ETSI Working with ITU-T & IETF on VoIP Standards
The ITU-T, IETF and ETSI are working together to develop standards for
certain aspects of VoIP technology. The ITU-T has established Working
Group 13 to coordinate its efforts, and the ETSI has created the Tiphon #12
Tiphon #12 has been divided into 7 working groups based on the following:
requirements for service; architecture and reference; call control
procedures, information flows and protocols; naming, numbering and
addressing; QoS; verification and demonstration implementation; and
wireless and mobility aspects.
The ETSI group is working on technologies that will enable services between
VoIP and circuit-switched networks. The organization also claims to hold
the opinion leadership among the groups and maintain the responsibility
for building consensus between all the major market players.
Helmut Schink from Siemens is the Chairman of the Tiphon Committee
Current Status of Tiphon Project
ECI Telecom Joins iNow! VoIP Interoperability Alliance
ECI Telecom has announced that it will integrate support for the iNOW!
(interoperability NOW!) profile into its Internet telephony platforms. The
profile, developed by Lucent, VocalTec and ITXC, is based on H.323
protocols and the H.225.0 Annex G to enable gateways and gatekeepers from
different vendors to interoperate.
Other vendors supporting the interoperability initiative include Alcatel,
Analogic, Ascend, AudioCodes, Cisco, Clarent, Dialogic, Ericsson, ITXC,
Linkon, OzEmail Interline, Lucent, Mier Communications, Natural
MicroSystems, Netrix, NetSpeak, QuesCom, Siemens, Tundo and VocalTec.
In a separate announcement, ECI Telecom has just introduced the ITX-1000,
its end to end carrier class IP telephony product line that consists of
gateways, gatekeepers and a call management system. The H.323 V2 compliant
solution provides support for up to 960 simultaneous voice, fax and
voice-band data calls from phone to phone, PC to PC or fax to fax. The
solution features capabilities such as call classification, echo
cancellation, internal redundancy, hot swappable cards and cluster
operation capability (for PSTN networks which can support such a feature).
The company has also recently introduced two other end to end VoIP
solutions: the ITX 120 and the ITX 180. The 120 solution uses an ECI
branded VocalTec v.4xx gateway. It supports up to 120 ports of simultaneous
voice and fax traffic. The 180 solution supports up to 240 simultaneous
voice, fax or data calls from phone to phone or fax to fax.
JM Best to Expand VoIP Services to Middle East
JM Best Communications has announced that it has negotiated deals with
undisclosed providers in the Middle East to begin offering Internet
telephony services in the UAE, Egypt, Jordon, Lebanon, Turkey and Yemen.
The company expects that the services will be operational by June.
JM Best currently offers IP telephony services via Franklin Telecom’s
Tempest Data Voice Gateways deployed in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala,
the Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Taiwan and the U.S. In addition, the
provider manages an Internet telephony interconnectivity partnership
program, dubbed The VoIP Pace Setters, which has been expanding the
service’s footprint since its inception last year.
JM Best Communications
USV Telemanagement Forms Entity to Focus on Telephony Services
USV Telemanagement (USV) announced that it has formed a subsidiary,
USVT.COM, to focus on marketing traditional voice services, Internet
telephony, video conferencing and data services throughout the U.S. The new
company will utilize USV’s bandwidth agreements with IXC Communications,
MCI/WorldCom, and UUNET to offer the services.
Transco to Offer VoIP Service in New York & Miami
Transco Research has announced that it will begin offering domestic and
international long distance Internet telephony on a dedicated basis in the
New York and Miami markets. The provider has recently discontinued the
operation of its traditional wholesale carrier services and is currently
upgrading its network to support IP telephony communications.
GlocalNet to Use Portal’s VoIP Billing Solution
Glocalnet, a European ITSP, has announced that it is utilizing Portal
Software’s real-time customer management and billing software, Infranet
IPT, in its Internet telephony services. Since Glocalnet recently decided
to implement Cisco’s Internet telephony end-to-end solution over its
existing Internet telephony network, all the three companies will team to
develop and deploy the Internet telephony infrastructure.
