IP Telephony news wrap-up for Dec 5 – 2006

PMC-Sierra has introduced the availability of the MSP7100 series of new residential gateway reference platforms for the development of gateways to support voice, video, and data services. The new products, driven by a multi-threaded MIPS system processor include wire-rate VDSL2 and processing headroom to support RG-hosted service expansion such as gateway-attached storage, remote-access servers, and fixed-mobile convergence. Other features of the platforms include robust QoS protocols capable of delivering video and voice with zero-packet loss and minimum packet jitter; full-rate 802.11n wireless LAN bridging; an integrated IPSec security engine; dynamic multiprocessing core technology, which allows a gateway to simultaneously perform multiple critical functions with deterministic performance; and an open-standard programming model using standard MIPS tool chains and C-language programming.

The MSP7100 reference designs also provide a 2-channel VoIP terminal adaptor, including two FXS ports and one FXO port, a USB2.0 interface, up to three mini-PCI slots, and support multiple home-area-networking interfaces as well as 802.11g and 802.11n. Product briefs and a whitepaper, ‘Next-Generation Residential Gateways,’ may be found on the company’s web site. A support package, including programmersí guides, is available upon request.

The gateway platform is supported by a SDK based on Linux 2.6.

The reference designs and evaluation platforms are distinguished by the WAN interface configuration supported. The ADSL2+ model employs a MSP7120 processor, while the other gateways mentioned below use a MSP7130 procesor. The new platforms include the
PM2326-KIT ADSL2+ and PM4381 ADSL2+ AFE; the PM2327-KIT VDSL2 and PM4380 VDSL2 AFE; the PM2325-KIT Fast Ethernet; and the PM2328-KIT EPON and the vendor’s PAS6201 EPON chipset.

The PC to phone market is quickly maturing into a phone to phone market as providers are using different technological approaches to getting a consumer’s regular phone integrated into their service. Last week, Ophone announced that it would provide free international calling to 35 different countries by simply dialing into its U.S. based phone number. The number isn’t toll-free, but those already on an unlimited domestic long distance plan can use the service to make an entirely free call.

Jajah’s solution requires the user to go to the company’s web site and enter in the origination and destination numbers for a call. Then, the web site will ring both phone numbers and connect the parties once the lines are picked up. In some cases, the service works with cell phones. International rates vary from free to up to 34 cents per minute

Rebtel has an even different approach. The company has the consumer use a web site or client software to assign a local number to an international number. The consumer can then call the number as if it were a local call. Rebtel charges a dollar a week for each number assignment on top of a per minute fee. The per minute fee is waived if the user employs a dial-back function.

Ophone Communications
Cablemas, a cable operator in Mexico with 15,300 VoCable subscribers, has deployed IP Unity’s media server and voice messaging application in Cuernavaca, with plans to expand the deployment to 13 additional cities. The cable company uses Cedar Point’s softswitch.

Cablemas has 657,000 video subscribers, and 144,000 cable modem subscribers, among the 2 million homes passed by the company’s network.

IP Unity
Cantata Technology has enhanced its SnowShore IP Media server by adding support for H.264 and H.263v3 video sharing; and simultaneous play/record.

The video sharing functionality enables the server to play video clip along with its associated audio into calls ranging from a single 2-party call to large multi-party conferences. The play/record capability enables conference participants to be informed when they are being recorded, notifies them of the remaining time, and allows them to hear other pre-recorded announcements and notifications.

Cantata Technology
Dialogic has introduced TIMG12000DTI, a T1/E1 IP media gateway with four digital trunk interfaces. In addition, the company has released version 5.1 of its media gateway software, which is being shipped with new gateways and being made available to customers to upgrade field deployed units.

The software enables Dialogic’s gateways to support more PSTN protocols (Euro ISDN, DMS100, and 5ESS have been added to the already existing support for ISDN, Q.SIG, and CAS); enable interoperability with switches from Alcatel, Ericsson, and Fujitsu; and support TLS-based security for signaling, secure RTP for voice encryption, and secure HTTPS web access for management.

TalkSwitch has introduced 284VS, a hybrid IP PBX that supports two incoming voice lines, four VoIP trunks, ten remote extensions, and eight local extensions that can be configured as IP or analog. The system is avalable for $1,395.

Yahoo! has added Teleglobe as one of its many peering and termination partners.

R, a cable operator serving the Galacia region of Spain, will use Nortel’s systems integration services, as the provider rolls out residential and business VoCable services based on Nortel’s CS-2000 Compact softswitch.

R Cable

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