Clarent Develops VoIP QoS Technology
Clarent announced that it has developed a QoS technology, dubbed
ThroughPacket, which reduces congestion in IP telephony networks. The
company has indicated that the technology uses an IP multiplexing technique
to bundle several voice packets together to be sent as a single packet with
one header, thus reducing both the amount of packets sent to a router and
the amount of bandwidth used for headers.
Products using the technology are currently deployed in beta testing, with
commercial availability and pricing as of yet undetermined.
AT&T’s Service Supporting Clarent & VocalTec Technology
AT&T has announced that its VoIP interconnectivity service, Global
Clearinghouse, can now support traffic from the Internet telephony
solutions of both Clarent and VocalTec. The provider has also indicated
that it is offering its VoIP platform specifications to any vendors that
would like to develop interoperable gateway products.
The Global Clearinghouse enables providers to establish and operate phone
to phone and fax IP telephony services that can terminate calls in more
than 220 countries via member networks. AT&T provides a network management
center that enables members to receive online account and settlement data,
general network information and other members’ rates. The provider will
monitor the service’s hubs, global termination points, IP access networks
and its own IP backbone network on a 24×7 basis.
Telia to Upgrade Global Clearinghouse With Value Added Services
Telia has announced that it is teaming with TeleConnection Europe, Clarent,
Global Media Concept and POPTEL to trial the addition of value added
services with its VoIP Global Clearinghouse Service. The initial value
added services will be based on TeleConnection Europe’s technology
including voice and fax mailboxes. The companies plan to further develop
the messaging technology to offer other value added services such as
full-featured multi-media unified messaging, and large scale, globally
outsourced, IP based enterprise solutions for messaging and other
value-added services. Clarent’s IP telephony equipment will be used to
trial the services, with Global Media providing installation, configuration
and maintenance. The services will initially be launched over POPTEL’s IP
telephony network (a clearinghouse service participant) with plans to
eventually offer the services to all clearinghouse members.
Global Media Concept
Delta Three & MediaRing Using Ericsson Technology
Delta Three has announced that it has teamed with MediaRing to utilize
Ericsson’s client IP telephony software API to integrate support for
MediaRing’s IP phone software into the recently introduced Ericsson IP
Telephony (IPT) solution, which Delta Three has deployed in its VoIP
Network (New York, Israel and Sweden POPs). MediaRing and Delta Three are
planning to utilize the integrated solution to launch new services that
will offer global calling capabilities from PC to PC and PC to phone.
The newly introduced IPT platform is designed to support phone to phone,
fax to fax, PC to phone and PC to PC communications over IP networks. It is
now scalable up to 780 channels of simultaneous voice or fax
communications. Its open architecture, which is based on a real time OS,
utilizes CompactPCI technologies to enable its port capacities to be
increased by adding additional boards. The gateway is designed to be
compatible with SS7 technologies to enhance its ability to transfer calls
both to the PSTN and between multiple applications. A complete IPT system
can support features such as least cost routing, multiple IP network
management, both validated and un-validated traffic, echo cancellation,
real time billing systems, itemized accounting, central CDR collection,
IVR, SNMP remote management and configuration, and both multiple languages
and currency exchange.
MediaRing Talk 99 runs in the background of a user’s PC. It monitors the
telephone line, enabling online or offline PC users to receive an Internet
call. When a call is received, the recipient’s MediaRing software notifies
the user of the call and automatically logs the PC onto the Internet. The
software in both machines then uses MediaRing’s directory server to locate
IP addresses, and establish a voice connection. When the call is completed,
the software automatically disconnects each PC from the Internet.
The application requires at least a 133MHz Pentium with 16MB RAM, 7MB free
disk space, a 14.4 Kbps modem, and a sound card. The application is
available for Windows 95 or 98 platforms.
pulver.com Launches VoIP Testing Facilities
pulver.com has announced the introduction of an equipment testing program,
dubbed the Open Test Network. The service will provide equipment vendors
with a public endpoint from which to demonstrate products, or test the
performance and interoperability of products. The equipment involved in the
testing will be installed at the pulver.com premises and be connected to a
LAN with a T1 connection to the Internet. The program will provide the
personnel to reboot equipment and make minor modifications.
