IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Apr, 30 2001

Asia Global Crossing Activates Hong Kong/Tokyo IP Backbone
Asia Global Crossing said that it has activated its 310 Mbps international IP services backbone between Hong Kong and Tokyo through its pan-Asian East Asia Crossing network. The IP backbone is designed to enable providers and corporations to seamlessly route IP transit, international private line circuits, IP VPNs, and VoIP traffic in and between Hong Kong and Japan as well as into various European markets, and when combined with the carrier’s Pacific Crossing network, it offers seamless connectivity to the U.S. In addition, the company is also in the process of further developing the infrastructure to provide connectivity in various other markets throughout Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and, as regulations permit, China.

Global Crossing also just reported that it has activated its VoIP gateway centers in Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London and Paris, and is carrying traffic between the various European markets and the U.S. In addition, it is also 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.

Global Crossing
http://www.globalcrossing.com

Asia Global Crossing
http://www.asiaglobalcrossing.com


Shoreline Unveils IP Voice Enterprise Starter Kit
Shoreline Communications has announced the introduction of the Enterprise Starter Kit for IP Voice Communications. The stand-alone solution, which is interoperable with legacy equipment, consists of hardware and software modules that enables users to migrate to IP based voice systems. It can support 24 to 48 users per system, and it ships with a suite of applications that can be used to develop support for applications such as voice mail, automated attendant, personalized desktop call management, unified messaging and single-point web-based management. In addition, it also offers optional support for up to two teleworkers, contact center agents or executives and the ShoreCare Assisted Configuration and System Load.

The product is currently available. Pricing begins at $14,995.

Shoreline Communications
http://www.goshoreline.com


Quicknet Selects Genuity to Carry VoIP Traffic
Quicknet Technologies has announced that it has reached an agreement with Genuity, in which Genuity will transport and terminate long distance PC to phone VoIP calls and other various VoIP traffic generated by Quicknet’s MicroTelco System. The MicroTelco application is an online VoIP account portal that provides access to various IP telephony carrier’s networks. It can also be configured to allow users to find a local VoIP provider, and choose which provider to use based on various criteria such as quality or least cost. The system also includes an online billing section that allows users to access calling details such as calling history, provider used, call duration, view billing details, and recharge accounts. In addition, other providers can private brand the system, and develop revenue sharing arrangements for the calls that its subscribers initiate.

MicroTelco
http://www.microtelco.com

Quicknet
http://www.quicknet.net

Genuity
http://www.genuity.com


Brix/Inlec Launches Last Mile VoIP in Philadelphia
Brix/Inlec Communications reported that it has launched a VoIP-enabled residential primary line phone to phone local telephone service in a Philadelphia based MDU environment. The company deployed Nuera Communications’ ORCA RDT-21 (GR-303 access gateway) and ORCA MTU-8 voice gateway technologies to interconnect each customer with Focal Communications’ phone switches via an IP circuit that bypasses the traditional last mile. The IP local loop configuration is designed to support convergent voice and high-speed Internet access services over a single IP circuit (T1).

Earlier this month, Brix/Inlec Communications also said that it is planning to use PhoneFree’s customer premise/network interface device, Gemini Gateway, to develop a second phone line trial voice/web service for its MDU customers in various Northeastern U.S. markets.

Brix/Inlec Communications
http://www.inlec.net

Nuera Communications
http://www.nuera.com

Focal Communications
http://www.focal.com

PhoneFree
http://www.phonefree.com


RealChip Introduces VoIP/VoATM Media-over-Net Processors
RealChip Communications has announced the introduction of its MoNET S1000 line of integrated voice-over-packet (VoP) processors. The product, which is based on the vendor’s patent-pending Reality Objects platform architecture, reusable and scalable hardware and embedded software objects optimized for communications applications, is designed to enable OEMs to develop multi-service next-gen products such as integrated access platforms, gateways, muti-service switches, iPBXs, access nodes and base stations. It offers support for up to 144 channels of both VoIP and VoATM technologies on a single chip, and its integrated VoP signal processing capabilities include voice compression using a range of vocoders, and tail-length independent echo cancellation of up to 128 ms. In addition, the solution ships with system software, reference designs for various applications, configuration utilities, demonstration and evaluation applications, examples of programming the RealChip messaging API, and independent voice quality test results.

The product is expected to be available for sampling in June, with commercial production scheduled for October. Pricing was not disclosed.

RealChip Communications
http://www.realchip.com


3U Teams With Carrier1 To Expand Services
3U Telecommunication AG, a Germany based telecommunications service provider, reported that it has reached an agreement with Carrier1, in which it will use Carrier1’s bandwidth services to expand its operation into various Western European markets including Austria, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland. According to the terms of the 15-year agreement, 3U will use Carrier1’s Southern European Ring networks (particularly from Frankfurt to Milan via Zurich) to develop Internet connectivity. It has also recently demonstrated its VoIP service capabilities, and has in the past used Carrier1’s voice services in Germany, as well as Carrier1’s access services in France.

Carrier1
http://www.carrier1.com


SIP Communications and Howe Digital Team to Develop SIP Products
SIP Communications (SIPCOMM) said that it has reached an agreement with Howe Digital, in which Howe will provide it with engineering and product development services to develop SIP products based on SIPCOMM’s development platform. SIPCOMM is in the process of commercializing client and server applications for voice/multimedia/data convergence markets based on the SIP technologies, and Howe, which specializes in call control, media processing and applications software, assists companies in developing VoIP products.

SIP Communications
http://www.sipcomm.com

Howe Digital
http://www.howedigital.com


Blue Wave and Motorola Revise Acquisition Terms
Due to the softening in the overall economy and the recent turbulent activity in the capital marketplace, Blue Wave Systems and Motorola have reported revised terms for an acquisition agreement that the firms reached earlier this year. According to the revised agreement terms, Motorola will exchange approximately 7.25 million of its common shares for the fully diluted common shares of Blue Wave (an increase of approximately 750,000 shares from the previous agreement). In addition, the provisions relating to the upper and lower value limitations and adjustments have been removed, resulting in a fixed exchange ratio of 0.443 shares of Motorola common stock for each fully diluted share of Blue Wave common stock.

The transaction, which is subject to customary regulatory approval as well as approval from Blue Wave’s stockholders, is expected to close late in Q’2 or early in Q’3.

Motorola
http://www.motorola.com

Blue Wave Systems
http://www.bluews.com

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