IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Aug, 31 2000

Maxlink to Deploy Clarent Equipment for LMDS WLLs in Canada
Maxlink Communications said that it has entered into a MOU with Clarent, in which it intends to use Clarent’s IP telephony equipment to develop local access wireless local loop LMDS based infrastructures in Canada that support global connectivity. According to the terms of the 2 year MOU, maxlink plans to purchase and deploy approximately $20 million Canadian (US$13.5 million) in Clarent’s equipment including gateways, CPE, and service and network management technologies. The provider initially intends to deploy the local access VoIP solutions in Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver by early next year, with plans to expand the networks/services throughout Canada by 2003. It will use the PSTN and/or partnerships with IP telephony clearinghouses to provide international connectivity to the services.



Marconi To Interconnect Portugal Network with Net2Phone’s
Marconi, a Portugal Telecom subsidiary, said that it is planning to interconnect its Portugal based Networks with Net2Phone’s IP telephony network to route traffic. According to the terms of the deal, Marconi intends to deploy Net2Phone’s IP telephony gateways throughout its operation in Portugal to route traffic over Net2Phone’s network. Net2Phone will provide Marconi with equipment installation, training and network monitoring services.

Earlier this year, Marconi also reported that it launched an IP telephony service in Portugal based on VocalTec’s technologies. The provider also teamed with France Telecom to interconnect networks via SS7 technologies and trade VoIP traffic between select French and Portugal markets.

Marconi Comunicacoes Internacionais

France Telecom


NetVoice Technologies To Expand Network
NetVoice Technologies reported that it is planning to expand its VoIP network to include connectivity in an additional 10 U.S. markets including Baltimore, Charlotte (NC), Colorado Springs, Louisville (KY), Oakland, Orlando, Raleigh (NC), San Diego, San Francisco and San Diego. The provider currently has Cisco’s and/or Inter-Tel’s VoIP equipment deployed at POPs in select markets throughout Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Washington DC and Wisconsin. It expands its network/services reach by collocating servers throughout both Level 3’s and Global Crossing’s backbones, and interconnecting the network with Inter-Tel’s U.S. domestic VoIP network.

The provider intends to complete the expansion sometime this year.

NetVoice Technologies

Natural Microsystems’ Products Gain Certification in China
Natural MicroSystems reported that it Convergence Generation (CG) series of packet-based telephony platforms has just received certification in China, and two Chinese based companies, Huawei Technologies and Xi’an Datang Telephone, are planning to use its CG6000C platform to develop IP telephony gateways and media servers.

The 6000C solution is an integrated software/hardware system that can be used to develop products such as IP media gateways, IP media servers and enterprise communications servers. It can support up to 240 VoIP ports per CompactPCI slot. The product is based on Natural MicroSystems’ VoIP software product, Fusion, which provides support for H.323, H.323 v2, MGCP and SIP protocols such as G.727.1, G.711, G.729a, and T.37/T.38 fax as well as MS-GSM. It supports automatic fail over via dual IP interfaces, and it can automatically detect potential service disruptions and reroute communications to an alternate Ethernet connection without disrupting communications. The product also offers support for technologies such as IVR, fax, vocode, play and record. In addition, the unit features hot swappable card technology.

Natural MicroSystems

AudioCodes Introduces VoATM Capabilities For its VoIP Products
AudioCodes announced that is has added VoATM capabilities to its TPM-800 Media Gateway Module, its PMC (PCI Mezzanine Card) based VoIP product that enables OEMs to develop carrier class solutions. The module is connected as a daughter card to OEM designed carrier boards to convert PCM into VoIP or VoATM and route traffic via an Ethernet or Utopia interface. It provides support for up to 240 low bit rate voice, fax or PCM channels with a 30 ms echo trail. The solution can be used to develop MGCP based VoIP, VoATM AAL2, VoDSL as well as CLASS 4/5 switching solutions.

The vendor also plans to add VoATM capabilities to its entire TrunkPack series of cPCI OEM communications boards.

In a related announcement, AudioCodes reported that it is planning to develop a line of hardware/software solutions, IP Media, based on its TrunkPack series that will enable OEMs to develop IP based telephony services over broadband infrastructures. The products are expected to be introduced later this year.


VPN Communication Planning to Offer VoDSL Services
VPN Communications reported that it is planning to develop VoDSL services. The firm is currently evaluating the feasibility of such an undertaking, and examining various vendor’s technologies for a trial service. The provider intends to develop trial services in Los Angeles, San Diego, and other Orange County California markets, with ultimate plans to offer voice, video and data services throughout the U.S.

VPN’s subsidiary, VPNCOM.Net will handle all network/service planning and evaluation procedures.


Nuera Communications Introduces New VoIP Gateway
Nuera Communications has announced the introduction of the ORCA GX-8, its latest carrier class IP telephony gateway offering. The product is based on MGCP call processing protocols and supports SIP technologies. The unit can support from 1 to 16 T1/E1 lines (up to 480 ports) and offers a 100Base-T or a high speed serial port interface for network connections and VoFR applications. It ships with the capability to implement call transfer rates between 4.8 kbps to 64 kbps on a call by call basis, and it can provide signaling for technologies such as CAS, R2, FAS, SS7, CC7, ISDN, MGCP, SIP and H.323 (G.711, G.729, G.729A and G.165). The vendor’s own embedded softswitch technology handles MGCP based call setup and tear down.


Data Connection Renames VoDSL Division – MetaSwitch Group
Data Connection said that it is renaming its VPSwitch Group division the MetaSwitch Group. The group recently introduced its flagship product, the VP3000 integrated DSL based voice switch. The product can support up to 2000 simultaneous calls and up to 16,000 subscriber lines per chassis. It is based on MGCP/Megaco (H.248) and SCTP technologies, and combines VoDSL gateway and Class 5 switching functionality. In addition, it offers an array of CLASS service technologies such as call waiting, hold, forward, ID and three way calling.

MetaSwitch Group

Data Connection

CommLogik to Distribute Brooktrout’s Technologies
Brooktrout Technology reported that Florida based CommLogik is planning to distribute its voice, fax and data technologies. According to the terms of the deal, CommLogik will offer Brooktrout’s technologies from its operations in Miami, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. It will also provide support services to resellers and corporations that are developing unified messaging, VoIP, CT server, IVR and voice recognition solutions/services based on the technologies.



Centillium & Copper Mountain Team for VoDSL Solutions
Centillium Communications reported that it is planning to integrate Copper Mountain Networks’ technologies, including support for VoDSL, into its line of next gen CPE solutions and central office switch chipsets to ensure interoperability with Copper Mountain’s DSL concentrator solutions. Copper Mountain currently utilizes Centillium’s chipsets in the line cards used in its DSL concentrators, which support Turbo G.lite and G.lite ADSL technologies. The firms also intend to jointly develop additional VoDSL based equipment.

Centillium Communications

Copper Mountain Networks

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