1. In-Stat Releases End User Study of U.S. Enterprise VoIP Market
In-Stat has released Business VoIP – An End User’s Perspective, a study of the demand for enterprise VoIP based on a survey of 432 U.S. firms. The report explores how and why companies are deploying the technology. The document also includes five-year forecasts for IP Centex services, IP PBX installs, international wholesale VoIP services and the number of U.S. firms that will implement an IP telephony solution.
The firm finds the enterprise VoIP market will grow from 260,000 U.S. businesses using some sort of IP telephony to 2.2 million or 19% of all firms by 2007. The project includes businesses that have deployed an IP telephony solution to their end users, and excludes unintentional use of VoIP on international call routes.
In-Stat finds the international wholesale VoIP market will grow from over 19 billion minutes in 2002 to over 277 billion minutes by 2007.
IP PBX is identified as the most common form of IP telephony deployed by U.S. businesses. By the end of 2003, In-Stat projects that more than half of LAN telephony shipments will be IP-enabled.
The report goes for $2,995.
3. NEC to Use Motorola Technology to Build WLAN Solution
NEC America will use a few of Motorola’s components as part of a WiFi and SIP-based converged WLAN, VoIP, and cellular solution. The technology will provide mobile access to business applications such as email, calendars, corporate directories, and enterprise SMS coverage.
NEC will use Motorola’s dual system WiFi/cellular phone and mobility manager that controls the hand off between local and cellular networks and dispatch functions. The components will work in conjunction with NEC’s WLAN infrastructure and NEAX family of enterprise communications platforms.
General availability of the solution is targeted for the second half of 2004.
5. CoreTel Deploys Telica’s Softswitch
CoreTel, an Annapolis based CLEC, has deployed Telica’s 9000 softswitch solution to expand its offerings to include wholesale VoIP services in the Mid-Atlantic.
Plexus 9000 is a switch that includes a media gateway, a media gateway controller, and a signaling gateway. The solution provides Class 4/5 switching for wireline and wireless networks.
7. Elephant Talk to Access GD Belton’s Network in China
Elephant Talk has signed a deal with Guangdong Belton Telecommunications Technology Development (Belton) that calls for the provider to have a 15-year right of access and purchase rights for controlling ownership in Belton’s fiber optic network, which stretches 9,000 km throughout the People’s Republic of China. Elephant Talk will use the network to deliver various IP based services such as VoIP.
9. Toshiba Introduces Small Digital Business Telephone System
Toshiba has introduced Strata CTX100-S, a small digital business telephone system that supports up to 16 ports in a mix and match configuration of CO lines, IP, digital, and analog stations. The system is compatible with the company’s full line of 3000 series and 2000 series of digital phones, as well as its IPT1020-SD IP telephone.
The CTX100-S can be purchased with Strategy IVP8, Toshiba’s voice processing solution that includes voicemail, auto- attendant, and other call management capabilities such as recording a call directly to a user’s personal mailbox.
The new telephone system features centralized attendant, which enables calls to all system nodes to be answered by a single attendant or attendant group. The system can be expanded to support up to 112 ports.
CTX100-S packages range from $210 to $460 per station.