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Top Stories of the Week - January 28, 2012

Econet launch VoIP service in Africa

More than three million Econet Wireless Zimbabwe Ltd subscribers will now be able to make the cheapest international calls using phones, tablets and computers through the Internet after the telecommunications company launched VoIP services recently. VoIP is a technology that allows telephone calls to be made over computer networks like the Internet.

Speaking at the service launch the company’s commercial director, George Barbaressos, said the country currently has six VoIP service providers that include PowerTel, Gigatel, Econet, Brodacom and Africom.

Acrobits' Video VoIP-SIP iPhone Application faces up to Skype and Apple's Facetime

Acrobits has released its new combined Voice and Video application with SmoothFlow video technology for Apple's iPhone. Jiri Kral, Acrobits head stated, "SmoothFlow person-to-person video call technology finally eliminates the 'choppy effect' of most video calls over smart phones, smoothing out the participants' movements during the call just like playing a movie. Unlike dedicated video conferencing solutions that require much expensive hardware investments, this solution operates by leveraging the tools within the smart phone.

Sangoma finally releases SS7 to SIP gateway appliance

Sangoma Technologies Corporation, a provider of hardware and software components that enable or enhance IP communications solutions for both voice and data, recently announced the general release of its NetBorder SS7 VoIP Gateway appliance. This independent gateway incorporates Sangoma's field proven SIP and SS7 protocol stacks and interface technology, allowingg seamless integration of IP and PSTN signaling.

"Today's SIP service providers must have a flexible and cost-effective means to bridge customers with IP-based networks to the PSTN core, while still able to meet customer demands for the many cloud-based and mobility-enabled applications that are entering the marketplace at a frenetic pace. Sangoma's proven SS7 to SIP signaling gateway is a robust intermediation tool that will help address these often daunting challenges," said Bill Wignall, president and chief executive officer of Sangoma.

ATISSpec vets IPTV devices and subscribers

ATIS is a technical planning and standards development company committed to the rapid development of global, market-driven standards for the information, entertainment and communications industry. The company is also a founding partner for the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). The company released a new specification which aims to securely identify and authenticate computers, TVs and other IP devices for connection to IPTV networks.

“The new specification provides the format and syntax to create a worldwide unique device identifier, as well as a device and subscriber authentication mechanism for each device to allow it to connect securely to different parts of IPTV networks,” ATIS announced. “As the business paradigm shifts from single-device static users to multi-device mobile users, this capability is essential as it helps to more accurately define the roles and rights associated with each IP device.”

Amino picks Celeno's Wi-Fi platform for IPTV STBs

Amino Communications has selected Celeno Communications' Wi-Fi solutions for use in much of its IPTV set-top boxes. Celeno's OptimizAir Wi-Fi chipsets will be used across the globe by Amino to assist in distributing IPTV and over-the-top (OTT) services throughout homes via Wi-Fi home networking applications.

With the deal in hand, Celeno is now a preferred technology partner for Amino. However, financial terms of the agreement weren't released. "With Celeno's proven Wi-Fi technology and rich Wi-Fi chipset portfolio, we at Amino are able to offer our telco customers devices that combine all the quality they have come to expect from Amino devices with additional wireless functionality," said Amino's CEO Donald McGarva.