IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Dec, 18 2000

Rapid Link and JiTong To Interconnect Networks
Rapid Link Communications reported that it has reached an agreement with JiTong Network Communications, in which the firms intend to interconnect their respective IP networks to exchange traffic, initially between the People’s Republic of China and the U.S.

Rapid Link’s network is comprised of Clarent’s VoIP equipment and traditional circuit switches deployed at over 60 POPs throughout select Asian, Eastern European and U.S. markets including Atlanta, Asuction, Buenos Aires, Frankfurt, Jersey City, Katmandu, Kuala Lumpur, Lima, Los Angeles, Manila, Mannheim, New York, Okinawa, Prague, San Diego, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto and Ulaanbator.

JiTong holds a license to offer services throughout China, and has operations in 60 metropolitan markets.

Ji Tong Network Communications

Rapid Link

iBasis and SpeechWorks Team to Develop Speech Enabled Content Services
iBasis has announced that it is teaming with SpeechWorks International to develop a speech enabled Internet content offerings. According to the terms of the deal, iBasis intends to integrate SpeechWorks’ SIP based speech browser technologies into its infrastructure to develop voice activated web content services such as airline, hotel and/or car rental reservation systems that can be accessed from anywhere in the world via iBasis’ IP telephony networks.

iBasis’ primarily Cisco equipment based Internet telephony interconnectivity network has main switching operations in Amsterdam, Cambridge (Massachusetts), Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Sydney, Tokyo and Vancouver, and smaller POPs in select markets throughout Asia, Europe, Korea, the Middle East and South America. It has also recently initiated plans to expand its infrastructure to include POPs in Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Stockholm and Zurich. The provider can terminate traffic on a global basis via its network, its affiliate’s networks, interconnection agreements or the PSTN. The company offers SLAs for its services, which guarantee that the percentage of call completion rates will be equivalent to or better than that of the PSTN. In addition, it implements its proprietary Assured Quality Routing technology to monitor VoIP calls to ensure completion, or provide re-routing to the PSTN.

In other developments, iBasis said that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held PriceInteractive, a speech based ASP. According to the terms of the deal, iBasis will trade approximately 10.1 million common shares and approximately $50 million in cash for PriceInteractive’s existing shares and options. The transaction is expected to close early next year, subject to iBasis’ shareholder approval, applicable regulatory approvals, and other customary closing conditions. iBasis intends to integrate PriceInteractive’s speech enabling technologies into its infrastructures to develop a variety of speech enabled enhanced services such as eCommerce, call-center, employee self-service, product and sales information, customer care and other interactive applications that will run over its networks.

SpeechWorks International



DSG Technology Introduces VoIP Phone
DSG Technology has announced the introduction of the InterPhone, its digital VoIP phone terminal. The product supports H.323 protocols including G.723.1, G. 711 and G.729, and MGCP and SIP based technologies. It features an Ethernet interface for both Internet and PSTN connectivity, a built-in mini hub to relay calls to another network node such as a PC, and an LCD display that presents information for setup, connection quality, caller ID and call status. It also offers speed dial, speakerphone, auto answer, mute, redial and call hold capabilities. In addition, it can be auto configured into an IP network via DHCP technologies, auto upgraded via software download and it can be managed remotely via telnet.

DSG Technology

Microworld to Distribute NetSpeak’s VoIP Equipment
NetSpeak announced that it has signed an agreement with Microworld Limited, in which Microworld will offer integration services and support for its iTEL VoIP equipment in Canada, Hong Kong and Macau. The iTEL solutions consist of gatekeeper and route server technologies, as well as value added solutions for the Voice VPN, Internet call waiting, call screening, PC to phone and eCommerce systems. Both the iTEL gatekeeper and route server support H.323 v2, SIP and MGCP technologies. The gatekeeper can handle more than 100 calls per second, with authentication, authorization and accounting functionality. The solution can be scaled to handle thousands of E1/T1 ports by adding additional equipment, and it has the failover capability to reroute traffic to another unit. The route server manages specific resources of a network. It offloads network control functions such as managing network resources and determining route priorities from the gatekeeper, and it provides least cost routing, percentage based routing, quality based routing and time of day routing capabilities.

Microworld Limited


ADTRAN and CopperCom Develop VoDSL Product Interoperability
ADTRAN said that it has teamed with CopperCom to develop interoperability between its Total Access model 850 VoDSL enabling IADs and CopperCom’s VoDSL Gateways. The TR-57 compliant IAD features analog FXS interfaces with ATM over T1 and SDSL, with plans to eventually develop support for G.shdsl. It also offers support for IP routing supporting ATM, Frame Relay and PPP, and has a built in V.35 interface.



Taqua and TollBridge Team For Voice Over Broadband Solutions
Taqua Systems reported that it is teaming with TollBridge Technologies to develop voice over broadband, VoDSL and voice over cable solutions. According to the terms of the agreement, the firms intend to develop interoperability between Taqua’s Open Compact Exchange (OCX) Class 5 access switch and TollBridge’s TB200 Voice Gateway and TB50/TB55 IADs. In addition, the companies will participate in joint marketing and sales activities.

TollBridge Technologies

Taqua Systems

TellMe to Integrate dynamicsoft’s SIP Technology
TellMe Networks said that it is planning to integrate dynamicsoft’s SIP based infrastructure solutions into its line of voice activated phone applications and network to develop SIP based interoperability. TellMe builds, runs and deploys corporate voice applications that run over its carrier grade networks.

TellMe Networks


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