IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Aug, 06 2001

China Unicom to Deploy Cisco’s Gear to Expand Network
China United Telecommunications Corporation (China Unicom) has reported that it is planning to deploy Cisco’s equipment to expand its VoIP network in the People’s Republic of China to more than 321 cities, throughout 30 provinces. The project has an estimated value of approximately USD $40 Million. The carrier’s existing network, which is based on Cisco’s equipment and the H.323 technologies, is experiencing dramatic growth in traffic, and the expansion will include backbone core routers and aggregation routers (including the Cisco 12000 series), VoIP gateways (AS5800s and AS5300s), H.323 gatekeepers (7200), as well as Cisco’s Catalyst series switches for cross-connections. In addition, Cisco and several of its Service Provider Solutions Ecosystem partners will provide pre- and post-paid voice applications for the packet-based network. The expansion will also be designed to enable Unicom to support a variety of voice services for calling cards, one stage and two-stage dialing, and enterprise VPNs.

China Unicom


IMTC to Host SuperOp! In Hawaii
The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) has reported that it will be hosting the SuperOp! 2001 conference in Hawaii from September 11 to 14, 2001. The event will enable participants to test the interoperability of current and future offerings across a mixture of Internet, intranet, LAN/WAN, digital (ISDN), and analog (POTS) telephone networks. The testing will include interoperability and interworking between IP networks and switched-circuit networks based on protocols such as H.323, SIP, iNOW! Profile, T.120, H.320, H.324 M, H.248/Megaco, H.450, QoS performance testing, 3G-324M, packet-switched streaming and 3DPP. In addition, the event will also feature interoperability testing for Packed Switch Streaming technologies. The last day of the event will focus on building the SuperConnection! of more than 100 components (endpoints, gateways, proxies, gatekeepers, and MCUs) joined in a single conference via a variety of protocols including SIP, H.323, H.320, and H.248/Megaco. The organization has also invited members of various conferencing industry organizations such as ETSI, SIP Forum, TIA, TTC, ISC, and 3GPP SA4.

Participating firms will pay a fee of US $850.00 per booth and US $750.00 per person.

SuperOp! 2001

The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium

Brooktrout to Integrate Telchemy’s QoS/Management Technology
Brooktrout Technology reported that is integrating Telchemy’s Vqmon/EP line of VoIP call quality monitoring technologies into its TRxStream Series voice over packet gateway platform. The integrated solution will enable Brooktrout’s OEM system vendors and product users to develop adn offer VoIP with monitoring and management capabilities. The VQmon solution is a line of lightweight embedded voice quality monitor that can monitor all calls made over VoIP networks in real-time. It is written in C, and can be integrated into a variety of VoIP systems including VoIP gateways and platforms, communications servers, IP phones, testers, analyzers, probes and other VoIP-related equipment.



Mediatrix Teams With Broadcom to Enhance VoIP Products
Mediatrix Telecom announced that it is teaming with Broadcom Corporation to further develop the fourth generation of its IP telephony products and applications. According to the terms of the deal, Mediatrix is initially integrating Broadcom’s silicon and software solutions into its IP Telephone Access devices and gateways. The first gateway product, the APA IV-2, utilizes Broadcom’s BCM1100 VoIP 10/100BASE-T CPE Engine, and has already been released for beta testing. Broadcom has also embedded Mediatrix’s SIP stack solution in the new VoIP CPE Engines.

Mediatrix Telecom

Broadcom Corporation

Shift Networks to Deploy CopperCom’s VoDSL/Data Solutions
Calgary-based Shift Networks has reported that it is planning to deploy CopperCom’s Gateway and MXR IADs to provide VoDSL and data services to its MTU customers. The provider intends to deploy CopperCom’s technologies in configuration that can support integrated high-speed data and up to 16 voice lines per loop.

The company plans to begin rolling out the services in the Calgary market this fall, with further plans to eventually expand the services into other major metropolitan markets throughout Canada.

Shift Networks


Optibase Ships Evaluation Units of MPEG-4 Streaming Technology
Optibase said that it has begun shipping its MGW 4000 Media Gateway to various undisclosed vendors and providers for technical evaluations running MPEG-4 technology. The product utilizes the firm’s own DSP based MPEG-4 algorithms. It ships with a hardware implementation of real-time MPEG-4 (WMT) video and audio encoding as well as real-time upload to Microsoft’s Windows Media Server, with built in multi channel support for real-time encoding and transmission of multiple live MPEG-4 streams at bit rates from 250Kbps to 1.5Mbps. It also features swappable encoding modules, and the product can stream communications using four modules, with plans to further develop the system to utilize up to six modules to stream.


XA Alliance to Deploy VocalTec’s Equipment in Asia
XA Alliance said that it is teaming with VocalTec to establish a VoIP telecommunication service network. According to the terms of the agreement, XA Alliance will purchase VocalTec’s hardware and software for deployment in its managed IP network with operations throughout Asia. The firm initially intends to deploy the gear to enhance its PoPs in various market throughout Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan, with additional plans to expand the network to a total of 14 Asian countries by the end of next year.

XA Alliance


HearMe to Shut Down Operations
HearMe has reported that it is in the process of closing down its business operations and pursing the sale of its assets, with the goal of returning any remaining capital to stockholders. Over the last few months, the company has been in the process of exploring various strategic alternatives, including the sale of the company, and substantially reducing its operating costs to maximize business operations and preserve cash.


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