AT&T Places $1.4 Billion Stake in Net2Phone
AT&T reported that it has completed a $1.4 billion investment in Net2Phone. According to the terms of the deal, AT&T purchased four million newly issued Class A shares from Net2Phone at $75 per share, and an additional 14.9 million Net2Phone Class A shares from IDT Corporation, Net2Phone’s parent company, at $75 per share. The purchase provides AT&T with a 39 percent voting stake, and 32 percent economic stake in the IP telephony provider.
The firms intend to develop an array of IP telephony products and services.
MegaWorld to Deploy Mockingbird’s VoIP Technologies
MegaWorld reported that it is planning to deploy Mockingbird Networks’ IP telephony equipment to build a network that will enable it to offer an array of Internet based communications services including Internet access, both traditional and VoIP, fax, messaging, international private line, web hosting, on-line data storage and eCommerce.
MegaWorld initially intends to offer services in emerging markets throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America, with additional plans to develop services in select markets in Africa and Eastern Europe.
Mockingbird recently introduced its compact PCI, Unix-based IP telephony switch, NuvoStream. The solution offers support for SS7/C7 implementations, H.323, ISDN, R1/R2, and CAS signaling for interoperability with legacy phone systems. It ships with the vendor’s OSS customer care and billing software, Impresaria, which supports billing, phone cards and global network interconnections. The unit is based on the vendor’s SS7 softswitch technology and AudioCodes’ TrunkPack-400 VoIP boards to support from 96 to 1,680 ports per chassis, or 10,000 ports per cluster. In addition, the vendor can provide network management, in-country regulatory and licensing consulting services, as well as access to IP carrier connections via global network agreements.
Atlantic-ACM to Release VoIP Market Report
Atlantic-ACM said that it is about to release an IP telephony market report entitled, IP Telephony: Overview and Trends 2000-2004. The study identifies both main obstacles to and key drivers of market growth, and offers company profiles and analysis of the technology’s impact on the future of the global telecommunications market. It also provides revenue projections that estimate the industry reaching nearly $20 billion by 2005.
The report is expected to be available next month. It will be priced at US$950. For more information, or a copy of the report’s table of contents, contact Mary Page at 1.617.720.3700 (phone) or 1.617.720.1077 (fax).
Paltalk Integrates Access to deltathree’s Network
Paltalk has reported that it is planning to integrate access to deltathree.com’s Internet telephony network into its Internet communications client, Paltalk, to enable the 1.1 million users to place VoIP calls from PC to phone. The company recently introduced a new version of the client, which is designed for PC to PC connectivity. It features capabilities including group conferencing (up to 100 simultaneous users), private voice chats (one on one), video support, voice mail, text chat and file transfer. The product is under 400 KB in size, and requires that users have a Windows 95/98/NT4/2000 Pentium 120 MHz based system, with 16MB RAM at least a 28.8 kbps Internet connection, a PC cam (for video) and a full duplex sound card.
deltathree’s communications services include VoIP connectivity between phones, PCs and web sites or any combination thereof, as well as eCommerce, unified messaging, global roaming and calling cards. It routes calls over its private, managed Internet telephony network, which uses the PSTN to both terminate and originate call traffic and has 71 POPs throughout 36 countries. The network combined with its affiliate provider’s networks, enable the company’s subscribers to place Internet telephony calls to over 160 countries.
In other news, deltathree announced that it has released a new version of its VoIP client for PC to phone and PC to PC communications. The client, which has been reduced in file size from 2.6 MB to 1.4 MB, now includes both French and Spanish language compliant versions. In addition, it has been enhanced to include additional technologies for Internet fax, email and voice mail capabilities.
The software is expected to be available this week.
Multi-Tech Develops Interoperability With Cisco Products
Multi-Tech Systems announced that it has developed interoperability between its branch office VoIP gateways, MultiVOIP, and Cisco’s line of VoIP technologies including the AS5300, and series 3600/2600 routers.
The MultiVOIP units ship in two, four and eight channel configurations, with interfaces for a corporation’s existing infrastructure. The products can be connected to a corporate Ethernet LAN and interoperate with existing telephone equipment and/or PBXs via FXS, FXO and E&M interfaces. The H.323 compliant (G.729 & G.723) solutions utilize DiffServ technologies to provide QoS functionality. In addition, the products can also be utilized for Internet fax capabilities via V.17/Group 3 technologies.
Nortel to Integrate Blue Wave’s Technology Into Testing System
Nortel Networks said that it is planning to integrate Blue Wave Systems’ ComStruct communications solutions into the VoIP test system, Hurricane, that it is developing. Nortel intends to use the ComStruct CPCI/C5421 and PMC/C5421 platforms to further develop the Hurricane solution.
The CPCI/C5421 board incorporates 20 programmable TMS320C5421 DSPs with four PowerQUICC microprocessors and is optimized to run Texas Instruments’ Telogy V/FoIP software. The solution offers more than 120 channels of voice and fax relay, or 120 channels of voice, fax and modem communications. The PMC/C5421 platform is a voice and data processing PCI mezzanine card (PMC) module that features up to 16 TMS320C5421 DSPs, and enables users to integrate packet switching and/or enhanced DSP processing capabilities into any PMC compatible system.
The testing solution is scheduled to be commercially available early next year, with plans to offer a similar but larger port capacity (100,000 ports) by next summer.
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Accord & PictureTel Team for Multipoint Videoconferencing Solution
Accord Networks reported that it is teaming with PictureTel Corporation to develop interoperability between its multipoint visual communications networking solution, MGC, and PictureTel’s 900 series of videoconferencing solutions. The integrated offering is expected to enable multiple series 900 product users to simultaneously communicate in real time via video, voice and data over network infrastructure such as IP, ATM and ISDN.
The firms expect to introduce the multipoint video solution by the end of the year.
Broadcom to Acquire Silicon Spice
Broadcom reported that it is planning to acquire Silicon Spice. According to the terms of the all stock acquisition, Broadcom will trade approximately 5 million newly issued Class A shares (approximately value of $1.2 billion) for all of Silicon Spice’s outstanding preferred and common shares. Both company’s BODs have approved the deal, but await approval from Silicon’s shareholders and customary regulatory approval. The deal is expected to close within 60 days. Broadcom intends to integrate Silicon’s semiconductor technologies for developing packet based voice, fax and data solutions into its own to develop and offer packet based IP and ATM platforms that can support any type of service on any port.
Metaphonics & TouchnSurf to Market Wherever.net’s VoIP Services
Wherever.net reported that both Metaphonics Technology, a provider of IP based phones and PBXs, and TouchNSurf.com, a provider of IP telephony and enhanced communications services, are planning to market its VoIP services.
Wherever’s private managed network currently consists of 83 POPs in 24 markets throughout China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the U.S. It offers services including calling card, clearing house and VPNs to corporations. It has also recently been granted a license to provide IP telephony services by the Singaporean Government, which will enable it to carry out plans to launch a global VoIP service, and expand its network to include an addition 250 POPs throughout Asia and other select international markets. In addition, it has recently teamed with Dialogic and Pivotal to further develop its VoIP network and capabilities. Dialogic will supply hardware to expand and support the infrastructure, and Pivotal will develop enhanced VoIP offerings.
Wherever.net Teams With Dialogic & Pivotal to Develop Services
WHEREVER.net said that it is teaming with Dialogic and Pivotal to further develop its VoIP network and capabilities. According to the terms of the deal, Dialogic will supply hardware to expand and support the infrastructure, and Pivotal will develop enhanced VoIP offerings. The firms intend to develop the network to support converged communications capabilities.
AT&T Places $1.4 Billion Stake in Net2Phone