IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Aug, 13 2004

VoIP Inc Launches Primary Line Residential VoIP in 9 States
VoIP Inc has launched eGlobalphone, a primary line residential VoIP service in 9 U.S. states including Texas, Ohio, Washington, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Michigan, Minnesota and Missouri. The service, offered to broadband Internet subscribers, supports a suite of calling features including call waiting, 3-way calling, call forwarding, call logs, do not disturb, 10-party conferencing calling, locate me (up to 5 phones), directory services, speed dialing, caller ID, caller ID blocking, and voicemail to email. Subscribers can choose from any area code within VoIP’s service coverage area.

The service is offered via 2 plans including a Home plan that provides unlimited North America calling for $29.95 per month and a Business plan that offers the same features and calling privileges for $49.95 per month. There is a $29.95 activation fee applicable for each plan. There is no fee for the terminal adapter.

VoIP Inc plans to expand its service to cover 100 major U.S. markets by the end of the year.

VoIP Inc.

3. 8X8 Adds Set of Calling Features to VoIP Service
8×8 has added a set of new calling features to Packet8, its primary line residential VoIP service. The new features, free via download to existing subscribers, include *69, call waiting disable, do not disturb, and anonymous call blocking. Also, Packet8 now supports local number portability.

In other news, 8×8 has announced that Premiere Wireless Solutions, a Nextel reseller with retail operations in Atlanta and the Gulf Coast region, will resell the company’s Packet8 service and videophone.


Premiere Wireless Solutions

5. Global Crossing Interconnects with Telefonos de Mexico
Global Crossing has entered an agreement to exchange voice traffic with Telefonos de Mexico, Mexico’s largest telecom company. Traffic will interconnect in Los Angeles, where the two companies have PoPs. Global Crossing already has interconnection agreements with multiple affiliates of Telefonos and has provided Telefonos with data services since 2001.

Global Crossing’s core network connects more than 300 cities and 30 countries worldwide and delivers services to more than 500 major cities, 50 countries, and 6 continents.

Global Crossing

Telefonos de Mexico

7. Avaya Enhances Enterprise IP Solution
Avaya has released version 2.1 of IP Office, an IP based converged voice and data system that supports up to 360 users per location. New features include a voicemail upgrade that provides interoperability with a greater number of voicemail systems; three Wizard programs, which ease installation and management as well as enable users to move, add, or change extensions without rebooting the system; and a conferencing system that allows users to book, schedule, and confirm conferences by email and post documents and presentations on the Internet for participants to share.

Users of the latest IP Office release include Heartland Credit Union; Oxford, Swindon & Gloucester Co-operative Society; Motorcycle-USA.com; and Capco.

Avaya has said that its converged voice and data system for large enterprises will be deployed by Toshiba in Tokyo to connect 12,000 employees. Toshiba will use Avaya’s Communications Manager, media servers, and converged communications servers. The deployment will be one of the largest SIP implementations in the world.

In other company news, Avaya has announced that it has teamed with Motorola and Proxim to develop an enterprise mobile solution that will allow users to seamlessly communicate over a VoWLAN network and a public cellular network using the same phone. The technology will enable a call to be initiated or connected within an IP driven WLAN network, and if the user moves out of the wireless coverage area, the call will seamlessly, in mid-call, continue by connecting to the public cellular network. In addition, the phone will be capable of listening to emails, accessing corporate directories and overseeing multi-party teleconferences.

The new mobile solution employs Motorola’s CN620 dual-network office device (phone), Wireless Services Manager and Network Services Manager along with Avaya’s W310 WLAN gateway, W110 WLAN access Points and Communications Manager software. Proxim’s WLAN infrastructure technology has been incorporated with Avaya’s technology to develop the WLAN gateway, empowering the gateway with multiple capabilities including higher density support, fast roaming, QoS, load balancing and bandwidth management, and traffic management. The system is currently in trials and is expected to be commercially available later this year.

Avaya has also recently announced that it will acquire Spectel, a Dublin-based supplier of audio conferencing solutions. Avaya plans to integrate the technology into its IP communications applications suite. Spectel has 210 employees in Dublin and Andover and 500 customers. Avaya will pay approximately $103 million in cash for the company.






9. In-Stat Releases Study on IP PBX/Centrex Market
In-Stat/MDR has released Hosting VoIP for Dollars: US IP Centrex/Hosted PBX Services, a study that examines the U.S. marketplace for these services, provides service provider market shares, and forecasts through 2008.

The firm finds the IP PBX/Centrex market will grow 100% year over year through 2008, strongly driven by Tier 1 providers entering the market. The report reveals that service providers had established 40,200 IP PBX/Centrex seats in the U.S. at the end of 2003, and that Covad (GoBeam) led the marketplace with a 32% share.

In-Stat/MDR determined the U.S. average monthly fee for IP PBX/Centrex services is $65 ($20 for Internet access and $45 for voice), with an average installation fee of $175 per seat. The firm expects the fees to remain consistent over the next five years.

The report goes for $3,295.


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