IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Aug, 16 2005

1. Eicon Unveils Software Enabling VoIP from MS Communicator 2005
Eicon Networks has introduced SIP-based gateway software to enable VoIP calls to traverse between Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 and legacy PBX systems by using Diva Server telephony adapters and Microsoft Office real-time collaboration applications. The software adds IP-to-PSTN gateway functionality to any Diva Server telephony adapter (PCI-board) enabling support for PC-to-PC, PC-to-phone, and phone-to-PC voice calls.

Diva Server telephony adapters offer a choice of analog, ISDN BRI and PRI as well as T1/ E1 interfaces and scalability of 2 to 240 channels per server. Up to eight Diva Server telephone adapters can be installed in a single server allowing a mix of any combination of different board types. On digital ISDN BRI and PRI interfaces all international and most national ISDN variants are supported including a complete set of supplementary services. In addition Q-SIG protocols of all major PBX vendors are available to ensure interoperability with legacy PBX systems.

Product availability is scheduled for Q4 of this year.

Eicon Networks

3. Radvision Releases V2.5 of SIP Server Platform
Radvision has released version 2.5 of its SIP server platform, a toolkit for developing a plethora of networking gear such as proxy servers, presence servers, general event servers, B2BUAs, registrars, redirect servers, softswitches, call session control functions, IP PBXs, and application servers. The platform consists of building blocks such as subscribe/notify mechanism and presence message format, Winfo, Publish, and XML encoding and decoding.

New features in the latest version include a LDAP client, Publish handling, RFC 4028 support (for 3G networks), URI support, high availability API, and enhancements to authentication, XML parser, APIs, and the B2BUA client side.

The new release is currently available worldwide.


5. Empirix Releases New Software for VoIP Testing Solution
Empirix has released version 5.0 of CallMaster, the software that creates tests and monitoring scripts for the company’s Hammer VoIP testing solution. The new release includes remote management, support for Windows 2003, and support for monitoring based on time of day and day of week.

CallMaster pricing begins at $25,000 per seat plus $25,000 per server.


7. MCI Rushing to Roll Out Wholesale VoIP Services
MCI has accelerated its wholesale VoIP service offerings initially slated to become available later this year. The provider has launched both carrier IP termination, now available throughout the U.S., and SIP gateway service, now available to just over half of the U.S. population. Services include MCI’s local service functionalities such as local number portability, e911, directory listings, and access to the line identification database.

As part of its new roll-out, the provider has created a new team to handle the VoIP services including dedicated senior management, sales staff, engineers, and systems integrators.


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