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IP Telephony news wrap-up for Sep 13 - 2006

Allworx Introduces IP PBX for SMBs

Allworx has introduced 24x, a new IP PBX for SMBs that supports up to 100 users. The system is designed to accommodate a variety of existing infrastructure scenarios by providing simultaneous support for T1/PRI, FXO, and VoIP trunking options. Some of the features include DSS/BLF and line appearances; multiple conference call bridges; call queuing options; voicemail; auto-attendant; support for remote users; support for multi-site calling functions; and an integrated PC router and firewall.

In a configuration supporting 24 users, the system is $4,000. When configured for 100 users, 24x is approximately $45,000.

Allworx
Intelsat, Telespazio & Hughes Europe have teamed to create a platform for supporting the delivery of a set of IP-based services over a VSAT network. Initially, the new system will be used to offer services to businesses in Eastern Europe.

Intelsat will be providing capacity on its IS-901 satellite located at 342 degrees E. Telespazio will be providing Internet backbone connectivity and operations management. Hughes will supply its HN7000S platfrom with DVB-S2 including a NOC and broadband satellite routers. Hughes will also be responsible for the VSAT dishes.

Marketing for the Eastern European service will be handled by Telespazio and Hughes' retail service provider sales channels.

Hughes Europe
Intelsat
Telespazio
Microchip Technology has introduced PIC18F97J60, a new product line of nine single chip 8-bit, 10 MIPS PIC18 microcontrollers, each integrated with a Ethernet controller, a MAC and PHY (drink not included), transmit/receive RAM buffer, and flash program memory (up to 128 Kb). The microcontrollers are offered with a free TCP/IP stack.

The Ethernet controller provides the unqiue capability of remotely accessing embedded applications and controlling or monitoring performance and operation.

The new family of chips is targeted at applications in industrial automation, building automation, commercial control, and home control.

The microcontrollers are available in 64-pin, 80-pin, and 100-pin TQFP packaging. All products in the PIC18F97J60 line are currently sampling. When the products go into volume production, pricing will begin at $4.24 per unit in quantities of 10,000.

A development board, along with a suite of development tools is also being offered.

Microchip Technology
360Networks has launched VoIP360, a wholesale VoIP service that will offer an a-la-carte set of services to providers such as inbound and outbound local calling, e911 services, directory listings, LNP, operator services, caller name services, directory assistance, and domestic long distance termination.

The company based in Seattle, serves 500 rate centers in 40 metro markets in 15 U.S. Western states. 360 has its own 16,000 mile optical network.

360networks
iBasis has launched DirectVoIP Transcoding, a new capability that allows its provider customers to have VoIP traffic translated from a variety of CODECs including G.711, G.723, G.726, G.729, GSM-FR, Speex, and iLBC.

iBasis provides wholesale network services to more than 40 consumer VoIP service providers. The company carriered approximately 8 billion minutes of VoIP traffic last year, and with the recent acquisition of Royal KPN, the company expects to increase its annual run rate to exceed 20 billion minutes.

iBasis
RNK has launched ReVos, a new U.S. based primary line consumer VoIP service. The new service offers unlimited North America calling as well as calling to 42 select international destinations including all cities in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, China (also cellular), Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Guam, Hong Kong (also cellular), Ireland, Israel, Italy, South Korea, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Singapore (also cellular), Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Vatican City State. The unlimited calling plan also includes calling to the the cities of Buenos Aires, Rio De Janeiro, Sao Paolo, Budapest, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterey, Moscow, and St. Petersburg.

Calling features under the $24.95 per month plan include Alternate Caller ID Number, Anonymous Call Rejection, Call Filter, Call Forwarding, Call Return, Call Waiting, Caller ID, Caller ID Blocking, Do Not Disturb, Find Me Follow Me, International Call Blocking, Music on Hold, Privacy List, Selective Call Blocking, Short-Digit Dialing, Speed Dial, Three-way Calling, Voicemail Via Email, Wake-Up Call, and free 411 directory assistance.

ReVos is also available under a set of other plans such as ones targeting mobile users and business users and ones for consumers that don't make frequent international calls.

