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Global Crossing has introduced Integrity, a visibility and reporting capability
that has been added to the company's Application Performance Management
service. The new tool, designed for enterprise network managers, provides
key performance and reporting indicators such as per call MOS metrics.

Avaya has introduced 4 new desktop IP phone models within its 9600 series of One-X Desktop Edition phones. The phones feature an intuitive context sensitive screen that presents different information depending on the user's activity, new conferencing capabilities, a WML interface for supporting a new suite of applications, high fidelity sound via wideband audio, and screen prompts available in 14 languages.

Multi-party conferencing has been enhanced with the new ability for a user to see all of the teleconference participants on the screen and add, drop, or mute individual people.

Motorola has introduced Home Hub 1620, a DSL VoIP wireless gateway that includes a 802.11b/g wireless access point, a 4-port router, a USB 2.0 host connection, a USB 1.1 slave connection and a SIP-based VoIP adapter.

PMC-Sierra has introduced a new residential gateway platform consisting of SoCs based on MIPS' 34K hardware multi-threaded core. The platform, featuring 180k packets per second IP forwarding and QoS support, includes a reference design with ADSL2+, VDSL2 and EOPN WAN interface options and software.

The solution can provide traffic management, routing, bridging, and firewall tasks as well as functioning as a terminal adapter. Security is delivered via hardware IPsec acceleration.

GL Communications has introduced PacketScan and RTP Toolbox, 2 new VoIP testing solutions. PacketScan is a packet analyzer and probe that monitors, reports, analyzes, and captures VoIP calls. The product measures call quality (MOS and R-factor), packet loss, latency, and provides CDRs.

RTP Toolbox tests gateways, ATAs, and other voice signal processing functions in VoIP networks. It automatically scans for incoming RTP voice streams or generates RTP streams and provides oscilloscope and spectral analysis on any CODEC stream.

The FCC has issued an order requiring CALEA compliance by facilities-based broadband Internet access providers and providers of interconnected VoIP by May 14, 2007. In addition, affected providers must submit a system security manual to the FCC within 90 days of the order being published in the Federal Register. The manual, along with on-going reports, must explain, in detail, how CALEA compliance is being met.

The FCC order has left some issues unresolved.

Skype has introduced free PC to phone services for domestic long distance calls placed by its U.S. and Canadian subscribers. The service is a promotional offer that will be available until the end of the year. The news reflects the competitive nature of the PC to phone market and how the battle among Skype, Yahoo!, AOL, Google, and Microsoft will benefit the consumer.

In a separate announcement, Skype has said that it is offering Language Line's Personal Interpreter Service to its customers for $3 per minute.

In the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Columbia, a group of civil liberties and educational organizations made strong arguments today that VoIP services should not be subject to CALEA based on the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act. Jacob Lewis, an attorney for the FCC, was hammered hard by a judge on the U.S. appeals panel, as U.S. Circuit Judge Harry T. Edwards defined the arguments as gobbledygook and nonsense. The judge also added, When you go back to the office, have a big chuckle. I'm not missing this.

As part of a strategic alliance established in 2001 and extended in 2004 to market and deliver Yahoo!s consumer telecom services, AT&T has announced that the latest voice enabled Yahoo! Messenger version will be named AT&T Yahoo! Messenger and that affiliates of AT&T and its affiliates will terminate the PC to phone traffic generated from the service.

Pirelli Broadband has introduced Discus DP-L10, a dual mode GSM/Wi Fi mobile handset designed for interoperability in IMS/FMC networks. The phone, in either mode, supports Internet browsing, email, SMS, and MMS. It is being currently being tested by mutliple European telecom operators.

Complementary devices offered with the phone include a WLAN extender, a self-configuring Wi Fi repeater that supports indoor coverage and WLAN roaming, access gateways, QoS and configuration devices, and a TR-069 based remote management platform.

Comverse Technology has signed a definite agreement to acquire privately held, Paris-based NetCentrex for approximately $164 million in cash. The acquisition was announced a week before Comverse was called out by the Wall Street Journal for issuing multiple stock option grants on dates that corresponded with price dips in the company's stock. The timing of the potential scandal could impact the acquisition.

Comverse is hoping to develop a strong position in the IMS and FMC market by combining its messaging, content, and billing solutions with NetCentrex's Class 5 application server.

XO Communications has launched XO VoIP Origination, a wholesale service that provides interconnection, transport and origination of local calls for any market in the U.S. Incoming calls can be either SIP or TDM. The calls are routed over the company's OC-192 network to the service provider's network.

MIPS has introduced two new families of core processors including the multi-threading 34K line and the 24KE line. Products from both portfolios can be used to develop VoIP products.

