IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Aug, 11 2000

Access Power Launches NetMeeting Based Service
Access Power announced that it has launched and unlimited, no charge PC to phone VoIP service, FreeWebCall.com. The service is based on the NetMeeting client, and will enable users to place calls from any PC in the world to traditional phones in Canada, the UK or the U.S. It also utilizes Cisco’s AccessPath-VS3 IP telephony gateway units to route calls to the destination telephones via Sprint’s networks.

Access Power also offers flat rate phone to phone service in the U.S., and an international PC to phone service (Net.Caller) based on its own client. The phone to phone VoIP service that allows users to place an unlimited amount of calls within the U.S. for $49 per month. The Net.Caller service enables users to download a client application to place an unlimited amount of calls from any PC in the world to traditional phones in select markets. It offers two calling plans for the PC to phone service: a European plan that allows users to place an unlimited amount of calls for $20 per month from any PC to any phone in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the U.S. (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada and Puerto Rico; and a U.S. plan that allows users to placed an unlimited amount of calls from any PC in the world to any phone in the U.S., Puerto Rico or Canada for $10.


Access Power




CTC Deploys Telcordia’s Softswitch Technologies
CTC Communications Group, a next gen communications provider, reported that it has deployed Telcordia Technologies’ VoIP softswitch technologies in its packet based Integrated Communications Network. The company installed the call agent software to route calls in and between 11 of its branch sales offices, which are located in three different U.S. markets. The provider is planning to launch a commercial converged voice and data offering based on the technologies early next year.

CTC offers long distance voice, data, Internet and video services via its private Cisco equipment based network. It has 36 operations in select Eastern U.S. markets.

Telcordia Technologies

CTC Communications Group

e-talk Introduces WebCommerce VoIP Solution
e-talk has announced the introduction of its web based VoIP enabled eCommerce product, e-talk Communication System. The full duplex solution enables web site visitors to initiate real time communications with web site representatives by clicking a push to talk icon. It features connectivity from PC to PC or PC to PSTN, and capabilities such as text chat, document sharing, ACD support, and automated answering. In addition, once the connection is established, a customer rep can push pages to the visitor via a drag and drop technology, and record and/or monitor web transactions.

e-talk Corporation

Network Telephone Launches VoDSL Service Based on Lucent’s Gear
Network Telephone announced that it has launched a commercial VoDSL service based on Lucent’s next generation, converged voice and data switch, the PathStar access server. The PathStar unit combines a digital loop carrier, a Class 5 telephony system, a VoIP gateway, a remote access server, a DSL access multiplexor and an edge router into a single system. The H.323 v2 compliant system can support from 512 to over 7,000 lines per system. It can also features capabilities such as caller ID, call waiting, three way calling, voice messaging and E911, while simultaneously providing IP services such as Internet access, DSL and VPN.

Network Telephone


Verizon Trials VoDSL With Lucent & CopperCom
Verizon Communications, a GTE/Bell Atlantic telecommunications company, reported that it is conducting a VoDSL trial. The trial is based on a combination of Lucent’s DSL multiplexers (Sting DSLAMs) and CopperCom’s VoDSL IADs and gateways. It enables Verizon’s employees to place and receive calls in the Dallas metro market. The service is expected to provide high speed DSL based Internet access and up to 16 separate telephone lines over a single copper pair.

The provider intends to launch a market trial of the service, with a limited number of its corporate accounts in Texas, later this summer, with plans to launch the offering on a commercial basis later this year.

Verizon Communications



BentleyTel Teams With Ericsson for Australian Network & Trial
Global TeleMedia International said that its subsidiary, BentleyTel.com, has teamed with Ericsson to conduct a 2 week beta test of a phone to phone and PC to phone Internet telephony network that it is planning to deploy throughout Australia to support a wholesale service. The provider utilizes ISDN and 56K modem technologies to route calls to its Ericsson VoIP equipment (the Tigris Multi-Service Access and Virtual Port Service Manager technologies), where the traffic then routed over the company’s private fiber based Frame Relay based network in VoIP format to its destination. The provider currently has network operations deployed in Brisbane, Darwin, Melbourne and Sydney, with expansion plans underway.

The company expects that the network will be operational throughout the nation by September, with trial services slated to continue through that month.



Global TeleMedia International

Konica Introduces Fax Solution with Fax to Email Capability
Konica Business Technologies has announced the introduction of the Fax 9930, its multifunction device for PC fax, print, scan and Internet fax. The product offers 10 page-per-minute copy and print speeds, 1.5 second quick scan, a 12.5 Mb 1000 page memory store, and 72 hour memory backup. The unit features JBIG compression, Super G3/G4 and T.37 technologies, and it provides fax to email capabilities. It also ships with a traditional keyboard, and the vendor’s JetSuite Pro Connectivity software to provide a management and configuration tools.

The product is currently available. It is priced at $3,295.

Konica Business Technologies

Telxon to Distribute SpectraLink’s VoIP over Wireless Technology
Telxon reported that it has entered into an OEM relationship with SpectraLink, in which it intends to distribute SpectraLink’s VoIP over wireless technologies. According to the terms of the deal, Telxon will private label and market SpectraLink’s voice over wireless LAN offering, NetLink Wireless Telephone System, throughout North America and Europe.



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