IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Feb, 02 2001

AT&T Launches Corporate VoIP Service Bundles
AT&T has announced that it has added VoIP capabilities to both its Managed Internet Service (MIS) and Managed Router Service (MRS). Both VoIP offerings are based on Cisco’s 2600 and 3600 multi-services routers, which convert voice and fax signals from a corporation’s PBX into IP packets and routes the packets to AT&T’s IP backbone network for transportation to the destination. Both services also implement H.323 technologies, and the provider is also in the process of further developing the services to support SIP technologies. The MIS bundle combines usage based international calling capabilities with unlimited flat rate calling within the U.S. The MRS offering is based on the carrier’s Frame Relay service, which connects VoIP enabled locations in more than 40 countries. It is priced on a flat rate basis, with a monthly monitoring fee and a monthly permanent virtual circuit fee.

Over the next year, AT&T also plans to bundle the VoIP services with its entire portfolio of managed network services.


Comgates Introduces VoIP Only Protocol Mediator Softswitch
Comgates has reported the introduction of the CVPM4500 Protocol Mediator, its IP only softswitch based product that is designed to provide interoperability between a variety of VoIP protocols and technologies. The unit can handle from 20 to 120 calls per second with the capacity to support between 2,000 and 20,000 simultaneous calls. It features full support for H.323 V1, V2, V2FS terminals, gateways and gatekeepers, and SIP based terminals, proxy servers and redirection servers, as well as MGCP technologies. It can be used to provide a seamless connection between different VoIP protocol networks and end-points without the need for any proxy or offloading of the traffic. In addition, the product can provide users with CDRs, the capacity to interface with a variety of call billing platforms, and it also offers a built in online alarm and fault management system to detect potential problems. The vendor is also in the process of further developing the product to support Megaco technologies.

Comgates used RADVision’s H.323 and MGCP software stacks, and dynamicsoft’s SIP technologies to develop the platform.




NxGen Networks to Trial CommWorks’ Total Control Technology
CommWorks Corporation has announced that it has reached an agreement with NxGen Networks, in which NxGen will trial its Total Control model 2000 multiservice access platform for the transport and termination of VoIP traffic and other enhanced telephony services.

The trial is scheduled to begin this fall.

Late last year, NxGen reported that is in the process of deploying Nuera Communications’ equipment to develop a global VoIP infrastructure that will have operations in select metropolitan markets with populations of more than 3 million including Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Dubai. By the end of this year, It expects to have well over 48 POPs operational throughout Asia, Africa, Canada, Europe, South America and the U.S. The firm has also recently reached agreements with Touch America, the network telecommunications subsidiary of the Montana Power Company, and Wherever.net to interconnect networks and trade traffic.

CommWorks Corporation

NxGen Networks

Mockingbird to Integrate NMS’ DS-3 Interface Technology
Mockingbird Networks said that it is planning to integrate Natural MicroSystems’ PowerAccess Hyper-T3 Access Adapter into its NuvoStream line of VoIP application switches to develop a DS-3 interface. The cPCI Unix-based NuvoStream IP telephony solutions offer support for SS7/C7 implementations, H.323, ISDN, R1/R2, and CAS signaling for interoperability with legacy phone systems. The unit is based on the vendor’s SS7 softswitch technology and AudioCodes’ TrunkPack-400 VoIP boards to support from 96 to 1,680 ports per chassis, or 10,000 ports per cluster. It also ships with the vendor’s OSS customer care and billing software, Impresaria, which supports billing, phone cards and global network interconnections.

The NuvoStream DS-3 interface module is expected to be available by this summer.

Natural MicroSystems

Mockingbird Networks

Anixter to Resell SpectraLink’s Wireless VoIP Technology
SpectraLink Corporation reported that it has reached an agreement with Anixter, in which Anixter will market and resell its NetLink Wireless Telephone System throughout Europe. The H.323 compliant NetLink system operates over a wireless LAN, using VoIP technologies to deliver voice and data over a converged wireless network. In addition, it can seamlessly integrate with a various vendor’s PBXs, to offer access to traditional telephony features such as conference calls, call forwarding and transfer, multiple line appearance and caller-ID.



Vpacket Secures $23 Million in Initial Round of Two Phase Funding Deal
Vpacket Communications said that it has secured $23 million from NIF Ventures/Daiwa Securities Group, New Enterprise Associate and Nexus Group, in the initial round of a two phase, 60 day investment funding deal that is expected to result in up to $50 million in capital. The company intends to use the financing to further its research and development efforts for its scalable router solutions that can utilize networks such as Gigabit Ethernet to support high speed voice/data access. Late last year, the firm introduced the 6100 Series IP based multi-service router for converged networks/services. The unit is expected to enable providers to leverage existing broadband equipment to offer voice and data services directly to subscriber’s premises. It can support for up to 24 VoIP ports, via WAN interfaces for DSL, T1/E1, Frame Relay, etc., and traditional telecommunications/PBX/LAN communications via FXS, or T1/CAS, 10/100 BaseT Ethernet interfaces. In addition, the product ships with the vendor’s Voice Network Management System to support QoS measurement and reporting features (packet loss, latency, jitter, etc.) on a customer and network basis, and to implement QoS capabilities for packet shaping and policy control which will identify and prioritize voice packets.

Vpacket Communications

Tdsoft Secures $20 Million Investment
Tdsoft has reported that it has closed a $20 million investment deal with an undisclosed US based investor. The firm intends to use the funding to develop additional voice over next gen access technologies, and expand its customer care, marketing and sales initiatives.


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