IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Apr, 06 1999

Talk Visual to Offer Global VideoCalling Service from Retail Premises

Talk Visual has announced that it is planning to offer global videocalling
services from retail locations throughout the world using ISDN and VoIP
technologies. It is building facilities in at least 20 markets (including
Boston, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Toronto and multiple
locales in London) to offer services directly to the public. Business
services are also being planned. Talk Visual will utilize capacity from
Cable & Wireless’ global IP backbone.

The company has also negotiated deals with Miami based GlobalXchange, to
offer the services in select South American locations to acquire
approximately 2,000 videoconferencing sites around the world.

The provider expects to launch the service within the next 2 months. Talk
Visual Corporation is the result of a recent merger between Legacy Software
and Videocall International Corporation.

Talk Visual

Access Universal to Exclusively Use Access Power’s VoIP Network

Access Universal has announced that it will exclusively use Access Power’s
Internet telephony network to route traffic between the Philippines and the
U.S. Last month, Access Universal indicated that it would be assuming the
existing customer base and voice traffic of Trademaster International, a
Texas provider, and Universal Service Enterprises, a Florida corporation,
and that it would use Access Power’s IP telephony network to route at least
3 million minutes per month. The provider has just upped the stakes with a
letter of intent which indicates that it will now exclusively use Access
Power’s IP telephony network to route over 10 million minutes per month
between the Philippines and the U.S.

Access Power

Global Transmedia to Upgrade & Expand Its VoIP Services

American Diversified Group has announced that its Internet telephony
affiliate, Global Transmedia, is upgrading the capacity of its Internet
telephony systems in Bogota. The expanded capacity will enable the company
to increase traffic to and from Bogota and expand the service to include
other markets in Colombia. The provider will also use the added capacity to
expand its service by terminating calls in the Colombian market for other
carriers, which in return will terminate calls in international markets for
Global Transmedia.

In a separate announcement, American Diversified Group has announced that
it is planning to acquire 100% of Global Transmedia, its Internet telephony
subsidiary. According to the terms of the agreement, as Global Transmedia’s
revenues grow, American Diversified will continue to increase its ownership
stake in the firm. A time frame has been established for the acquisition
has not been disclosed. The expanded relationship with American Diversified
will provide Global Transmedia with the funding to both accelerate its
business plans and expand its services.

Global Transmedia

American Diversified Group

Innomedia Develops Interoperability Between VoIP Products

Innomedia’s has announced that it has developed interoperability between
its InfoTalk Internet telephony device and its InfoGate VoIP gateway
solution. InfoTalk users can now call other users as well as any
traditional phone, including cell phones that are within an InfoGate
service area. Likewise, anyone within an InfoGate service area can use a
traditional phone to place calls to other traditional phones in InfoGate
service areas or an InfoTalk user.

The latest version of the InfoTalk device sits between a traditional phone
and a RJ-11 jack to route long-distance calls over the Internet. Users
connect to the desired party through the normal dialing process and then
press a button to initiate IP communications. The device features
SpeedDial, SaveDial, SmartScript and Internet test capabilities. SpeedDial
enables users to press one button to place a call. SaveDial enables calls
to be placed free of long distance charges and without prearranging the
calling time. Callers dial the desired number as they normally would, then
press a key and hang up after one ring and the device notifies the calling
party and recipient when the call is ready to be connected. The SmartScript
application automatically creates a login script for a user’s Internet
account to speed the calling process. The Internet test feature enables
users to test both the Internet login process and the connection for
acceptable quality before placing a call. The unit is priced at $249.

The latest version of the InfoGate Internet telephony gateway consists of a
four-port analog card, and gateway and gatekeeper software applications.
The H.323 v2 compliant product offers centralized gatekeeper capabilities,
dynamic bandwidth allocation and an integrated voice response system (VRS)
for user help. Network administrators can use an SNMP agent and third
party network management software to access vital system information from
remote gateway and gatekeeper locations. The gateway is priced at $3995.


SyMet, CLA & Interpath to Use Open Port Technology to Provide FoIP

Open Port has announced that SyMet Systems, CLA and Interpath will use its
recently introduced IP LaunchPad Internet services creation platform and IP
LaunchPad Fax Suite to evaluate offering services such as IP fax, IP voice,
unified messaging and e-commerce.

Houston-based SyMet Systems will use the applications to develop a store
and forward Internet fax service. Next month, the provider plans to offer a
trial fax service to its over 1000 users in the Houston area. SyMet
provides Internet, intranet and extranet design, as well as construction
and connectivity services.

CLA, a Miami based distributor and systems integrator of Internetworking
equipment, will resell the LaunchPad application to Latin American ISPs,
PTTs and integrators wanting to offer value added services. In addition to
the distribution agreement, CLA will also utilize the product to provide
U.S. termination services for all traffic originating from the Latin
American carriers.

