1. Comcast & China Netcom Select MTAs for VoCable Services
Comcast has named its eMTA suppliers for its VoIP over cable service slated to be launched in Philadelphia in Q’2 2002. The provider will deploy Motorola’s SBV4200, Arris’ Touchstone telephony modem, and Terayon’s TA 102. The devices are all DOCSIS 1.1 and PacketCable compliant.
Comcast will deploy Arris’ Cadant 4 CMTS as the headend for the network.
Comcast currently offers circuit switched cable telephony services to approximately 40,000 customers in Michigan and Virginia.
China Netcom has said that it will deploy InnoMedia’s 3328, a stand-alone, 4-voice port MTA as part of its VoCable network. The technology, interoperable with standard phones, supports Class features with call agents or softswitches, fax, 3-way calling, and auto-provisioning. It is compliant with PacketCable, RFC 2833, MGCP 1.0 and SIP 2.0.
China Netcom’s VoIP services will initially be offered to SMEs in 9 major cities in China including Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. The service will pass other major cities as the provider moves into subsequent network development phases.
The provider will use Photonic Bridges for systems integration and as a supplier for auto-provisioning servers and network mangement. Sonus will be providing its Insignius softswitch and GSX9000 Open Services Switch.
3. ISC Publishes Presentations from Annual Meeting
The International Softswitch Consortium
Packet Infrastructure and Applications presented by Ted Jackson, managing director and senior research analyst at US Bancorp Piper Jaffray
Regulatory Issues for the IP Telephony Industry presented by Robert Pepper, chief of the office of plans and policy for the FCC
ISC Reference Architecture for Softswitched-Based Networks presented by Eric Burger, co-founder and CTO for SnowShore Networks
Implementation – NewSouth Communications Application: Packet Tandem Using the Tekelec VXi Media Gateway Controller presented by Ravi Ravishankar, director of advanced technology and packet telephony for Tekelec
Implementation – Cbeyond Communications Application: Integrated Access Offering presented by including Chris Gatch, V.P. of architecture and engineering for Cbeyond; Chanh Thung, director of product marketing and management for IP Unity; and Emery Hanzel, director of product marketing for Cisco
Implementation – CTC Communications Application: Voice over IP Local and Long Distance Services presented by Frederic Kunzi, senior V.P. and CTO for CTC
International Softswitch Consortium
Presentations from ISC Annual Meeting
5. LXE to Resell SpectraLink’s Wireless IP Phones
LXE, a manufacturer, distributor, and systems integrator of wireless networks, will resell SpectraLink’s 802.11b based H.323 IP phones in North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia/Pacific.