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A New Jersey man pleads guilty in federal court yesterday to his role in an elaborate scheme to steal more than US$4.4 million from VoIP providers, including AT&T and Verizon, officials said. Vinod Tonangi, 32, of Guttenberg, Hudson County admitted that he and his cohorts set up shell companies - with no operations – and purported to be established VOIP wholesalers.

Sweden’s telecommunications companies reported that about 60% of the country’s mobile market composed of 3G subscribers in 2010. According to the market research report published by the country’s incumbent operator, TeliaSonera, Swedish-based international operator Tele2, Norwegian incumbent operator Telenor and international conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa´s subsidiary Hi3G, there were 643,000 net additions in 2010, compared to 609,000 in 2009.

The smartphone market in China has been expanding at a rapid pace as both Google’s Android operating system and Apple’s iPhone vie for majority stakes in the Chinese market. Today, the iPhone is available from China Unicorn, the largest of the country's three wireless carriers, but talks have began in earnest between China Telecom Corp Ltd, the smallest of the three players, and Apple Inc to introduce iPhones based on CDMA technology, according to news reports.

The California bill requires police to get a warrant before searching cell phones, according to Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a US-based civil liberties group. EFF said their organization is proud to support SB 914 and is calling for more supporters in passing the bill in the US Senate.

German security researchers discovered that an astonishing 99.7% of Android smartphones leak unencrypted data when one logins to Google services. Hackers sniffing for this data over wireless connections could gain access to information stored in the cloud, so claimed by Bastian Könings, Jens Nickels, and Florian Schaub from the University of Ulm.

3CX, international telecommunications developer, today announced the availability of 3CX Phone System version 10. This new release includes a new user-friendly web-based app, 3CX MyPhone. Other PBX’s that include unified communications do not make features such as conferencing easily accessible for the end user. The new 3CX MyPhone portal makes it easier for users to take advantage of advanced unified communications and VoIP features by bringing conferencing, presence, transferring of calls and other rich features together in one easy to use application.

Microsoft Buys Skype for $8.5 Billion Microsoft Corp. announced that it has bought the popular VoIP provider Skype Global for US$8.5 billion in cash to increase its portfolio of real-time communications products and services. Experts say this move is to capture Skype’s some 170 million users. Skype will be integrated into Microsoft communication-enabled devices and systems such as Xbox and Kinect, Xbox Live, the Windows Phone, Lync and Outlook, the Redmond-based company said to the press. Microsoft promises to continue supporting and developing Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms as well.

There’s no Skype yet in Nimbuzz, a popular cross platform instant messaging client for Symbian Series 60 ^3 devices, but it has added every other possible feature for instant messaging. Version 3.0 came out last year with a lot of improvements, and today we have version 3.01 bringing more new features and bug fixes.

Businesses using the popular IP phones sold by Cisco Systems were vulnerable of having their communications tapped and confidential information exposed, according to hacking experts. They said the default settings in the internet phones allow them to be turned into remote bugging devices that can intercept confidential communications.

For Siemens Enterprise Communications (SEC), no more selling third-party session border controller (SBC) technology, the company has released its own SBC to bring better Voice over IP (VoIP) security and reduce cost to OpenScape Voice customers. According to Michael Leo, senior marketing manager at SEC, the SBC was designed specifically for OpenScape to address security and interoperability issues plaguing many SIP-based VoIP traffic.

In the recent past, there has always been confusion around the reliability of 911 calls using IP telephony. US Federal Communications Commission site even states: “Not all VoIP services connect directly to emergency services through 911.”

A tech writer of an Australia-based Internet security firm uncovered a 0-day bug in the popular VoIP client Skype that allows hackers to gain control of Mac OS X machines by sending an instant message. Gordon Maddern of Pure Hacking said he accidentally discovered the bug while chatting with a colleague through Skype about a certain payload.

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Though VoIP has been challenged to comply with the traditional e911 system, the same cannot be said for new systems designed to provide seamless communication for first responders and emergency services, even when communication infrastructure has been widely destroyed by monstrosities such as a hurricanes.

