IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Apr, 20 2000

Protel to Use iBasis to Offer Services in Mexico
Operadora Protel, S.A. (Protel), a Mexican national carrier, announced that it will interconnect its network with iBasis’ Internet telephony network to route both voice and fax traffic over iBasis’ network and terminate traffic in its markets.

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. The provider can terminate traffic on a global basis via its network, its affiliate’s networks or the PSTN. In addition, the company offers a SLA for its services that guarantees that the percentage of call completion rates over its Internet telephony interconnectivity service will be equivalent to or better than that of the PSTN. The company uses its proprietary Assured Quality Routing technology to monitor VoIP calls to ensure completion, or re-route the calls to the PSTN.

Protel provides long distance and other telecommunications services to commercial customers throughout Mexico. Its national fiber optic Cisco based network has operations in 51 markets throughout Mexico and Central America.



Telecom Transport to Distribute Franklin’s Gear in Russia
Franklin Telecommunications reported that it has reached an agreement with Telecom Transport, a Moscow based telecommunications equipment distributor, in which Telecom Transport will be the exclusive Russian distributor of Franklin’s IP and VoIP data voice gateway equipment.

Franklin offers an array of VoIP technologies including the Breeze, Tempest and Typhoon gateways. The Breeze is a 2 port gateway that includes a WAN connection, a BRI or Ethernet port, and a built in router. The product can handle central office lines, single line telephone sets, fax machines, PBX extensions or any combination of lines and devices. The Tempest unit, which utilizes the company’s ICT-1 MVIP card and ICDSP-8 card, can support up to 96 ports of communications. It also provides data, fax and voice packet interfaces for T-1 or FXO/FXS. The Typhoon system can support 120 ports per chassis, or over 1,300 ports per rack. It provides interfaces for T1, T1-PRI, E1, E1-PRI, E1-R2 FXO, FXS and up to 24 analog central office or telephone device lines.

All of the gateway systems are designed to interoperate via the company’s proprietary technologies or evolving industry standards such as H.323 (G.711/G.723/G.729), T.38 fax relay, iNow! and MGCP. In addition, the products can utilize Franklin’s authentication and billing server (ABS) to provide a centralized, managed invoicing facility that will track and manage a database of subscribers. The ABS server authenticates, verifies funding, (credit, debit, pre-paid, etc) and provides CDR type information. Network administrators and subscribers can also utilize the system to view online account information .

Franklin Telecommunications

Telecom Transport

EzyCom to Deploy NetSpeak’s VoIP Technologies
EzyCom Communication, a Los Angeles based VoIP startup, has announced that it is planning to deploy NetSpeak’s iTEL VoIP technology to launch phone to phone and PC to phone VoIP services.

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 support 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.

EzyCom will initially focus on providing phone to phone services between the U.S. and select Asian markets. The provider also currently operates a global Internet fax service that provides connectivity from fax to fax, email to fax, PC to fax with broadcast fax capabilities.




StoreRunner & PriceSmart to Use & Market deltathree’s Products
deltathree.com has reported that StoreRunner.com will use its technologies to develop an eCommerce service, and PriceSmart will market its array of services throughout Central America and the Caribbean.

StoreRunner plans to integrate deltathree’s Click IT technologies into its soon to be launched shopping web site to enable visitors to click an icon and to initiate VoIP communications with a CSR. The Click IT technology enables users to click a call icon to place a PC to phone VoIP call to a preset phone number. When the application is initially used, the user will receive a pop-up window, which allows a calling account to be opened and the software to be downloaded. With the product downloaded, users will be able to click any vendor listing to initiate VoIP communications. Calling traffic will be routed over deltathree.com’s VoIP network. The software requires that users have at least a 120 Mhz Pentium PC running Windows 95, 98 or NT, a copy of version 4 of Microsoft IE or Netscape Navigator, and a microphone, speakers and sound card.

PriceSmart, an operator of wholesale shopping warehouses throughout Central America and the Caribbean, will offer deltathree’s PC to phone calling services to its members. The service will include free calling to anywhere in the U.S. and Canada, with other international calls billed at existing rates. PriceSmart will also offer Andrea Electronics’ recently introduced M-200 microphone handsets to its members.

deltathree’s communications services include VoIP connectivity between phones, PCs and web sites or any combination thereof, as well as eCommerce, unified messaging, global roaming and calling cards. The provider uses the PSTN to both terminate and originate call traffic, which is routed over a private, managed IP telephony network that has 64 POPs in 37 countries. The network combined with affiliate provider’s networks, enable the company’s over 1.7 million subscribers to place Internet telephony calls to 160 countries.




