IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Feb, 08 2002

1. Siemens Introduces New HiPath Products & Enhancements
Siemens has introduced a series of new products and enhancements to its HiPath IP product line including small to midsize enterprise and medium to large enterprise communications platforms, a softswitch, and a digital phone.

The company has released a 3000 and 4000 series of its IP communications platform. The technology, centrally managed, supports circuit switched, IP or mixed configurations as well as all optiset E and optiPoint phones, adapters, and IP soft clients. The 3000, aimed at SME customers, scales up to 1000 users and the 4000, targeting medium to large enterprises, supports up to 100,000 users.

Siemens has also introduced the HiPath 5000 enterprise softswitch, a third generation product that now supports the HiPath Xpressions unified messaging product and the ProCenter suites for customer interaction. The softswitch interworks with PBXs and IP convergence platforms through H.323, H.450, QSig, and CorNet (SIP in Q’2).

The company has introduced a new digital telephone designed for the 3000 and 4000 platforms known as OptiPoint 500. It features full duplex speakerphones, dual USB ports, and a content sensitive user interface. There are five models available as well as adapters supporting analog connectivity, teleworking, headsets, and a recorder.

In addition to the new products, Siemens has introduced new and enhanced applications for mobility, messaging and customer interaction.


3. Latinode Deploys FastComm’s Signaling Gateway
FastComm has announced that Latinode Communications has deployed its SignalPath 230 signaling gateway in Guatemala as part of its VoIP network in Latin America. The signaling gateway will provide ISDN to C7 conversion to the PSTN. It will interconnect multiple Cisco AS5300 VoIP gateways and Ericsson ANS 323 C7 switch connected to the local Guatemalan PSTN.

Latinode owns PoPs in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Haiti, Venezuala, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, and Argentina. The provider carriers million of minutes daily.



5. Tandberg Introduces Videoconferencing Enhancements
Tandberg has introduced enhancements to its videoconferencing system including encrypted security, extended QoS, and the addition of RSVP to its existing support for IP Precedence and Type of Service. New functionality includes support for up to 10 video sites and 4 audio sites on ISDN and IP. With Chair Control, the system now allows the user to take the floor, select who is seen on the screen and swap between Continuous Presence and Voice Switched Mode.

Other enhancements include a web interface for entering text and closed captioning (T.140), extended voice switched streaming fuctionality (streaming from both local and far end sites), codes to ensure only authorized access, account codes used for billing procedures and cost allocation, extended password protections, G.711, support for Cisco’s wireless LAN card, maximum call length, and remote ISDN/IP software updates.


7. CommWorks Introduces Softswitch Modules CommWorks has introduced two new modules for its softswitch including the 4010 Session Manager and the 4205 Protocol Mediator. The modules work as protocol converters.


9. Dimension Data Introduces Call Authorization Tools
Dimension Data has introduced Cisco-based call authorization and tracking tools that enable providers to assign and track project-related expenses and control long distance access and costs. The technology consists of two applications including project/client codes and call authorization codes. The project/client codes are used for capturing, tracking and billing labor and telephony expenses to clients and for maintaining internal accounting records. The call authorization codes prevent users from placing calls outside their authorized calling area. It requires users to enter a call access code that identifies them and their authorized calling areas. The system captures and tracks all call details for reporting and departmental charge-back purposes.

Both of the tools can interface with back-end billing and supported by common web-based reporting and administration functions.

Dimension Data

11. Sonexis Introduces Audioconferencing Appliance
Sonexis has introduced AudioCollaborator, an enterprise audio conferencing appliance that allows general purpose microprocessors to handle call and media processing. The technology features web and IVR controls, multiple security levels, and web administration. IP models are available in 30 to 120 port connections. The AudioCollaborator, in the size of a standard 1U server, plugs into existing PSTN or IP/LAN telephony systems as well as IP or traditional PBXs.

The audio conferencing appliance is in beta trials. General availability is scheduled for May of this year. List pricing begins at $25,000.


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