Two new services -one for municipalities trying to unite disparate radio systems and another for communication in large-scale disasters-use VoIP as the unifying technology connecting the other elements of the system.

Mitel Networks has been chosen by the government of The Netherlands for a six-year contract to deploy voice over IP to more than 50,000 phones in 96 divisions of the government.

Though VoIP has been challenged to comply with the traditional e911 system, the same cannot be said for new systems designed to provide seamless communication for first responders and emergency services, even when communication infrastructure has been widely destroyed by monstrosities such as a hurricanes. 

NetLogic Microsystems has introduced NL8256, a fourth generation knowledge-based processor capable of achieving 1.2 billion decisions per second (BDPS). The new device supports 100 Gbps ASIC, switches and network processors.

The new processor features advanced clock switching schemes that support an aggregate throughput of 40 Gbps as well as dual-core technology and the ability to parse decisions into 64 unique processing elements.

NetLogic's NL8000 family of fourth generation processors are used in quad play switches and router applications.

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The announcement by Verizon Wireless that it is preparing to open its networks to third-party devices and services comes at a time when wireless itself is poised for a change. The announcement was not dignified by a formal press release but rather came in the form of comments made to reporters by CEO Lowell McAdam and others with the company.

Broadcom has introduced BCM53115, a 5-port, single chip 65 nm switch that enables GbE connectivity for consumer electronics and home networking equipment such as routers, gateways, and set-tops.

The switch features 10/100/1000 Mbps PHYs, IPv4 fand IPv6 security, L2 and L3 multicast support for IPTV, a VoIP engine, 2 GbE uplinks for CPU and wireless LAN connectivity, and LoopDTech and CableChecker.

Skype's service crashed last Thursday, leaving its customers without phone service for 2 days. The diruption has been attributed to the downloading of patches through Windows Update, which resulted in massive numbers of computers being restarted within a short timeframe. The number of offline computers allegedly caused a flood of log in requests and a lack of network resources to support services.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has rejected requests to establish net neutrality regulation that would force carriers and other network operators to allow all IP traffic over its networks without charging fees to content providers or restricting bandwidth access for specific traffic. All five commissioners agreed that they were unaware of any significant market failure and that the current antitrust laws and system for reporting complaints were adequate safeguards. The FTC stated that policy makers should not enact regulations solely for preventive measures.

Motorola has introduced a new line of Hi-Focus IP DSLAMs for the U.S. market. The new product family includes MiniCAB, a self contained, hardened, low density solution designed for rural and suburban deployments. MicroRAM has been introduced for low density remote terminals or central office deployments. Both new products support up to 48 ports.

For high density remote terminals and COs, Motorola has released the M41 and M82, which as xDSL access solutions that support voice functionality including direct POTS interfaces, VoDSL, VoIP, and integrated voice gateways.

Texas Instruments has introduced TNETV2502, a low end IP phone based on the company's TMS320C55x DSP and Adaptive Digital Technologies' software. The phone supports basic phone features, one voice port (one channel of G.711 or G.729AB), PoE, and basic SIP signaling and call control capabilities. Conferencing and supplementary functions are reliant on the network. Additional Codecs are offered separately.

The TNETV2502 includes the silicon, software, and a complete reference design. It is scheduled for availability in Q3.

Mindspeed Technologies has introduced Comcerto 100, a new family of dual core packet processors designed for CPE. The product line architecture includes a pair of ARM 11 processors, a security engine, 64-KB of on-chip memory, a 128 KB L2 cache, as well as a 64-bit, 165 MHz multi-layer interconnect bus and embedded QoS and traffic management capabilities.

The packet processing ARM core runs ANSI C code. The application ARM processor runs operating systems and off the shelf applications.

The FCC, which has been historically soft on VoIP service providers, has recognized the market's maturity and is quickly applying regulations that previously applied to traditional telcos.

VoIP providers had until May 14th to comply with CALEA. The level the commission will enforce this regulation is unknown, but AT&T did shut down segments of CallVantage service where it wasn't compliant. Others out of compliance may be waiting for a slap on the wrist or shutting down services quietly.