IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Dec, 23 2005

1. TCS, Pac-West, & VoIP Inc to Deploy Acme Packets’ SBC
Acme Packet has named a series of new customers that will be deploying its Net Net session border controllers including TCS, Pac-West, and VoIP Inc.

For Telecommunications Systems, one of the leading e911 solutions providers in the U.S., Net Net will be used to connect managed VoIP providers to the company’s IP network using features from the SBC’s security framework, Net Safe.

For Pac West, the SBC’s will be used in conjunction with the telecom provider’s VoiceSource suite of IP connectivity services offered in 6 U.S. states. The technology will be deployed at two of the company’s superPoPs to serve as a bridge between IP and TDM networks for service provider customers needing PSTN termination and origination.

Pac West plans to expand its service to 36 major U.S. markets next year, covering more than half of the U.S. population.

For VoIP Inc, Acme Packets’ SBCs will be deployed at PoPs throughout the U.S. to interconnect VoIP Inc’s private IP network with public networks and data centers. VoIP Inc’s network, VoiceOne, reaches 90% of the U.S. population.

The Net Net SBCs provide a set of security functions for IP networks including access control, network topology hiding and DoS protection against both signaling and media attacks and overloads. The product also includes QoS management features and fault tolerant operations.

Acme Packet

3. Koncept Participating in VoIP Trials in China
Koncept International, a US based VoIP equipment vendor and termination provider, has been granted permission by the Chinese Communications Regulatory Body MII to work in cooperation with Shenzhen Telecom to conduct VoIP trials in 4 cities in the country. The company has also extended its business in China via a distribution agreement with Guangzhou Huilong, and through a trial of its of softphone by Tianjin Xunlong, a large ISP.

Koncept has a R&D facility in Shenzhen and network operations in Chengdu and Los Angeles.

Koncept International

5. Yankee Group Releases Studies on VoIP Trends & SMB Market
Yankee Group has released two new studies recently including its annual Technologically Advanced Family (TAF) Survey and Assessing the SMB VoIP Market.

The announcement on the latter report provided few details on its content. The firm did state that 70% of SMBs indicated they would prefer a hosted VoIP solution to a premises based one.

The TAF survey evaluates adoption, buying behaviors and purchasing influencers of U.S. consumers across all demographic segments. The survey measures consumer attitudes about hundreds of products and companies related to telecommunications, media and entertainment, online billing and home computing.

In the TAF survey, Yankee Group concludes that consumer awareness of VoIP is low and that confusion remains high. Nearly 35% of VoIP aware U.S. households believe VoIP is strictly at PC to PC or PC to phone technology. Of the survey respondents the firm recognizes as VoIP aware, 38% believe VoIP service offers a better feature set than traditional phone service.

Yankee Group

7. Enigma Introduces Cell & Packet Switching Architecture
Enigma Semiconductor has introduced HybriCore, a scaleable cell and native packet switching architecture that delivers more than 280 Gbps per switch for 2 terabits of full duplex, non-blocking traffic across the system backplane.

The first chipset implementation will employ Rambus’ high speed interconnect serial link technology, which will provide 6-10 Gbps backplane interconnects. The licensed technology will include equalization and reflection cancellation, dynamic algorithms, variable data rates, and enable real-time link health monitoring via a diagnostics feature.

The architecture will carry both cell and packets without internal segmentation, eliminating reassembly, reordering, and the associated cell tax. Since the architecture scheduled packets directly, nearly 100% of raw backplane serial link bandwidth is available for user and system throughput.

HybriCore will be sampling in the first quarter of next year.

Enigma Semiconductor

9. D-Link Introduces Small Business IP PBX
D-Link has introduced xStack, a VoIP solution for small businesses that includes an IP PBX with up to 25 extensions, a conferencing server, a SIP analog trunk gateway for PSTN connectivity, and IP phones with speakerphones and a 2.5 LCD.

The SIP based IP PBX supports calling features such as call forwarding, call hold, find me/follow me and voicemail. It uses MD5 SIP authentication encryption encoder software and a firewall. The system ships with 5 user licenses included.

The analog trunk gateway features four RJ-11 analog FXO ports for connecting to local PSTN lines and one 10/100 Mbps Ethernet LAN port. In addition to providing gateway functionality, the device can interconnect traditional PBX phone systems between remote locations over an IP network, bypassing PSTN toll charges. When the gateway is used in conjunction with the IP PBX, it allows VoIP products to connect to inbound 800 numbers and outbound 911 services.

The IP phone displays a wide array of call information such as dialed numbers, caller ID, and address book entries. The phone supports features such as redial, mute, transfer, voicemail LED, 3-way calling, call waiting, call forwarding and hold.

All of the products include tech support, firmware updates, and a 1-year warranty. The IP PBX is $1600. The gateway is $700 and the IP phone is $150.

Earlier this month, the company also introduced two new VPN and firewall appliances for small business systems.


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