8×8 Unveils Product for Broadband VoIP Networks
8×8 has announced the introduction of its Symphony VoIP Module, a four port
telephone adapter designed to connect traditional telephones to a broadband
network (HFC or DSL). The product connects to cable or DSL modems via an
Ethernet connection and it connects to telephones via RJ-11 connectors. A
Symphony-based gateway installed at the head-end delivers dial tone to the
phones and enables users to dial calls in the traditional manner (seven to
ten digits). Once the number is dialed, the module routes the call to the
gateway, where it is routed on to its destination. When the called party
answers, the module’s Audacity Processor (which supports G.711, G.722,
G.723 and G.728 protocols) compresses the outgoing audio and decompresses
the incoming audio. The Audacity unit can be configured to support any of
the codecs on each of the telephone lines both at the initiation of a call
and during a call. In addition, the module can be used with a full-featured
SGCP call agent to support CLASS services such as call waiting, call
forward, call hold, call transfer, three-way calling, speed dial, caller
ID, return call, call block and repeat call.
Besides SGCP and the G series protocols, the unit also supports MGCP and
the CableLabs PacketCable Network Client Specification call control
protocols. In addition, the vendor is planning to integrate support for
both the iNOW interoperability initiative and the evolving H.GCP into the
Sample units are currently available. The units are expected to be priced
at $399 per unit, in volume. A board-level version of the technology is
also available for integration into cable and xDSL modems.
In a related announcement, 8×8 and Odisei are planning to develop a VoIP
PBX solution with CTI functionality by combing 8×8’s Symphony VoIP gateways
and multimedia terminal adapters (MTAs) with Odisei’s IntraSwitch IP-PBX
software. The system is expected to operate by installing the IntraSwitch
software in a CLEC’s facilities, which would be connected to the PSTN via a
gateway attached to the CLEC’s IP backbone. A user’s internal network will
be connected to the IntraSwitch server at the CLEC’s end, and to the
Symphony gateways at the user’s end to enable calls to be placed using
traditional touch tone phones.
TeleMatrix, Crys-Tel and Abacus Interconnect Nokia Based VoIP Networks
Nokia has announced that three VoIP providers that use its equipment for
service, including TeleMatrix, Crys-Tel Telecommunications and Abacus
Telecom, are planning to interconnect their respective IP telephony
networks. TeleMatrix’s network currently has 37 access points in Japan, 3
in China, 3 in the U.S. and one each in Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and
France. The provider plans to deploy additional POPs in Japan, for a total
of 75, and enter at least 30 other markets including Malaysia and Austria
over the next year. Crys-Tel’s Internet telephony service is provided via
two network access points in Canada and 3 in Italy, with plans to deploy
200 additional POPs within the next 24 months. Abacus currently has
existing POPs in Paris and San Jose, with plans to expand its network into
Brazil, Argentina, China and Sri Lanka as soon as possible.
Guangdong PTA to Use Open Port Platform to Trial FoIP Service
Guangdong Guangdong PTA, a China based telco, has announced that it will
use Open Port’s recently introduced IP LaunchPad Internet services
development platform to launch a trial IP facsimile service in the province
of Guangzhou. The provider plans to trial IP fax services including web to
fax, email to fax, fax to fax as well as broadcast fax.
The trial is expected to be begin in June.
Guangdong PTA provides local phone services, mobile communications,
Internet access, telegraph, fax, data and multimedia communications. The
company has more than 9 million subscribers, of which 350,000 are Internet
Open Port will use UCS Communications to provide local sales, service and
support for Guangdong PTA.
Ascend Lands Multiple Product Deployment Deals
Over the last few weeks, Ascend has announced that POP-Star, Transnexus,
TGI Technologies, Point One, CNM Network and MegsINet will deploy its
products to offer V/FoIP services.
