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China Telecom Forced to Split; Licensing Required for ITSPs

GTE Activates V/FoIP Network Using Cisco's Equipment

GTE has announced that it is using Cisco's equipment to launch V/FoIP
services over its network, the Global Network Infrastructure (GNI).

The planned services include an IP fax and Internet call waiting service.
The IP Fax service will enable users to send or receive fax documents from
PC to fax, fax to e-mail, fax to PC or fax to fax. It will feature
broadcast fax and confirmation capabilities, and allow users to access the
service from anywhere in the world via an Internet browser.

European Commission Chooses Not to Regulate Internet Telephony

The European Commission (EC) has ruled that Internet telephony is not
sufficiently advanced enough to be considered under the rule of the
EC. Accordingly, it decided that ISPs offering Internet
telephony will not be subjected to EC legislation as the service has not been
deemed as fully functional and profitable.

The EC will review the technological and market advancements on an annual
basis.

ACC and Deutsche Telekom plan to launch Internet telephony services later
in the year.

Qwest Gearing Up to Become Major U.S. ITSP

Qwest is preparing to be the U.S.' premiere ITSP, releasing a series of
announcements indicating that it is aggressively expanding its network and
on-track to introduce telephony services at 7.5 cents a minute. Qwest has
just announced that it is extending its network to Europe via exchanged
assets with Teleglobe Inc. In the exchange, Teleglobe will use Qwest's
network to expand its reach into the U.S. market.

1st Family to Offer Unlimited VoIP Service for Flat Rate

1st Family, an Internet access provider, has announced that it plans to
offer an Internet telephony long distance service with unlimited calling
time for a flat rate. The company will utilize voice recognition
technologies to enable subscribers to use a traditional phone to dial a
local number to place long distance calls over the Internet without dialing
extra numbers.

ITU Work Group Begins Evaluation of Addition to H.323 Recommendations
The ITU's Study Group 16 announced that it has started analyzing a new Internet standard, currently referred to as H.gcp, which will become an addition to the H.323 family of recommendations. H.gcp will expound on H.323's capabilities to provision new services by enabling Internet gateway devices to be interfaced, in a standard way, with the signaling systems found in traditional telephony networks.

8x8 Introduces VoIP Processor Chip
8x8 has announced the introduction of its Audacity Internet Telephony Processor (Audacity ITP) as the basis for cable system VoIP products. The chip supports Media Gateway Control Protocol (MGCP) and H.323 codecs including G.711, G.722, G.723 and G.728. It can support up to eight simultaneous IP phone calls. In addition, the chip combines a RISC microprocessor with a single instruction, multiple data (SIMD) DSP engine to perform full-duplex acoustic echo cancellation, DTMF detection and generation, and fax emulation.

Symbol Introduces Wireless IP Telephony System

Symbol Technologies has announced the availability of a wireless phone system based on voice over IP technology. The NetVision phone system will provide wireless real time multimedia teleconferencing over the Internet and corporate intranets. The system will use a NetVision wireless handset, which looks like a cell phone, to provide wireless connectivity to telephones or PC phones located within an internal TCP/IP network.

Multiservice Switching Forum to Promote ATM-Switching Standardization. 

Level3 and Bellcore Team to Develop PSTN/IP Protocol

Level 3 has announced that it is teaming with Bellcore to develop a
protocol specification, dubbed Media Gateway Control Protocol (MGCP),
designed to enable the PSTN and IP-based networks to interconnect. The
spec represents a combination of the Internet Protocol Device Control
(IPDC) specification developed by a consortium formed by Level 3 and the
Simple Gateway Control Protocol (SGCP) developed by Bellcore and Cisco.

Analogic Introduces CompactPCI Based VoIP Cards

Analogic has announced that it is adding CompactPCI based products to its
TAP-800 (Telephony Application Processor) line of products with the
introduction of the TAP-810 CompactPCI-based DSP resource card designed for
PSTN to VoIP connectivity applications. The 810 product provides support
for up to 120 channels of G.723.1 and G.729a communications, with quad
T1/E1 line interfaces and a 100 Base T controller.


CableLabs Announces Team of Vendors to Develop PacketCable Specification

CableLabs has announced that a team of 18 vendors will contribute
intellectual technology, on a royalty free basis, towards the development
of the PacketCable specification, a standard for the transmission of
Internet telephony, video-conferencing and other packet services over
two-way cable networks.

MCI Integrates WebLine's Collaboration Software Into Its E-Commerce App

MCI WorldCom has announced that it is integrating WebLine Communications'
web collaboration software into the latest version of its e-commerce Click'N
Connect application. The Click'N Connect enables visitors to MCI's business
customer's web sites to initiate real-time, VoIP communications with the businesses'
call center agents by clicking a call icon on the web site.

