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Router & PBX Markets

Motorola will acquire Netopia for $208 million through an agreement that calls for Motorola to pay $7 a share for the company's stock. In VoIP, Netopia is a supplier of terminal adapters as well as a platform for provisioning and managing VoIP gear.

Pactolus Communications Software has switched to an open source business model, making its RapidFlex Service Delivery Platform available at no cost. In addition to its own platform, the company is offering a free functional reservation-less audio conferencing reference application, tutorials and hundreds of documents and articles related to the development of SIP and IMS-based applications.

The RapidFlex platform includes service creation environment software, application server software, media server software, and element and prompt manager utilities.

ADT Security Services, the largest provider of electronic security with nearly 6 million customers in North America, has released an outline of requirements that VoIP service providers must meet before ADT will endorse support of its services with a particular provider's VoIP service. ADT requires that a provider have a managed and mantained physical facilities network with major and minor disaster recovery plans that include specific network power restoration procedures.

Several VoSat partnerships were inked this week including Global Crossing's agreement to acquire Impsat, Verso's new marketing and development deal with ViaSat, and Viper Networks' new partnership with OnSat. Considering these announcements were not made in conjunction with any satellite trade show, they represent progress in the maturation of the VoSat market.

Global Crossing will pick up 4,500 new enterprise customers and annual revenues of $270 million through its deal to buy Impsat for $336 million.

Minacom has enhanced its PESQ Advanced Test Agent for PowerProbe technology to support up to 24-hours of speech quality stress testing of VoIP calls much like BERT is used on the PSTN. The new solution including the delivery of reports every 15 seconds on MOS, clipping, distortion, noise, packet transmission and speech power. Thresholds can be applied to minimum, maximum and averaged results to highlight call quality degradation and provide alarms to existing fault management systems.

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.

Bluenote Networks has introduced SessionSuite SOA Edition, a software platform that enables the development of distributed, re-usable, SIP, web-based services to be developed and implemented in an enterprise network.

The development solution consists of three APIs including lifecycle, plugin, and management.

The lifecycle API allows a web Service client to create phone call sessions, forward calls, add parties, remove parties and terminate the session.

Skype has been banned from use on campus at San Jose State, UC-Santa Barbara, and California State University-Dominguez Hills by network administrators who claim the service consumes too much bandwidth and makes its networks vulnerable to worms.

The primary problem is that Skype makes supernodes from a user's network, relaying calls made by other customers. Bandwidth consumption can be as high as 1 GB per month per user. The supernode functionality can be turned off by the user but it is so tricky that the schools have opted to ban the entire service instead.

CloudShield Technologies has introduced Content Control Suite (CCS), a platform for providing management for high volume VoIP and IPTV networks. The new product also provides analysis, control and security. The platform is offered with a wide range of modules including signature detection, traffic control, VoIP tracking and reporting, content billing, and traffic measurement. The data set modules offered include 3rd party signature sets, open source signature sets and custom signature sets.

Atmel has introduced AT76C902, a second generation VoIP chip for Wi-Fi phones that runs a SIP stack, uCLinux OS, and firmware enabling Wi-Fi and voice compression and decompression.

Global Crossing has expanded and enhanced elements of its VoIP service portfolio. The provider has added audio-conferencing to enterprise users of its Outbound & Voice VPN services, added a peering service to its VoIP Outbound Service, and extended its Outbound Service to 14 countries. The company has also become an Avaya reseller.

The newly added countries to VoIP Outbound include Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Czech Republic, Chile, Hong Kong, Singapore, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, and Slovakia.

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.

Minacom has introduced two methods that allow on-site VoIP voice quality testing to be conducted for new consumer installations. Using Zoey, the consumer or an installer can use the newly installed phone line to call an IVR that will initiate a series of tests. The automated phone system uses layman terms to confirm good installs or to help identify and resolve issues caused by cordless phones, installation and wiring mistakes, and wireless network interference.

NEC Unified Solutions has launched a managed VoIP service for SMBs that employs the company's Univerge platform and applications suite. The service is offered with the option to have NEC manage both voice and networking equipment or co-manage the IPT domain.

Quintum Technologies has introduced Tenor AF, an 8-line device for SOHO and remote office implementations that can be configured to be used as a gateway station (2, 4, or 8 FXS ports) trunking (2, 4, or 8 FXO ports), or within an enterprise (4 or 6 FXS ports and 2 FXO ports) network.

Patton Electronics has introduced SmartNode NS4960, a VoIP IAD that delivers 30 to 120 concurrent VoIP calls with QoS, traffic shaping, voice over VPN, security and voice encryption. The platform provides up to 4 T1/E1/PRI ports as well as 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports.

TeleGeography has released its Q2 report on the U.S. consumer VoIP market, a part of its U.S. VoIP Resarch Service, a subscription-based service. The report provides updates on market size & forecasts, the competitive landscape, regulatory issues, consumer attitudes, service provider profiles, and an analsyis of the growing marketplace.

The firm finds that U.S. consumer VoIP subscriptions grew 21% in Q2, down from 28% growth in Q1.

Time Warner (TW) has signed a 5-year agreement with Sprint Nextel that calls for Sprint to carry TW's long distance VoIP calls as well as provide e911 management, new and ported management, directory assistance, operator services and a suite of local exchange services.

RadiSys, a supplier of embedded boards and platforms, has entered into a definite agreement to acquire Convedia for $105 million in cash. Convedia is a vendor of media servers and media processing products. The companies expect the merger to strengthen their position in the VoIP market as well as expand their global reach.

Last quarter, Convedia reported annual run-rate revenues of approximately $20 million.

Brix Networks has reported that test results generated by a web-based application to test VoIP call quality from a consumer's PC to select global destinations shows that there has been a consistent decrease in overall voice quality, based on the use of this application over the last 18 months. The company claims that 19% of calls initiated through its testing mechanism achieve less a MOS score of 3.6.

Brix tests calls using an applet that initiates a test phone call using SIP. Appliances answer these calls and measure QoE.

Microsoft and Nortel have entered into a 4-year agreement that includes joint marketing and development of unified communications solutions based on Microsoft's platform as well as the creation of a development alliance initiative open to other developers.

Mindspeed Technologies has introduced M82910, a 7th generation VoIP processor designed to transcode wireless and wireline protocols to transport voice and video between traditional and IP networks. The product is for Class 4 and 5 switches, mobile switching centers, radio network controllers, base station controllers, access gateways, IP DSLAMs, and digital loop carriers.

The processor integrates 18 processors including a DSP, a packet processing engine and co-processors for echo cancellation and video processing tasks. It supports both IP to TDM and IP to IP.

Microsoft has introduced the suite of new products associated with its 2007 Office system and detailed how the products will interoperate to provide enterprise communications that integrate voice, conferencing, instant messaging and collaboration. The new product line includes Exchange Server 2007, Speech Server 2007, Communications Server 2007, Communicator 2007, Communicator phone experience, Live Meeting, and RoundTable.