IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Dec, 28 2004

1. Ecuity Launching PC to Phone VoIP Service
Ecuity plans to launch V-Tone Home, a PC to phone VoIP service throughout the U.S. on January 3rd. The service will be offered to broadband Internet users and will be offered in conjunction with TeleSym’s softphone. The provider is offering a calling package will unlimited calling within the U.S. for $30 per month. Other residential plans are available as well as business plans such as IP Centrex and IP PBX.

The unlimited PC to phone plan features a wide range of calling features including caller ID, call blocking, call forwarding, 3-way calling, voicemail, unified messaging, simultaneous ring, and click to dial integration with Outlook. Optionally, Wi-Fi VoIP service is supported using laptops or Pocket PC- compatible cell phones and PDAs.

The service supports local number portablity. It does not support e911.


3. Vonage Using Internap for Routing; Extends Services to Maine
Vonage is using Internap for intelligent routing via connectivity to Internap PoPs in New York, New Jersey, Atlanta, Nashville, and Dallas. The technology analyzes tricc on multiple Internet backbones and selects an optimal path to send VoIP traffic.

In other news, Vonage has said that it has extended its consumer VoIP service to cover the entire state of Maine.

Vonage has more than 350,000 subscribers in North America.



5. Mercator Releases Free Study of VoIP Equipment Market in Q3
Mercator Capital, an investment bank, has released VoIP Carrier Equipment Market Industry Update: Voice over Broadband Approaching Full-Throttle, a free, 52-page study of the worldwide market for VoIP gear in the 3rd quarter of 2004. The report, based on a survey of 30 vendors, provides market revenues and line shipments for softswitches, session border controllers, and media servers.

The firm finds Class 4/5 softswitches and media gateways generated $169 million in revenues in Q3. Carrier IP Centrex equipment generated $7.7 million, session border controllers achieved $15.5 million, and media servers drew $12.5 million, for the quarter.

Mercator named Nortel and Sonus the leaders in Class 4 softswitches and Nortel and UTStarcom in Class 5 softswitches. The leading vendors in the media gateway market segment were identified as Nortel, UTStarcom, Cisco, and Sonus.

Download the full report from the company’s web site.

Mercator Capital

VoIP Carrier Equipment Market Industry Update

7. Ellacoya Provides QoS on a Per Sub and Service Provider Basis
Ellaycoya Networks has released version 5.8 of its IP Service Control System, an intelligent bandwidth management solution that now provides VoIP-aware functionality and the ability to prioritize by application and service provider.

The system is capable of identifying, classifying, and prioritizing SIP, H.323, and MGCP applications per subscriber and per VoIP service provider, enabling providers to automatically apply QoS, as well as obtain visibility and reporting data for specific VoIP traffic on a per subscriber or per provider basis.

Through the solution, VoIP traffic can be directly prioritized by being positioned in-line on the network; or in cable access networks, from an off-line position using the PacketCable framework.

Ellacoya Networks

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