IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Aug, 18 1999

China VoIP Services Used More For Domestic Long Distance
The Beijing Telecom Administrative Bureau released a telecom study that indicates that China's IP telephony trials are being used 3.17 times more for domestic long distance calls than for international calls. The report says that the country's international calling volume has dropped 5.67 percent in the first half of the year, while the domestic long distance calling volume increased by 25.6 percent.

Vancouver Teleport Unveils Mobile Communications Trailer

China VoIP Services Used More For Domestic Long Distance
The Beijing Telecom Administrative Bureau released a telecom study that indicates that China's IP telephony trials are being used 3.17 times more for domestic long distance calls than for international calls. The report says that the country's international calling volume has dropped 5.67 percent in the first half of the year, while the domestic long distance calling volume increased by 25.6 percent.

Vancouver Teleport Unveils Mobile Communications Trailer
Vancouver Teleport said that it has developed a mobile trailer, VIPSat, that combines satellite and Internet technologies to provide VoIP, video conferencing, private data communications and email capabilities to remote locations. The unit was recently deployed at a forest fire base camp for the Saskatchewan Forest Fire Service. The system supported 4,286 outgoing calls for a camp of 120 people and effictively elimated the need to travel 25 km to the nearest facilities available to place non-emergency related calls.

Vancouver Teleport is jointly owned by Alantra Venture and TRG Systems.

TRG Systems
http://www.trgsystems.com

Alantra Venture
http://www.discoverinvestments.com/companies/AVB.htm

Access 1 Building U.S. Domestic VoIP Network for Flat Rate Service
Access 1 has announced that it is building a U.S. domestic VoIP network. The provider intends to bundle Internet telephony services with subscriptions to its ISP services, which it offers in 48 markets, and offer unlimited access to the bundle for $25 per month (residential use) or $49 per month (business use). The company expects that the service will be available in at least 50 U.S. markets by the end of the year, when the VoIP network is slated for completion.

Last month, Access 1 said that it was deploying Ascend's MAX 6000 Multivoice VoIP systems at its POPs to offer the services.

The MultiVoice for the MAX TNT platform utilizes Analog Devices' ADSP-21mod870 Internet gateway DSPs to provide support for up to 672 ports (48 ports per DSP slot card) of voice and fax communications. The products can interoperate with other VoIP products via H.323 v2 protocols combined with MGCP and SS7 technologies. The product also features traditional PSTN capabilities such as caller ID, voicemail access and delivery, and global network call progress tone support (dial tone, alerting tone, busy and fast busy signals) in more than 21 countries. A billing API can be used to develop both debit and credit services via third party billing vendors. The gateway ships with gatekeeper functionality such as the capability to centrally manage multiple VoIP networks, and the ability for gatekeepers to communicate with other gatekeepers that manage multiple networks. In addition, Ascend has implemented its own QoS technology in the offering, which sets type of service bits in the voice packets to enable the voice packets to be prioritized as high priority. The gateways are also capable of automatically re-routing traffic to the PSTN, should the VoIP network fail or become too congested.

Access Developers
http://www.access1.net

Ascend
http://www.ascend.com

Sigma to Distribute XACCT's Billing & Customer Care System
Sigma Systems Group said that it is integrating XACCT's V/FoIP billing and customer care system, XACCTusage, into the end to end billing and OSS solutions it provides to its telecommunications customers.

XACCTusage enables providers to define the exact IP session information that they would like to be captured. The application collects usage transaction details, in real-time, from a range of network elements and application servers and performs policy-based filtering, aggregation and merging to produce records similar to telephone switch CDRs. The CDR type records enable providers to generate a variety of service pricing models and usage-based bills.

XACCT
http://www.xacct.com

Sigma Systems
http://www.sigma-systems.com

LMCI to Use Qwest's Network to Provide Services
LMCI Communications announced that it is planning to use capacity on Qwest's network to expand the reach of its DSL, private network and VPN services, and to launch its NetaPhone VoIP service on an international basis. According to the terms of the three-year agreement, LMCI will purchase $25 million in advanced network services including dedicated Internet access, ATM, private line, frame relay and co- location services.

Earlier this month, LMCI landed a deal with Go Think.com, in which Go Think.com will market its Internet, video, VoIP and VoDSL services throughout the U.S. In addition, Go Think.com's educational subsidiary, Go Think Tech, is planning to offer courses on how to use the technologies.