Open Test is open to any company that meets certain Pulver’s qualifications.
Open Test Network
Aplio to Develop High Speed Capable VoIP Devices
Aplio has announced that it is planning to further develop its PC-less
Internet telephony technology to include products that will operate with
broadband services such as cable modem and DSL connectivity. The company’s
strategy is to develop Aplio-banded client products that can be used with
the high speed services, and then pursue licensing agreements with other
vendors to achieve full market penetration.
The vendor is currently developing a line of Ethernet devices that will
operate with the high speed applications and be compatible with its
existing dial-up VoIP devices. In addition, the company is planning to
integrate H.323 technologies into the new devices to enable calls to be
routed to any traditional phone in the world via an H.323 compliant gateway.
Initial product offerings are expected to be available sometime this summer.
In a related announcement, Aplio has launched an OEM initiative, branded
Aplio Everywhere, that will focus on licensing the new technology to
vendors of set-top boxes, web phones, personal digital assistants, web
pads, and other Internet Appliances designed to run on high-speed Internet
Natural MicroSystems Introduces V/FoIP Development Platform
Natural MicroSystems has announced the introduction of Fusion 3.0, a new
version of its development platform for converging voice and data over IP
networks. The new version enables developers to create gateways that can
support from 4 to 60 ports of simultaneous V/FoIP communications. It is
available in PCI and CompactPCI versions that support H.323, H.323 v2, MGCP
and SIP protocols such as G.727.1, G.711, G.729a, T.37 and MS-GSM. The
vendor is also providing the application’s gateway reference code to
provide developers with sample-applications.
Natural Microsystems has indicated that both Siemens and NetSpeak are
planning to use the new technology to further develop their respective
voice and fax over IP solutions.
Vive Synergies Introduces VoIP Gateway Devices
Vive Synergies has announced the introduction of AutoVoIP, its Internet
telephony gateway device. The product provides 2 ports of H.323 compliant
(G.723.1, G.729, G.729a) voice and fax communications per PCI card in
Windows 95, 98 or NT systems. The unit’s DSPs can be configured to support
either G.723.1, G.729A, or both simultaneously. It utilizes a built-in
switchable, variable bit rate to dynamically adjust to varying network
loads and congestion to maintain a certain QoS level. The product features
echo cancellation, background noise regeneration and silence suppression.
In addition, the gateway ships with both system management and billing
applications that can provision new accounts, bill for both prepaid and
postpaid operations, and generate invoices and PINs.
The solution is priced at about US$1,000.00 per port.
The company has also recently introduced its MultiVoIP solution, a stand
alone gateway product. The product can be implemented into existing IP
based network infrastructure to provide 4 ports (upgradeable to 8) of G.723
voice and fax communications. It features forward error correction and bad
frame interpolation to save lost or damaged packets. The unit supports
remote configuration and management via telnet, ftp, tftp, or SNMP client
applications. MultiVoIP’s management capabilities include live reporting,
usage tracking, call history, and voice quality statistics.
Arbinet Receives $12 Million In Equity Financing
Arbinet Communications has announced that it has received $12 million in
private equity funding from Palo Alto-based Communications Ventures,
Internet Capital Group, and Bedrock Capital Partners. The company will use
the funds to further develop and streamline its online telecommunications
capacity marketplace, the Global Clearing Network.
The Global Clearing Network provides a real-time Internet-based trading
exchange and a switch-based clearing network that allows providers to
search for the lowest price available for routing calls to any destination,
worldwide. The provider’s centralized switching infrastructure enables
carriers to interconnect with other member carriers in real-time and
dynamically least cost route calls on a per-call basis. The service
currently routes voice traffic for over 50 major international carriers.