IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Apr, 10 2000

VocalTec to Offer Trial VoIP eCommerce Service
VocalTec has announced that it is planning to offer a free trial of its VoIP enabled eCommerce service, Surf&Call. The service will allow web site owners to enable their respective visitors to place a PC to phone VoIP call from the web site to a CSR, without disconnecting the Internet connection. It also allows the CSR to steer the caller around the web site, via push technologies, jointly browsing web pages, filling out forms and discussing transactions via voice or text chats. In addition, Internet users can schedule a return call via traditional telephony.

VocalTec is currently taking applications from companies that would like to participate in the trial.

Trial Service


Presidents Telecom Planning to Provide Services
Presidents Telecom announced that it has completed the acquisition Access Networks and International Communication & Equipment (ICE). Financial detail were not disclosed. Presidents plans to leverage the acquisitions to begin developing and deploying global VoIP and data services via IP, fiber optic, Internet circuit, satellite and PSTN infrastructures.

ICE is planning to team with Crosna to establish a Russian Federation based company to offer VoIP services. The service is expected to be based on Clarent’s IP telephony equipment deployed in Berlin, Moscow and St. Petersburg. Initially, it intends to develop a network with the capacity to handle over 500 million minutes of traffic per year. It also plans to team with other Russian Federation based landline and satellite operators to offer services.

Presidents Telecom will provide Access Networks with the working capital to build an IP telephony network in select Asian markets, market services and establish U.S. operations. Access intends to initially develop an infrastructure that will support over 200 million minutes of traffic per year. It expects the network to be fully operational by the end of next year.

Presidents Telecom

Saratoga & Latcom to Trial Phone to Phone VoIP Service
Saratoga Telecom said that it is teaming with Latcom.Net to trial a phone to phone IP telephony service between South America and select Pacific Rim markets with an undisclosed Oil firm. The trial will be based on Latcom’s VoIP network, which consists of POPs in Miami, Lima, San Juan, Buenos Aires, and operations in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Venezuela under development. The firm connects its Miami hub with other long distance carriers to provide international connectivity to the service.

Once the bugs are hashed out of the trial, the companies plan to further develop the service to provide connectivity throughout Central and South America, the Pacific Rim and Europe.

Saratoga is in the process of developing partnerships with telecommunications carriers to offer services in low to mid level penetration markets.


Saratoga Telecom

VIC Telehome to Deploy Clarent’s VoIP Equipment
VIC Telehome, a Madrid based next gen telco, announced that it is planning to deploy Clarent’s IP telephony equipment to build an international Internet telephony network. The provider intends to offer services from local neighborhood retail outlets. It expects to deploy Clarent’s technology in at least 1,500 global POPs and over 7000 retail outlets.

VIC already has a network of retail centers in operation (traditional telephony) throughout Spain, and it is currently negotiating the financing for the VoIP business plan. It expects to have the entire network operational by 2004.

VIC Telehome


AudioCodes Introduces PMC VoIP Developers Module
AudioCodes reported the introduction of the TPM-200, its PMC (PCI Mezzanine Card) module for IP-PBX and VoIP gateway application developers. The card is an integrated PMC module that connects as a PMC daughter card to an OEM designed carrier card. The product, which is based on the vendor’s TrunkPack VoIP communication board architecture and TI’s DSPs, will enable OEMs to integrate up to 60 channels of V/FoIP into existing platforms. The module accepts 64 Kbps voice traffic over a PMC, performs all necessary signal processing, signaling and control functions, and delivers VoIP and FoIP traffic to a 10/100Base-T Ethernet interface. It implements MGCP and AudioCodes proprietary VoIP API library of technologies. In addition, it is designed to be both forward and backward compatible to allow OEMs to utilize new architectures and DSPs to develop products later.

The product is currently available. Pricing was not disclosed.

In a related announcement, Voyant Technologies is planning to use the TPM-200 product to integrate VoIP capabilities into its existing products.


