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cPacket has introduced an unnamed chip that performs DPI and header classification at 20 Gbps (or 10 Gbps full duplex) at 6W. Profiles are provisioned to the chip and when matches occur, the packets are counted, tagged, redirected, replicated or dropped. The chip combines programmable general purpose header classification and payload pattern searching, including native support for wildcards, don't cares, ignore case, and non-anchored searches.

AMI Partners has released SMB Interest Perks Up in Hosted VoIP, a study of the hosted business VoIP market in North America that provides a 5-year market forecast, a vendor market analysis, player profiles, as well as actionable recommendations for vendors, service providers, channel partners and SMBs. Profiles are provided for Covad, XO, Packet8, Cbeyond, M5, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint Nextel, Qwest, Aptela, Speakeasy, Bandwidth.com, and Apptix.

Revenue from hosted business VoIP services is expected to grow from $165 million in 2005 to $416 million this year to $1.56 billion by 2010.

WiFiMobile has launched a VoWiFi service for S60 handset users that supports free VoWiFi calling between users connected to a WiFi network. The company offers a plan for calling phones not connected to WiFi but the company's web site fails to specify the costs associated with the service. WiFiMobile does mention that VoIP calls can be initiated outside of a WiFi network but that the service makes users subject to the cell phone provider's existing 3G data plan, which in some instances can be more costly than using the cell provider's voice service.

Intel has introduced the CE 2110 media processor, a single chip SoC architecture that consists of a 1 GHz XScale CPU, MPEG-2 and H.264 hardware video decoders, DDR2 memory interface, and 2D/3D graphics accelerators.

The chip is slated to be used in a myriad of applications. Chunghwa Telecom, a service provider in Taiwan, is planning to use the technology to expand its HD video content, karaoke, e-banking and e-learning services. ASUS, Oki, and ZTE will use the chip within their respective set-tops. Amino plans to employ the chip for its IPTV client software stack.

Vonage was busy last Friday. In the early morning, the U.S. District Court in Eastern Virginia didn't take much time to listen to arguments but instead quickly ruled, on a suggestion from Verizon, that Vonage could not sign up any new VoIP consumers until an appelate court had ruled on the case. The decision was to be effective April 12th. In addition, the company was asked to put up a $66 million bond for its appeal.

The U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia is preparing to issue a permanent injunction that would bar Vonage from using patented technology owned by Verizon to deliver its VoIP services. U.S District Judge Claude Hilton said he would not sign the injunction for 2 weeks, giving Vonage time to argue its case further. The next hearing on the issue is scheduled for April 6. The initial ruling made in favor of Verizon on March 8th included a $58 million fine plus 5.5% royalties on future sales.

Today, the FCC embarked on an investigation to determine if broadband providers are dividing up traffic by source or type and providing different classes of services based on the identification of the traffic. Based on the group's study, the FCC will either adopt regulations or put aside the issue and consider it at a later date. FCC Commissioners Michael Copp and Jonathan Adelstein are encouraging the commission to esablish regulations now, while Commissioner McDowell noted that there was no evidence of market failure or anticompetitive behavior by broadband providers.

SIP Phones & ADSL2+ Gateway

Acme Packet's Net Net SBCs now support the Diameter protocol towards policy
servers and CLFs.

Microsoft will pay nearly $800 million to buy TellMe Networks, a company that specializes in voice recognition technology in web-based applications. Within a day, Cisco announced that it would be acquiring WebEx for $3.2 billion, a service company that provides web-based business collaboration services.

Last week, a jury in a U.S. District Court in Virginia ruled that Vonage infringed on 3 of Verizon's patents related to the methods it used to offer VoIP services including wireless access to VoIP. Verizon has requested that Vonage's service be stopped, and the court is expected to rule on the issue soon. If an injunction is imposed, Vonage has said that it will seek an immediate stay from the Federal Court of Appeals. As part of the jury's decision, Vonage has been awarded approximately $58 million in damages.

Comtrend has introduced CT-6382T, a new residential gateway that supports voice, video, and data as well as a home networking solution. The device features 802.11b/g Wi-Fi WLAN access, VoIP local and long distance calling, PSTN failover, DECT -based cordless phone connectivity, and TR-68 and TR-69 compliance for installation, configuration, and remote management and configuration.

The IAD includes physical FXS ports for connectivity of up to 2 phone lines.

