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IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Mar, 02 1998

Justice to Launch Internet Telephony Service

Justice to Launch Internet Telephony Service
Justice Technology has announced that it will offer global Internet telephony services to companies and ISPs. Users of the service are required to deploy Nortel's MICOM Phone/Fax Gateway to route IP voice packets to Justice Internet gateways in Los Angeles; Santiago, Chile; or Antwerp, Belgium. Once the voice traffic arrives at a Justice gateway, Justice will perform the billing and authentication services. Then, Justice will route the voice or fax calls over its proprietary network to the destination.

The Internet telephony service will initially be launched in Korea, Japan, and Taiwan on April 1, 1998.

Justice provides customized termination services for partners, subsidiaries and resellers with an existing customer base. Justice has POPs in 50 cities/countries and provides service to more than 180 countries.

Justice Technology Corporation

IDT Teams With Executive TeleCard to Expand Relationships With Telcos
IDT has announced an agreement with Executive TeleCard in which it will pay off Executive TeleCard's debts in exchange for opening up future service developments. According to the terms of the agreement, IDT will lend Executive TeleCard $7.5 million to pay existing indebtedness. IDT will gain access to Executive TeleCard's global telecom network to route its own traffic and acquire 500,000 warrants at market for Executive TeleCard stock. IDT also plans to leverage Executive TeleCard's established partnerships with over 40 international carriers and PTTs to develop its own operating alliances. The terms of the agreement also specify that the chairman of Executive TeleCard, Chris Vizas, will become an ex-officio advisor to IDT's board of directors; and that the CEO of IDT, Howard Jonas, will likewise serve in an advisory capacity to Executive TeleCard's board of directors.

Executive TeleCard is an international telecommunications service company. It uses a proprietary technology, named CAVIAR, to providing network-based global billing, validation, routing and payment services in the calling card and Internet markets of telecommunications.

In a separate announcement, IDT will be offering its Internet telephony service, Net2Phone Direct, at 5 cents per minute for domestic calls from 50 U.S. cities. For those folks outside of the 50 cities, the service will be billed at its normal 13 cents per minute. IDT encourages everyone in the U.S. to test the service by placing a free Net2Phone Direct domestic call. To place a free call or to sign up for service, call 800-225-5438 <800-CALL-IDT>.


Executive TeleCard

Selsius Systems to Introduce IP PBX Solution
Selsius Systems has announced version 2.0 of the Selsius-IP PBX solution. The Selsius-IP PBX solution is comprised of the Selsius Access analog gateway, the Selsius-CallManager, and Selsius-Phones.

The Selsius gateway will support up to four loop-start/ground start trunks or four analog station devices. The H.323 & DHCP compliant gateway does not require a PC to operate. The Selsius-CallManager will have features including call waiting, call pickup and park, device configuration options, and an interface to support external voice mail systems. The Selsius line of IP phones will be expanded to include the 12S, a 12 button phone, the 12SP, a 12 button speakerphone, and the 12SP+, a 12 button speakerphone with display. The 12 series phones will support H.323, DHCP address assignment, and G.711 or G.723 encoding. An Ethernet repeater port has been added to the phones as well.

The device installation automation feature of the solution will enable an IP phone to be plugged into the network and automatically acquire an IP address. It will then create a device in the database and assign a directory number, and register with the CallManager.

The Selsius-Phones range in price from $375 to $450. The Selsius-Access is $2,995 for the two port model and $3,995 for the four port model. The products will be available in April '98.

Selsius Systems

ICAST Unviels Complete IP Multicasting Solution
ICAST has announced the availability of the C:TV product line to enable the deployment of real time voice and video broadcasts. The C:TV product line includes the ICAST Broadcaster, ICAST Viewer and Guide, ICAST Meter, ICAST Relay, and the ICAST Recorder. The Broadcaster is a software only solution providing real time video, voice and text streams on existing TCP/IP networks. The Viewer and Guide will provide real time directory services of video, voice and text streams. The ICAST Meter will monitor bandwidth usage, characterize network performance and report audience viewership profiles. Non-multicast enabled networks and desktops will be able to make use of the ICAST Relay to gain access to the broadcasts. The products use standard Internet protocols such as RTP, RTCP, SDP and RDCP for transmission and the audio and video codecs used are H.263, H.261 and MPEG.

ICAST Corporation

March 2, 1998

Delta Three Offers Partnership Programs for its Internet Telephony Services
Delta Three has announced partnership programs to encourage ISPs and telcos to distribute its Internet telephony technology in exchange for commision. The Delta Three ISP Program will allow ISPs and telcos to distribute the Delta Three Internet phone software, Internet Phone Lite. In exchange for distributing Internet Phone Lite, the distributors will receive revenues based on the minutes that their customers spend making calls via Delta Three Global Network.

Other partnership programs include the distribution of phone to phone Internet telephony services, wholesale arrangements, and alliances that will build out the Delta Three Global Network.

Delta Three

VegaStream, a Start-Up Internet Telephony Company, Receives Funding
MTI Partners, a venture capitalist group of the UK, has invested 1.2 million pounds into VegaStream, a start up Internet telephony company. VegaStream is planning to use the investment to design an Internet telephony gateway for ISPs that is based on router technology. The VegaStream product will be engineered for use with Microsoft's NetMeeting. The product will enable up to 30 users to have input in a conference and to edit shared documents in real time using whiteboard technology. Remote users will be able to participate in the conference via traditional telephones. The solution is expected to have controls for extraneous noise levels, call management, uniform speech levels and DTMF signalling/detection as well as the conversion of voice into IP packets. The system will interface with Ethernet LANs and ISDN/frame relay networks.

The solution is expected to be priced at less than 4,000 pounds and sold from the website and with integrator solutions.

Motorola to Introduce Products to Support IP Telephony
Motorola has announced that its Vanguard 6430 and 6450 will support WAN and LAN cards enabling remote users to switch transmission technologies as needed. The 6430 and 6450 boxes will support analog voice, video, DSU/CSU functions and ISDN. They will also support frame relay and ISDN over WAN as well as the routing of IP, IPX and Apple Talk traffic from a LAN. Both the 6430 and the 6450 will enable the switching, routing, and bridging of remote traffic using the same cards that Motorola routers use.

The 6450 has five slots enabling it to take cards in the two extra slots to offload CPU tasks. VoIP and VoFR cards will be available initially with a high speed serial interface and ATM cards to come later. The Vanguard boxes are expected to be able to provide tiered levels of service with the development of QoS for ATM planned for the future. Motorola is also planning to enable that QoS to be matched throughout the network with all of its gear.

The boxes will be available this month. The 6430 is priced at $2,799 and the 6450 will cost $3,495.


SCITEC Unveils Multi-Standard Voice Module
SCITEC has announced the availability of Diamond Voice & Trade, a standards based voice module. The module will now support G.729 for VoFR and G.723.1 for VoIP. Diamond Voice & Trade will enable the use of the standard that is best suited for current network configurations while providing the option to choose an alternative standard in the future.