Voyant Technologies

UForce Introduces Services Creation Platform
UForce has reported the introduction of a Java based solution, the U-Builder, that can be used to create and provision integrated telephony and IP based services. The technology has been recently redesigned to seamlessly handle emerging VoIP protocols, without compromising its support of PSTN signaling. It features applications for directory services (LDAP, X500), message storage (SMTP, POP3, IMAP4), OSS and billing systems.

The product is being offered in three separate modules including the U-Editor, U-Builder and U-Mediate. U-Editor permits the real- time creation and modification of services via a GUI with drag and drop capabilities. U-Builder manages the transaction processing. U-Mediate is an open mediation layer that provides system wide access to services and resources, and is used to access legacy applications. It provides access to data stores, directories, networks, message stores, text-to-speech processing, voice recognition and OCR processing, as well as the operational services such as backup, recovery and failover.

The solution is currently available. Pricing was not disclosed.


Mitel Introduces Chipset for IP Phones
Mitel Semiconductor has announced the introduction of a chipset that can deliver voice quality to enterprise-level VoIP systems. The chipset is designed to enhance voice quality in IP telephone systems. By utilizing Mitel’s TRUEPLEX technology, the chipset can reduce echoes that result from transmission delays inherent in packet based networks. TRUEPLEX is an algorithm that tracks changes in the echo path to provide reconvergence for clear voice signals, even during double talk, or when signal levels are low.

The IP phone solution includes a phone controller, dual codec technology and 10/100 Ethernet PHY, as well as all of the required software protocol to develop products. The phone controller is a multi-core, system on a chip that can handle protocol stack management and DSP packet processing algorithms. It integrates the ARM7 RISC CPU, the OAKDSP and a full 801.1p 10/100Base-T Ethernet bridge to provide QoS in IP telephone solutions. The dual codec solution includes drivers for hands free, speakerphone, handset and line operation. The Ethernet PHY single chip is a 3.3V CMOS physical layer solution for 10/100Base-T Ethernet. The low-power device is compatible with the auto negotiation section of IEEE802.3u, and provides all of the functionality required of full-duplex operation. In addition, the product ships with all of the signaling stacks (H.323 and MGCP) required for developing IP telephony applications.

An evaluation kit, including two boards, drivers, applications data, PC software, board configuration, signaling stack, reference source code, ARM development environment, precise development environment support documentation, a board support package for PRECISE/MQX, and user schematics, is currently available for sampling. Pricing begins at US$14,000.

Mitel Semiconductor

Ubiquity Enhances Helmsman Application Service Platform
Ubiquity Software announced that it has added a SIP based software module to its application services platform, Helmsman. The Helmsman Application Services Platform is designed to enable providers to create and launch new IP telephony and media services. It can be hosted on a range of hardware servers running Solaris, NT or Linux operating systems. It enables users to leverage IP and ATM infrastructures to transport voice over packet networks and offer call control capabilities to client devices and software applications.

The module is currently available for testing.

In a related announcement, Ubiquity has integrated the SIP technologies with the Windows operating system and the Microsoft Office application suite to provide SIP user agents. Users can now develop new services that run from the desktop.

Ubiquity Software

Syndeo Raises $18 Million in Second Round
Syndeo, a startup telco, reported that is has raised $18 million in a second round of financing with Redpoint Ventures. The company plans to use the funds to market its recently introduced carrier- grade softswitch product, branded Broadband Services System, and conduct trials.

The Broadband Services System is designed to replace Class 5 switch functionality in converged broadband voice/data networks, combining Class 5 features with robust unified messaging and a carrier-grade softswitch platform that can scale to support millions of subscribers. The product can deliver primary-line services over DSL, cable and fixed wireless broadband access networks, enabling carriers to provide next-generation telephony and multimedia applications to any phone (including traditional models) or IP-enabled terminals, software based phones, IP phones, and PDAs.


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