IP Telephony news wrap-up for Apr 11 – 2006

XO Communications has launched XO VoIP Origination, a wholesale service that provides interconnection, transport and origination of local calls for any market in the U.S. Incoming calls can be either SIP or TDM. The calls are routed over the company’s OC-192 network to the service provider’s network.

Service features include LNP, directory listings, caller ID with name, network management and monitoring, and interconnection and usage reporting.

XO Communications
Ditech has enhanced Packet Voice Processor, a border services platform with the addition of Voice Quality Management (VQM). The new technology enables VoIP service providers (employing SIP signaling)to leverage active monitoring of select live traffic sessions to establish a measurement of quality of experience, while simultaneously transcoding CODECs.

VQM monitors and reports on multiple voice quality impairments such as packet loss, packet delay, and packet jitter. It also measures speech impairments such as hybrid echo, acoustic echo, varying voice levels, and background noise. The data is combined to estimate a MOS on each call.

Ditech’s Packet Voice Processor supports nearly 50,000 transcoding sessions per rack.

Ditech Communications
Telephia has released Emerging Personal Communications Options, a study of the U.S. consumer VoIP market, focusing on the market share of select service providers. The firm oddly excluded cable companies, yet included select PC to X providers such as Google and Skype. Either Telephia, a company unknown in VoIP research, was commissioned to study the market according to a senseless group of market players or doesn’t understand the marketplace.

Regardless of the research approach, Telephia finds that 3.9 million U.S. households subscribed to a VoIP service, achieving a 3.5% penetration rate in January of 2006. Since Cablevision is excluded in the study, Vonage is recognized as the market leader with a 47.5% share with nearly 1.9 million subscribing households. The other market leaders are said to be Skype, AT&T, Verizon, Google, and 8×8. All other non-cable providers not mentioned are claimed to have a 25.9% share.

The study follows a consumer survey of satisfaction with VoIP service conducted in June of 2005. A sample of that survey’s findings includes data that only 1% of Skype subscribers believed Skype’s voice quality was worse than the PSTN.

Typically, the IP Pulse wouldn’t report on a study that appears to be inaccurate and tainted, but this publication is evidence that bad market research exists in this field and market leaders need to qualify market data before basing important strategic decisions on it.

Vox Communications has named a wave of new subscribers to its wholesale service including OIS Data, Dedicated Network Solutions, AllegroTel, and UniversalCall. OIS will be using Vox’s origination and termination services, while the other companies will be using Vox’s hosted VoIP solutions.

Vox Communications
New Paradigm Resources Group has released VoIP Report, a study analyzing 55 VoIP providers and nine carriers as well as providing a compilation of major market suppliers. The VoIP providers covered include pure play VoIP providers, wholesalers, ILECs, CLECs, cable operators, and companies offering PC to PC and IM-based telephony services.

The firm finds that VoIP subscriptions in the U.S. will grow from 6 million in Q1 of this year to 9 million by 2007 to 24 million by the end of 2008.

The report is available for $4,250.

New Paradigm Resources Group
KDDI will use VoIP for its consumer long distance service as its initial migration to developing a nationwide VoIP network in Japan. The service will be driven by Sonus Networks’ softswitch solution, which includes the GSX9000 Open Services Switch, the PSX Call Routing Server and the vendor’s management solution.

Sonus Networks
LSI Logic has introduced Z.Voice, a licensable VoIP SoC sub-system for CPE development and Z.Voice-VoWiFi with AEC for VoWLAN implementations.

Combined with the vendor’s ZSP410 licensable DSP core, the Z.Voice SoC sub-system provides a system solution at a silicon level that can be implemented as a blackbox, with no need to program the DSP. Cell phone designers who plan to add VoIP at the chip level can apply the SoC sub-system along with the Z.Voice VoWiFi integrated software to enable VoIP functionality in handset designs. These products support the CODECs such as G.711 with PLC, G.729AB, and G.723.1. The ZSP unit also offers the full range of G.729, G.728 and GSM CODECs as well as G.722.2 (for enhanced voice quality) and iLBC )for instant messaging based VoIP).

Both products are currently available.