Avaya has introduced two new versions of its IP Office IP PBX including the Standard Edition for small businesses (supports up to 32 users) and the Professional addition for SMBs (supports up to 270 users). The versions are supported by the vendor's new IP Office 500 communications server, which supports a wide array of new features.

The new software release 4.0 acts as a SIP gateway, enabling businesses to optionally subscribe to SIP trunking services. The software also includes remote diagnostic tools allowing problems to be identified and resolved remotely.

AbsoluteIP has introduced AbsoluteIPBX, a small business IP PBX that supports up to 200 phones. The system, which runs on a flash based OS, features auto attendant, a conference bridge, cell phone integration, 800 hours of voicemail, voicemail to email, support for PoE, and a one year warranty. The 19 2U sized unit connects to T1/PRI, POTS, PSTN, and VoIP.

Separately, the vendor offers IPAssist, a desktop control application that provides significant management functionality of its IP PBX.

iLocus has released The Impact of FMC on World Telecommunications Markets, a detailed study of the FMC market that covers market drivers, inhibitors, trends, stats and projections, vendor profiles, select market profiles by country, cases studies, and a discussion of specific business opportunities for both fixed operators and cellular providers.

The firm finds that U.S. cellular operates will lose $3.3 billion a year by 2011 due to FMC and to thwart the influence, cell providers would need to maintain a 61% market share in FMC-based services.

Hermon Laboratories has introduced TCA 8200, a telecom conformance analyzer
that tests pre-compliance, compliance, development and production for
analog PSTN, xDSL, E1, T1, ISDN PRI, PRI L2/3, and VoIP/SIP. The testing
solution is fully automated and generates detailed analytical reports in
Word format.

Hosted VoIP and VoIP IC Market

Arris will acquire Tandberg Television for $1.2 million, through a combination of cash and stock. The amount is 47% higher than the value of the company based on the trading price of its shares over the last 90 days. The buy will give Arris new IPTV, HDTV, and on-demand TV technology as well as strengthen its presence outside of North America. Tandberg expects its 2006 revenues to be approximately $350 million.

The new company will have more than 2,000 customers in more than 100 countries.

The AT&T/BellSouth merger was approved on December 29th, with a condition that the company not discriminate against certain types or sources of Internet traffic through charging fees or by restricting bandwidth of any content on its networks in any way. The concession only applies over the next two years. The terms are likely to be the basis for a bill to be introduced by Rep Ed Markey next month that would make net neutrality a requirement for all last mile telcos and cable companies.

Verizon, Comcast and Time Warner declined to comment on the issue.

Frost & Sullivan has added Innovations in Voice Codec as a new part of its Technical Insights Subscription. The coverage will focus on identification and examination of market trends, key drivers, and challenges as well as tracking the technological developments of spectral band replication and parametric stereo.

Unlike other releases from the firm, Frost & Sullivan is sharing some of its findings as enters the field. The group expects wideband coding to replace narrowband in most application segments.

Telchemy has introduced DVQattest/EN, an active test tool for VoIP, IP videoconferencing and HD telepresence service assurance. The new product uses the company's VQmon technology to provide network assessment, pre-deployment testing, SLA monitoring and advanced network troubleshooting for enterprise networks.

DVQattest/EN is a software agent that can generate 200 concurrent VoIP streams, 20 concurrent high definition 1080p simulated IP video streams and a range of network diagnostic tests, with an application for configuration and reporting.

Mu Security has introduced Adaptive Analysis, a dynamic protocol mutation technology that analyzes unique attack surfaces and remediates vulnerabilities and flaws for a wide range of IPv4 or IPv6 transport methods. The technology can be used by developers of security appliances, secure storage systems, triple play provisioning products and PoS products as well as by service providers and critical infrastructure customers.

The municipal wireless market is gaining momentum as government initiatives to provide large access networks are moving into the trial stage and WiMax technology matures.

Nortel's WiMax solution is being tested by Chunghwa Telecom in Yilan, Taiwan, as part of the local government's Mobile Taiwan project. In addition to deploying a mobile WiMax network in this northeastern county, Nortel is also deploying a WiMax network at the National Taiwan University campus and at an expiremental park in Taipei.

PMC-Sierra has introduced the availability of the MSP7100 series of new residential gateway reference platforms for the development of gateways to support voice, video, and data services. The new products, driven by a multi-threaded MIPS system processor include wire-rate VDSL2 and processing headroom to support RG-hosted service expansion such as gateway-attached storage, remote-access servers, and fixed-mobile convergence.