The 34K cores are intended for embedded applications. For a single application, the cores would be ideal for multiple voice channels in home applications. they could also be used to merge several single threaded fucntions into a single 34K core such as a host processor running Linux and a DSP running an RTOS in an STB application.

Following a failed merger attempt 5 years ago, Lucent and Alcatel have decided to reconsider a merger, in the wake of growing competition from Chinese telecom vendors such as Huawei and ZTE. A merger would create a trans-Atlantic vendor with a market value of $33 billion. Both companies are spinning the potential deal to be a merger of equals, but Alcatel has a market value exceeding $20 billion, while Lucent's value is just above $12 billion.

Ma Bell is on her way back. AT&T announced earlier this month that it would buy BellSouth, a RBOC serving the southeast and a joint owner with AT&T of Cingular Wireless. The deal, expected to close within 12 months, is valued at $67 billion. BellSouth shareholders will receive 1.325 shares of AT&T common stock for each common share of BellSouth. After the acquisition, BellSouth and Cingular will both operate under the AT&T name.

Yankee Group has released Business VoIP Services Poised for Dynamic Growth, a study that explores business VoIP growth based on segmenting the market by VoIP over VPN, VoIP real- time QoS bandwidth, and hosted VoIP. Hosted VoIP is projected to lead the group in growth.

The firm expects the business VoIP market to generate $3.3 billion in revenues by 2010.

The ITU has approved a suite of CableLabs' PacketCable specs as standards for the international version of services including VoIP. PacketCable-based standards are known internationally as IPCablecom, and this recently approved suite covers such topics as architecture, network call signaling, call management server (CMS) to CMS signaling, QoS, support for multimedia and other functions necessary to provide time-critical interactive services over a cable television network using IP.

SBS Technologies has intorduced Telum 1204-03, an AdvancedMC module for convergent gateway and ATM to IP interworking network applications such as 3G wireless, VoIP, media gateways, DSLAMs, and switches/routers. The module, which incliudes up to 4 ports of OC-3/STM1, independently interconnects between any supplied protocols, which can be selected on a per port basis. Further, a full set of IP services can be offered over any Layer 2 protocol including ATM, AAL5, PPP and Ethernet.

WiredCity has introduced IT Monitor Analytics, a testing and monitoring system compatible with VoIP networks supplied by Cisco and Nortel.

The technology monitors the LAN, the WAN, switches, voice gateway routers, VoIP applications, and various programs such as Active Directory, unified messaging, and voicemail.

The system can be configured to record and display real-time data including the health of the infrastructure, QoS policy performance, and measurements for delays, jitter, packet loss, and relative levels for voice and data traffic.

Acoustic Technologies has introduced ATH3100, an IC designed for the implementation of full duplex speakerphones in desktop and VoIP speakerphones, and PBX and SOHO phones. The device supports up to 65dB of acoustic echo cancellation, 45dB of network echo cancellation, and up to 18dB of noise cancellation.

Quintum Technologies has introduced Tenor AF switch, a VoIP gateway that supports 8 analog lines in both station side and trunk side configurations. The product supports up to 8 simultaneous VoIP calls.

The gateway features a configuration manager and wizard; real-time monitoring of alarms, call status and CDRs; remote manageability; support of public and unique dialing requirements; and PSTN failover.

The Tenor AF can connect an existing PBX or IP PBX to the PSTN or be deployed as an IP PBX branch office solution.

Configured as a gateway, the Tenor AF is $1000.

1. TCS, Pac-West, & VoIP Inc to Deploy Acme Packets' SBC
Acme Packet has named a series of new customers that will be deploying its Net Net session border controllers including TCS, Pac-West, and VoIP Inc.

For Telecommunications Systems, one of the leading e911 solutions providers in the U.S., Net Net will be used to connect managed VoIP providers to the company's IP network using features from the SBC's security framework, Net Safe.

1. Ceva Introduces Solution for Developing VoIP SoCs
Ceva has introduced Ceva-VoP, a semiconductor package that consists of tools for developing VoIP functionality into SoCs. The tools include a fully programmable 200 MHz DSP engine and xpertteaklite 2, an integrated subsystem with cached memory, peripherals, and system interfaces. The solution also includes software modules for voice coding, echo cancellation, and telephony interfaces. In addition to the set of tools, Ceva offers a reference board and various application utilities.

1. CableLabs Issues RFP for VoIP Peering
CableLabs has issued a RFP for a VoIP peering solution for cable operators. The RFP covers architectures for service, specifications, and the associated operations and management requirements to develop a production grade environment.

Responses are due by December 14th.