service across the network and endpoints, and delays associated with codecs.

For a virtual brochure on the new market coverage, email Mireya Castilla at mireya.castilla@frost.com with your full contact information.

Frost & Sullivan
In-Stat has launched Residential VoIP Tracker Service, new ongoing coverage of the U.S. consumer VoIP market that will track both facilities based and client based services, usage patterns, peripheral usage trends, and the strategic movements of market players. The coverage will be based on ongoing analysis in combination with quarterly end user surveys. The service will also include the option to have individual reports commissioned.

Initial findings include:

* More than 9 million households have at least one active VoIP user
* Vonage is the leading facilities based service provider with 1.7 million subscribers.
Time Warner Cable follows with 1.6 million subs.
* Skype leads client based providers with 2.1 million active users, followed by Microsoft
with 1.1 million.
* Half of VoIP subscribers have kept their PSTN line
* Half of VoIP subscribers use their service for business purposes (including 40% of client
based users)



McGraw Hill has published Hacking Exposed VoIP: Voice over IP Security Secrets and Solutions, a new book by TippingPoint's Director of Security Research, David Endler and SecureLogix's CTO, Mark Collier. The new publication is part of a series of Hacking Exposed books put out by McGraw Hill. As the title implies, the book provides details of how corporate data networks can be penetrated.

Used copies of the 539 paperback are available at Amazon.com for less than $30.

Amazon
Ericcson has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Redback Networks through a stock deal valued at $2.1 billion. Redback will provide Ericsson with greater inroads into the broadband and IP services market. The deal is expected to be complete in the first quarter of next year.

Ericcson
Redback Networks
Internet Telecommunications Plc has established a switching facility in London and is offering a plethora of new services such as termination, co-location, hosted enterprise VoIP, IP bandwidth, leased circuit, indirect access and management services. The company has recently announced a contract win with an unnamed U.S. based carrier that calls for Internet Telecommunications to terminate 24 million minutes of VoIP traffic to UK mobile phones over the next 12 months.

Internet Telecommunications Plc
Aztech Systems is introducing DSL605, a new family of ADSL2+ residential gateways that include Ethernet routers (with or without USB connectivity), with some models supporting VoIP and WLAN capabilities. The new residential gateways support 26 Mbps of ADSL2+ performance, 125 Mbps of wireless performance, Annex M to boost upstream performance and PVC to VLAN mapping to improve QoS.

The new products employ Texas Instruments' voice codec library. The wireless routers use TI's G++ WLAN technology for connectivity and range.

Aztech Systems
Texas Instruments
Telecom Argentina USA will provide DeltaThree with VoIP termination in South and Central America.

Telecom Argentina
DeltaThree
One IP Voice, parent company of Farmstead Telephone Group and OIPV, has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy and has been issued a preliminary order to use cash collateral through December 29. Farmstead provides enterprise VoIP services in the northeast U.S.

One IP Voice
Farmstead