IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Aug, 17 1999

New Internet Fax Organization Formed to Promote Use & Standards
The Internet Fax and Business Communications Association (IFBCA) has just been established to promote and standardize the use of Internet technologies to transmit documents. The group intends to aid potential users in understanding how the technology works and how to efficiently deploy it over infrastructures.

Internet Fax and Business Communications Association
http://www.ifaxbus.org

Membership Application

New Internet Fax Organization Formed to Promote Use & Standards
The Internet Fax and Business Communications Association (IFBCA) has just been established to promote and standardize the use of Internet technologies to transmit documents. The group intends to aid potential users in understanding how the technology works and how to efficiently deploy it over infrastructures.

Internet Fax and Business Communications Association
http://www.ifaxbus.org

Membership Application
http://www.ifaxbus.org/ifbca-member-form.html

TEK DigiTel Adds Offline Call Notification Ability to Gateway
TEK DigiTel said that it has integrated a technology into its iGate SOHO VoIP gateway that allows a user to accept a call while not connected to the Internet. The technology uses the PSTN's traditional signaling system to ring the off line gateway, thus notifying the user of the incoming call, and activate the gateway, enabling it to automatically dial the user's ISP and log onto the Internet.

The iGATE is a SOHO VoIP platform that can consolidate multiple solutions and/or devices for voice, data and Internet communications. It features a WAN router with an Ethernet port, a serial port, an ISDN BRI, and two V/FoIP ports. It support H.323 protocols, for interoperability with other vendor's VoIP equipment, and the T.38 specification for real time fax transmissions.

TEK DigiTel leverages the iGate product to offer a web based VoIP service, VoiceServer.net, that enables users of the unit to locate the IP address of other users. Service users that wish to participate in the offline call notification part of the service must configure the gateway to register the phone number of their dial up connection.

TEK DigiTel
http://www.tekdigitel.com

VoiceServer.net
http://www.voiceserver.net

Rapid Link & Supercom To Use Clarent's VoIP Technology
Clarent has announced that both Rapid Link Telecommunications and Supercom are planning to use its VoIP technology to offer services.

Rapid Link is offering a partnership program that will enable other providers to deploy Clarent's VoIP technology to interconnect a network with Rapid Link's international network to route IP based voice, fax and data traffic. Rapid Link deployed Clarent's IP telephony equipment over its network late last year. The company uses both VoIP gateways and circuit switches to route traffic over its international network, which has POPs in New York, Mannheim, Frankfurt, Okinawa, and Kuala Lumpur. The company reports that since it deployed Clarent's equipment, it has routed more than 100 million minutes of traffic over its networks.

Supercom, a computer systems supplier and systems integrator, is planning to install, manage and maintain a Clarent based IP telephony solution for businesses that will enable users to place VoIP calls over the Clarent based networks of several undisclosed providers. Supercom will charge for the services on a monthly basis.

Clarent
http://www.clarent.com

Rapid Link Telecommunications
http://www.rapidlink.com

Supercom
http://www.supercom.com

Carrier1 To Use Nortel's Equipment
Carrier1 has announced that it is planning to use Nortel Networks' terabit technology to build a pan- European optical backbone network capable of providing 1.6 terabits/second speeds to offer voice, multi- media, e-commerce and Internet telephony services. The company expects that its network will ultimately have the capacity to support up to 28 million simultaneous Internet connections, or the equivalent of 360,000 simultaneous transmissions of feature-length movies.

Carrier1 provides international carrier services on a global basis via its pan European network, and multiple transatlantic trunks that have POPs in Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, London, Milan, Paris, New York, Stockholm, Vienna and Zurich.

The carrier reported that it routed over 122 million minutes of voice traffic last quarter.

Carrier 1
http://www.carrier1.com

Smith Micro Integrates NetMoves FoIP Technology
Smith Micro said that it will integrate access to NetMoves' flat rate, U.S. domestic Internet fax service into its HotFax MessageCenter product that provides fax, voice mail and paging functionality. The Windows based HotFax client ware enables users to send facsimiles, with customized cover pages, or voice mail from any PC. The software also enables users to be notified of the receipt of messages via a pager number. The product interoperates with Microsoft Exchange and Outlook email clients.

NetMoves' PC to email Internet fax service enables users to send and receive up to 200 facsimiles for $4.95 a month. Service users receive the latest version of NetMoves Internet fax software, FaxLauncher Pro, and one personal fax phone number (additional fax numbers may be purchased at $2.95 each) for the monthly charge. Service usage above and beyond the 200 document limit is billed at 5 CPM. International rates apply.

Smith Micro
http://www.smithmicro.com

NetMoves
http://www.netmoves.com

Hansol & Ivynet Team to Offer VoIP Service
ivyNET has announced that it has finalized an LOI agreement with Hansol Telecom to provide and distribute VoIP services and products. According to the terms of the deal, Hansol will deploy ivyNET's VoIP gateway product, the microGateway, in Korea and ivyNET will deploy the unit in the U.S., and the companies will offer services between the markets. In addition, Hansol will market OEM versions of the gateway in the Korean market.

The microGateway is a one port DSP based Internet telephony card designed for OEM product developers. This product ships as a middle-size ISA adapter card for x-86 architecture Windows 95 or 98 PCs. The unit is configured to provide value-added applications to support IVR systems with CTI functionality.

ivyNet
http://www.ivynet.net

Hansol Telecom
http://www.hansol.co.kr

MediaRing Adds Voice Mail Capabilities to VoIP Service
MediaRing announced that it has added voice mail capabilities to its PC to PC IP telephony service and product. The service is based on the company's VoIP software client, MediaRing Talk 99. The software runs in the background of a user's PC, monitoring the telephone line to enable online or offline PC users to receive an Internet call. When a call is received, the recipient's MediaRing software notifies the user of the call and automatically logs the PC onto the Internet. The software in both machines then uses MediaRing's directory server to locate IP addresses, and establish a voice connection. When the call is completed, the software automatically disconnects each PC from the Internet.

If a user is not available to accept a call, the product's VoizMail option allows users to leave messages for the call recipient to retrieve later. The voice mail message is delivered in a self playing binary format that can be heard via the receiving PC's existing sound card and speakers.

MediaRing
http://www.mediaring.com

SkyLynx Teams with Lucent to Build IP based Network in U.S.
SkyLynx Communications, a provider of high-speed Internet access services, said that it is planning to use Lucent's equipment to build a packet based network throughout the Western U.S. to offer high-speed DSL Internet services and VoIP. The three year deal has an estimated value of over $40 million. Lucent's NetCare Professional Services division will design, install and maintain the network infrastructure.

Lucent
http://www.lucent.com

SkyLynx
http://www.skylinx.com

Level 3 Activates Services in New Jersey & Cincinnati
Level 3 has announced that it is offering telecommunications services in the Northern New Jersey and Cincinnati markets as it builds its IP based network across the U.S. and abroad. The provider will use leased network capacity to route traffic until its IP network is completed.

Level 3 expects to provide both local and long distance services in dozens of markets, connecting users throughout the US, Europe and Asia. The company plans to offer service in at least 50 U.S. markets by year's end. Over the last few months, the provider has launched similar services in Houston, Philadelphia and London.

Level 3
http://www.l3.com

Vovida Develops Linux Based VoIP System
Vovida Networks' said that it is developing a Linux based VoIP communications system named freeBX.

The product is expected to be available next month.

Vovida
http://www.vovida.com

 

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