Netscape Embeds Net2Phone’s VoIP Technology
Netscape reported that it has embedded Net2Phone’s PC VoIP technology into the latest version of its Internet browser, Navigator. According to the terms of the multi-year contract, in addition to offering VoIP connectivity directly from a Net2Phone button integrated into the browser, Netscape will also offer Net2Phone’s products and services throughout its web site. In addition, Netscape will integrate the technologies into its online user directories and address book entries (available at the Netcenter portal) to enable visitors to click a listing to place a call to any phone in the world, for a fee, of course.
The integrated product is currently available for download.
Startec Adds Partner Providers to VoIP Network/Services
Startec Global Communications announced that several undisclosed providers in the Philippines, Paraguay and Ukraine are planning to offer its VoIP services. The provider recently expanded its network by deploying an additional ten gateways to increase the total number of IP gateways operating on the network to 60, and to expand the reach of the network to an additional 10 countries.
The network is based on both Clarent’s and Cisco’s equipment (IP, ATM and traditional platforms) deployed in 30 countries throughout Africa, the Asia Pacific, Central Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Russia and the U.S. It features command centers utilizing SS7 technologies in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Guam. The network combined with the company’s 50 international termination agreements and ownership interests in 15 undersea optic cables enable it to route traffic to more than 44 countries. The firm is also negotiating service deals with Worldwide Telecommunications, a Hong Kong voice and data service provider, and Delhi based Dialnet Communications.
In other news, Startec reported that it has acquired Vancouver Telephone Company (VTC), a Canadian based provider of bundled Internet, data and long distance services. According to the terms of the deal, Startec purchased VTC for $1,033,722 in cash and 520,463 shares of its common stock (valued at $13.8 million). Startec plans to leverage VTC’s ethnic customer base and marketing channels to provide bundled communications services throughout Canada.
Alpha-Tel Deploys ArelNet’s V/FoIP Equipment
Alpha-Tel, a U.S. facility-based carrier, reported that it has deployed ArelNet’s i-Tone V/FoIP system in China, Ecuador, Hong Kong, India, the Philippines, Romania, Togo and the U.S. (Hawaii & New York). The provider plans to offer pre paid voice and fax services, as well as a variety of enhanced services including PC to phone, PC to fax, email to fax, fax to email, voice to email and fax broadcasting. Alpha-Tel also offers pre and post paid calling card services that enable users to access its networks from more than 75 countries.
The H.323 compliant i-Tone gateway/gatekeeper utilizes a carrier grade architecture to manage more than 6000 ports and more than 1 million queries per day. It employs DSP based processing to support voice codecs such as G.711, G.723 and G.729. The unit can provide communications from phone to phone, PC to phone, voice email and fax to fax. In addition, it provides store and forward services such as PC to fax, email to fax, fax to email and fax broadcasting.
Last year, the two companies partnered to offer providers the gateway system, at no charge, in return for a portion of revenues generated. Participating providers must generate at least 200,000 minutes of traffic per month (after a six month trial period). In addition to revenues generated by offering the V/FoIP services, Alpha-Tel will also pay providers up to US 3 CPM to terminate calls in their respective calling areas.
E-mate’s Document to Email Technology Patented
E-mate.com reported that it has been issued United States Patents 6,023,345 and 6,025,931 for technology that enables hard copy documents to be transmitted from a hardware device such as a fax machine to an email address. It has also filed for additional patents in the U.S., and in 17 other countries. The company has implemented the technology in a keypad device that connects between a phone jack and the fax machine. The technology enables the fax machine to communicate with a user’s ISP’s servers to deliver the document to E-mate’s network and then on to the destination email account.
The vendor is also offering the technology to product developers.
DSP Research Introduces 320 Channel Development Board
DSP Research has announced the introduction of the VIPER- NGEN, its latest voice over packet board for product developers. The board can support up to 320 simultaneous channels of H.323 communications with line echo cancellation. It combines 32 of Texas Instruments dual core ‘C5420 DSPs, with interfaces for T1/E1/J1 telephony I/O ports and 100 BaseT Ethernet, and a packet processor. The 200 MIPS ‘C5420 DSPs offer 200 kwords of on-chip RAM (100 kwords per core). The unit also features a PowerQUICC 860T processor with 16 Mbytes of SDRAM to off-load IP packet processing from the host. In addition, it includes a custom ASIC to minimize the amount of data movement by the 860T and increase the number of packets processed.
The board is currently available. Single board pricing begins at US$9,995.
VDC to Use Level 3’s Network to Route VoIP Traffic
VDC Communications said that it has reached agreement with Level 3 Communications, in which it will purchase network backbone services from Level 3 to route VoIP traffic between its IP gateways. VDC is in the process of building a VoIP network based on Cisco’s technology. The provider has recently secured a deal with Cisco’s subsidiary, Capital Corporation, in which Capital will provide it with $1 million in financing to develop a network that consists of Cisco’s AS5300 and AS5800 VoIP gateways. In addition, the provider intends to form a global alliance of providers that will originate and terminate traffic for partners.
VDC is a facilities-based international telco, which provides domestic and international carrier services to other providers. Its network currently has gateway POPs in New York City and Los Angeles.
iDial Introduces Wireless Access to VoIP Network
iDial Networks reported that it has developed the technology to enable Palm model VII users to access its VoIP network to place calls. Palm users will need to download and install the software, at no charge, and utilize iDial’s NetPhoneCard service to place calls.
The provider has just launched a flat rate calling program that allows service users to place phone to phone calls in and between select markets throughout Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the UK and the U.S. for 8.9 CPM. Users can access the VoIP network to place calls via the Palm product, Microsoft’s IE or Netscape’s Navigator, or by dialing a toll free access number in the U.S.
Last month, the company reported that it is deploying SynapSys’ NUCLEUS enhanced platform over a Cisco based infrastructure to build a VoIP/TDM network.
Rapid Link Deploys VoIP POP in Prague
Rapid Link Communications reported that it has expanded its network to include a POP in Prague. The provider intends to utilize the Prague location, to offer wholesale access to its global VoIP network and termination services in the Czech Republic. The company uses Clarent’s VoIP equipment and traditional circuit switches to route traffic over its international network, which has 50 POPs throughout select Asian, Eastern European and U.S. markets including Atlanta, Frankfurt, Kuala Lumpur, Los Angeles, Mannheim, New York, Okinawa, Prague, San Diego, Seoul and Tokyo.
MIND CTI Raises $15 Million in Funding
MIND CTI reported that it has raised $15 million in growth capital financing from Summit Partners. The vendor plans to use the funding to expedite the opening of additional worldwide offices and to expand its product development initiatives.
MIND offers a carrier grade Unix/Windows NT based real-time billing and call management product, MIND-iPhonEX, which is designed to provide billing and call traffic analysis for VoIP and IP services. It features web interfaces for providers and subscribers to register customers, verify credit cards and perform customer care functions. The product provides support for call management, traffic analysis and fraud detection. The company has also recently enhanced the solution to include convergent IP services billing capabilities. In addition, the product is currently integrated into various vendor’s (Cisco, Ericsson, Lucent, Netspeak, VocalTec) VoIP gateway systems.
deltathree’s Subscriber base Exceeds 2 Million
deltathree.com reported that its worldwide customer base has exceeded 2 million subscribers. The provider offers VoIP connectivity between phones, PCs and web sites or any combination thereof, as well as unified messaging, global roaming and calling card services. It uses the PSTN to both terminate and originate the traffic that is routed over its private, managed IP telephony network, which has 64 POPs in 37 countries. The network combined with affiliate provider’s networks, enable Internet telephony traffic to be routed to over 160 countries.