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IP Telephony news wrap-up for Jul 11 - 2006

Mindspeed Introduces Processor for Devices in IMS Environments

Mindspeed Technologies has introduced M82910, a 7th generation VoIP processor designed to transcode wireless and wireline protocols to transport voice and video between traditional and IP networks. The product is for Class 4 and 5 switches, mobile switching centers, radio network controllers, base station controllers, access gateways, IP DSLAMs, and digital loop carriers.

The processor integrates 18 processors including a DSP, a packet processing engine and co-processors for echo cancellation and video processing tasks. It supports both IP to TDM and IP to IP. The new M82910, a member of the company's Comcerto 900 Series, can process up to 672 channels of VoIP for wireline applications and more than 200 channels of AMR with echo cancelling. The product also executes the company's technique for mixing and matching CODECs so that each individual active voice channel may operate any voice CODEC from multiple sources.

The processor includes voice CODECs, multi-protocol packet stream support, security via voice payload encryption and authentication, and diagnostic reporting.

Sample quantities are available now. Production quantities are scheduled for Q'4. The M82910 is packaged in a 19mm BGA. The processor is priced at $250 per unit in quantities of 10,000.

In a separate announcement, Mindspeed introduced a new wireless software suite to serve as a platform for implementing GSM/W-CDMA and CDMA media gateways with support for IMS and FMC applications.

The wireless technology allows the company's processors to interoperate with 3G, 2G+, and WiFi networks. 3G interoperability is enabled via lu/NbUP. 2G+ is supported via TFO and CSD and WiFi networking is supported through the use of software for UMA.

The wireless software solutions are available in CDMA and W-CDMA versions. Each is available for a one-time licensing fee of $75,000.

Mindspeed Technologies
Visiongain has released Mobile Roaming 2006-2011: Increasing Usage and Revenue to Counter Regulatory Burdens, a report that examines the mobile roaming market, provides 5-year forecasts for roaming subs and data and voice revenues, analyzes the roaming strategies of major operators and provides prices comparisons for these operators. The study also explores roaming solutions for mobile operators and how they can rollout differentiated and value added services in this area.

The firm finds that a typical WiFI call costs 2 cents per minute compared with a typical cell roaming fee of $1.25 per minute. The emergence of VoWiFI is expected to drive down cellular roaming costs along with EU regulations and a global trend to promote higher calling volume while roaming to offset declining voice revenues.

Visiongain projects in-building wireless revenues to exceed $3.1 billion by 2009.

Visiongain
Amitelo has entered into an agreement with the Moroccan government to establish up to 5,000 VoIP call shops throughout the country based on an initiative known as Mon Travail. Median Telekom Group will provide planning and systems integration. The shops will be included in a government grant program, available to Moroccans that take 2-years of educational courses and pass a series of exams. Each approved shop applicant is eligible to receive up to $32,000 to start up a shop.

Amitelo
Median Telecom
Verizon Wireless is deploying incremental upgrades to its existing Lucent base stations to support a nationwide roll-out of VoIP, messaging, and push to talk in the U.S. Verizon will be deploying Lucent's CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Revision A. The new revision supports data rates up to 1.8 Mbps upstream and 3.1 Mbps downstream. The deal extends a long relationship between the two companies.

Verizon Wireless
Lucent Technologies
Primus Canada has deployed Tekelec's 9000 distributing switch solution and 6000 VoIP application server as well as Zhone's MALC broadband loop carrier, to support the provider's VoDSL service in Canada. The service is being offered in major urban areas in Canada, currently passing approximately 3 million homes.

The VoIP service supports standard calling features along with advanced features such as find me/follow me, call forwarding, personalized call treatments and individualized hold music. The service supports 911.

Primus Canada
Zhone Technologies
Tekelec
Symbol Technologies will use SoftRISC's CPU-based echo cancellation technology within its next generation of Windows CE-based mobile computers. The technology, which eliminates the need for DSP and AEC chips, will enable voWiFi capabilities.

In addition to the echo cancellation, SoftRISC will also be providing Symbol with a speech CODEC and an integrated acoustic echo canceller and AGC.

SoftRISC
Symbol Technologies
Realtimepublishers, in collaboration with Integrated Research, are releasing The Definitive Guide to Successful Deployment of VoIP and IP Telephony, an eBook providing steps to deployment as well as tips on optimizing voice within a packet network. The book is authored by Jim Cavanagh.

The eBook is being released on a chapter by chapter basis over the next 8 months. Highlights from each chapter are accessible via an audio podcast.

The publication covers the IP telephony lifecycle, planning and assessment, design and pre-deployment testing, implmentation and migration, ongoing operations, and optimization.

The eBook releases as well as the audio podcasts are accessible from the Prognosis link below.

Prognosis - Access to eBook
Realtimepublishers
AudioCodes has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Netrake, a SBC vendor, for $10 million in cash.

Suddenlink, a rapidly growing U.S. cable MSO, will use Nortel's technology to introduce VoCable services.

Brasil Telecom, the third largest fixed line service provider in Brazil, has selected Acme Packet's Net-Net session border controllers for VoIPfone service, a SIP-based business and residential VoIP offering.

AudioCodes
Netrake
Suddenlink Communications
Nortel Networks
Brasil Telecom
Acme Packet