IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Dec, 08 2003

1. Lucent Unveils New Next Gen Solutions, Qwest to Deploy the Technology
Lucent Technologies has introduced Accelerate, a new line of IP solutions that provide voice, video, and data solutions for enterprises of all sizes and for providers with 3G or broadband infrastructure. Accelerate also provides local network, trunking, and applications solutions.

With the new solutions, service providers will be able to offer businesses and consumers services with a variety of applications such as unified communications, multimedia messaging, location-based services, IP Centrex, and voice and data VPNs.

Accelerate includes a wide range of products including a softswitch, 5E- XC switching products and applications, iGen Compact Switch, a media gateway, EBS Multimedia portal, PacketIN portfolio of applications and services including MiLife solutions for mobile operators, Flexenet portfolio of mobile networking solutions, AnyPath Messaging System, AnyMedia Access System, iMerge Gateway, APX Universal Gateways, MAX TNT Universal Gateways, PacketStar MultiService Media Gateways, VPN Firewall, Access Point IP Services Router, and Navis iOperations software.

Accelerate is supported by a set of professional services including consulting, integration, engineering, and installation. These services also include a set of network reliability assessments designed to ensure VoIP traffic is handled optimally.

Qwest has signed a 3-year agreement that calls for Lucent to supply a series of solutions from its new product line. Lucent will provide the carrier with its 5E-XC switch technology to replace older technology, consolidate end offices and to upgrade its network to support VoIP. Qwest will also deploy the vendor’s intelligent media gateways, which can support up to 10,000 lines in less than 3 bays. The gateways can be controlled either by the company’s softswitch or by the 5E-XC switch.

Qwest plans to deploy the technology after lab and field trials scheduled for next year.



3. GreenNet Introduces Trunking and Access Gateways
GreenNet Technologies has introduced EZVoice 8000 trunking gateways and EZVoice 6032 access gateways. The trunking gateways, utilizing a 19 inch standardized frame structure, support up to 960 VoIP channels. The access gateways support 32 channels. The gateways are currently in field trials being conducted by China Netcom, China Railcom, China Telecom, and Jiangsu GuangDian.
The GreenNet gateways employ MindSpeed’s technology including use of its convergence processor for the trunking gateways and use of its silicon PBX for the access gateways.

GreenNet Technologies

MindSpeed Technologies

5. Global Crossing Adds Videoconferencing Support to IP VPN Service
Global Crossing has enhanced its MPLS based IP VPN service by adding support for videoconferencing services.

The IP VPN is offered under 3 different classes of service and associated SLAs that include latency, packet loss, jitter and availability.

The carrier has also reported that it is now offering DSL access into its IP VPN service from locations in the UK. The DSL access option is expected to be expanded worldwide.

Global Crossing

7. Voiceglo Launches Service in 42 Additional Area Codes
Voiceglo, a residential VoIP service provider operated by TheGlobe.Com, has launched its service into 42 additional area codes, raising its cover in the U.S. to 120 of the nation’s 177 area codes. The provider plans to offer services in most of the remaining area codes by Q2 of next year. Voiceglo’s service provides local, long distance, and international calling with features such as call waiting, voicemail, call forwarding, and Caller ID.


9. FCC Expected to Impose Light Regulations on VoIP
After meeting last week to discuss regulations for VoIP, the FCC named a task force to study the issue, and set plans for beginning regulatory framework in January. Any new policy would likely take a year or longer before being implemented.

Regulators expressed a need for some regulations, but noted that they will likely fall short of those required by traditional telcos. The primary regulatory issues involve compliance with 911 and CALEA, as well as taxes and initiatives related to the Universal Service Fund.


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