IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Apr, 19 2005

1. TI Enhances Conferencing Solution within Gateway Design
Texas Instruments has released an enhanced version of its TNETV3010 VoIP gateway design, improving conferencing capabilities and adding a new echo canceller.

The conferencing solution now includes an integrated intelligent speaker selection algorithm, support for more conferencing bridges (up to 96 ports), and new conference participant add and remove capabilities.

In addition to use in a stand-alone VoIP gateway, the conferencing technology can be used in dedicated conferencing bridges and media servers. TI’s conferencing solution supports participants on multiple CODEC types on both IP and TDM networks.

TI has also added an enhanced selectable mode vocoder to the gateway design, increasing channel densities, while reducing the use of MIPS. Due to customer demand, the product has also been upgraded with the employment of Telinnovation’s echo canceller.

Texas Instruments

3. TalkFree Launches PC to Phone Solution for Resellers
TalkFree Telecom, a facilities based, global VoIP carrier, has introduced a PC to phone reseller program that offers participants private labeling, e-commerce integration, and access to real-time credit scoring for applicants.

The PC to phone service is based on G.729. Consumers prepay for minutes in $10 increments. Once an account is activated, subscribers access the network by using a PIN.

The service has a web interface that provides users with account balance, address book, call logs, a customer service contact, and controls for dialing, microphone, mute, and web skins.

TalkFree Telecom

5. Comcast to Launch VoCable in Boston and Hartford
Comcast, the largest MSO in the U.S., will launch VoCable services in Hartford, Connecticut and Boston next month. The 2 markets are among 20 metro areas where the cable operator plans to introduce VoIP services this year. Comcast is already offering VoIP in Springfield, Massachusetts and outlying western communities in the state as well as conducting trials in Philadelphia and Indianapolis.

The cable giant plans to charge twice as much for voice services than the market average by posing as a CLEC rather than using the term VoIP or associating itself with the technology.


7. Comwave Expands VoIP Service in North America
Comwave has expanded its iPhone consumer VoIP service to 1,200 U.S. markets and 30 new Canadian markets. Service plans range from local service at $9.95 per month, with a two year contract or an unlimited North American calling plan at $29.95 per month with no yearly contract. The service supports directory assistance and local number portability.

Features of the unlimited NA calling plan include caller ID, call waiting, visual call waiting, call forwarding, find me/ follow me, speed dial, voicemail and do not disturb. e911 service is provided through a third party.

The terminal adapter is provided at no cost, but there is a $50 deposit.

The company will be launching Wi-Fi services in Canada soon.

Comwave’s service is driven by Verso’s softswitch and gateways along with CPE provided by D-Link and UTStarcom. The provider also deploys Cisco’s gateways.


9. WQN Launches Consumer VoIP Service in the U.S.
WQN has launched RocketVoIP, a consumer VoIP service in the U.S. that can function as a PC to phone, phone to phone or mobile to phone service. Calling plans range from a $14.95 per month package that includes 500 minutes of long distance to a $24.95 per month package that includes unlimited calling to 52 countries including the U.S. and Canada and one hour of calling to 53 other countries. Some destinations allow free calling to cellular numbers.

Calling features for the $24.95 plan including caller ID, calling waiting, call forwarding, voicemail, conferencing, call transfer, call hold, call block, call return, and voicemail to email.

The service does not support fax, e911 or local number portability.

RocketVoIP has many hidden fees such as an activation fee for the initial service plus any add on services, a termination fee of $40, a terminal adapter shipping fee of $10, a softphone fee of $10 per month, a monthly fee of $5 per month for using a cell phone to make an international call, and a long distance access number for accessing the service via a cell phone. A toll free number is available as an add on for $5 per month and additional numbers are also available for each account for $5 a month.


11. Toshiba Introduces IP PBX Along with Strategic Partners
Toshiba America Information Systems has introduced Strata CIX, a hybrid IP/TDM PBX system that supports up to 192 ports. The system includes a set of more than 250 calling features that can be customized for each phone on the network using TCL scripting language. The network supports IP wireless and desktop phones, analog phones, digital phones, and softphones.

SonicWall will provide network security technology for the offering. SMC will provide networking products and services and Peak Technologies will handle systems integration.


13. Covad Launches IP PBX in 900 U.S. Cities
Covad Communications has launched an IP PBX service in 900 cities in the U.S. For companies with 5-50 employees, the service is offered over SDSL. For companies with 51-200 employees, the service is available via a T1 connection. Features include find me/follow me, click to call, visual voicemail, and fax mail.

Covad Communications

15. Intercable to Offer VoCable in Venezuela
Intercable plans to launch consumer and business VoIP services over its cable network in Venezuela. The services will be driven by Nortel’s technology. Specifically, the provider will deploy the vendor’s softswitch, media gateways, and media and application server.


Nortel Networks

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