IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Aug, 03 2000

Crys-Tel & Pedro Forne & CIA Form VoIP Entity in Uruguay
Crys-Tel Telecommunications.com announced that it has entered into an agreement with Pedro Forne & CIA (PFCIA) of Montevideo, Uruguay, in which the entities plan to form a Uruguayan based firm, Crys-Tel Uruguay, that will focus on offering VoIP services. According to the terms of the deal, PFCIA will provide the entity with telecom licensing, and Crys-Tel will provide with international connectivity. In addition, Crys-Tel will own 51 percent of the new entity, with PFCIA owning the remainder. The new entity intends to deploy an array of VoIP gateways, fax ports and other telephony equipment to support local offerings, and act as a NOC for services that are expected to be offered in other South American markets.

Crys-Tel has also been in the process of negotiating deals with exchange carriers in Europe (primarily Spain) to transport traffic to the Uruguayan market, and has already landed several contracts for approximately 2 million minutes of traffic per month. In addition, the provider has established similar partnerships with other providers (both private and government owned) in Albania (Crys-Tel Albania) and Italy (Crys-Tel Italia), and is currently negotiating contracts with providers in select markets throughout France, Monaco, Spain, United Kingdom, Mexico, Argentina and Chile.

Earlier this year, Crys-Tel also reported that it was planning to purchase USATalks.com’s U.S. domestic VoIP network. According to the terms of this deal, Crys-Tel was to pay an undisclosed amount of cash for USATalks’ network, which has VoIP operations in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Washington DC.

Crys-Tel Telecommunications.com


Jitong & ITXC to Interconnect Networks
Jitong Network Communications has announced that it is planning to interconnect its China based IP network with ITXC’s Internet telephony network to both originate and terminate voice and fax traffic on a global basis.

ITXC’s global Internet telephony network has 258 POPs in 151 cities and 60 countries. The network enables other providers to route VoIP traffic to any telephone in the world via the infrastructure, ITXC’s affiliate provider’s networks, the public Internet or the PSTN. In addition, the company implements its own patent pending BestValue Routing technology to control the quality of calls.

Jitong’s IP network spans 45 cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Dalian, Qingdao, Shenyang, Chongqing and Changchun. It can route telecommunications services to each of China’s provinces. The provider has also recently entered into similar IP telephony traffic exchange agreements with Dial-Thru International, GRIC and iBasis.





Dial-Thru International

Intel Teams with RadiSys For Development Platform
RadiSys reported that it has signed an agreement with Intel, in which the firms plan to develop products and technologies based on Intel’s Internet Exchange architecture, a framework that facilitates the design of networking and telecommunications technologies using re-programmable silicon. According to the terms of the deal, RadiSys will develop and market semiconductor companion chips for Intel’s IXP 1200 Network Processor, which will enable the solution to support various communications protocol technologies such as VoIP. RadiSys will also develop and market board level solutions that incorporate the IPX 1200. The companies have already developed a CompactPCI VoIP gateway implementation of the technology based on G.711 and TDM technologies.



Shomiti Lands Distribution Deals in Latin America & Asia Pacific
Shomiti Systems reported that it has reached agreements with Mexico based Intelco Soluciones de Monitoreo S.A. de C.V. and Tokyo based QualityNet, in which both firms will distribute its suite of Gigabit Ethernet analysis tools in their respective markets. Shomiti’s Windows based 10/100/1000 Ethernet analysis technology can be used to evaluate voice traffic routed over Ethernet IP networks. It captures and decodes the complete line of H.323 (with full ASN.1 detail), SIP, MGCP and SGCP protocols and provides detail and accuracy analysis for measuring and metering voice, video and data streams.


Shomiti Systems

Competitive Knowledge to Deploy Net Talk’s VoIP Technology
Competitive Knowledge reported that it is planning to deploy Net Talk’s VoIP technology to enable its web site visitors communicate with each other.

The VoIP technology is based on Net Talk’s own patent pending technology and a Java Applet (less than 50k) that enables users to participate in real time voice and text chat sessions, using animated characters in a 3-D environment. The client features capabilities including multipoint voice conferencing, interoperability over firewalls, private text messaging, file transfer, whiteboarding, application sharing and communications recording/storing. It also offers a moderator technology that enables one participant to control all of the participants in a group conference setting, and the proceedings of a conference session.

The vendor has also recently developed a Linux version of the technology, which is expected to provide connectivity between Linux and Windows based systems.

Competitive Knowledge

Net Talk

FreeWebTel Launches VoIP in U.S. & Canada
FreeWebTel said that it has just completed the beta testing of its system and launched a no charge VoIP service that provides PC to PC, phone to PC and PC to phone connectivity for calls placed throughout the U.S. and Canada. The service is based on the provider’s VoIP client, which features a redesigned implementation of G.729. The product offers caller ID, voicemail and real time text chat capabilities, and an address book (phone number) storage application. The company will also store user’s voice mail messages, which can be accessed via a toll free number. Users of the software will need at least a Pentium 200 running Windows 95, 98, 2000 or NT, 64 MB RAM, a full duplex sound card, a 28.8 Internet connection and a mike and speakers.

FreeWebTel intends to subsidize the free offering via advertisement revenues.


American TeleSource to Receive $15 Million Placement
American TeleSource International said that it has signed an agreement to receive $15 million in private equity funding from Marshall Capital Management, BayStar Capital and Heights Capital Management. The firm plans to use the funding to upgrade its existing operations to support Internet based traffic and to expand its networks throughout Mexico. The firm is currently in the process of developing an OC-192 fiber network throughout 115 select Mexican markets that will interconnect with a satellite network and a U.S. network and support Internet telephony, and various other Internet based communications services such as video and data.

In a separate announcement, American TeleSource International reported that the Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes (Mexico’s Secretary of Communications) has granted it final regulatory authorization to acquire an undisclosed Mexican entity, take over its operations, and begin offering long distance services under its own brand, ATSI Comunicaciones, SA de CV.

In other news, American TeleSource has opening a communications center in San Antonio. The center is the fourth that American TeleSource will operate in Texas, with the other three located in Laredo, Mission and Brownsville.

American TeleSource International

ClearWorks to Acquire LDConnect
CearWorks.net announced that its subsidiary ClearWorks Communications has signed a LOI to acquire VoIP provider LDConnect.com. Financial terms were not disclosed. ClearWorks, which currently resells last mile capacity and solutions, plans to leverage LDConnect’s established presence in the IP telephony provider market to begin offering its own services.



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