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IP Telephony news wrap-up for Oct 16 - 2006

Oki Introduces Small & Medium Key Systems Supporting FMC

Oki Electric has introduced two new Key Systems, including a small business model, the IPstage SX, and a medium business model, the IPstage MX. Both support FMC and include wireless LAN dual network handsets as well as SIP softphones.



The company has also introduced a new IP phone, the Multi Key Telephone R. In a separate announcement, Oki announced that it had added support for wideband audio to its voice processing engine, eSound.

The new systems, phone and processing engine will first become available in Japan, and then rolled out to China and Oceania, with a slow but eventual expansion to North America and the rest of the world.

Oki already offers IP PBX systems, including its IPstage EN192 for large enterprises and its IPstage EX300 for SMBs.

Oki Electric Industry
Citel has introduced a SIP trunking voice solution that enables distributed enterprises to replace branch office local circuits and connect directly to a centralized PBX via a SIP trunking provider. The solution consists of the company's PBXgateway at the central PBX site and the company's EXTender 4100, 6000, IP6000, or 7000 at remote locations.

In addition to reducing costs, SIP trunking extends the features and functions of a company's main site PBX location to its branch offices.

Citel
Ellacoya Networks has released version 6.4 of its IP Service Control System, an IP services platform that leverages the company's e30 IP switch. The new release has improved deep packet inspection via the addition of application detection and classification functionality for encrypted applications including P2P, Winny2P, and Share. The updated software also includes activation of the system's mirror-port functionality, enabling the system to factor out a subset of network traffic and pass a duplicate impage through the mirror port to undergo further analysis for purposes such as service assurance.

Ellacoya Networks
Reef Point Systems has introduced Universal Convergence Gateway, an appliance based IP service platform that can support FMC. The gateway consolidates multiple network types (mobile CDMA and GSM, WiFi, WiMAX, DSL, and cable as well as IMS, UMA, picocells and femtocells, IMS over WiMAX and wireless LAN access) for accessing a service provider's core infrastructure; delivering IP services according to policy enforcement and intelligence; and providing security.

Some of the gateway's functions include user and device authentication, security and DoS for all IP & media traffic, QoS traffic shaping and policing, and in-band and out of band policy enforcement.

The gateway platform is based on the company's Flow Application Streaming Technology, which provides customized hardware-assist and DPI capabilities. It supports 500,000 subscribers and delivers up to 1 million concurrent stateful multimedia sessions at wire speed.

The gateway is available in 2 configurations. The iQ8500 supports 5 Gbps aggregate throughput and the iQ4500 supports 2.5 Gbps aggregate throughput.

Reef Point Systems
Estacado Systems has released version 2.0 of SIPWright Proxy, a general purpose SIP server than can provide SIP proxy, registrar and redirect services. The new release includes support for multiple network interfaces, includes SOAP interfaces for configuring and provisioning, and includes a provisioning client for use with the Apache open source HTTP server.

The server software can be downloaded for free from the company's web site. Customized versions of the software are available through licensing

Estacado Systems
Texas Instruments has added five new xDSL-based residential gateway development solutions to its UR8 product line. The technology enables gateways to be designed with multiple home networking options and variations of feature functionality including voice and video over all ADSL and VDSL2 standards.

The UR8 architecture consists of a gateway processor, a programmable DSL PHY, a DSP subsystem, a set of LAN interfaces. The subsystem includes a voice CODEC library and Telogy software for adding support for wideband CODECs, wireline and wireless CODECs, and functions such as fax and modem relay, packet loss minimization and noice reducing algorithms. The interfaces include Ethernet, WiFi and standards developed by the HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Multimedia over Coax Alliance, and the HomePNA.

TI's solutions include an API as well as options for using multiple processors for intelligent management of broadband distribution for enhancing throughput and performance.

The xDSL gateway solutions are currently sampling.

Texas Instruments
Eyeball Networks has introduced Any-Firewall Engine, a NAT traversal SDK for VoIP call completion across NATs, firewalls, and web proxies. The product, based on STUN, TURN, ICE, and proprietary technology, enables P2P media transport that is independent of signaling protocol and media delivery. It can be used with SIP, Jingle, RTP stacks and voice and video engines.

The SDK will run on Windows 2000, XP & Vista, Windows Mobile, Linux and embedded Linux. Any-Firewall Engine, scheduled for availability before the end of the year, includes a library of software components, sample applications with source code, and user and reference documentation.

Among the first users will be True Internet and Fuji Photo Film.

Eyeball Networks
Global Crossing via its subsidiary GC Acquisitions UK Limited, has acquired Fibernet for $94.6 million. The buy provide Global Crossing with new annual revenue of $80 million and more than $30 million in adjusted EBITDA after integration.

Global Crossing
Fibernet