8 Vendors Join OpenVoB’s Ranks to Aid in Standards Development
OpenVoB, an organization pushing for interoperable voice over broadband (DSL, cable and wireless) specifications based on existing and developing technologies, has announced that Atlantic-Telecom, Convergent Networks, Efficient Networks, Polycom, Rapid5 Networks, Sedona Networks, Sphere Communications and Texas Instruments have joined its cause to aid in the development and deployment of interoperable voice over broadband technologies, products and services. The organization is devoted to ensuring the uninhibited growth of voice over broadband networks and technologies through the cooperative development of multi-vendor architectural options and interoperable platforms that can implement industry standard VoB technologies. The organization has also recently released a white paper that outlines the need for OpenVoB specs, and presents a road map detailing the steps the group intends to take to reach its primary interoperability objectives.
In related news, the OpenVoB group recently successfully conducted the testing of its initial Interoperability guidelines at its inaugural interoperability forum held last month at the University of New Hampshire’s InterOperability Laboratory in Durham. The testing focused on developing interoperability between various vendor’s broadband gateways and IADs based on the guidelines (an implementation of the ATM Forum’s AAL2 Loop Emulation Service), and laying the groundwork for evaluating, testing, developing and benchmarking OpenVoB compliant solutions.
The organization has scheduled the next interoperability forum for sometime next March, where it will further develop and test product interoperability, and the implementation models and test plans.
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Entel Chile to Deploy VocalTec’s VoIP Technologies
VocalTec said that it has secured an order for its VoIP equipment from North Supply Chile SA, a systems integrator, that is developing an IP telephony network for Entel Chile. The VAR initially intends to deploy VocalTec’s VoIP/SS7 technologies for the Chilean based provider in a trunk replacement configuration that will connect Chile and Peru. Plans also eventually call for the deployment of additional VoIP gear to expand the network to provide international connectivity.
The network, which is currently under construction, is expected to be operational by the end of this year. Entel Chile offers a variety of corporate telecommunications and value-added services including Internet access, private voice and data networks, regional VSAT shared hub transmission, PSTN and international frame relay to the Latin America/Caribbean region.
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Siemens Introduces IP Phones; Enhances IP Servers
Siemens has announced the availability of its optiPoint 300 series of IP telephones, and the introduction of a new version of HiPath model 5000 IP servers.
The DSP based, H.323 v2 compliant phone features 12 user programmable speed dial keys, DTMF tone support, an LCD display with date/time, caller ID, call hold, and last number redial capabilities. It can be remotely managed via a password protected web browser interface supporting HTTP, SNMP, DHCP, SNTP an FTP technologies. The vendor is also in the process of further developing the unit to support H.450 technologies.
The IP server technology has been enhanced to provide additional scalability and functionality capabilities, as well as to include an IP phone and a new gateway module. It now consists of the HiPath 5300 or 5500 communications platforms, the HiPath RG 2500 gateway, bundled with the optiPoint 300 IP telephones and/or HiPath AP 1100 analog terminal adapters. The system is designed to act as an IP PBX to enable users to migrate circuit switched infrastructure to support VoIP communications without replacing an entire PBX system.
Both products are currently available. The phone has an SRP of $265 (Euro 265), and pricing was not disclosed for the server.
COLO.COM Completes Initial Deployment of Collocation Network
COLO.COM reported that it has deployed the initial phase of its IP based collocation network operations, dubbed Neutral Optical Hubs, that it intends to use to support other provider’s broadband services and products such as streaming audio/video and VoIP. The firm has just launched operations in select U.S. metropolitan markets including Beaverton (OR), Chicago, Dallas, Emeryville (CA), Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Oakbrook (IL), Phoenix, St. Louis (MO), San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Vienna (VA), and signed leases in Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte (NC), Chesapeake (VA), Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Cordova (TN), Detroit, Englewood (CO), Irvine (CA), Jacksonville, Kansas City (MO), Louisville, Minneapolis, New York, Ontario (CA), Philadelphia, Portland, Richmond (VA), San Antonio, and West Valley (UT). It also plans to open at least 4 additional operations in select U.S. markets by the end of the year, with further plans to eventually expand the service into select European markets.
InfoCast to Integrate SurfandCall’s PC to Phone VoIP eCommerce Technology
InfoCast LLC said that it is planning to integrate SurfandCall Network Services’ (a VocalTec subsidiary) PC to phone VoIP enabled eCommerce technology, SurfandCall, into the customer relationship management solutions/services that it offers. The SurfandCall service/application can be used to integrate support for a variety of communications capabilities into a web site including Internet telephony, co browsing and text chat to enable visitors to initiate communications with CSR from a PC without disconnecting from the Internet.
SurfandCall Network Services also offers the eCommerce service on a commercial basis.
e-tel to Introduce Wireless H.323 Compliant IP Phones and Gateways
e-tel reported that it is further developing its FreeRide product line to include wireless IP phones and gateways, dubbed FreeRide-WL. The 802.11b and H.323 compliant products are being designed for use in fixed wireless LAN configurations, and to be interoperable with the vendor’s other FreeRide products, which include a line of H.323 compliant desktop IP phones that can route traffic over both traditional and IP based networks.
The wireless products are expected to be available early next year.
Mockingbird and NEC America Develop VoIP Network Management System
NEC America said that it has teamed with Mockingbird Networks to develop a carrier-class network management system that will enable users to provision, monitor and manage a VoIP network based on Mockingbird’s VoIP equipment. According to the terms of the deal, the firms have integrated NEC’s Broadband Network Management System, which is primarily used to manage ATM networks, with Mockingbird’s Impresaria Management and Provisioning software. The system, which runs on a Sun UltraSPARC II workstation, will allow users to configure all Mockingbird equipment including Nuvo200 and NuvoStream voice application switches running in a network via a centralized location. In addition, it can also be used to retrieve CDRs, and to monitor the real time performance of applications running across the network and through Mockingbird’s gear.
NetCentrex Secures $20 Million in Mezzanine Round
NetCentrex reported that it has completed a $20 million mezzanine round of funding with Innovacom (the venture capital subsidiary of France Telecom), Natexis Investissement, CDC Innovation Partners, Crescendo Ventures, Newbury Ventures, T-Venture and Viventures. The vendor intends to use the financing to increase its market presence through an expanded product line and expanded sales, marketing and operational activities.
In other news, NetCentrex also said that it has completed the acquisition of MG2 Technologies. The firms reached the agreement earlier this year, in which the companies inteded to merge and continue operating as NetCentrex, and to integrate their respective technologies to develop solutions that will support the integration of voice, video, and data over both IP and PSTN infrastructures.
8 Vendors Join OpenVoB’s Ranks to Aid in Standards Development