IP Pulse News Roundup Week of January 26, 1998

Symbol Introduces Wireless IP Telephony System
Symbol Technologies has announced the availability of a wireless phone system based on voice over IP technology.

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. Symbol will integrate DataBeam's H.323 Toolkit series into the phone system allowing interoperability with other vendor's H.323 real time voice applications.

The NetVision wireless handset will operate over Symbol's Spectrum24 Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) that have been installed globally. The Spectrum24 WLAN is a high performance network deployed in the global 2.4 GHz band using frequency hopping spread spectrum modulation. The phone will feature call waiting, holding, and forwarding, paging, caller ID, and full duplex conferencing capabilities.

In a separate announcement, Symbol has selected Cisco 3600 voice/fax modules as a gateway to the outside world. The gateway will allow calls to be placed or received between wireless handsets or PC phones in other locations over the company's internal TCP/IP network at no cost, worldwide. Call traffic carried over the company's data network will be compressed. Calls can also be placed in the traditional manner over the gateway. Normal charges will apply to these calls.

Symbol designs, manufactures and markets bar code scanning equipment, application-specific handheld computers and radio frequency data communications products and systems that are used as building blocks for solutions in retail, package and parcel delivery, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, health care and other industries.

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Cisco Introduces Access Concentrator
Cisco Systems has introduced a multiservice access concentrator known as MC3810. The MC3810 will combine Ethernet LAN, SNA, voice, fax, and video traffic onto a public or private leased line, frame relay, or ATM network. The concentrator will enable the replacement of separate products for sending voice, data, and video traffic.

The MC3810 will feature a single 10Base-T Ethernet interface, two serial ports for SNA and other data, six analog ports and 24/30 digital voice channels over T1/E1 links. The concentrator will provide IP and IPX routing, bridging, 8kbps or 32kbps of voice compression, per-call voice switching, faxing at 9.6 kbps and circuit emulation over ATM for video transmission.

The new product is expected to run version 11.3 of Cisco's Internetwork Operating System (IOS) software. The new edition of IOS features voice over IP enhancements and enables users to configure Cisco gear for toll bypass, unified voice/data trunking and Internet telephony gateway applications.

The MC3810, which will be unveiled at ComNet '98, is expected to cost between $4,500 and $9,000. Cisco plans to begin shipping the concentrator in February.

ZipLink to Use Bay Networks' Remote Access Concentrator
ZipLink has announced that it has selected Bay Networks' 5399 carrier-class remote access concentrator and the Backbone Concentrator Node (BCN) routing solution to build out its network.

ZipLink's initial network build-out will include the installation of more than 365 model 5399 modules, which totals more than 17,500 modem ports. The 5399 will support K56Flex or x2, and provide high density access capabilities.

It will be able to support more than 2,300 simultaneous dial-in users in a standard eight foot cabinet. The 5399 is based on DSP modem technology and its software can be upgraded to support V.PCM and the emerging technologies of voice and fax over IP.

Bay Network's Backbone Concentrator Node (BCN)routers will also be deployed to handle ZipLink's new network backbone requirements. The symmetric multiprocessor architecture, based on multiple routing engines and 1 Gbps PPX, will deliver up to 1 million pps.

Oki Introduces Gateway
Oki Network Technologies has announced it will introduce a new gateway to be known as Internet Gateway BS1200. The gateway will connect existing PBX-based analog phone lines and digital data networks without the need for a separate server, additional hardware, computer boards, or wiring.

Features of the BS1200 include the integration of data and voice transmissions, G3 mode real time facsimile, 8 kbps voice signal compression, G.729 CS-ACELP speech codec support, and phone directory services. The gateway will convert telephone numbers to IP addresses using DNS servers and can be expanded using LAN switches as backbone. Installation and maintenance will be handled using FTP and TELNET protocols.

The Oki BS1200 will be available in the U.S. in March '98.

Ericsson and Sun Microsystems to Offer Carrier Grade IP Telephony Products
Ericsson and Sun Microsystems have agreed to integrate the Ericsson IP Service Platform and Sun's deployment of network computing platforms to provide carrier class solutions for Internet service providers, telcos, and enterprise customers. The solutions will be aimed at the emerging market for integrating telecommunications and network computing, enabling the delivery of differentiated services such as virtual intranets and extranets, IP telephony, and the distribution and retrieval of information.

