IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Apr, 12 2000

I-Link Teams With Global Crossing For Local Connectivity
Global Crossing has announced that it has reached a multi- million dollar agreement with I-Link, in which it will provide I- Link with network transport, toll-free and private line services. The deal will enable I-Link to offer one plus dialing from local phones for access to its network and IP telephony services. Subscribers will dial a CIC code before the destination phone number that will prompt the local telco to route the call to Global Crossing’s infrastructure, which will transparently route the call to I-Link’s IP based network. Global Crossing will provide transparent connectivity between a local telco’s traditional network and I-Link’s IP based network in at least 40 U.S. markets including New York, Boston and Los Angeles.

In addition to its PC and web based VoIP connectivity, I-Link offers services such as phone to phone, unified messaging, call screening, fax-back and conference calling.

Global Crossing is in the process of building a global fiber optic network, which will have more than 101,000 route miles, serving five continents, 27 countries and more than 200 major cities.

Global Crossing


NetSpeak Offers Turnkey VoIP Partnership Program
NetSpeak reported that it is launching a partner program, which will include the deployment of NetSpeak’s line of iTEL VoIP products, access to iBasis’ IP network for global call-termination services, systems integration provided by Datacraft Asia, and third party business and operations support systems solutions.

The iTEL solution consists of gatekeeper and route server technologies, as well as its value added solutions such as voice VPN, Internet call waiting, call screening, PC to phone and eCommerce connectivity. Both the iTEL gatekeeper and route server supports H.323 v2, SIP and MGCP technologies. The gatekeeper can handle more than 100 calls per second, with authentication, authorization and accounting functionality. It has the failover capability to reroute traffic to another unit. The solution can be scaled to handle thousands of E1/T1 ports by adding additional equipment. The route server is used to manage specific resources of a network. It offloads network control functions such as managing network resources and determining route priorities from the gatekeeper, and it provides least cost routing, percentage based routing, quality based routing and time of day routing capabilities.

iBasis’ primarily Cisco equipment based Internet telephony network includes a NOC in Burlington, Massachusetts, Internet central offices in Frankfurt, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, New York, London, and POPs throughout Asia, Europe, Korea, the Middle East and South America. It can terminate traffic on a global basis via its network, its affiliate’s networks or the PSTN.

In related news, Peoplecall.com is planning to join NetSpeak’s partner program to build a PC to phone VoIP infrastructure throughout Spain. In addition, Peoplecall.com plans to use the technology to develop an array of additional enhanced service offerings. The provider intends to deploy Belle Systems’ Internet Management System to manage its provisioning, service deployment, mediation, rating and billing services.




Belle Systems

GRIC to Use Both Lucent & NetSpeak VoIP Equipment
GRIC Communications said that it is planning to use NetSpeak’s iTEL VoIP product line in its partner provider program, and deploy additional Lucent equipment in its global VoIP network. The company is in the process of certifying the iTEL products for use. Upon certification, alliance members will be able to deploy the solution to offer services over GRIC’s managed network via GRIC’s inter-domain clearinghouse and settlement service, which has more than 360 participating provider members in over 150 countries. The provider’s network is currently based on Lucent’s PacketStar Internet Telephony Server technology deployed throughout the Asia Pacific, Australia, Europe, India, South America and the U.S. It plans to upgrade the capacity and capabilities of the network by implementing Lucent’s line of MultiVoice VoIP gateways and ExchangePlus softswitch technologies. It has already placed an order for initial ExchangePlus technology.

The MultiVoice for the MAX platform utilizes Analog Devices’ ADSP-21mod870 Internet gateway DSPs to provide support for up to 672 ports (48 ports per DSP slot card) of voice and fax communications. The product can interoperate with other VoIP products via H.323 v2 protocols combined with MGCP, SS7 and open settlement protocol technologies. It features traditional PSTN capabilities such as caller ID, voicemail access and delivery, global network call progress tone support (dial tone, alerting tone, busy signals, etc.) in more than 21 countries. The unit ships with gatekeeper functionality including the capability to centrally manage multiple VoIP networks. In addition, the product utilizes a QoS technology that sets type of service bits in voice packets to enable the voice packets to be labeled as high priority. The gateway is also capable of automatically re-routing traffic to the PSTN, should the VoIP network fail or become too congested.

ExchangePlus is a carrier grade softswitch VoIP solution that provides connectivity between TDM an IP networks. It features an open, programmable architecture that supports an array of both circuit switch and IP protocols.

Both products support open settlement protocol to allow for the exchange of authorization, service location, and usage information between service provider’s domains, using various VoIP technologies.




Data Race Introduces VoIP Enabling Device
Data Race has reported the introduction of the RealPhone, its device that enables traditional telephones (including cordless models) to be used for placing VoIP calls. The product is installed between the telephone and the phone jack or a PC via RJ-11, RS-232 interfaces or USB serial port connectors. When used with a PC, the product is designed to use the vendor’s VocalWare IP client software to provide control, management and configuration of the calling process.

