IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Apr, 02 2001

Microsoft to License Picturetel’s Siren Audio Technology
PictureTel has announced that it has licensed its patented Siren wideband audio technology to Microsoft for integration into Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system as well as future versions of the OS. Financial terms were not disclosed. The integrated product will enable third party developers to access the Siren technology to develop an array of VoIP application that will be interoperable with other VoIP systems. Microsoft also recently developed SIP capabilities for the XP platform via Mediatrix Telecom’s technologies. In related news, PictureTel said that it has lowered the cost and streamlined the process of licensing the patented Siren wideband audio technology.a

Siren/G.722.1
http://www.picturetel.com/siren

PictureTel
http://www.picturetel.com

Microsoft
http://www.microsoft.com

Mediatrix Telecom
http://www.mediatrix.com


Globaltron Secures Telecom Contracts In Morocco and the Ivory Coast
Globaltron said that it has signed two sets of contracts with undisclosed companies that will enable it to terminate and originate voice and data traffic in the African markets of Morocco and the Ivory Coast. The contracts calls for Globaltron to immediately begin sending and receiving voice and data traffic utilizing its U.S. based ATM/VoIP switching network and backbone.

Globaltron is a next gen telco offering turnkey business communications solutions. It has an ATM/IP switching network with operations in New York City, Miami and several Central and South American markets. In addition, last summer, the provider indicated that it is deploying Lucent’s technologies to expand its network’s capabilities to include support for an array of Internet based services including access, video, data, IP telephony and voice-synthesized unified messaging services.

Globaltron Communications
http://www.globaltron.net


Franklin To Team With CLECs To Supply Equipment and Route Services
Franklin Telecommunications announced that it is planning to give away $4 million worth of its DVGs to qualified CLECs in a new M&A and revenue sharing program. The company intends to partner, ally or in some cases acquire the participating CLECs, supply gateways, and route the CLECs various long distance traffic. It is initially supporting the program in Los Angeles and Houston, with plans to expand the operation into various other U.S. markets including Boston, Chicago, Denver, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington DC.

Franklin Telecom
http://www.ftel.com


VocalTec Introduces CPE Gateways As Part Of Voice VPN Solution
VocalTec Communications announced the introduction of its CPE gateways. The products are designed to support four or eight analog lines, and deliver voice capabilities to a corporation’s branch offices via VocalTec’s voice over VPN solution, which is designed to run on top of a managed IP network, providing all subscribers within a closed user-group with a secure, private and shared infrastructure for intercommunications.

VocalTec
http://www.vocaltec.com


Saratoga Completes VoIP Integration, To Launch Services Soon
Saratoga Telecom announced that the initial engineering work to integrate its VoIP switching platform has been completed and the system has passed all technical requirements. The firm now intends to begin testing various applications and QoS levels, with plans to launch services on a commercial based by as soon as possible.

Saratoga also recently reported that it is teaming with ipx to develop VoIP services via ipx’s T-Portal initiative. According to the terms of the agreement, Saratoga will invest in enhancing ipx’s Lucent Excel switching platform to support retail services such as prepaid calling programs, ipx will manage the traffic and technology, and Saratoga will provide the retail distribution of services. The firms initially plan to develop a system that can handle capacities of approximately 2 million VoIP minutes per month.

Saratoga Telecom
http://www.talkischeapcard.com

ipx
http://www.ipx-inc.com


Clarent Secures Product Certifications in China
Clarent announced that the Chinese Government has granted it NALTE (Network Access License of Telecommunication Equipment) certification for its VoIP solutions. Clarent’s VoIP software and gateways (models 1200 and 400) hs successfully passed the qualifications in three phases: product evaluation, interoperability, and functionality and performance.

Clarent
http://www.clarent.com


Polycom and Tdsoft Team to Develop Interoperability
Polycom reported that it has teamed with Tdsoft to develop MGCP based interoperability between its line of NetEngine IADs and Tdsoft’s VoNGATE Voice Access Gateway platform. The combined solution will enable users to offer broadband VoIP services to the small to medium sized corporate market.

Polycom
http://www.polycom.com

Tdsoft
http://www.tdsoft.com


Taqua Systems Secures $6.5 Million in Debt Financing
Taqua Systems reported that it has secured $6.5 million in debt financing from GATX Ventures, Transamerica Technology Finance, Western Technology Investment and Silicon Valley Bank. The company intends to use the capital, combined with previous venture financing of $83.2 million, to further develop its product and technologies, and increase the market penetration flagship softswitch based offering, the Open Compact Exchange Class 5 switch.

Taqua Systems
http://www.taqua.com


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