LSI Logic
Linksys has introduced Voice System 9000, a new portfolio of products based around a SOHO/small business IP PBX system. The new product line consists of the SPA 9000 IP PBX, 5 new IP phones, the SPA 3000 PSTN gateway, a Wi Fi dongle, and a PoE dongle. Additionally, the vendor is referring select ITSPs that can provide integration, support, and voice transport services.

The IP PBX hardware features 2 phone ports and 2 Ethernet ports. The software functions as a configuration server, SIP proxy and registrar, application server, web server, media proxy and ATA. It supports up to 16 users.

Telephony features of the IP PBX include auto attendant, ACD/routing, bridged/shared line call appearance, call transfer, call forwarding, local and corporate directory, call pickup, group paging, intercom, call hunt groups, DID and voicemail integration with ITSP, music on hold, do not disturb, and 3-way calling.

The new IP phones (models SPA 901, 921, 922, 941, and 942) offer options for 1 or 2 Ethernet ports as well as options for 1, 2 or 4 extensions, PoE functionality. Power supplies for the phones are sold separately at $15 each.

The gateway provides one FXO port and one FXS port, for use as PSTN redundancy or for using a legacy PBX with technology from this product family.

The IP PBX ranges in price from $400 to $700 depending on the number of phones supported. The IP phones range from $90 to $210 and the PSTN gateway is $90. The wireless phone bridge is $40. The PoE dongle goes for $30.

Authorized ITSPs for the IP PBX in North America include Cbeyond, InPhonex, Primus, Race, RNKVoIP, VoicePulse, and ZingoTel.

Viola Networks has introduced NetAlly Lifecycle Manager, a management solution for Cisco’s CallManager and Voice Gateway as well as Mitel’s Enterprise Manager. The system provides VoIP assessment, monitoring, management and troubleshooting.

NetAlly’s pre-deployment assessment and network readiness testing consists of verification of QoS configurations, identification of call capacity and planning, simulation of calls with reproduction of RTP and the establishment of benchmarks for quality and performance.

The system uses passive monitoring to verify MOS of calls and poll SNMP variables to collect health and performance data from network devices.

NetAlly is centrally managed through remote control of distributed agents. The management element provides reporting and capacity planning for provisioning of bandwidth and resources.

Viola’s new management system can support thousands of concurrent diagnostic tests per system and hundreds of concurrent VoIP sessions per agent. NetAlly is available in a SMB version and a version for enterprises and service providers.

Viola Networks
Uniqall has released Gridborg HMP Server 1.2, a SIP and H.323 software replacement for voice and fax cards used in a variety of telephony solutions such as IP PBXs, IVRs, contact centers, conference servers, and fax servers.

The latest release has been built on top of Opal. Enhancements include improvded T.38 FoIP and new T.38 fax relaying capabilities, support for ring back tones, and the integration of a web server designed to drive a web-based interface for configuring and monitoring.

Gridborg HMP Server is available for Windows, Linux, Ubuntu Linux, and RHEL. The software can be downloaded from Uniqall’s web site.

Tiscali has launched SIP based VoIP services in Frankfurt, with plans on expanding the service nationwide. The provider is in the process of deploying DSL infrastructure, upgrading its current offering of second line VoIP to primary line VoIP.

Tiscali’s VoIP solution will be driven by NetCentrex’s solution.

D-Link has introduced DPH-450, a wireless G flip style Wi Fi mobile phone that uses TelTel’s softphone technology and service. The phone, weighing 3.74 ounces, features a color backlit LCD display, a keypad with backlight, speed dial, redial, multiple ringtones, email access, volume control, and presence for contacts on a user’s TelTel buddy list.

When the phone is in a Wi Fi environment, it accesses TelTel’s service, transporting outgoing calls over the public SIP telephone network.

The phone, based on Broadcom’s Wi Fi phone chipset, is available for just under $300.

Netopia has introduced Ter, an SIP ATA for business or residential VoIP. The hardware features a WAN/LAN interface, a phone interface and LEDs for power, Ethernet, and VoIP. The device supports multiple calling features such as call waiting, call hold, call forwarding, caller ID, and call transfer.

When Ter is combined with the company’s gateway and NBBS software, the ATA can be auto-configured and remotely managed.

Audio CODECs supported include G.711, G.726, G.729a, voice activity detection, silence compression, comfort noise generation, echo cancellation, and jitter provisioning.

The TER is available in models for North America, the UK, and Europe.


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