IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Aug, 28 2000

Intermedia Deploys Sonus Networks’ VoIP Technologies in U.S.
Intermedia Communications reported that it is deploying Sonus Networks’ packet telephony solutions to build a VoIP network in the U.S., that it plans to use to offer both wholesale and integrated services. The provider has just completed installing a 50,000 port configuration at its Miami POP consisting of Sonus’ GSX9000 Open Services Switch and PSX6000 SoftSwitch technologies, and intends to deploy additional GSX9000, PSX6000 and SGX2000 SS7 signaling technologies in another 7 U.S. markets including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Indianapolis, Raleigh, St. Louis and Tampa. The company also intends to eventually deploy additional VoIP products throughout the U.S. In other news, Sonus said it is teaming with Nissho Electronics and NTT Communicationware to develop and market an array of voice infrastructure solutions in Japan based on its packet telephony technologies. The firms intend to develop the solutions to fully interoperate with the existing Japanese SS7 based telephone network.

Intermedia Communications

Sonus Networks

Nissho Electronics Corporation

NTT Communicationware

Network Telephone to Deploy Copper Mountain’s VoDSL Equipment
Network Telephone reported that it is planning to deploy Copper Mountain Networks’ DSL equipment to support a VoDSL service that it is planning to offer throughout southeastern U.S. markets including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The provider intends to deploy Copper Mountain’s CopperEdge model 200 DSL concentrators, CopperRocket model 408 IADs, MGCP based IP IQ application and CopperView network management tools to develop the offering. The concentrators can support up to 192 voice and data ports per unit, utilizing any combination of ADSL, G.lite, IDSL, and SDSL for connectivity. The IADs ship with up to eight voice ports, providing plug and play use, with speeds ranging from 128 kbps to 1.568 Mbps. The MGCP compliant IP IQ system dynamically recognizes user profiles and services at the IP layer, offering efficient resource allocation and bandwidth utilization for voice, data or multi-cast traffic. The network management solution provides users with capabilities including remote configuration, fault analysis and service performance monitoring, and can manage thousands of concentrator units and from a single location.

Earlier this month, Network Telephone reported that it had launched a VoDSL service based on Lucent’s next generation, converged voice and data switch, the PathStar access server. The PathStar unit combines a digital loop carrier, a Class 5 telephony system, a VoIP gateway, a remote access server, a DSL access multiplexor and an edge router into a single system. The H.323 v2 compliant system can support from 512 to over 7,000 lines per system. It features capabilities such as caller ID, call waiting, three way calling, voice messaging and E911, while simultaneously providing IP services such as Internet access, DSL and VPN.

In other news, BRECIS Communications said that it is planning to integrate Copper Mountain’s VoDSL technologies into its chip based platforms to offer VoDSL solutions compatible with Copper Mountain’s equipment.

Network Telephone

Copper Mountain


BRECIS Communications

Counsel Communications Acquires Nexbell
Counsel Corporation announced that its subsidiary, Counsel Communications LLC, has acquired an approximate 76 percent interest in Nexbell Communications in a stock for stock transaction with WebToTel. Further terms were not disclosed. Counsel intends to levage Nexbell’s existing VoIP operations throughout the U.S to develop, launch and expand its own IP telephony services.

Nexbell recently deployed Cisco’s VoIP based hardware and software technologies to build a U.S. network with operations in 32 markets including Atlanta, Arlington, Austin, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit (Southfield), Durham, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Tampa. In addition, the provider intends to further expand the network to include connectivity with an additional 30 markets by the end of the year, and another 70 POPs by the end of 2002.

Counsel Corporation

Nexbell Communications

ishoni Developing VoDSL/ATM OEM Gateway Chip Technology
ishoni Networks reported that it is teaming with CopperCom, Jetstream Communications, TollBridge Technologies and Copper Mountain Networks to develop interoperability between its recently introduced Gateway on a Chip OEM technology and each vendor’s respective DSL technologies to offer a solution that will enable OEMs to build DSL gateway equipment that can support voice and data services, with built in security. Ishoni intends to integrate support for CopperCom’s CopperComplete DSL technology, Jetstream’s CPX-1000 broadband voice platform and VoiceBand protocols, TollBridge’s TollVoice VoIP gateway protocols, and Copper Mountain’s CopperEdge and OnPrem VoDSL concentrator technologies into the chip solution. ishoni is in the process of developing the chip platform to support ADSL, SDSL, G.SHDSL, voice over Broadband (VoDSL and VoATM) in DSLAM, voice gateway and CPE. The solution features a FlexibleWAN Engine and software that provide support for multiple broadband technologies.

ishoni Networks


Jetstream Communications

TollBridge Technologies

Copper Mountain Networks

Missouri Telecom and Warwick Valley to Deploy Convergent’s DSL Gear
Convergent Networks reported that both Missouri Telecom and Warwick Valley Telephone Company are planning to deploy its ICS2000 broadband switch to support Internet access services, and develop support for VoDSL offerings. The ICS2000 can support more than 100,000 ports in a tower configuration. It is designed to operate with Convergent’s ICServiceWorks service creation softswitch platform to provide call control, management and signaling capabilities, as well as unified messaging and calling card services. In addition, it can be used with Convergent’s ICView management tools to support billing and mediation, and service and subscriber management capabilities.

Warwick Valley Telephone offers local and long distance, cellular, Internet and paging services to over 20,000 subs in New York and Northwest New Jersey.

Missouri Telecom currently offers a variety of services in the southwest region of Missouri, with plans to eventually provide coverage throughout the state.

Convergent Networks

Warwick Valley Telephone Company

MessageClick Teams With Genuity To Offer U.S. Services
MessageClick said that it has reached an agreement with Genuity, in which it will use Genuity’s infrastructure to offer unified communications in at least 100 U.S. markets. The company intends to deploy Genuity’s ESP Direct technologies to provide local connectivity for the services, which are expected to include bundled phone, fax and email communications capabilities. The provider expects the services to be available by the end of the year.



CandL Communications to Resell Mockingbird’s VoIP Solutions
CandL Communications said that it has been authorized to resell Mockingbird Networks’ VoIP solutions. The firms have already landed a product deployment deal with San Antonio based NxGen Networks, in which NxGen intends to deploy Mockingbird’s VoIP application switches to build a packet based voice network that will provide connectivity throughout the Caribbean markets.

Mockingbird Networks

CandL Communications

Imporex/Sirex and Netude to Develop Voice/Video Protocol Technology
Imporex Investment and its subsidiary, Sirex Systems, are teaming with Korea based Netude (an SK Telecom subsidiary) to develop protocol technologies intended to improve voice transmissions for video telephony. According to the terms of the deal, the firms will further develop the VoIP technologies that SK Telecom has already developed, and sold to Netude. The Imporex/Sirex group will license the technology to Netude and receive licensing fees based on Netude’s use of the technologies. Netude has already made a 10 percent payment towards the licensing, and will make additional payments as the technology develops. In addition, Imporex/Sirex will retain licensing rights for the technology in all markets outside of Korea.

Dynarc Introduces QoS Solution
Dynarc has announced the introduction of ChanServ, its IP based QoS module for its Channelized Reserved Service platform. The product implements an extension of existing DiffServ and IntServ technologies to support guaranteed end to end QoS for offerings such as IP multicast, video streaming, VoIP and digital cable.


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