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Ascend Introduces SS7/IP Gateway Product
Ascend has announced the introduction of the Ascend Signaling Gateway (ASG), a product that enables a company's WAN access switches to communicate directly with the SS7 carrier-signaling network. The ASG will allow NSPs to offer a range of services such as Internet call diversion, voice/fax over data networks, VPNs, and high-speed 56K-modem technology.

Natural MicroSystems to Supply IP Telephony Platform for Global Network

Inter-Tel has announced that it will integrate Natural MicroSystems' Fusion IP
Telephonoy platform into the Inter-Tel Vocal'Net gateways that will be used by
an alliance of IP telephony networks. The alliance will unite the IP networks
of Inter-Tel, Glocalnet, Telba TelecomunicaÁıes and NTT International to form a
global IP telephony network with connectivity in Europe, Japan, South America and
the US.

Hammer Introduces VoIP Service Testing Product

Hammer Technologies has announced the introduction of its IP system testing product,
the Hammer IP.

Bay Acquires NetServe; Introduces VoIP over Cable Strategy

Bay Networks announced that it has acquired Berlin based NetServe GmbH, a company
that specializes in packet-based voice technology. NetServe will operate as a part
of the Bay Network's Broadband Technology Division. Netserve's technology will be
integrated with Bay's data over cable solution, offering cable operators support
for VoIP services.

NetServe currently has software-based distributed PBX system products consisting
of a VoiceHub and a VoiceServer.

Ascend Introduces SS7/IP Gateway Product

Ascend has announced the introduction of the Ascend Signaling Gateway
(ASG), a product that enables a company's WAN access switches to
communicate directly with the SS7 carrier-signaling network. The ASG will
allow NSPs to offer a range of services such as Internet call diversion,
voice/fax over data networks, VPNs, and high-speed 56K-modem technology.

The ASG enables service providers to relieve congestion on voice networks
by diverting data calls off of class 4/5 switches and onto Ascend's MAX TNT
WAN Access Switches.

Telstra and Thyssen to Offer Internet Telephony using Siemens' Gear

Siemens has announced that both Telestra and Thyssen Telecom AG will use its
InterXpress VoIP solution to offer Internet telephony services.

Telstra will use the InterXpress VoIP solution for a six-month trial service in
Sydney. The trial will be limited to 250 users and it will only enable calls to
originate in Sydney and terminate in the Greater London area. The limitations on
the service will allow Telstra to focus on improving QoS before launching the
service commercially.

Selsius Unveils New Version of its IP-PBX Solution

Selsius Systems has announced an array of new features for version 2.1 of
its Selsius-IP PBX solution. The IP-PBX offers scalable H.323 compliant PBX
products including four models of Ethernet IP telephones, a line of
gateways and NT-based CallManager software. A version 2.1 server running
the CallManager software will support from 2 to 1,500 users.

IEC to hold ComForum in Chicago in October

The International Engineering Consortium (IEC) has announced that it has
scheduled its Carrier IP Telephony ComForum for Chicago on October 6th and
7th. The ComForum targets carriers and ITSPs.

Digital to Integrate and Market VocalTec Internet Telephony Solutions

Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) has announced an alliance with VocalTec to market
end to end, carrier-grade, IP communications solutions based on VocalTec's Ensemble
Architecture line of IP products. Under the terms of the agreement, DEC will become
a VocalTec systems integrator and be granted distribution rights for VocalTec
software products. DEC's Worldwide Service Communications Industry Solutions
department will provide and deliver systems integration services and support.

NetXchange has Unveiled Web, PC & Email Solutions for its Internet Fax Providers

NetXchange has announced the avalability of web, PC & email solutions for
its Global Community of Internet fax service providers. NetXchange-enabled
service providers can now enable their subs to send facsimiles over the
Internet as an email, from a Windows-based application or from the web with
no startup expense.

The WebFax solution enables users to send faxes directly from their web
browser.

AT&T Upgrades its Network with IP Telephony Gear from Linkon and Syrinx

Linkon has announced that AT&T will purchase $1.89 million in LinkNet
Internet Telephony Gateways and Syrinx speech systems software. The
purchase will be used to upgrade AT&T's existing customer service network
which deploys the Linkon Escape VRU platforms.

The LinkNet PCI-based gateway uses Linkon's Maestro system switching cards
for the Sun PCI bus. The Maestro system is a DSP based communications
board.

AT&T Trials Internet Telephony Service in US

AT&T has announced that it will trial its Internet telephony service,
Connect 'N Save, from Atlanta, Boston, and San Francisco to anywhere in the
domestic US. The company plans to improve QoS by carrying the phone to
phone calls over its IP backbone network and limiting the number of
participants for the service.

Domestic US calls from Atlanta will be billed at 7.5 cents per minute, from
Boston 8.0 cents per minute, and San Francisco users will pay 8.5 cents per
minute.