The Ericsson IP service platform will provide the service infrastructure with packaging, brokering, and differentiating IP services including security functions, resource management, and charging tools. The platform will be integrated with Sun's network computing platforms. Both companies will share marketing and development efforts.

The solution is already being testing the in parts of Europe and there are plans to market the product in North America.

Ingram Micro to Distribute Inter-Tel's IP Technology
Ingram Micro has announced that it will distribute Inter-Tel's Vocal'Net Internet Telephony Gateway, Vocal'Net turnkey systems, boards and software, and installation and service contracts.

The Vocal'Net gateway will support standard telecom systems with T1, E1, ISDN, and analog single line interfaces. The gateway is available in multiple port sizes and does not rely upon its CPU for compression and packetization.

Planned applications for the gateway include virtual telephone networking for multi-location companies, telephony-enabled web pages that connect users with call center agents, and virtual office applications for traveling employees.


RSL Comm to Offer 50% Off Internet Telephony Rates
RSL Comm has announced that it will launch Internet telephony service to customers at a savings of up to 50 percent off of the average 89 cents per minute international call. The service, which was introduced on January 21, will use the global Internet network operated by Delta Three, an RSL subsidiary. It will initially be available from the U.S. to five international destinations including Hong Kong, Israel, Cali and Bogota, Columbia, and Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Delta Three also offers global PC to phone and calling card Internet telephony services as well as Internet fax services.

Microsoft Licenses Voxware's Codec Technology
Microsoft has licensed Voxware's MetaSound audio codecs for use in the next release of Microsoft NetShow. The agreement, which provides Microsoft with eleven new audio codecs, is an expansion of an earlier deal that was cut last April.

MetaSound is a family of audio codecs designed to deliver audio over the Internet and corporate intranets.

NetShow provides streaming multimedia across the Internet and intranets. It gives users the ability to integrate audio into Web applications and sites.

Matsushita Graphic to Offer Internet Facsimile Product
Matsushita plans to offer its Internet facsimile machine in Hong Kong and the U.K. The machine will use S/MINE protocol for facsimile transmissions and maintain the industry standard for encrypted mail for security.

Matsushita, which introduced the facsimile machine in Japan and the U.S. last September, reports sales in excess of 2,000 units. The company hopes that the technology's early market entrance will lead to the technology's standardization.

The product will be available in the Hong Kong and U.K. markets later this month with plans for expansion to Australian markets.

RightFax to Support New Fax Technologies
RightFax has announced the availability of an international facsimile Sevice Pack that will support Dailogic's GammaLink communication drivers and PCI bus interface. The GammaLink drivers, GDK 3.0, will support all GammaLink fax boards, international BRI boards and provide unified firmware for both domestic and international use. The drivers will operate under Windows NT platforms. The PCI fax boards will address the PC manufacturers, increasing demand for PCI-based messaging hardware.

The service pack will allow the installation and configuration of international fax boards and enable RightFax software to work with Brooktrout's international and domestic BRI boards and their 12-port ISA fax card.

The Service Pack will be available at no charge to existing RightFax 5.0 server customers.

Mylink to Offer AimQuest's Internet Facsimile Technology
Mylink, a private value-added network operator, has teamed with AimQuest's to provide Internet facsimile services to Malaysia. The new service named Myfax, will allow users to route facsimiles over the Internet via a fax machine or a PC configured with a fax modem.

Mylink will deploy AimQuest's fax servers in eight locations including Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Sibu Miri, and Ipoh. Mylink plans to expand to include additional Malaysian markets.

Mylink is also a member of AimQuest's GRIC, an international alliance of Internet service providers and telcos, all of which will offer Mylink's subscribers a global network of fax servers.

Texas Instruments Acquires Spectron Microsystems
Dialogic has announced that Texas Instruments has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the principal assets and operations of Spectron Microsystems, a Dialogic subsidiary. The deal, which is expected to be finalized by March 1, calls for TI to put up $20 to $26 million.

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