North Carolina based Interpath will use the LaunchPad platform to evaluate
expansion of its IP fax offerings to include email to fax and web to fax
services. The company utilizes its own fiber network to provide e-commerce
and V/FoIP, email, and unified messaging services.

Open Port

SyMet Systems


Interpath Communications

Fenestrae’s Fax Server Compatible with MS Exchange & FaxSav

Fenestrae has announced the introduction of a new version of its fax
server, Faxination 4.0. The Windows NT based product will now enable
Outlook/Exchange users to send and receive facsimiles locally, over the
existing MS Exchange backbones or pass it directly to a fax service
provider for delivery. The new version also enables users to access the
Exchange user directory to send facsimiles, and it allows administrators to
store message-tracking details in an Exchange public folder, ADO sources or
a text file. In addition, the new application supports LCR capabilities via
universal message routing.

In a separate announcement, Fenestrae announced that it has integrated
FaxSav’s ServerLink API into the Faxination fax server to enable its users
to access FaxSav’s Global Internet Fax Network to send and receive documents.

Fenestrae B.V.


Texas Instruments Introduces 160 MHz DSP

Texas Instruments (TI) has announced the introduction of the TMS320C5416,
its 160 MHz DSP. The ‘C5416, with 128K of SRAM, is designed for
applications such as VoIP, communications servers, PBX add-ons, computer
telephony and customer premise equipment. It offers transistor gate lengths
of 0.15 µm Effective, or 0.18 µm drawn to increase the performance and
lower the power per MHz of the ‘C5000 product line. The DSP is source and
object code compatible with other ‘C5000 DSPs to enable software reuse. In
addition, it will be pin-compatible with the ‘C549 and the ‘C5410 DSPs. The
product’s host port interface accommodates either 8-bit or 16-bit
processors, and its three multi-channel buffered serial ports can connect
directly to T1 or E1 lines.

TI offers 13 analog-to-digital converters and 9 digital-to-analog
converters that are compatible with the ‘C5416 DSP. TI will also offer code
generation tools that support the ‘C5416 and enable migration from other
‘C5000 DSPs.

Samples of the ‘C5416 in TQFP and BGA packages will be available in the
fourth quarter of 1999, with commercial availability scheduled for late
2000. The product is expected to be priced $33.50 in quantities of 10,000.

Texas Instruments

TMS320C5000 DSP Platform

Hypercom Introduces Module that Expands Gateway Port Capacity

Hypercom has announced that it has developed a module for its line of
IP.tel Internet telephony gateways that will more than double the product’s
port capacity. The CompressionPlus module will enable Hypercom’s gateways
to support up to 10 T1/E1 circuits per chassis (300 voice channels), or as
many as 80 per node (2400 voice channels). The module can support
traditional circuit switch signaling standards including CAS, DTMF, MFR1,
MFR2, CCS, Q.931 and Q.SIG. In addition, the company recently integrated
Audio Codes’ AC4804A-C Quad Channel DSPs and Voice Framer packetization
software to enable the product to support low bit-rate voice compression,
G3 fax relay, silence suppression, echo cancellation, H.323 protocols
(G.711, G.723.1, G.726/G.727, G.729A), and AudioCodes’ proprietary NetCoder

The module is expected to be available next month.



Transmedia & telecom technologies to Develop IN VoIP Applications

telecom technologies has announced that it is teaming with TransMedia
Communications to develop and market integrated products that utilize
intelligent network voice services over converged Internet/packet and
telephony networks. The companies plan to utilize enhanced intelligent
services to develop applications such as network management, billing,
IP-based Local Number Portability, a nextgen PSTN/IP Packet switch, a
signaling/call control gateway and a telephony feature server.

TransMedia Communications

telecom technologies

NetWorld+Interop to Feature Interoperability Lab

ZDNet has announced that its NetWorld+Interop conference will feature an
InteropNet Lab to test the vendor interoperability of technologies
including voice and fax over IP, VPNs, multiprotocol label switching (MPLS)
and high bandwidth technologies. The V/FoIP area will analyze QoS,
interoperability, differentiated services, and integrated services as well
as policy issues. The VPN arena will focus on LAN to LAN, client to LAN and
protocol issues regarding IPSEC/IKE/ISAKMP. In addition to testing the
operation of MPLS and high bandwidth technologies, the lab will also test
packet over SONET, Gigabit Ethernet, new DWDM developments, IP multicast,
layer 4 switching and web caching technologies.

InteropNet Labs will take place at the NetWorld+Interop 99 conference, in
Las Vegas, May 10-14.


NetWorld+Interop 99

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