IP Telephony news wrap-up for Dec 21, 1998

ITU Work Group Begins Evaluation of Addition to H.323 Recommendations
The ITU's Study Group 16 announced that it has started analyzing a new Internet standard, currently referred to as H.gcp, which will become an addition to the H.323 family of recommendations. H.gcp will expound on H.323's capabilities to provision new services by enabling Internet gateway devices to be interfaced, in a standard way, with the signaling systems found in traditional telephony networks.

ITU Work Group Begins Evaluation of Addition to H.323 Recommendations
The ITU's Study Group 16 announced that it has started analyzing a new Internet standard, currently referred to as H.gcp, which will become an addition to the H.323 family of recommendations. H.gcp will expound on H.323's capabilities to provision new services by enabling Internet gateway devices to be interfaced, in a standard way, with the signaling systems found in traditional telephony networks.

The group plans to have the new standard ready for the first phase of approval by its next meeting in May '99.

ITU
http://www.itu.int

Vendors Join Interoperability Alliance With ITXC, VocalTec & Lucent
ITXC has announced that Ascend, Cisco, Clarent, Dialogic, Natural MicroSystems and Siemens will integrate support for the iNOW! (interoperability NOW!) profile into their respective Internet telephony platforms. The profile, which is based on H.323 protocols and the H.225.0 Annex G, will detail how to achieve interoperability between gateways and gatekeepers from different vendors.

Lucent and VocalTec co-developed the interoperability profile, with ITXC providing lab and field testing, project management, and marketing.

iNOW! is scheduled to be released next month.

In a related announcement, MIND CTI's iPhonEX IP telephony billing system is being used by ITXC to provide an interoperable billing and settlement solution for the interoperable Lucent and VocalTec Internet telephony platforms installed in its network.

VocalTec
http://www.vocaltec.com

ITXC
http://www.itxc.com

Lucent
http://www.lucent.com

Mind CTI
http://www.mindcti.com

Net2Phone to Provide Bigfoot and Lands' End with VoIP Capabilities
Net2Phone has announced that its IP telephony web commerce application, Click2Talk, will be integrated into both Bigfoot's and Land's End's web sites. Bigfoot will use the application in its phone directories to enable users to click a number to initiate a call. Lands' End will utilize the Click2Talk application as a call icon, enabling web site visitors to click the icon to initiate communications with a company representative.

In a separate announcement, Net2Phone has unveiled plans to launch a reseller program in the U.S. to enable LD resellers, MLMs, calling card distributors, and others to offer pre-paid calling cards for its Internet telephony services.

Click2Talk
http://www.click2talk.com

Net2Phone
http://www.net2phone.com

Bigfoot
http://www.bigfoot.com

ATT, ComGates Interconnect VoIP Facilities With Arbinet's Clearinghouse
Arbinet has announced that its Global Clearing Network (AGCN) has been interconnected with ComGates' network of POPs and AT&T's global clearinghouse network to facilitate the routing of minutes between the AGCN and both of the networks. The AGCN provides real-time authentication, authorization, LCR, call placement, and settlement on a transaction by transaction basis to enable carriers to access the best rates and routing options it offers.

AT&T's recently launched Global Clearinghouse provides a centrally managed solution that allows carriers to establish and operate phone to phone IP Telephony services with connectivity in more than 140 countries.

In a separate announcement, Arbinet has provisioned its AGCN to support Clarent's IP telephony gateways.

Arbinet
http://www.arbinet.com

AT&T
http://www.att.com

Comgates
http://www.comgates.com

Franklin Receives $250,000 Order for Turn-Key VoIP Installation
Franklin Telecom has announced that it has received a quarter million dollar order from an undisclosed company in Southern California for the turn-key installation of facilities that will support its Tempest Internet telephony system.

The Tempest system utilizes the company's ICT-1 MVIP card and ICDSP-8 card(s) to provide up to 24 G.711 fax or G.729 voice channels per unit via T-1 or FXO/FXS interfaces. It includes Franklin's proprietary authentication and billing server to provide a centralized, managed invoicing facility that will track and manage a database of subscribers. The server will support credit, debit, pre-paid and other account types. When a call is placed, the B&A server will authenticate the user code and verify that the account has sufficient credit, and route it on to a terminating gateway. When the call is completed, the terminating gateway will send CDR information back to the B&A server to enable the necessary changes to be made to the account balance. In addition, network administrators and subscribers will be able to view account information online.

Franklin Telecom
http://www.ftel.com

iReady to Use Open Port's Internet Fax Technology in Products
iReady has announced that it is teaming with Open Port to integrate Internet fax gateway protocol support into iReady's Internet Tuner for MFPs (Multi-Function Peripherals) or fax machines. With gateway protocol support, the Internet Tuner module will enable devices to send faxes via providers that utilize Open Port's Harmony NSP fax solution such as UUNET, MCI WorldCom, and GRIC.

Prototypes of the Internet Tuner are expected to be available this month.

iReady Corporation
http://www.ireadyco.com

Open Port
http://www.openport.com

VIP Calling & Siemens to Offer VoIP Solutions in Asia Pacific Market
VIP Calling has announced that it is partnering with Siemens Business Services (SBS) to offer IP telephony solutions to carriers in the Asia Pacific region.

VIP Calling
http://www.vipcalling.com

Siemens
http://www.siemens.com

Brooktrout Acquires Lucent's CT Division
Brooktrout announced that it has acquired Lucent's Computer Telephony Products (CTP) division for $29.4 million in cash. The CTP division provides technologies to the voice processing industry and manufactures hardware and software components that connect PCs and LANs with telephone networks.

The division will continue to operate from its current facilities in Los Gatos, CA as a wholly owned subsidiary of Brooktrout.

Brooktrout
http://www.brooktrout.com

Lucent
http://www.lucent.com

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