IMTC Approves Two iNow! V/FoIP Interoperability Profiles
The International Multimedia Teleconferencing Consortium (IMTC) announced that it has approved the Interdomain Profile and the Terminal Profile, two iNOW! (interoperability NOW!) profiles that will provide for a standards-based framework for the implementation of interoperable IP telephony equipment and services. The Interdomain profile is based on the ITU’s H.225 Annex G, H.323, and T.38 standards. It provides information on gateway to gateway and gatekeeper to gatekeeper interoperability for both phone and fax services. The Terminal profile, which is an extension of the Interdomain profile, is based on the ITU’s H.323 Annex F, H.323 Annex J, H.323 version 3, and H.225.0. It addresses terminal to gatekeeper and terminal to gateway interoperability for both phone to terminal and terminal to phone services.
iNOW! is an industry initiative established to promote interoperability among IP telephony platforms. Corporations interested in joining the organization need to contact Jim Yu, the activity group’s chair, at email@example.com.
In related news, ITXC reported that it will implement the iNOW! Interdomain and Terminal technology in its network as soon as compliant equipment is available from vendors. The network is currently interoperable with earlier versions of the technology. It has 165 POPs in 101 cities and 45 countries, enabling affiliate providers to route VoIP traffic to any telephone in the world via ITXC’s other affiliate providers, the public Internet or the PSTN.
IMTC’s iNow! Activity Group
TVS to Deploy Array Telecom’s Gateways
Array Telecom reported that it has signed an agreement with Japan based TVS, in which TVS plans to purchase $2 million worth of Array’s 3000 model VoIP gateway products. According to the terms of the deal, TVS will deploy at least 100 of Array’s VoIP systems by the end of the year.
The 3000 line of carrier class VoIP gateways is built on a prepaid calling platform that supports multi-lingual IVR, real- time billing, and trunk to IP or trunk to trunk centralized or distributed services. The product can be scaled from two to thousands of simultaneous ports of communications. It ships with built in support for jitter buffer management, and its open architecture allows users to develop Windows NT applications that can either operate as stand alone applications or be integrated with the system. In addition, the product line features capabilities such as built in multi-lingual IVR support and LCR technologies that can route communications based on the optimal time or cost of a call.
MegaWorld Teams With Telic to Expand Services & Network
MegaWorld announced that it has partnered with telic.net to expand the reach of its recently launched VoIP network, and the service’s capabilities to include PC to phone connectivity via telic.net’s PC to phone technology, Softphone. According to the terms of the agreement, MegaWorld will offer telic’s PC to phone services under its own brand, and telic will provide MegaWorld with network management services. In addition, the companies will also exchange traffic between their respective networks. MegaWorld’s services are based on PacketPort’s VoIP and DSL gateway technologies. The provider recently launched the offering in select Central American markets, with plans to expand the services into Caribbean and South American regions as soon as possible.
The Softphone product enables users to place calls from a web browser to any phone number in the world. It can either be embedded in a web site, or downloaded to a user’s PC. When the product is embedded in a web site, it can be configured to enable users to click a call icon to initiate VoIP communications with specific phone numbers.
Excite & click2send Deploy Lipstream VoIP Technology
Excit@Home has announce that it is expanding an earlier agreement with Lipstream, in which it integrated Lipstream’s PC to PC VoIP technology into a section of its web site (Voice Chat), to include the integration of the technology into all of its text chat rooms. In addition, the companies are planning to launch an Italian language compliant version of the service, Excite Italia.
The service, which utilizes a chat room format, enables users with at least a 28.8 Internet connection, a Windows 95, 98 or NT PC system, microphone, and speakers to download a browser based popup VoIP client to join a conference in progress or create a private voice chat room that can support multiple participants. In addition, it features technologies that enable users to send private voice messages to only one conference participant in a group, or mute select participants.
To support the Italian version of the service, Lipstream has configured the technology to recognize an Italian PC system, and convert all messages and prompts into Italian. The technology is based on Qualcomm’s PureVoice and SmartRate technologies implemented on Lipstream’s back end servers collocated at nodes along Qwest’s OC-48 network infrastructure. The PureVoice codec compresses voice signals into a digital signal, and the SmartRate technology provides compression rates. Qwest is also providing 24×7 network monitoring and support for the service.
In a separate announcement, click2send.com reported that it has integrated Lipstream’s PC to PC VoIP technologies into its web site to enable its subscribers to collaborate via voice communications. click2send.com offers an online file delivery, handling and storage service. It enables users to log onto the web site to view and/or exchange digital information with other users via web browsers.
Excite Voice Chat
Clarent Receives $1.1 Million Purchase Order From Concert
Clarent announced that it has received a $1.1 million purchase order from Concert for its VoIP gateways and network/traffic management technologies. Concert, which was recently formed by AT&T and BT to focus on offering an array of telecommunications services, plans to use the products to enhance and expand the reach of AT&T’s Global Clearinghouse infrastructure. The Global Clearinghouse enables providers to establish and operate phone to phone IP telephony and FoIP services that can terminate calls in more than 220 countries via member networks. The service facilitates both origination and termination interconnectivity agreements between members and handles all CDR info for billing and reconciliation between members. The network’s hubs, global termination points and IP access networks are monitored on a 24×7 basis, and a network QoS application has been deployed to enable the member providers to monitor and measure the QoS of VoIP calls between member networks.
Concert is also planning to launch an IP telephony based toll free calling service named IPTF. The service will allow businesses to establish a toll free number that will route calls placed from anywhere in world to the business’ customer hotlines, service centers, call centers, ecommerce centers, etc. The calls will be routed on a global basis using all three company’s networks.
Landmark to Market NetVoice’s Technologies & Services
Landmark Community Newspapers reported that it has reached an agreement with NetVoice Technologies, in which NetVoice will provide it with a VPN and the technology to offer private branded Internet services including Internet telephony and unified messaging. The VPN will interconnect Landmark’s offices, with an ultimate plan to install up to 48 POPs in 12 states.
Landmark will market the services to its subscriber base via its 48 publications distributed in 12 states.
e-tel Secures $2.5 Million in Financing
e-tel announced that it has secured $2.5 million in early-round financing from an undisclosed investor. e-tel will use the funding to market its FreeRide line of VoIP phones, IP appliance phones and low density residential VoIP gateways. e-tel’s products range from a single line telephone to a multi-featured screen model. The phones ship with an additional RJ-11 interface for routing calls over IP networks or legacy networks. The products support H.323 protocols including G.711, G- 723.1A, G.729A and G.729AB. MGCP and SIP support is optional.
Coyote Network Secures $15 Million in Private Placement
Coyote Network Systems said that it has completed a $15 million private placement with several undisclosed investors. The firm sold 3,157,895 shares of unregistered convertible preferred stock, which will earn 6 percent dividends each year, and retain an option to be converted to common stock at a fixed rate of $4.75 per share. The provider will use the funds to expand its application service provider applications, and to offer commercial IP-based applications via its own branded network.