The FCC has briefly scrutinized Internet telephony and is deferring any
action against ITSPs. In its April 10 report to congress, the FCC stated that
Internet telephony services that use traditional phones appear to fall
under the Telecommunications Act of 1996's definition of telecommunications
services. However, the FCC has decided that it needs more information
regarding Internet telephony service offerings before it can legally
extract any universal service fees.
Justice to Launch Internet Telephony Service
Justice Technology has announced that it will offer global Internet telephony services to companies and ISPs. Users of the service are required to deploy Nortel's MICOM Phone/Fax Gateway to route IP voice packets to Justice Internet gateways in Los Angeles; Santiago, Chile; or Antwerp, Belgium. Once the voice traffic arrives at a Justice gateway, Justice will perform the billing and authentication services. Then, Justice will route the voice or fax calls over its proprietary network to the destination.
USA Global Link Teams With 3Com for Internet Telephony Deployment
USA Global Link and 3Com have signed a letter of intent providing for 3Com
to supply network infrastructure to USA Global Link's worldwide Internet
telephony network, Global InterNetwork. According to the terms of the
proposed agreement, 3Com will deploy 500 of its Total Control multi-service
platforms in global locations over the next three years. USA Global Link
will pay in excess of $500 million for the first phase of 3Com's
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.
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.
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.
Deutsche Telecom Places Equity Investment in VocalTec
Deutsche Telecom has announced that it will acquire 21.1 percent of VocalTec, in an agreement that also calls for the company to purchase $30 million worth of VocalTec products and services over the next two years.
Deutsche Telecom is scheduled to deploy IP services after the deregulation of European telecommunications in January, 1998.