The product is scheduled to be available as soon as possible.

Data Race

VirtualCom to Use Portal’s Technology to Offer Services
VirtualCom, a wholesale V/FoIP provider, reported that it is planning to use Portal Software’s customer management and billing software, Infranet, to launch a services creation, customer care, billing and management service. According to the terms of the deal, VirtualCom will integrate the Infranet technology into its web based, real time front-end platform, Internet Communications & E-Commerce, to offer the service.

Infranet is an end to end customer management and billing solution that enables providers to develop Internet services that can support millions of users on a 24 x 7 basis. Its features include customer registration, caller authentication, credit limit verification, tracking of prepaid usage and account termination, LCR, and inter domain reconciliation and settlement capabilities.

VirtualCom expects to launch the service later this year.


Portal Software

oCen Testing Asian IP Telephony Service
oCen reported that it has launched a beta trial of its international IP telephony service, oPhone, with a set of undisclosed Chinese based corporations. oPhone is a turnkey offering that consists of Clarent’s enterprise VoIP gateway deployed at a corporation’s premises, PBX/legacy system integration, and access to oCen’s V/FoIP network for routing services. oCen will also provide QoS assurance and customizable web based billing information that can be viewed from any corporate location.

The trial services are scheduled to continue through the summer. The provider is also developing a CommPortal suite of enhanced IP services, which is expected to include instant messaging, PC originated voice and fax, and web based conferencing and collaboration services. oCen’s managed IP network has a NOC in Los Angeles and POPs in Hong Kong and Taipei, Taiwan.


AsiaInfo to Build VoIP Network for China Unicom
AsiaInfo Holdings, a provider of Internet infrastructure solutions and software products in China, reported that it has contracted with China Unicom, in it will design and build a VoIP network for the provider. The network is expected to be deployed in more that 311 Chinese cities, and have the capacity to handle 8 billion minutes of traffic per year. In addition, it will be designed to provide connectivity via wireline and wireless connections.

China based AsiaInfo develops, markets and supports real time, scalable and adaptable proprietary Internet software solutions including carrier grade customer management and billing solutions as well as messaging products.

Last month, China Unicom said that it is planning to deploy 3Com’s CommWorks IP telephony solution. Initially, it intends to deploy 155 of 3Com’s Total Control model 1000 media gateways (28,000 ports) to interconnect its IP backbone with its Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) network in 130 markets. The GSM network has more than 5.2 million subscribers. Earlier this year, China Unicom also signed a contract to install 26,000 ports of 3Com’s Total Control multi- service access platform to provide dial-up Internet access to its customers.



TI to Introduce 12 Channel Universal Port Product
Texas Instruments announced the introduction of its universal port solution, GoldenPort, for remote access server manufacturers. The product, which can support up to 12 channels, enables users to run any application on any channel at any time. It includes a Texas Instruments’ TMS320C5440 DSP, and embedded voice, fax and modem termination software that can support an array of functionality including modem termination (V.90, V34, V32bis, V.22bis, V.23, V.21, Bell 103, Bell 212A, V. 42, MNP2-4, V.42bis, MNP5), modem relay, fax relay (V.17, V.29, V.27ter, V.21, T.38), fax termination, VoIP (multiple low bit rate codecs, packet header encapsulation, RTP, AAL2, FRF.11, jitter buffer, echo cancellation, etc.), and signaling support (Caller ID, Call Progress Tones, DTMF, MF, HDLC, V.110, etc.).

The product is slated to be ready for sampling by the end of the year, with commercial availability scheduled for next summer. Pricing begins at $18 per channel in quantities of 100,000 channels. Pricing is dependent upon configuration.

GoldenPort Universal Port Remote Access Server

Texas Instruments


DSP Group Acquire 71 Percent of VoicePump
DSP Group reported that it has acquired approximately 71 percent of VoicePump’s (formerly Analogical Systems) outstanding shares for 261,400 shares of common stock and $5 million in cash. In addition, DSP Group will retain the right to acquire remaining equity.

VoicePump is a provider of embedded DSP software for high- density VoDSL and VoIP applications such as residential, carrier-class, and enterprise gateways. Its portfolio of technologies provide the underlying DSP software for voice, fax, and telephony signaling for VoDSL and VoIP. The line supports H.323 protocols including G.729A/B, G.723.1A, G.728, and G.165/G.168 echo cancellation, as well as the company’s proprietary multi-rate speech codec (AS-CELP). DSP Group plans to port VoicePump’s voice over packet algorithm suite to its PalmDSPCore to offer a solution for a range of multi protocol products for VoDSL/VoIP applications.

DSP Group


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