The Infranet IPT is an end to end customer management and billing solution
for ITSPs. The application offers functionality with both Cisco’s and
VocalTec’s gateways. It enables providers to register, track, manage and
bill subscribers in real-time. Infranet’s real-time architecture and
scalability enable the development of both unlimited and pricing plan based
Internet telephony services. It will support millions of users on a 24 x 7
basis. It features capabilities including customer registration, caller
authentication, credit limit verification, tracking of prepaid usage and
account termination, LCR, and inter-domain reconciliation and settlement
Infranet IPT is currently available for Sun/Solaris, HP Unix and Microsoft
Windows NT operating systems. Pricing varies according to configuration.
VocalData Introduces VoIP Local Exchange System
VocalData has announced the introduction of its VoIP local exchange system,
dubbed IP*Star. The system consists of network-based telephony server
software, a unified messaging package and Ethernet-IP telephones. It is a
platform-independent solution that runs on a pair of redundant UNIX
(carrier class) or Windows NT (enterprise) servers. It can provide
individualized service partitions to over 1,000 different customer sites,
and support a total of 10,000 IP telephone users. In addition, it provides
PBX-like features such as auto-attendant and unified messaging. The IP
telephones are multi-line business display phones that plug directly into a
user’s Ethernet LAN at the desktop, enabling both voice and data traffic to
be converged over a single wiring infrastructure. The phones are available
in 14, 21, and 37-button display models, with a 100-button version for
The company is expecting to deploy the IP*Star product in field trials over
the next few months, with commercial availability scheduled for Q’3 ’99.
Networks Telephony Licenses RADVision’s H.323 Products
Networks Telephony Corporation has announced that it has licensed
RADVision’s H.323 developer products for integration into its global,
private Internet network and its suite of IP telephony products and
services branded Everyline.
The Everyline PC to phone and phone to phone services utilize Networks
Telephony’s private, global backbone with POPs in 42 countries and
termination capabilities in 220 markets. The PC to phone service is
currently being offered by Ireland On-Line (IOL), Clinet in Finland,
NetSales in the Netherlands, and Infonet Services in the U.S. The company
is negotiating with providers in Asia, Europe, Latin America, Sweden, the
UK, and the U.S. to expand the PC to phone service further. The phone to
phone service is being provided by Networks Telephony’s partners including
Infonet Services, a global provider; INET, a provider of international
corporate communication solutions; and Cleartel Communications, an
international communications provider in the Latin American and Mexican
RADVision’s suite of H.323 v.2 compliant developer products include
gatekeepers, gateways, protocol stacks, adapters and software.
Transmedia Receives $29 Million in Second Round Financing
TransMedia Communications has announced that it has received $29 million in
a second round of financing from Hambrecht & Quist Asia Pacific, Berkeley
International Capital Corporation, Crimson Investments, Government
Technology Fund of Taiwan, Vertex Management, Venrock Associates and
Brentwood Venture Capital.
TransMedia has developed a flagship IP telephony gateway product offering,
the MMS-1600 media-aware switch, and has teamed with telecom technologies
to develop other products that will utilize intelligent network voice
services over both IP and traditional telephony networks. The companies
plan to develop applications such as network management, billing, IP-based
LNP, a nextgen PSTN/IP Packet switch, a signaling/call control gateway and
a telephony feature server.
Hewlett-Packard to Acquire Telegra
Hewlett-Packard (HP) has announced that it is planning to acquire Telegra,
a privately held developer of facsimile protocol testing systems and
equipment. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Following the
acquisition’s close, which is expected sometime this month, Telegra and its
fax testing technology will be integrated into its Network Systems Test
Telegra’s facsimile testing applications currently include the FaxTrace and
MaxTrace products. FaxTrace is capable of running 500 separate tests and
supports both traditional and specialized facsimile protocols. MaxTrace can
test the design and load capacity of multiple-port networks based on
traditional fax servers or IP fax servers.