IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Dec, 11 2000

Sony and V-SPAN Team For Videoconferencing Solution
Sony Electronics reported that it has teamed with V-SPAN to develop an end to end videoconferencing solution that consists of its PCS-1600 and Contact videoconferencing set-top box equipment bundled with global connectivity from V-SPAN.

The PCS-1600 set-top features a dockable camera, a memory port, dual monitor support, an intuitive graphical interface and menu structure, password protection, auto bonding, and a call log and history and on-line help applications that are accessible via a web browser. The Contact set-top features a dockable pan/tilt/zoom camera that can automatically track a subject, and an optional wireless document stand that can integrate a 3D object or PC based application into the conference via a PC or laptop connection.

V-SPAN’s network services will include multi-point connectivity, network provisioning, gateway connection, scheduling and reservations, a help desk for both ISDN based H.320 and IP based H.323 compliant equipment, as well as web based scheduling, network consulting and event management. Sony and its resellers will market and deliver all services and products.



Blastnet to Resell Vocalscape’s VoIP Enabled CRM Application
Vocalscape Communications has reported that it has reached an agreement with Blastnet Communications, in which Blastnet will resell its recently introduced web based, VoIP enabled customer relationship management system, VocalConnect – Live Help NOW! The solution can be integrated into call centers and/or web sites to enable web site visitors to communicate with CSRs via text chat, scheduled callback or real time VoIP communications. In addition, the system will enable a CSR to manage communications with up to four visitors simultaneously, and it supports push technologies to enable the CSR to steer visitors around a web site.


Blastnet Communications

Trinarc to Bundle PhoneFree’s VoIP Technologies With PCs
Trinarc has reported that is bundling PhoneFree.com’s PC VoIP client and access to PhoneFree’s VoIP services into the multimedia PCs that it is offering. The company just introduced its initial PC dubbed Blackbeard, and also plans to feature PhoneFree’s services and technologies from its web site.

PhoneFree offers PC to PC and PC to phone services based on its proprietary VoIP client, which enable users to place and receive calls between PCs located anywhere in the world, or from any PC in the world to any traditional phone in 238 countries including the U.S., respectively. The client features capabilities such as conference, whiteboard, text chat, personal phone book, caller ID, file transfer, voicemail and full duplex support. Users will need at least a 486 100Mhz PC running Windows 95, 98 or NT 4.0, a 14.4 Internet connection and a Windows compatible sound system. In addition, the vendor offers a white pages section on its web site that enables users to locate other users by searching for name, location and/or interests (users can also go unlisted).



Shanghai Telecom, AT&T and Investment Firm Form Provider Entity In China
Shanghai Telecom (STC), ATandT and Shanghai Information Investment Inc (SII) have signed definitive agreements to form a joint venture, Shanghai Symphony Telecom, that will focus on developing and offering IP based value added broadband services in Pudong, China. According to the terms of the deal, STC will own 60 percent of the venture, with AT&T at 25 percent interest and SII at 15 percent. The entity will lease dark fiber from STC, and develop optic rings with high speed routers and switches, as well as provide optic connections directly to customer’s premises. In addition, the infrastructure will provide seamlessly connectivity to the networks of AT&T Global Network Services and Concert. The company is expected to initially develop services such as IP VPNs, web hosting and eCommerce.

Services are scheduled to be operation by mid next year.


Polycom to Acquire Accord Networks
Polycom has announced that it is planning to acquire Accord Networks for approximately $339 million. According to the terms of the all stock agreement, Polycom will trade approximately 6.62 million common shares for all of Accord’s outstanding options and warrants. The deal is expected to close in Q’1 00. Polycom intends to integrate Accord’s next gen network infrastructure products with its own network access and voice and video products to develop and offer end to end voice and video solutions.

In other developments, Oklahoma State University (OSU) said that it is deploying Accord Networks MGC-100 unit in its IP video communications network to support a variety of classes that it is offering via H.323 and H.320 technologies running over T-1, DS-3, IP, ATM and ISDN.

Accord Networks


Oklahoma State University

Zi to Provide BTL With IP/VoIP Phone Reference Design
Zi Corporation’s international engineering services division announced that it has reached an agreement with BTL Systems Limited, a Hong Kong Communications’ subsidiary, in which it will provide BTL with an IP phone reference design with a VoIP interface. BTL will use the design to manufacture and market IP phones throughout the world.

The phone is expected to be designed to function as a speakerphone, support both voice and data communications, and interface with VoIP gateways and gatekeeper that are deployed by cable service providers.

Zi Corporation

Williams Deploys Cisco Based VoIP LAN For Port of Technology
Williams Communications Solutions, which was just certified as a Cisco IP/Telephony Specialization VAR, said that it has completed the installation of a Cisco equipment based VoIP network for Philadelphia’s Port of Technology. According to the terms of the deal, Williams deployed Cisco’s AVVID (Architecture for Voice, Video and Integrated Data) technologies, and IP phones in a configuration that will combine all data and voice traffic on one network. Williams will also provide 24 hour remote monitoring services, and aid the Port in expanding and updating the technology, with plans already on the burner to extend the system into a WAN configuration, and develop an IP based teleconferencing system that will support multi-building connectivity via the PSTN.

The Port of Technology

Williams Communications


SpectraLink and Lucent Team to Develop Wireless LAN/VoIP System
SpectraLink Corporation has reported that it is teaming with Lucent’s ORiNOCO division to develop an 802.11b compliant wireless LAN solution that can support IP based voice and data. According to the terms of the deal, the firms intend to integrate Lucent’s wireless LAN technologies with SpecraLink’s NetLink Wireless Telephone System, which is based on the vendor’s Voice Priority technology to prioritize IP voice packets over data packets.



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