IP Telephony news wrap-up for Apr 21 – 2006

Pirelli Broadband has introduced Discus DP-L10, a dual mode GSM/Wi Fi mobile handset designed for interoperability in IMS/FMC networks. The phone, in either mode, supports Internet browsing, email, SMS, and MMS. It is being currently being tested by mutliple European telecom operators.

Complementary devices offered with the phone include a WLAN extender, a self-configuring Wi Fi repeater that supports indoor coverage and WLAN roaming, access gateways, QoS and configuration devices, and a TR-069 based remote management platform.

Pirelli Broadband
Radvision has released a Java version of its SIP toolkit, which can be used to develop applications for click-to-talk, web call centers, and soft phones for laptops and PDAs. It also can be used as a building block for server-side functions such as least-cost call routing, smart call diversions (based on user preferences), smart conferencing, and text message to voice playback.

The technology addresses carrier-side applications for soft switches and application servers, supporting operator-grade loading of BHCAs and features such as SIP signaling functionality. Implementations can be developed for SIP terminals, IP handsets, and network-side implementations. The toolkit can also be used for service delivery platforms.

The Java SIP toolkit complies with the latest version of the JSR32 standard, version 1.2.

Sprint has named 3 new cable operators that are using its services to offer consumer VoIP including WEHCO Video, NPG Cable, and Shrewsbury Electric and Cable Operations (SECO). WEHCO provides video services to 90,000 customers, passing 190,000 homes in Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and Mississippi. NPG provides video services in St. Joseph, Missouri, passing 170,000 homes and SECO provides video service to 11,800 customers in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, with a network passing 14,200 homes.

Subscriptions for Sprint-driven Vocable services now exceed 1 million, up 400% over the year.

EarthLink has signed a multi-year agreement to use Level 3’s VoIP Enhanced Local service to offer its bundled DSL and VoIP service in at least the 12 U.S. markets the ISP has announced it will serve. Level 3 will be providing local, long distance, and international voice traffic, voice origination and termination, directory listings, directory assitance, operator assistance, local numbers and LNP, and e911 as well as provide support for calling features such as caller ID, voicemail, and 3-way calling.

As announced earlier, Covad will provide local connectivity for the service, carrying traffic from the home to the local CO.

EarthLink DSL and Home Phone Service is currently offered in Dallas, San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle. The service will be rolled out soon to Atlanta, Chicago, L.A., Miami, N.Y., Philadelphia, San Diego and Washington D.C.

Level 3
Keynote Systems has launched Voice Perspective, a subscription based monitoring service that empowers service providers with voice quality measurement of VoIP over any infrastructure and end-points including VoIP to VoIP and VoIP passing through the PSTN. The service currently includes competitive benchmarking. In the summer, the service will be extended to include operational performance monitoring and the generation of SLA compliance reports.

Keynote Systems
Airvana has introduced Universal Access Gateway (UAG), a gateway that supports voice services over multiple IP network infrastructure types including wireline, Wi Fi, Bluetooth, and WiMax. Residing in the carrier’s network, the UAG features security based on encryption and authentication protocols; IP mobility based on IETF protocols; and QoS by differentiating services via per flow packet filtering, packet marking, and traffic management at the ingress and egress ports. The gateway also provides detailed accounting and call records.

FiberNet has launched Phonomemum, a ENUM based clearinghouse for VoIP traffic accessible through the company’s Meet Me Room, which can support interconnection of up to 650 service providers. The platform will allow service providers to buy and sell origination and termination of domestic and international traffic, with the unique ability to offer different pricing schedules for different trading partners.

Frost & Sullivan has released North American Enterprise IP Telephony End Point Market, a study of this market segment from 2005-2012. The report includes forecasts as well as an examination of market trends and opportunities, much based on interviews with market participants.

The publication is available as part of the firm’s Enterprise Communications subscription, which also includes research for hosted IP telephony and VoIP access service markets, enterprise VoWLAN markets and VoIP service markets. All coverage is limited to the North American marketplace.

As usual, Frost & Sullivan releases few findings with its release announcements. For this study, the firm disclosed that it forecasts revenues from the end point market to grow from $822.8 million in 2005 to $2.44 billion in 2012. The company also projects that IP phones will become a commodity and that profit margins could drop for middle and high end phones over the next 2 to 3 years.

For a virtual brochure of this report, email full company and contact information to Mireya Castilla at mireya.castilla@frost.com

Frost & Sullivan
Nortel Networks has introduced Wireless Mobility Gateway (WMG) 6000, a new gateway designed to allow service providers to bridge 3G wireless networks and WLAN networks within the IMS framework. The gateway and AS 5200 application server, running on Nortel’s core, will represent the framework for the vendor’s IMS Converged Mobility Solution. The remaining elements will employ third party technology by vendors such as IBM, BroadSoft, LG, and Intel.

Other enhancements to Nortel’s IMS portfolio include support for presence, and telephony features such as caller ID, call waiting, call hold, click to call, call screening and routing, SMS and IM interworking.

Nortel is currently conducting trials with operators and conducting interoperability tests and multiple facilities. The availability of the gateway and other product line additions are expected in the second half of this year.

Nortel’s VoIP solution has been deployed by more than 300 carriers including 50 separate deployments of the vendor’s SIP-based system.

Nortel Networks
SoftRISC has introduced software for RISC-based CPUs that include the functionality of a DSP reducing the cost of semiconductor bill of materials for VoIP applications by $10-$20, reducing board space by approximately 20%, and reducing design implementation by 30%. The software can be used for the development of a wide array of VoIP endpoints.

SoftRisc’s licensable technology supports processors offered by ARM, MIPS, PowerPC, ARC, SH, Blackfin, and TI OMAP.

Juniper Networks has introduced the Cable Dynamic Threat Mitigation, a security solution for cable operators using a PacketCable-based CMTS. The technology consists of an Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDP) device and the company’s SDX service deployment system.

The IDP monitors for network attacks on a per user, per application, or on demand basis. Offending traffic, such as malware or a DDoS attack, is detected by the device, which notifies the SDX. The SDX then sends the pre-assigned policy to the CMTS or a third party routing plaform. Cable operators can choose how to mitigate threats by opting to rate limit or filter traffic, drop the call, or redirect the user to a web site and automatically re-establish service once the threat is eliminated.

Juniper Networks

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