IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Aug, 02 2001

Competisys Corporation to Deploy Syndeo’s Softswitch Technology
Competisys Corporation, a California based firm offering telephone, television, Internet, gas and electric services to residential and commercial properties, said that it is planning to deploy Syndeo Corporation’s Syion 426 softswitch to offer enhanced telephony capabilities to the residential users of its IP-based broadband system, which is designed to support voice, video and high-speed Internet services. The product will enable Competisys to provide a Class 5 telephone feature set directly to the users’ traditional telephones, enabling users to manage the functionality of services (such as distinctive rings or call block) via a secure web portal.

The 426 platform combines Class 5 switch features with a carrier-grade, multi-protocol softswitch platform that scales to support millions of subscribers. It can be used to provide primary-line services over DSL, cable and fixed wireless broadband access networks, and it is designed to support regulatory services as emergency lifeline, operator and lawful intercept. In addition, services can be delivered to any phone or IP-enabled terminal including softphones, IP phones, PCs (through Netscape, Microsoft Outlook or NetMeeting) and PDAs.

The provider intends to launch the offering at $10.69 per month for basic service, with long-distance rates starting at $0.05 per minute.

Competisys Corporation

Syndeo Corporation

France Telecom to Deploy Cisco’s Gear in North American Backbone
France Telecom said that it is planning to deploy Cisco’s IP based networking equipment to expand its high-speed North American backbone. The provider already utilizes Cisco’s model 12416 Internet Routers as the foundation for its France Telecom IP backbone, and the TAT14 submarine cable TAT14, a connection between New York and Paris, which operates at a 10Gpbs rate via the Internet routers. The companies have also been in the process of collaborating to build out France Telecom’s global IP network backbones, and have already implemented MPLS VPN services as well as high-speed data networking services in various markets. In addition, with the new agreements, the firms intend to further develop the infrastructures to support an array of new services including multicasting, VoIP, and DSL for video.

France Telecom


Circle24 Technologies to Develop Apps for Pingtel’s SIP Phone
Pingtel reported that it has reached an agreement with Circle24 Technologies, in which Circle24 will develop a variety of enhanced applications for its Java based, SIP compliant xpressa IP phone. According to the terms of the agreement, Circle24 will use Java servlet and applet technologies to create a suite of applications for personal productivity, industry-specific verticals, and web telephony integration for the phone. The new applications will use Circle24’s IP-based Interactive Screen Response (IP-ISR) menu and architecture, which will be designed to automatically provide options to a caller on the unit’s LCD screen, as opposed to existing IVR applications that require the caller to listen to a menu and press the appropriate key.

xpressa IP phone


Circle24 Technologies

TELUS to Deploy XACCT’s Network to Business Solutions
TELUS Corporation said that it is planning to integrate XACCT Technologies network-to-business (N2B) platform throughout its nationwide network to support all of its IP services. Initially, the provider intends to integrate the technology into its back-office infrastructure to aid in improving the customer service and profitability of its VoIP and POS services. The N2B platform will be deployed in a configuration that provides a real-time link between TELUS’ network, which includes equipment from various vendors such as Cisco and Nortel, and its back-office business/operational support system applications. The solution will produce information that TELUS can use to understand how its subs use the VoIP and POS services, and how to enhance the services and increase revenues. TELUS also plans to integrate the N2B system to implement automated usage collection for its web hosting and web domain services.

TELUS Corporation

XACCT Technologies

ABS Associates Deploys CosmoCom’s Call Center Technology
ABS Associates reported that it has deployed CosmoCom’s IP based contact center platform, CosmoCall Universe, to enable the users of its help center system, ABShelp, to initiate communications with a CSR. ABShelp users will be able to use the solution to initiate communications via email, chat, telephone, co-browsing, VoIP and/or video capabilities.

The H.323 compliant CosmoCall platform converts all incoming communications traffic (voice and video, text chat, IVR, email, voice mail and fax) into IP packets. It features capabilities for applications such as LCR, multi-language support, single-click agent installation, browser-based real-time reports and blended, outbound dialing campaign support, and it is capable of integrating IP based telephone communications into a web site or network-based application using an IP based ACD that can route a call to the proper agent location. The multi-server solution can handle up to 8,000 agents, supporting up to 50,000 simultaneous calls/messages and/or 200 call arrivals per second.

Soffront Software

One-to-One Service.com


ABS Associates

TMCnet to Host VoIP Conference in San Diego from October 3 to 5
TMCnet.com has announced that it will be hosting the INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference and Expo at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego from October 3 to 5. The show will feature an array of vendors demonstrating VoIP solutions, enabling participants to test and compare the latest IP telephony products and services. It will also offer a conference program that will address real-world issues about the selection and deployment of IP telephony products and services.

Pricing for the three-day show begins at $1995.00, with a $1000 discount being offered to participants that register before September 1, 2001.

INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference and Expo


CLEAR Communications Deploys Juniper’s Routers
CLEAR Communications said that it has deployed Juniper Networks’ model M20 Internet backbone routers in its international transit core network between New Zealand (Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington), and the U.S. (Los Angeles) to possibly develop support for smart IP based services such as premium accessibility and other enhanced offerings such as VPNs, VoIP and video on demand.

CLEAR Communications

Juniper Networks

Vpacket Secures More Than $40 Million in Series C
Vpacket Communications announced that it has raised more than $40 million in a Series C round of funding with NIF Ventures/Daiwa Securities Group, the GE Asia Pacific Capital Technology Fund, Intel Communications Fund and New Enterprise Associates. The vendor intends to use the financing to expand its product portfolio to include MAN solutions for enhanced high-speed voice/data access.

Vpacket Communications

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