GRIC to Use Open Port & NetXchange Servers for Internet Fax Service

Open Port has announced that it will make its Harmony NSP Internet fax server software
available for GRIC to use as part of its GRICfax service software. The GRICfax
service software is intended to enable ISPs or Telcos to offer Internet communications
such as fax to fax and PC to fax.

The Harmony NSP software enables an ISP's existing infrastructure to deliver
faxes over the Internet.

US Department of Energy Develops QoS Technology for Internet Traffic

The US Department of Energy national laboratories has announced that it has
successfully marked select Internet traffic for priority service over
unmarked, lower-priority traffic in a cross-country demonstration.

Ericsson Provides Equipment for Delta Three's Internet Telephony Service

Ericsson has announced that it will provide Delta Three with its IP
Telephony solution for Carriers (IPTC), an end to end Internet telephony
solution. The IPTC solution is comprised of gateways, gatekeepers, and a
billing solution that enables the implementation of commercial Internet
telephony services. The IPTC is currently installed and operational in the
Delta Three's global network for international calls between Israel, the UK
and the US.

Netrue Transmits VoIP Using Two Different Vendor's Gateway Platforms

On the heels of introducing two voice gateways based on different vendor
platforms, Netrue has announced VoIP connectivity and compatibility between
the two gateways. A H.323 based call has been completed between China and
the US utilizing the NeTrueCom gateway, based on Dialogic's DM3 platform,
and the NeTruePhone gateway, based on Natural MicroSystems' Fusion platform.

NBX Teams with Cisco to Deliver Network Based Telephony Solutions

NBX Corporation has announced an agreement with Cisco Systems to provide
network-based integrated voice and data telephony solutions. According to
the terms of the agreement, Cisco and NBX will co-develop products for
packet-based voice communications over LANs and WANs.

Inter-Tel, NTTI, Glocalnet & Telba to Form Global IP Network

Inter-Tel has announced that it has joined forces with NTT International
(NTTI), Glocalnet AB and TELBA TelecomunicaÁıes to form an alliance that
will establish and operate a global data network. The companies have agreed
to unite their respective regional telephony networks to exchange VoIP and
facsimile traffic. The networks will interoperate via Inter-Tel's
Vocal'Net IP telephony gateways and call accounting technology.

Mockingbird Introduces IP Telephony Switch

Mockingbird Networks has announced the introduction of its Nuvo100 IP
Telephony switch. The Nuvo 100 is a four processor, UltraSPARC II-based,
NEBS-compliant, fault tolerant system. The Nuvo100 features field
replaceable service modules, N+1 48 volt power supplies, and remote
monitoring and control. Its DSP based engines are capable of supporting up
to 96 or 120 simultaneous channels of voice or fax.

The ACTA Urges the FCC to Regulate Internet Telephony

ACT Networks to Introduce ServiceXchange Gateway Series

ACT Networks has announced the introduction of a hierarchy of ServiceXchange
(SX) Internet telephony gateways. The SX series gateways are comprised of the
SX-10, SX-120, and SX-600. They are designed for high-density packet
telephony, fax and data applications over IP and frame relay WANs as well
as the PSTN. All of the SX series use the same software and are H.323 compliant
for IP or RFC-1490 for frame relay as gateways or gatekeepers.

The SX-10 is the entry level product of the SX series.

Motorola Increases Equity in NetSpeak and Extends Past Agreement

Motorola has announced that it has increased its equity investment in NetSpeak. The two
companies have extended the existing agreement to include joint development and licensing
of technology as well as a $30 million multi-year minimum purchase commitment by
Motorola for NetSpeak products.

Under the joint development and licensing agreement, NetSpeak has granted Motorola
an exclusive license to develop RF (Radio Frequency) products using NetSpeak's
IP telephony technology.

ICG to Offer Internet Telephony in U.S. for Under 6 cents a Minute

ICG Communications has announced that it will provide an Internet telephony
service to 90 percent of the U.S. for 5.9 cents per minute. ICG is able
to offer the service to 166 U.S. cities due to its recent acquisition of
Netcom On-Line Communication Services, a U.S. ISP. Netcom has 13 hubs and
over 240 POPs throughout the U.S. The telephony service will be offered
to the company's combined business customers as well as to Netcom's 500,000
dial up customers across the U.S.

ICG to Offer Internet Telephony in U.S. for Under 6 cents a Minute

ICG Communications has announced that it will provide an Internet telephony
service to 90 percent of the U.S. for 5.9 cents per minute. ICG is able
to offer the service to 166 U.S. cities due to its recent acquisition of
Netcom On-Line Communication Services, a U.S. ISP. Netcom has 13 hubs and
over 240 POPs throughout the U.S. The telephony service will be offered
to the company's combined business customers as well as to Netcom's 500,000
dial up customers across the U.S.