IDT Introduces Reseller Program

IDT has announced the introduction of a reseller program for its Net2Phone
Pro services.

AT&T Dives Into VoIP Arena With Interconnectivity and VPN Services

AT&T has announced the introduction of its Internet telephony
interconnectivity service, AT&T Global Clearinghouse. Global Clearinghouse
provides a centrally managed solution that enables ISPs and telcos to
establish and operate phone to phone IP Telephony services with
connectivity to more than 140 countries. It enables ITSPs to initiate
termination contracts by providing the rates that each ITSP charges to
terminate calls in its region.

Glocalnet Gearing Up to Become Major Global ITSP

According to a series of announcements over the last few months, Glocalnet
is preparing to become a major provider in the global ITSP arena.
Glocalnet, which has been aggressively expanding the geographic
availability of its VoIP services, has just announced that both Swiss
Online and Switzerland based Som-Net will offer its services in the
European market.

Ganymede Software Unveils Multimedia Network Testing Application

Ganymede Software has announced the introduction of Chariot, its system for
testing a network's capability to support multimedia applications including
videoconferencing, VoIP, IP multicast, and QoS and RSVP technologies. The
system emulates streaming network application traffic such as RealAudio,
NetMeeting, videoconferencing and VoIP. It evaluates the end-to-end
performance of a network by isolating network performance from application
performance to pinpoint the cause of slow response times.

Siemens to Provide USA Global Link With VoIP Network Infrastructure

USA Global Link has announced that it will purchase Siemens Telecom Network's
equipment for its SS7/IP based telecom network, dubbed Global InterNetwork. The
initial $12 million contract covers the purchase,financing, design and deployment
of Siemens' EWSD central office switches, Siemens/Newbridge's MainStreetXpress 36170
Multiservices switches for ATM transport, and the InterXpress 2000 carrier-grade
IP telephony solution.

ITXC, VocalTec and Lucent to Promote VoIP Gateway Specs

ITXC has announced that Lucent and VocalTec have developed interoperability
between their respective gateways for use over ITXC's WWeXchange IP
telephony interconnectivity service. The interoperable solution is based on
the H.323 RAS Version 2 protocols. The companies plan to submit
specifications to their technology to standards bodies.

The gateway combo will be commercially available in November.

ITSPs Taking Positions With and Against Telcos

Over the last two weeks, several IXCs and RBOCs have released announcements
indicating their strategies for participating in the IP telephony market
and preventing ITSPs from freely routing calls over their networks.
Though most ITSPs have been developing a legal position to keep from paying
fees to the traditional telcos, some ITSPs are finding that, in this highly
competitive market, it might be more advantageous to pony up the fees and
work jointly with the deep-pocketed telcos to grow their business.

Last week, MCI announc

BellSouth to Impose Long Distance Access Charges on IP Telephony Calls

BellSouth has announced that it will begin applying access charges to ITSPs
for phone to phone long-distance calls placed over its network using IP
technology. The provider has defined phone to phone Internet telephony as
identical, by all relevant regulatory measures, to circuit switched
telephony and has indicated that no new FCC policy directives or rules are
needed to address the application of access charges to such traffic.

USA Talks.Com to Offer Unlimited IP Telephony For a Flat Rate

USA Talks.Com has announced that it is planning to offer an IP telephony
service with unlimited calling time for a flat rate. The company plans to
build a VoIP network across the US to offer the service. The service is
scheduled to be introduced throughout California by the end of this month.

USA Talks.Com plans to expand its VoIP offering to 34 major U.S. markets by
the end of October, with definite plans to enter international markets in
the near future.

MediaCom Unveils Least Cost Routing Product for Telephony

MediaCom has announced the release of its MegaMiser Intelligent Telephony
Router, a least cost telephony and fax routing product. The software runs
on a PC attached to a user's LAN to perform LCR for outbound calls. Each
time a call is placed, MegaMiser searches its database of national and
international carriers to find the lowest rates for that particular call
via traditional or IP based networks.

Sprint Trials Internet Telephony in Select US Markets

Sprint has announced that it will trial its phone to phone IP telephony service,
Sprint Callternatives, in Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.
Subscribers in those markets will be able to place calls to anywhere in the US,
Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, India, Japan, Mexico City, South Korea and
Taiwan. The calls will be routed over Sprint's IP backbone.

Sprint has not disclosed the cost of calls per minute. The company does plan to
bill the service in prepaid increments of $10 or $25.