IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Apr, 26 2001

Global Crossing Routing VoIP Traffic Between Europe and U.S.
Global Crossing has announced that it has activated its VoIP gateway centers in Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London and Paris, and is now carrying traffic between the various European markets and the U.S. The company is also in the process of testing interconnections between its VoIP gateways and several PTTs in the various markets. In addition, it is teaming with Asia Global Crossing to develop a core gateway center in Tokyo, and it is planning to spend the rest of the year further developing the entire infrastructure to provide VoIP connectivity in additional markets throughout the rest of Europe, in both Central and South America, as well as throughout the Asia/Pacific region. It expects to be able to handle approximately 2 billion minutes of traffic by the end of 2001. The network is being designed to support converged voice, data and video over a single connection, and services such as outbound international long distance, voice VPNs, toll free/freephone, network call center, carrier POP-POP transit, carrier IP-origination and mobile carrier.

Global Crossing

Asia Global Crossing

Vpacket’s Converged Voice/Data Router Available for Trials
Vpacket Communications has announced that its 6100 Series voice/data router (VDR) for business and enterprise communications over packet networks is available for North American trials. The unit is designed to operate with the vendor’s Network Management System and third party softswitches and media gateways to support converged voice/data services with IP Centrex features for the small and mid-size business markets. It can support for up to 24 VoIP ports, and offers an array of WAN and LAN interfaces for SDSL, T1, FXS, T1/CAS, and 10/100 BaseT Ethernet. In addition, the product ships with the vendor’s Voice Network Management System to support QoS measurement and reporting features (packet loss, latency, jitter, etc.) on a customer and network basis, and to implement QoS capabilities for packet shaping and policy control which will identify and prioritize voice packets.

Pricing for the product begins at $4,500.

Vpacket Communications

Minute Systems to Market and Distribute NetVoice’s Services
NetVoice Technologies said that it has signed a two-year agreement with Texas based Minute Systems, in which Minute Systems’ will market and distribute NetVoice’s service throughout the U.S. NetVoice offers IP Centrex delivering local and long distance, IP phone systems (PBX replacement), voicemail and Internet based on a flat rate price model per phone, per month via its Tier 1 Cisco equipment based network, which utilizes packet-switching technology to break voice, text and video services into data packets and route the traffic over a VPN utilizing Level 3 Communications’ backbone. The infrastructure and its operations in 54 U.S. markets are managed and monitored on a 24 x 7 basis from its Dallas based NOC.

NetVoice Technologies

NTT-ME Teams With NMS to Develop and Market Solutions in Japan
NTT-ME (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone–Multimedia and Engineering) Corporation reported that it has entered into a development and license agreement with Natural MicroSystems (NMS). According to the terms of the agreement, NTT-ME will distribute NMS’ products in the Japanese market including: the CG6000 platform, a carrier-class, cPCI-based hardware solution designed to support up to 224 VoIP ports; the AG2000/AG4000 products, which are DSP resource and network interface platforms that can be used to develop systems for voice and call processing, fax and switching; and the TX3220, a signaling platform that supports and includes SS7, MTP, ISUP, SCCP, and TCAP protocol stacks. In addition, the firms also intend to co-develop carrier-class SS7 call control and messaging solutions based on NTT-ME’s specifications.

NTT-ME Corporation

Natural MicroSystems

Indigo Software to Integrate NetNumber’s ENUM Technology
Indigo Software said that it is planning to integrate NetNumber’s ENUM Services for IP communications technology into its line of SIP products to develop carrier-grade products that will enable users to develop SIP based network access numbering products, technologies and services. The ENUM service/technology is an IETF specification for enabling an IP-based communications application, such as an IP-PBX or VoIP gateway, to use a traditional 10-digit phone number to query and locate other IP-based communications applications, and complete calls directly over public or private IP communications links.

Indigo Software


dba Telecom to Acquire e-tel Corporation
dba Telecom said that it has signed a binding agreement to acquire e-tel Corporation. According to the terms of the all-stock transaction, dba intends to exchange 48,190,539 of its own common shares for all of e-tel’s common shares. It will also issue 1,857,066 share purchase warrants to replace e-tel’s existing warrants, enabling e-tel’s shareholders to purchase one dba share at prices between $0.20 and $0.10 until April 30, 2003, with 1,636,496 warrants allowing holders to purchase one dba share at $0.20 per share, and 220,570 warrants allowing holders to purchase one dba share at $0.10 per share. In addition, dba will also loan e-tel an aggregate of US$500,000 (of which US$290,000 has been advanced to date) at an interest rate of 10 per cent per annum. The loan and accrued interest may be converted into e-tel shares at US$5.07 per share until December 31, 2001. The agreement also provides that, upon closing, dba will assume certain liabilities of e-tel. The companies have been actively merging their respective operations since reaching an initial agreement in principal last month, and the firms have also been collaborating on the development of next-gen products since last year.

dba Telecom

e-tel Corporation

Telchemy Introduces VoIP QoS Solution
Telchemy has announced the introduction of Vqmon, its flagship product designed for VoIP voice quality monitoring. The solution is a lightweight, real-time, embedded voice quality monitor that can be integrated into VoIP gateways, communications servers, IP phones, test equipment, analyzers and other VoIP-related equipment to measure and monitor VoIP calls/network impairments such as packet loss, delay and jitter.

The product is expected to be available at the end of the month. Pricing will be based on source license, nominal run-time royalties and maintenance fees.


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