ReVos
The SIP Forum's Technical Working Group has released SIPconnect, an architectural specification and implementation instruction set for using SIP to directly connect enterprise networks with VoIP service providers. The draft, which is being recommended by the organization for consideration as an industry standard, also includes usage profiles as well as methods for addressing security, multimedia management, fax/modem transmissions, echo cancellation, DTMF tones, QoS, and NAT traversal.

Contributors to the draft include Acme Packet, Avaya, BroadSoft, Cbeyond, Cisco, Inter-Tel, Mitel, NeuStar, Nortel, Radvision, Siemens, SIP Edge, Pulver.com, TalkSwitch, Tello, and Xit.

The forum is in the process of working on other SIP-based development initiatives such as a specification for developing a SIP phone.

SIP Forum
SunRocket, a primary line consumer VoIP service provider, is using Sylantro's applications feature server to provide its residential subscribers with calling features. The provider is using iBasis for international call connectivity as well as joining Global Crossing's peering service and Stealth Communications' Voice Peering Fabric.

SunRocket
Sylantro Systems
iBasis
Global Crossing
Stealth Communications' VPF
True Corporation Public Company Limited, the largest broadband operator in Thailand (formerly known as Telecom Asia), has deployed Redback Networks' SmartEdge routers throughout the provider's network. The routers will be providing subscriber management with dynamic policy enforcement, IP routing, ATM and Metro Ethernet aggregation, MPLS VPNs, video capabilities, and QoS.

Most of the top 20 carriers in the world use Redback's edge routers including BT, Belgacom, BellSouth, China Telecom, China Netcom, Chunghwa Telecom, France Telecom and Turk Telecom.

Redback Networks
WIN Enterprises has introduced Converged Application Platform , an Asterisk-based IP PBX solution that uses Intel's processors, chipsets, and host media processing. Security for the platform is provided by Intoto.

The solution supports a wide range of functions of an Ethernet switch, router/firewall/VPN, QoS device, WAN access device, Wi-Fi AP, ATA, and application server.

CAP will be available in production volumes in November. Until then, WIN is offering an evaluation version for $1,995.



WIN Enterprises
Digium will release Asterisk 1.4 in October. The new release includes 20 new functionality additions as well as a long list of system enhancements. Stuff new with 1.4 include:

- generic jitter buffer
- Asterisk extension language version 2
- T.38
- Jabber/Jingle/GoggleTalk compatibility
- language capability enhancements for English, Spanish and French
- unified messaging
- whisper paging
- variable length DTMF support
- option for programming shared line appearances
- centralized RADIUS storage for CDRs
- built-in web manager interface
- single user config for SOHO/SMB users
- increased memory usage
- interoperability of SIP call transfers
- IAX2 scalability improvements
- enhanced IAX2 media stream capabilities
- SCCP support
- SNMP monitoring
- RTP native bridging capabilities

Digium
Spirent Communications has introduced Protocol Tester, a tool for testing conformance, protocols, functionality, and interoperability within a VoIP or IMS network. The tool can also provide signaling and load generation as well as emulate most VoIP and IMS network elements, functions or services.

For use in IMS interoperability testing, the Protocol Tester allows users to add, remove and customize protocol message headers and payloads. Further, users can define and create any protocol call flow using any mix of protocols. The capability is facilitated through a GUI.

Protocol Tester comes with a set of pre-defined test cases for testing VoIP/IMS core network elements such as x-CSCF, PDF, HSS, IP PBXs, gatekeepers, and SBCs. The test cases can be modified and then automated.

Spirent Communications
ClearOne has introduced MAX IP, a SIP conference phone and MaxAttach IP, a system that includes 2 daisy chained IP phones.

Primus has deployed Veraz Networks' softswitch and media gateways to replace TDM switches and prep the provider's network to expand its Lingo consumer VoIP service.

DeltaThree will use Synchronoss Technologies' ActivationNow software platform for LNP.

CopperCom has named a set of providers that will deploy its CSX softswitch including Swayzee Telephone Company (Indiana), Northeast Nebraska Telephone Company, S&A Telephone Company (Kansas), and Ontario and Trumansburg Telephone (New York).

ClearOne
Primus
Veraz Networks
DeltaThree
Synchronoss Technologies
Coppercom