IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Apr, 02 2002

1. Ridgeway Introduces VoIP Bypass of Firewalls & NATs
Ridgeway Systems has introduced IP Freedom, a suite of software designed to allow SIP and H.323 based voice and video to traverse firewalls and NATs. The client/server based technology scales to support any size IP communication application and works in tandem with MCUs, gatekeepers, gateways, and softswitches. The company is offering a 30-day free of the software, which can be downloaded from Ridgeway’s web site.

Ridgeway Systems

3. Acme Introduces SIP Architecture
Acme Packet has introduced Session Aware Networking, a SIP-based architecture that provides session routing and signaling, media directing and control, accounting and QoS reporting, routing policy, and network constraint management.

Acme’s products implement the technology. These products include a SIP router; a media control engine that supports SIP, MGCP, and H.323; and a session director that delivers 250 sessions per second routing and 5 GPbs packet filtering with 3 microseconds latency.

Beta testing of Session Aware will commence this month. General availability is scheduled for Q’3. Pricing will start at $75,000.

Acme Packet

5. Motorola Using Agilent to Test DSPs
Motorola is using Agilent Technologies’ 93000 SOC Series test system to test its 56800E family of hybrid DSPs. Agilent’s technology provides testing requirements for design, characterization and manufacturing of ICs.

Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector

Agilent Technologies

7. Marratech Introduces Videoconferencing Software
Marratech, a Swedish software company, has released Marratech Pro 3.1, a videoconferencing client that features Microsoft Office document importation, Internet Explorer integration, Linux and Windows XP support, and support for USB web cameras. The client, which operates in conjunction with Marratech’s web sites, supports an unlimited number of participants.


9. WebTel to Deploy Telos for Wireless VoIP
WebTel Wireless will deploy Telos Technology’s softswitch to support VoIP services over the provider’s GSM network in Arizona. In addition to the technology, Telos will also engineer, furnish and install the GSM system including the softswitch, HLR, authentication center and GSM radio access network. Upon completion, scheduled for this month, WebTel will offer bundled local wireless and long distance calling plants that converge wire line and PCS wireless services.

Telos’ Sonata SE softswitch, which provides MSC functionality, works within GSM, UMTS, CDMA, and CDMA2000 networks.

WebTel Wireless

Telos Technology

11. Polycom Introduces Cisco Compatible IP Phone
Polycom has introduced SoundPoint IP 500CS, an IP desktop phone that is compatible with Cisco’s AVVID system. The full duplex phone features dedicated one button access to transfer, hold, conference and redial; 11 feature keys; 4 content sensitive soft keys; a message indicator; access to directories; and support of XML application services. The phone has a 10/100 Ethernet dual port switch that allows the phone to share a single LAN drop with a desktop PC.


13. IMTC Embraces IPv6
The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium has launched a joint initiative with the IPv6 Forum to promote the development and implementation of IPv6 technology and standards. IPv6, short for Internet Protocol Version 8, is a protocol developed by the IETF to replace the current version, which is version 4. The newer version provides enhancements to routing and other networking facets.

International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium

15. Cablelabs Certifies 12 More DOCSIS 1.1 Modems
Cablelabs has certified 12 DOCSIS 1.1 modems its latest wave of testing. Certification status has been awarded to Accton, Arris, Askey, Conexant, Quantra, Samsung, Scientific Atlanta, Tellabs, Terayon, Thomson, and Xrosstech. DOCSIS 1.1 headends have been qualified for Arris and Riverstone. In all, a total of 21 DOCSIS 1.1 modems have been certified and 4 headends qualified.

DOCSIS 1.1 is a data over cable specification with QoS support, enabling a foundation for VoIP over cable services.

Comcast is already testing Arris’ C4 CMTS in a VoIP over cable trial in Detroit.


17. Convedia Introduces New Media Server
Convedia has introduced CMS 1000, a media server that supports from 100 to 300 ports. The technology is available in redundant 120/240 VAC and redundant -48VDC power options. The CMS 1000 measures only 1 RU in height. It supports SIP and MGCP. The media server is designed for use in hosted applications, data center and Fortune 500 VoIP markets and applications.

Product availability is scheduled for Q’3.


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