IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Aug, 03 1998

Ascend Introduces SS7/IP Gateway Product
Ascend has announced the introduction of the Ascend Signaling Gateway (ASG), a product that enables a company's WAN access switches to communicate directly with the SS7 carrier-signaling network. The ASG will allow NSPs to offer a range of services such as Internet call diversion, voice/fax over data networks, VPNs, and high-speed 56K-modem technology.

Ascend Introduces SS7/IP Gateway Product
Ascend has announced the introduction of the Ascend Signaling Gateway (ASG), a product that enables a company's WAN access switches to communicate directly with the SS7 carrier-signaling network. The ASG will allow NSPs to offer a range of services such as Internet call diversion, voice/fax over data networks, VPNs, and high-speed 56K-modem technology.

The ASG enables service providers to relieve congestion on voice networks by diverting data calls off of class 4/5 switches and onto Ascend's MAX TNT WAN Access Switches. The gateway will use existing SS7 voice networks to route voice, fax and data calls over IP, ATM and Frame Relay networks. It is designed on the SS7 HP OpenCall platform, and the NEBs compliant, high-density MAX TNT WAN Access Switch architecture. The product will support from 10,000 to 200,000 communication ports. It features fault tolerant dual HP 9000 processors, dual Signal interface units and dual connections to the MAX TNT. In addition, the ASG will enable transaction based billing over data networks by providing call setup and call duration information in standard CDR format.

In a separate announcement, Ascend will open an office in Thailand this fall. The company plans to strengthen its systems integration and reseller channels in Thailand, and to help Thailand's telecoms and ISPs design VoIP and VPN services. Datacraft and World Information Technology have already agreed to be VARs for Ascend products.

Ascend Communications

ArelNet Unveils Internet Fax to Email Module for Its i-Tone Gateway
ArelNet has announced the introduction of a fax to email (FTEM) module for its i-Tone IP telephony gateway product. The fax to email module enables users to view faxes via existing e-mail applications such as Microsoft Exchange or Eudora. An i-Tone service provider will assign users with a personal fax number, and all faxes sent to this number will be forwarded to the user's e-mail account. The fax images will be an attachment to the e-mail message.

The i-Tone FTEM module is currently available.


DSP Software Develops Software Suite for Texas Instrument's DSPs
DSP Software Engineering has announced the availability of its DSP software based telephony algorithms for Texas Instrument's 'C6201 fixed point VLIW DSP. The DSP algorithms have been designed to be multi channel re-entrant and compliant with BellCore specifications. The algorithms can be applied to DTMF detector/generator channel banks, G.165 line-echo canceller channel banks, and VoIP/FR servers. The software will provide support for over 100 simultaneous channels on a single 'C6201.

The software algorithms are currently available.

DSP Software Engineering

Texas Instruments

Microsoft to Integrate Open Port's IP Fax Technology
Open Port has announced that Microsoft has licensed its IP fax technology, including its patented LCR methodology, for integration into future Windows NT server based products. In addition, Open Port has received an equity investment from Microsoft. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. According to the terms of the deal, Microsoft's general manager, Dan Rosen, will be appointed to Open Port's board of directors.

Also participating in the latest round of Open Port financing is Oak Investment Partners of West Port, Conn. Details were not disclosed. Open Port plans to use the financing from both companies to invest in product development, future technology research and development, and the expansion of its sales and marketing operations, particularly outside of the US.

Open Port


Fnet Acquires LDNet
FNet, a subsidiary of Franklin Telecom, has announced that it has acquired LDNet, a VoIP service provider. Details of the transaction were not disclosed. During the first half of this year, LDNet tested Franklin's Tempest Data Voice gateways and billing and authorization technology in a phone to phone and PC to phone IP telephony trial in eight mid-western markets. LDNet's current VoIP installations include facilities in Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, Cleveland, Akron, Columbus, New York City and Washington/Baltimore. FNet plans to have the LDNet nodes upgraded and functioning as part of the FNet Network by August.

The FNet global network utilizes traditional land lines, Internet telephony and satellite technology to provide global communications. FNet plans to have 250 US POPs installed within the next two years, and 250 international POPs by 2001.

Franklin Telecom


Global Transmedia to Use Innomedia Products For IP Telephony Service
Global Transmedia has announced that, in coordination with Innomedia, it has completed the installation of the first phase of its Internet telephony network. The network currently has Innomedia gateways installed and operating in Canada, Florida, California and Singapore. Global Transmedia will use the gateways to offer CheapTalk, its Internet telephony service. Global Transmedia will provide users of the service with Innomedia's InfoTalk or InfoGate VoIP gateway products as well as the Internet access needed to use the service.

InfoTalk will enable single-line telephone subs to use the service. Multi-line telephone subs will be supplied with the InfoGate product. Users will be able to call or fax all locations using the VoIP products and service, as well as place calls outside of the system, via a centralized switch.

Global Transmedia is targeting multi-national corporations, import/export firms and any large to mid-sized company with facilities in the US and abroad with the service.

Cheap Talk


NTL to Offer Internet Telephony
NTL has announced that it has completed a VoIP trial in the UK. The company's carrier services division expects to offer both national and international Internet telephony services on a commercial basis this month. All VoIP traffic will be routed through the company's gateway in London.

NTL will monitor QoS on a 24×7 basis; should the Internet become too congested for a reasonable QoS, NTL will begin routing calls via the PSTN.

NTL owns and operates a network in the UK, offering national and international carrier telecommunications services, and satellite and radio communications services. Through its local telecoms division, it offers residential telephony, residential CATV and Internet services in six UK markets.


Network World Fusion Releases VoIP Gateway Buyers Guide
Network World Fusion has just released a buyers guide, evaluating the similarities and differences between 26 IP telephony gateways. The guide showcases several charts comparing the gateways by price, specs and capabilities. It also offers editorials regarding what a company should consider before purchasing a gateway, such as the ease of installation and maintenance of a gateway, its lifecycle, whether it will be used to transmit data and voice simultaneously, and if the addition of a VoIP PBX will add enough voice lines to be economical. For more information on the guide, or to see the online version, visit the Network World Fusion web site.

Network World Fusion


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