AOL & Net2Phone Team For Service/Product Development
America Online announced that it is teaming with Net2Phone to integrate Internet telephony capabilities into its AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) service. According to the terms of the three-year agreement, the companies will co-develop AIM-branded Internet telephony products and services that will enable the more than 37 million AIM users to place and receive calls from PC to phone, phone to PC, PC to PC, PC to fax and from fax to PC.
Net2Phone already has an existing four year agreement to provide Internet telephony services for AOL’s ICQ service, which has more than 50 million register users, and a two-year agreement to provide Internet telephony calling card services for subsidiary, CompuServe.
Chineseinvestors.com to Offer Ursus’ VoIP Services
Chineseinvestors.com announced that it is planning to offer Ursus Telecom’s PC to phone and phone to phone VoIP service, theStream.com, from its web site. In addition, the company is planning to develop a co-branded Chinese language compliant version of the services for integration into its web site as well as the web sites of several other undisclosed Chinese operators.
TheStream.com services are based on Netscape or Internet Explorer plug-ins that enable users to initiate calls. The company is in the process of developing a real time, web based billing and accounting module for the service that will allow users to view and manage calling account details (balance, status, services, calls made, user guides, FAQs, etc.). The company also recently began deploying Nortel’s equipment to expand the capacity of its network. In addition, it has landed a deal with Global Crossing, in which it will to use bandwidth on Global Crossing’s worldwide networks to expand the reach of the services.
In a related announcement, Ursus Telecom said that it has developed Spanish and Portuguese language/cultural compliant versions of the VoIP service. The provider expected to launch the new services last week.
Ramp Networks Introduces FoIP Product
Ramp Networks announced the introduction of the WebRamp 200Fx, its IP faxing solution for the small office and branch office market. The T.37 (store and forward) and Group 3 compliant device can provide connectivity from fax machine to fax machine (the other fax machine must be connected to a WebRamp device) or from fax machine to email account. The product offers a 10Base-T Ethernet port and one serial port for an external analog or ISDN modem. It features broadcast capabilities, a name and phone number book that can store up to 1000 entries, a fax activity log with transaction reports and fax delivery notification.
In related news, Ramp has expanded its relationship with Macnica Corporation, a distributor of networking and semiconductor products in Japan, to include the distribution of the WebRamp FoIP solution in select Asian markets.
The product is currently available in Japan through Macnica Corporation, and it is expected to be available in the U.S. early next year.
Sharp Develops FoIP/Multifunction Product
Sharp Document & Network Systems of America has announced the introduction of the UX-4000M, its multifunction device (printer, scanner, facsimile and telephone). The product has the capability to send scanned images as facsimiles to email accounts. In addition, the unit also functions as a digital copier and an eight page per minute laser printer.
The product is slated for availability in Q’1 2000. It is expected to be priced at around $499.
Leadtek OEMs Komodo’s VoIP Technology
Leadtek Research reported that it has signed an OEM agreement with Komodo Technology, in which its is integrating Komodo’s Internet telephony technology into its WinFast IPhone 100. The product is being distributed in select Asian markets.
Teltran to Host FoIP Chat – December 13
LANSource Technologies said that it has teamed with Teltran International to develop an online portal, ChatOverIP.com, that will feature an array of V/FoIP news and industry links, and serve as a host for monthly online chats focused on voice and fax over IP technologies.
The fist online chat entitled, Beyond Fax Boards – Leaning Toward RAS, is scheduled for Monday, December 13 at 2:00 PM eastern time at the web site. It will feature executives from 3Com, Digi International, Teltran and LANSource fielding questions about the various features and functionality of fax solutions.
In other news, Teltran International announced that it is expanding its VoIP network into Pakistan. The provider expects the gateway equipment and network capacity to be installed and operational early next year. In addition, the company is also planning to further expand its network into several markets in the region (India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka) during next year.
Sales Authority to Offer VillageFax’s FoIP Services
Sales Authority said that it is planning to offer VillageFax.com’s Internet fax services. The service enables users to send documents from VillageFax.com’s web site via Internet browsers such as Microsoft IE or Netscape Navigator, or from email software. From the web site, users can import custom cover pages, fax numbers, contact names and corporate information to begin building the document. The service allows users to select the time frame in which facsimiles will be sent (30 minutes, 4 hours, or 10 hours) and provides a per page table rate for documents sent in each time frame. The solution allows facsimiles to be sent to an individual or broadcast to thousands of recipients in over 230 countries, and it can be configured to send email notification of successful transmission, transmission failure or automatic transmission retry.
Sonus Communication To Acquire Empire One
Sonus Communication Holdings, a wholesale provider of international long distance, facsimile and Internet telephony services, said that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with New York CLEC, Empire One Telecommunications. According to the terms of the deal, Sonus will trade 1.2 million shares of its common stock for Empire One’s 13,000 (primarily ethnic) telephony subscribers and infrastructure.