IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Dec, 12 2003

1. CableLabs Certifies & Qualifies More PacketCable Gear
Last month, CableLabs, a cable telecom R&D consortium that tests technology for standards compliance, PacketCable qualified a media gateway controller submitted by Cisco and call management servers (softswitches) submitted by Cedar Point, Cisco, and Telcordia. Scientific Atlanta’s e-MTA was certified.

The MGC provides critical call signaling functionality to facilitate off-net calling in a PacketCable network, and communicates with other call control elements such as the CMS and signaling gateway to manage and control connections to the PSTN. It instructs the media gateway how to establish physical connections to the PSTN to allow voice calls to originate from and terminate on the cable IP network.

The softswitch provides connection management, implementation of subscriber features, and call accounting.

The aforementioned certifications and qualifications were awarded in testing wave 27. To date, CableLabs has certified and qualified 23 PacketCable based devices.


3. Quintum Introduces New VoIP Switch/Gateway
Quintum Technologies has introduced Tenor DX, a switching and gateway product that can support large PBXs utilizing multiple digital trunks as well as provide implementation of IP Local Loop or calling card applications in smaller PoPs.

The Tenor DX features:

  • availability with 2,4, 6, or 8 T1/E1/PRI spans
  • support for SIP or H.323
  • support from 8 to 120 simultaneous VoIP calls
  • PSTN rollover when the IP connection fails
  • RTP multiplexing for improved bandwidth utilization
  • H.323 NAT translation
  • availability of an integrated H.323 gatekeeper
  • emote configuration

Pricing for the switch/gateway starts at $3440.

Quintum Technologies

5. Broadline Launches Residential VoIP Service in Orlando
Broadline Communications, a subsidiary of FDN Communications, a CLEC serving the southeastern U.S., has launched a residential VoIP service to consumers in the 407 and 321 area codes of Orlando. The service is being offering in 2 packages including a local dialing package for $19.95 per month that offers long distance for 5 cents per minute and a long distance dialing package that provides unlimited long distance calling for $39.95 a month. Consumers can connect up to 5 phones per household.

Service features include, call waiting, caller ID, and unlimited *69.

Broadline will supply customers with a MTA, for connection to a cable or DSL modem.

Broadline plans to expand its service throughout Florida and into Georgia within the next few weeks.

Broadline Communications

7. Large Las Vegas School District to Deploy Alcatel’s VoIP
The Clark County School District (CCSD), the sixth largest school district in the U.S., is deploying Alcatel’s OmniPCX IP telephony solution to connect more than 300 schools and administrative facilities. The network will include 27,000 IP telephony lines. The contract is valued at more than $15 million.

To date, approximately one-quarter of CCSD’s schools and facilities have been brought networked, with two to three locations added each week. The initiative will connect every classroom and administrator.

Verizon brokered the deal and will provide network assessments, project management, and installation. Both Verizon and Alcatel will provide on- site tech support, training, and maintenance.

CCSD has nearly 268,000 students and employs nearly 30,000 teachers, administrators, and support personnel.



Clark County School District

9. AT&T To Launch Residential VoIP Services in Early 2004
AT&T has announced that it will expand its VoIP business portfolio and offering and launch residential VoIP services in early 2004, including the launch of consumer VoIP in select metro markets in Q1. The provider has said that by the end of the first quarter of next year, it will have the infrastructure in place to provide VoIP services to the top 100 markets in the U.S. VoIP consumers will be required to have a DSL or cable modem connection to the Internet.

Cathy Martine has been appointed the company top exec over the residential VoIP initiative.

AT&T residential launch will follow trials conducted in three states since October. The provider has been offering VoIP services to businesses, in a limited capacity, since 1997.


11. BT to Offer Residential VoIP Services in London
BT is launching Broadband Voice, a residential VoIP service that will be offered to cable modem users in London. The provider will charge $13.09 per month. Evening calls under one hour in length will be free. After an hour, the rate will be 1.7 cents per minute. All daytime calls will be 5 cents per minute. Until March, BT will provide a MTA at no charge. After March, the company will charge consumers $104.71 for the device.


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