IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Aug, 03 2005

1. Telco Systems to Acquire Integral Access
Telco Systems, a supplier of networking equipment for various infrastructure, will acquire Integral Access. Telco will use the acquisition to gain a solution for migrating traditional networks to IP.

Integral Access’ PurePacket system is a converged voice and data system designed for in-building, small campus, and colo/ CO based deployment and service delivery. The system has multiple interfaces for connecting to Ethernet and TDM networks.

Telco’s products address solutions for Metro Ethernet Access Rings, residential and enterprise VoIP, FTTx, and Wi Fi backhaul.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Telco Systems

Integral Access

3. Comcast to Use Sprint & Level3 to Carry IP Traffic
Sprint and Level 3 will carry VoIP traffic for Comcast in unnamed, select markets.



Level 3

5. VocalTec Fires Most of its Staff
VocalTec has fired most of its staff, leaving the company with 35 employees. According to a June 30 regulatory filing, the company listed 93 employees. Upon the news, company stock fell 10%.

VocalTec has recently secured a $1 million loan from Deutsche Telekom, its largest shareholder, to keep operational as it continues to search for an acquisition. If a buyer doesn’t emerge, the CEO has said that he will consider auctioning the company.


7. FCC Establishes Task Force to Enforce New e911 Requirements
The FCC has created a task force from FCC staff and public utility commission staff to enforce new regulations that require VoIP service providers to offer e911 service to subscribers. The new crew will also educate consumers and service providers of the the requirements, established by the FCC in May.


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