1. FCC Extends e911 Requirement for 30 Days
In response to a coalition of phone companies that included AT&T, T-Mobile, and others, the FCC has extended its deadline for 30 days that makes e911 a mandatory service provided by VoIP service providers in the U.S. Had the FCC stuck to its original deadline today, more than 50,000 VoIP subscribers would have lost phone service, including approximately 31,000 Vonage customers. The one month extension was likely a compromise for many providers that wanted until the end of the year to make e911 services available.
3. Google Introduces IM Client with Integrated VoIP
Google has introduced an instant messaging client with integrated VoIP in an attempt to compete with the well established IM leaders AOL (41.6M subs), Microsoft (14.2M subs), and Yahoo! (19.1M subs). Google Talk is initially being made available to users of the company’s email service, Gmail.
Google Talk has been developed on Jabber/XMPP, allowing third party application development and interoperability with Adium, Gaim, Trillian, and Apple’s iChat.
The company has partnered with SIPphone (Gizmo) and other free PC to PC calling services to enable VoIP. The voice capability will work with Windows XP and Server 2003.
Google is the leading search engine on the Internet, used for 36.5% of all searches submitted.
5. WildPackets Unveils VoWiFi Analyzation Tool
WildPackets has introduced AiroPeek VX, a tool for providing real-time wireless and VoIP diagnostics. It includes Application Response Time (ART) analysis, full 7-layer decodes, alarms, and triggers. The product provides per- call analytics and supports multiple signaling protocols. The media plane analysis looks at packet-level details of RTP and RTCP streams and evaluates packet delay variations, packet loss, jitter, and provides passive MOS scores for each call.
AiroPeek integrates with GPS technology to provide a variety of GPS driven data. In addition, the new product supports WPA with PSK encryption.
The analyzer is currently available.