IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Apr, 12 2001

Lucent Introduces Multiservice VoDSL Solution
Lucent Technologies has announced the introduction of the PSAX GR-303/LES (Loop Emulation Service) gateway software, its new software for its PacketStar PSAX Multiservice Media Gateways that enables users to develop VoDSL systems. The software, which is based on ATM Forum standards and certified to interoperate with both Lucent’s and various other vendor’s Class 5 switches, is designed to enable users to develop high-speed Internet access and advanced telephony solution/services for the small to mid sized corporate markets. The solution translates digital voice traffic from DSLAMs into a format understandable by Class 5 switches in the PSTN, and it incorporates a softswitch-ready API for toll-tandem/call control applications. It runs on the vendor’s PSAX model 1250 and 2300 products, and offers support for multiple combinations of services including VoDSL, VMOA (Voice and Multimedia over ATM), frame relay and IP routing. It is also interoperable with Lucent’s array of DSL equipment including the AnyMedia Access Systems, Stinger DSL Access Concentrators and CellPipe IADs, and it can be used to develop end to end solution that will aid in migrating from circuit to packet based networks.

The PSAX GR-303/LES capability is currently available via software upgrade to existing PSAX customers in North America and select other countries, with plans for an ETSI V5.2 protocol compliant version of the solution to be available later this year.

Lucent Technologies

Time Warner Deploys Sonus’ Packet Telephony Equipment
Time Warner Telecom announced that it has deployed Sonus Networks’ packet telephony products, including softswitches and media gateways, to initially support dial-up Internet access traffic, with plans to further develop the network to support VoIP services. The company has initially installed a Sonus’ GSX9000 Open Services Switch, the PSX6000 SoftSwitch and the SGX2000 SS7 Signaling Gateway solutions combined with Riverstone Network’s RS series of switch routers in eight U.S. markets including Austin, Binghamton (NY), Cincinnati, Columbus (OH), Indianapolis (IN), Milwaukee, New York City and San Diego to augment its existing Class5 circuit switches and offload modem-generated Internet traffic for the voice network. It eventually plans to leverage the Sonus equipment based infrastructure to offer both traditional local and long distance services and well as VoIP, and enhanced offerings such as unified communications, single number access, call centers, etc. It also plans to deploy Sonus’ packet voice equipment in select other markets that it offer services.

Time Warner operates local and regional optical networks in 39 U.S. metropolitan markets. It has also recently reported that it is planning to deploy Unisphere Networks’ packet telephony technologies in various U.S. markets to develop support for VoIP and other enhanced Internet and PRI based services.

Time Warner Telecom

Sonus Networks

Data Connection Introduces DC-SIP Protocol Software Solution
Data Connection Limited (DCL) has announced the introduction of the DC-SIP, its SIP based source code solution for OEMs developing SIP based products such as IP telephones, unified messaging systems, IADs and trunking gateways. The product offers support for the IETF SIP Working Group drafts and RFCs, as well as several other developing technologies such as SIP-T, which is designed for carrying encapsulated traditional telephony signaling protocols within SIP. The solution runs within DCL’s N-BASE portable execution environment to provide scalability and flexibility, and facilitate the distribution of protocol components across different hardware configurations. The N-BASE system has also been ported to various operating systems including VxWorks, pSOS, Chorus, Nucleus, OSE, Solaris, Linux, HP-UX, and Windows NT, and has been used on a several processors including x86, i960, Motorola 860, Sparc, IDT and MIPS. In addition, the vendor is offering pre-ported solutions for various operating systems including VxWorks, Solaris and Windows.

Data Connection Limited

ISI Develops Its CC&B Solutions to Interoperate With Cisco’s VoIP
ISI announced that it has partnered with Cisco to develop interoperability between its billing/accounting solution, Infortel for Windows with VoIP View, and Cisco’s line of VoIP systems and circuit switched products. The interoperable technology will provide users with a migration path from a circuit switched environment to converged VoIP infrastructures. The VoIP View module collects CDRs from Cisco’s CallManager 3.0x to 3.08, on both the MCS and ICS platforms, and generates customizable reports for both internal charge back and cost accounting requirements. It can also provide call accounting for traditional voice networks and combinations of traditional voice and Cisco’s CallManager based IP networks. In addition, the product can be used to allocate VoIP costs within an organization, provide productivity reporting and fraud control, and bill-back to clients.



Brix/Inlec to Trial PhoneFree’s Gateway For MTU Service
Brix/Inlec Communications, a Philadelphia based CLEC, said that it is planning to develop a trial voice/web service for its multi-tenant unit customers in various Northeastern U.S. markets based on PhoneFree’s Gemini Gateway, a customer premise/network interface device. The trial will be marketed as a second phone line service. Trial participants will be able to place both flat-rate domestic and international calls from any telephone in the home over PhoneFree’s network, and access CLASS and custom calling features such as voice mail, and web-based options such as customized wake-up calls.

The H.323/SIP compliant Gemini unit, which features two ports, is a solid-state network-interface device designed specifically for broadband technologies. It supports both VoIP and PSTN pass-through, as well as QoS technologies such as RSVP, voice-activity detection, silence suppression, and jitter buffers.

Brix/Inlec Communications


NeTrue Contracts With Shanghai Bell for Provision of VoIP/VSAT
Shanghai BeTrue Infotech, a joint venture between Shanghai Bell and NeTrue Communications (51 percent owned by NeTrue), has contracted with Shanghai Bell for the provision of VoIP and VSAT technologies based on NeTrue’s software and hardware systems. According to the terms of the approximately US$4 million contract, BeTrue, the project leader, will integrate carrier class IP gateways, gatekeepers and BackOffice management software as well as Vipersat Networks’ (another NeTrue division) VSAT satellite communications system into Shanghai Bell’s infrastructure.

The installation and systems integration is expected to begin this fall, with completion scheduled for at least the end of the year.

Shanghai Bell

NeTrue Communications

SBC Expands Distribution Agreement With Nortel Networks
SBC Communications has reported that it has expanded a distribution agreement with Nortel Networks to include supporting and offering Nortel’s PBX, key systems and IP telephony equipment throughout its Pacific Bell, Southwestern Bell and Ameritech markets. In addition, the company will also provide network design, implementation and management support for the equipment, as well as an array of local and long distance services.

Nortel Networks

SBC Communications

TELOS and AudioCodes Team to Develop Wireless VoIP Solutions
TELOS Technology said that it is teaming with AudioCodes to develop VoIP solutions for 2G and 3G networks. The firms intend to develop the solutions based on TELOS’ wireless technologies combined with AudioCodes’ array of VoIP products.


TELOS Technology

Finisar Completes Acquisition of Shomiti Systems
Finisar Corporation announced that it has completed the acquisition of privately held Shomiti Systems. Terms were not disclosed. Shomiti offers a variety of Network QoS solutions for 10/100 Gb Ethernet and VoIP infrastructures.

Finisar Corporation

Shomiti Systems

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