IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Feb, 05 2001

ITXC Unveils Program to Enable GRICphone Providers to Continue Service
In response to GRIC Communications’ announcement last week that it is planning to discontinue its wholesale VoIP operations, ITXC has unveiled a program exclusively for the GRICphone providers that will transition their services onto its global network. To qualify for the program, the participants must have documented GRICphone network status, at least 48 ports of capacity, a minimum of 1M minutes of traffic per month over the first three months (for originators), meet ITXC’s credit requirements (for originators) and quality standards, offer market competitive termination pricing (for termination providers), and provide their own bandwidth for connection to the Internet. In addition, participants will need to sign an ITXC affiliate agreement, and not be contractually precluded from doing so, or be currently under contract or contract negotiations with ITXC. For qualified providers, ITXC will pay double termination rates during the first week of operation, and provide up to 1,000,000 minutes of free calling to the continental U.S. through March 1, 2001, a dedicated sales staff and 24 hour deployment support, traffic flow within 72 hours of contract completion, and it will waive all deployment fees. The service/network offers support for Cisco, Lucent (Excel), Clarent, and/or VocalTec Internet telephony platforms.

To participate in the program, potential participants must contact ITXC at +1.609.750.3274 or mbennett@itxc.com before March 1, 2001.

ITXC offers wholesale phone to phone and PC to phone VoIP services via its global Internet telephony network, which has 360 POPs in 197 cities and 78 countries. The company enables affiliated providers to route traffic to any telephone in the world via the infrastructure, its affiliate provider’s networks, the public Internet or the PSTN. It also implements its own patent pending BestValue Routing technology to control the quality of calls.

In other news, Zimbabwe Posts & Telecommunications Corporation (Zimbabwe PTC) has reported that it has connected its operations with ITXC’s network and is now terminating voice and fax calls in the Zimbabwe market. The provider also plans to eventually begin originating calls for transmission over ITXC’s infrastructure.


GRIC Communications

Zimbabwe Posts & Telecommunications Corporation

WorldCom to Launch IP Based Voice, Data and Video Services
WorldCom has reported that it gearing up to launch IP Communications, its suite of IP communications services that will facilitate the convergence of voice, data and video services over an IP network. The carrier intends to initially integrate the technologies into its IP VPN and Private IP offerings, which provide secure dial and dedicated VPN services, and new e-applications via its global IP enabled networks using MPLS technologies.

The services are expected to be available sometime during Q’2.


AARO Broadband Wireless To Trial CommWorks VoIP Technologies
AARO Broadband Wireless Communications said that it is planning to trial CommWorks Corporation’s IP telephony technologies to develop support for fixed wireless voice and data services. The provider intends to deploy CommWork’s Total Control 2000 multiservice access platform and model 4000 softswitch technologies for the trial, which is expected to begin by Summer.

Oklahoma based AARO offers wireless connectivity with speeds of up to 155 Mbps for services such as unified communications, IP telephony and videoconferencing

AARO Broadband Wireless Communications

CommWorks Corporation

NexTone and Convedia Team to Create Enhanced Services
NexTone Communications said that it has partnered with Convedia to develop interoperability between its line of iServer architecture products and Convedia’s CMS-6000 Media Server. The interoperable solutions will enable users to develop and deploy an array of enhanced applications for next gen networks.

The CMS-6000 Media Server is a carrier class VoIP enhanced service media processor that can support a variety of traditional and emerging enhanced services over xDSL, cable, fiber, wireless and traditional networks. It is specifically designed for next gen packet networks, offers support for up to 18,000 ports per shelf, and can be used to develop real-time enhanced services such as multimedia conferencing, speech processing, IVR, unified messaging, and announcements. In addition, it offers interoperability with various VoIP specifications including H.323, SIP and MGCP.

The iServer architecture consists of the Application Switch and a family of Application Servers. The platform offers the policy-based call routing and signal interworking (SIP, H.323) needed to deploy applications in an on-net IP environment while also interoperating with softswitch and media gateway platforms for off-net calls to and from the PSTN.