POP-Star Global Communications has announced that it teaming with
Transnexus, Ascend, and TGI Technologies to form a global consortium of
independent ISPs to offer an Internet fax service. Transnexus will provide
the billing and settlement services to the entire group of providers, which
will use Ascend’s MultiVoice for the MAX and MAX TNT platforms and TGI’s
Enroute Internet fax software to provide the service. The companies have
already recruited 10 ISP members that have multiple POPs and nationwide
coverage in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
Texas based Point-One Telecommunications has announced that it is planning
to use Ascend’s MultiVoice for the MAX TNT and MAX 6000 platforms as well
as the B-STDX 8000 core switches to launch a domestic and international IP
telephony service. According to the terms of the multi-year agreement,
Ascend will provide network planning, design, implementation and management
Point-One will offer the IP telephony services throughout the U.S. from its
core ATM backbone, with hubs in Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta and
New York City. The provider also currently plans to launch the services in
China (Beijing and Shanghai) and Mexico (Monterrey and Mexico City).
In an attempt to improve QoS, the provider will manage the bandwidth of its
network and implement its own QoS software solution, Clear Packet
Technology, which ensures that packets maintain required speeds over the
network. In addition, traffic will be routed over the PSTN should the
network become too congested.
CNM Network has announced that it has deployed Ascend’s MultiVoice for the
MAX TNT VoIP equipment throughout its U.S. based ATM network. The provider
is currently offering IP telephony services to businesses in Atlanta,
Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York,
Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, and Washington D.C.
MegsINet is planning to deploy Ascend’s SS7 Gateway and the MAX TNT WAN
access switch to route call traffic between the 75 POPs on its voice and
GRIC Expands Lucent Based VoIP Service
GRIC announced that it has expanded its Internet telephony service,
GRICphone, by opening a hub in London. The provider currently utilizes
Lucent’s PacketStar Internet Telephony Systems (ITS) deployed in 71 POPs
worldwide, with hubs in Los Angeles, New York, San Jose, Washington DC and,
of course, London, to provide service. The company is also planning to add
an additional four hubs by year’s end.
The H.323 compliant ITS product is based on Lucent’s PortMaster 4
integrated access concentrator platform and ComOS operating system. It
supports both real-time voice and fax transmissions, and is scaleable up to
28 T1s or 21 E1s (672 or 630 ports). In addition, five gateways can be
stacked to provide port densities of up to 3,360. The product supports
G.729a and G.711, and elemedia’s H.323 software and gatekeeper toolkit. It
is designed to interoperate with VocalTec’s Ensemble Architecture VoIP
equipment and it can utilize the iNOW! profile (developed by Lucent,
VocalTec and ITXC) to provide interoperability with other gateways,
gatekeepers or providers.
IPVoice Acquires Traditional Telephony Reseller
IPVoice Communications has announced that, in conjunction with its company
name change to IPVoice.com, it has acquired Independent Network Services
(INS), a switchless telephony reseller. Financial terms were not disclosed.
The acquisition of INS provides IPVoice with long distance telephony
certifications in 45 U.S. states and the carrier identification number
10-10-460. The certifications combined with 10-10-460 will enable
IPVoice.com to expand its offerings to include long distance dial around
and traditional long distance services, both of which can be re-routed
across its existing Internet telephony network. IPVoice provides global IP
telephony services via a network of its TrueConnect gateways in Los
Angeles, New York, Panama, Nicaragua, the Honduras, Hong Kong and Spain.
The company offers a partnership program that enables other carriers to
deploy the gateway to route traffic over the existing network of POPs. It
uses its own proprietary technology to provide billing and settlement
services for the other carriers.
The TrueConnect VoIP gateway utilizes Natural MicroSystems’ Fusion
technology to provide up to 96-ports per gateway with T1, E1, ISDN, PBX,
and analog connectivity. The product, which supports H.323 protocols
including G.723, features order entry, billing, reporting, and customer
service applications. Its data-management capabilities include debit card
support, invoicing functions, credit card authorization (single or
batches), customer A/R module, a suite of management reporting, PIN
generation, DNIS/DID/IP configuration modules, and multi-lingual support.
Independent Network Services
Solect & Telcordia Team For VoIP Billing Solution
Solect Technology Group, a provider of IP billing solutions, has announced
that it is integrating its IAF billing system with Telcordia Technologies’
Accounting gateway to provide an IP telephony billing solution. The gateway
is a device that collects billing and usage data from other systems and
converts the raw data into individual CDRs. The IAF billing system uses the
CDR data to produce real time billing information.
The integrated solution is currently available. Pricing was not disclosed.
Solect Technology Group