Landmark Communications
http://www.lmci.net

Qwest
http://www.qwest.com

Go Think.com
http://www.gothink.com

Go Think Tech
http://www.gothinktech.com

Synergy Releases First Half '99 Market Trend Reports
Synergy Research Group announced that it has released a set of 1999 market trend reports for the Internet telephony, Internet access and Infrastructure equipment, and multiservice WAN networking markets. The VoIP report projects that equipment sales are expected to increase by at least 677 percent this year alone. It attributes the driving force behind the growth to the steady emergence of ITSPs and to businesses that are trunking PBXs across private WAN networks. The Internet access report indicates that Internet equipment sales are expected to increase by at least 36 percent this year, and more than double in the next four years. The multiservice report projects that ATM access equipment and MultiService WAN switch sales are anticipated to increase by at least 23 percent this year.

Each report is priced at US$2995.

Synergy Research Group
http://www.synergyresearchgroup.com

Two Israeli Telcos to Deploy 3Com's System
3Com announced that it partnered with Israeli integrator Team Computers & Systems to complete negotiations with with two Israeli telcos, Bezeq and Internet Gold, for the deployment of its Total Control multiservice remote access platform. The deals are valued at approximately US $3.7 million. Both Israeli provider's customer bases represent approximately 60 percent of Israel's ISP users.

The Total Control platform supports a range of applications including dial-in Internet access, VoIP gateway services, managed remote access, dial-out services and cellular access. The unit can support up to 672 ports. It integrates channel banks, DSUs, CSUs, PRI signaling, ISDN, routers and terminal servers to support analog and digital modem PC to phone or phone to phone VoIP connectivity. The product features SNMP management, Ethernet and Token Ring support and high-performance access concentration with dial-up and dial-out services. The product's modular architecture allows for its cards to be software upgraded or swapped to support new technologies or remote access needs.

3Com indicated that it is planning to integrate NeTrue's IPT BackOffice VoIP billing system into the Total Control solution to provide scaleable gateway and gatekeeper applications that can provide QoS, management, billing and settlement, customer care, LCR, provisioning, and pre-paid service capabilities via open APIs.

The IPT BackOffice solution consists of five modules including gatekeeper, billing system, customer care, network management and clearing house. The gatekeeper application provides admission and authentication functions for service users. It also handles call setup, teardown, control and routing. The billing system supports real-time account management, and multiple applications that require separate billing mechanisms and formats. The customer care module supports account provisioning, billing inquiry, call reservation, and the delivery of technical support information via online or IVR based systems. The network management system is a SNMP based software application that enables administrators to manage QoS, network configuration and fault management. The clearing house application supplies settlement and networking technologies that enable providers to interconnect and organize service networks.

3Com
http://www.3com.com

Bezeq
http://www.bezeq.co.il

Internet Gold
http://www.zahav.net.il

NeTrue
http://www.netrue.com

NetWorld Show to Include VoIP Pavilion
NetWorld+Interop, to be held September 13-16 in Atlanta will include a voice and video over IP pavillion. The area will showcase products and services such as handheld wireless IP devices, carrier class gateways and switches, gatekeeper-enabled IP service creation platforms, next generation conferencing systems, digital video broadcast solutions and embedded technologies.

The pavilion will be sponsored by RADVision and co-sponsored by Cisco, Polycom and ACT Networks.

NetWorld+Interop
http://www.zdevents.com/interop

Pingtel Finalizes $2.75 Million in First Round of Financing
Pingtel said that it has finalized a $2.75 million first round of financing from St. Paul Venture Capital and Natural MicroSystems. The company will use the funds to complete the development of its IP voice client platforms and to expand its joint development and partnership relations.

The company plans to release its initial VoIP products this fall.

MeterNet, Winbond & GES to Develop VoIP Devices
MeterNet said that it is teaming with Winbond Electronics of Taiwan and GES International of Singapore to develop and market consumer Internet access and IP telephony devices. The alliance has just started manufacturing an Internet access device that enables users to gain access to email and web browsing capabilities without using a PC.

MeterNet
http://meternet.com

Winbound Electronics
http://www.winbond.com.tw

GES International
http://www.ges-int.com

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