In other news, Netergy Networks reported that it is teaming with Convedia to develop enhanced VoIP services, solutions and applications based on the combination of Convedia’s Media Server and its Media Gateway technology.


NexTone Communications

Pyramid Computer Unveils Linux Based ISDN-H323 Gateway
Pyramid Computer Systeme GmbH has announced the introduction of the BEN HUR communications server, its Linux based ISDN-H323 gateway. The product can be deployed in a modern LAN to support an array of communications capabilities including telephony, fax, Internet, email, RAS, SMS and VPN, and it can be used with the Windows client, NetMeeting, or an IP telephone to support IP telephony functionality.

The product, which is scheduled to begin beta testing soon, is expected to be available on a commercial basis by the end of March, when the firm also intends to make the source code available to the Linux community.

Pyramid Computer Systeme GmbH

PacketStorm Introduces IP Network Emulator
PacketStorm Communications announces the PacketStorm1800E IP Network Emulator, its evaluation solution that can be used to test the QoS and SLAs of services such as VoIP and streaming video. The product, which has been designed for 10/100 Ethernet, T1, E1, DS3, E3, and OC-3 interfaces, provides controllable and repeatable IP network conditions (impaired and/or modified packets). It can emulate IP network impairments including delay, jitter, drop (random, periodic, or burst), duplicate, re-order, bandwidth throttle, fragment (random or MTU), and packet discard. It also implements modifiers that can change packet fields including source address, destination address, ToS, DSCP, TTL, protocol, transport checksum, network checksum, source port, destination port, and the don’t fragment bit. In addition, it provides five ToS service levels and sixty-four Diff Serv service levels, with each level implementing independent impairment and modifier profiles.

The product is currently available. Pricing was not disclosed.

PacketStorm Communications

Dial-Thru International Initiates Service in Argentina
Dial-Thru International has announced that its network and switching facilities in Buenos Aires are now operational and transporting international telecommunications traffic for services such as VoIP, ISP, ASP, unified messaging and other enhanced Internet telephony offerings. The company is in the process of developing a private IP telephony network to support a variety of international telecommunications services including wholesale carrier, international dial thru, re-origination, FoIP, eCommerce and prepaid calling card. It utilizes oceanic cable transmission facilities, international satellites, and the Internet to transport traffic. The company also recently began deploying Mockingbird Networks’ VoIP equipment to develop a global clearing house service, and it has recently reached agreements with Global Crossing and Gigabell AG, in which it will use capacity on both carrier’s infrastructures to route services and develop an array of additional service capabilities. It has also recently formed a subsidiary in the Venezuela to offer services.

Dial-Thru International

LAKE Communications Introduces SOHO Communications System
LAKE Communications has announced the introduction of OfficeLink, its voice and data system for the small office market. The solution features an integrated 8 channel H.323 v2 compliant (G.711, G.729A, G.723.1) VoIP gateway, a set of key system and PABX features as well as an integrated router, firewall, Ethernet hub and voice mail application. It can support from 8 to 32 users, and offers interfaces for PRI, BRI, PSTN, ADSL and leased lines. In addition, it ships with the vendor’s centralized management system, Ovida, to provide remote management and configuration capabilities via a browser interface.

Pricing for the system begins at $1,500. The company is also in the process of developing the solution to support SIP technologies.

LAKE Communications

iBasis Carried More Than 600 Million Minutes in 2000
iBasis said that it carried over 600 million minutes of traffic last year. The provider’s primarily Cisco equipment based Internet telephony network has main switching operations in Amsterdam, Cambridge (Massachusetts), Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Sydney, Tokyo and Vancouver, and smaller POPs in select markets throughout Asia, Europe, Korea, the Middle East and South America. It has also recently initiated plans to expand its infrastructure to include POPs in Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Stockholm and Zurich. The provider can terminate traffic on a global basis via its network, its affiliate’s networks, interconnection agreements or the PSTN. In addition, the company offers SLAs for its services, and it implements its own proprietary Assured Quality Routing technology to monitor VoIP calls to ensure completion, or provide re-routing to the PSTN.


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