Andrea Electronics

ipx to Deploy Brooktrout’s Cards to Support Value Added Services
ipx announced that is planning to use Brooktrout Technology’s line of TR114 intelligent fax boards to support the facsimile technology offered in the T-Portal value added services offering. T-Portal is comprised of various companies teaming to offer technologies/applications and services that will enable providers, such as VoIP carriers, to access and offer an array value added applications such as unified messaging, conferencing, collaboration, customer relationship management and service management applications.

The TR114 line of fax and voice boards support up to 16 channels each. The boards feature MMR compression, T.434 binary file transfer, and support for protocols such as T.38 (real-time), T.37 (store and forward) and T.30 (traditional fax machines). OEM developers can utilize a developer kit to build T.38 compliant real time Internet fax applications or download the T.37 developer note from the company’s web site to develop T.37/TIFF compliant store and forward IP fax applications.

Brooktrout Technology


Carrier1 Launches Freephone Services In Europe
Carrier1 International S.A. announced that it has launched a Universal International Freephone (UIF) service throughout Europe. UIF enables users to dial 00800 to access Carrier1’s IP based network to route traffic from any European location to anywhere in the world. The offering will also enable corporate users to establish call centers or develop web based call centers with Pan European connectivity. It complements Carrier1’s other voice offerings which include GlobalVoice and calling card services that also allow users to access the provider’s network to route traffic to any market in the world.

The carrier has already deployed the UIF services throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland, with plans to ultimately provide connectivity throughout all European markets.

Carrier1 is in the process of deploying an inter-city fiber network, based on Nortel’s equipment, that will interconnect 11 countries and span over 9000 route kilometers. The network is already operational in 11 countries, and the company is now constructing intra-city fiber networks in at least 20 markets.


ePhone & Comdial Finalize Network Deployment Deal
ePhone Telecom reported that it has finalized an agreement with Comdial, in which it will use Comdial’s subsidiary’s (Array Telecom) VoIP technology to build an Internet telephony network that will have at least 300 V/FoIP POPs throughout Europe, the far east and the U.S. According to the terms of the agreement, ePhone will receive an exclusive licensing agreement for use of all of Array Telecom’s VoIP technology for a five year period. ePhone will be required to make royalty payments to Comdial during the term of the agreement, and will have an option at the end of the period to acquire the technology. ePhone has already made an initial $3 million payment towards the deal.

ePhone expects the network to be fully operational within the next three years.

ePHONE Telecom


Array Telecom Corp

Oki Electric and Cisco Japan Team to Develop Applications
Oki Electric Industry, a Japanese communications equipment manufacturer, reported that it is teaming with the Japanese unit of Cisco, Cisco Systems KK, to develop VoIP products and services. The companies intend to integrate their respective VoIP network systems and jointly develop new products and applications for the corporate market, with intentions to secure at least an 80 percent market share.

Tdsoft & Inalp Team to Develop POTS & ISDN Based VoIP
Tdsoft reported that it is teaming with Inalp Networks to develop a solution that will integrate data with H.323 based POTS and ISDN based VoIP networks. The system, which will be marketed to small and medium sized businesses, will enable users to access high speed Internet services via POTS and ISDN phone lines transparently connected to V5.2 PSTN interface voice switches. It will be based on Tdsoft’s VoNGATE Versatile Voice Access Gateway and Inalp’s SmartNode 1000/2000 ISDN and POTS IAD product line.

Tdsoft Communications

Inalp Networks

eLoyalty to Integrate Lucent’s VoIP Technologies
eLoyalty reported that it is planning to integrate Lucent’s Definity VoIP technology into its electronic customer relationship management product, Loyalty Foundation. The integrated offering will enable users to interact with customers on a real time basis while viewing a history of the customer’s account information and profile, and potential cross selling opportunities.



JFax to Acquire eFax
JFax said that it has signed a LOI to acquire eFax. According to the terms of the LOI, JFax will trade approximately 18.5 million shares of its common stock for eFax’s common and preferred stock. JFax has already committed to loan eFax $5 million in return for a warrant to purchase 250,000 shares of eFax’s common stock. eFax will use the funding for working capital needs and for continued growth until the merger is finalized. If the merger does not occur, the warrant exercise price will be $1.00 a share.

The merger will give JFax 125,000 paid subscribers generating monthly subscription and usage revenues, and over 2.8 million free users, which represent an advertising medium and possible future usage based revenues.



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