China Telecom Forced to Split; Licensing Required for ITSPs
China’s Ministry of Information Industry has announced that to increase
competition and lower calling rates, it plans split the strongest
telecommunications provider in the market, China Telecom, into three
separate entities responsible for paging, mobile and fixed line networks.
The agency indicated that it would not tolerate competition from foreign
companies or Internet telephony providers because it would affect China
Telecom’s large profits, which are used to develop telecommunications
facilities in poor inland areas. The Chinese government has also indicated
that it will now require ITSPs to be fully licensed.
Linkon Forms Entity to Offer V/FoIP Services
Linkon announced that it has formed a wholly owned subsidiary, LinkNetwork,
to manage a partnership program that will enable it to develop V/FoIP
services with international interconnectivity. The program is open to any
company that wishes to offer IP telephony services to its market.
Interested parties can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
regarding partnership opportunities.
LinkNetwork has indicated that it has already established a partner in the
New York City market. The undisclosed provider is currently testing the
VoIP facilities. Commercial services are expected to be available in March.
Swisscom to Use Cisco’s Equipment for VoIP Network
Swisscom has announced that it is planing to use Cisco’s equipment to
switch its traditional telephony network over to an IP based
infrastructure. The new network is expected to consist of Cisco’s 12000 GSR
optical switches at the core of the network, with Cisco’s BPX and MGX
multiservice ATM switches installed at 50 POPs throughout Switzerland. The
provider will use the new network to offer services including data, voice
and video, as well as Virtual VPN, Internet telephony and Internet fax
services. Swisscom plans to begin offering the services as early as this
Swisscom is currently using Inter-Tel’s Interprise VoIP solution to offer a
commercial PC to phone Internet telephony service, known as SurfCall, to
its BlueWindow Internet service subscribers.
Swisscom, The Blue Window
Networks Telephony Launches Global VoIP Services
Networks Telephony has announced the availability of its PC to phone and
phone to phone IP telephony services, branded Everyline. The PC to phone
service is currently being offered by Ireland On-Line (IOL), Clinet in
Finland, NetSales in the Netherlands, and Infonet Services in the U.S. The
company is currently negotiating with other providers in Asia, Europe,
Latin America, Sweden, the UK, and the U.S. to expand the PC to phone
service further. The phone to phone service is being provided by Networks
Telephony’s partners including Infonet Services, a global provider; INET, a
provider of international corporate communication solutions; and Cleartel
Communications, an international communications provider in the Latin
American and Mexican markets.
The Everyline services will utilize Networks Telephony’s private, global
backbone with POPs in 42 countries and termination capabilities in 220
HitCom Developing Plans and Facilities to Offer VoIP Services
HitCom, a U.S. facilities-based telco, announced that it is developing
plans to utilize VoIP technologies to carry traffic between the U.S. and
Canada. The provider has just purchased a switch from Excel to deploy in
its existing facility in Toronto, which is interconnected with its POP in
St.Louis, Missouri. HitCom has indicated that it will begin offering the
VoIP services to existing subscribers ASAP.
Portal Integrates XACCT’s Usage Technology Into Billing Solution
XACCT Technologies has announced that it is integrating its IP network
usage, metering and mediation solution, Xacctusage, with Portal Software’s
Infranet customer management and billing software. The integrated product
will enable the companies to offer an applicatin capable of generating
usage-based bills based on detailed information about applications used,
QoS, time of day, and several other parameters.
The Infranet software is an end to end customer management and billing
solution for ITSPs. The application offers functionality with both Cisco’s
and VocalTec’s gateways. It enables providers to register, track, manage
and bill subscribers in real-time. Infranet’s real-time architecture and
scalability enable the development of unlimited and pricing plan based
Internet telephony services. It will support millions of users on a 24×7
basis. Its features include customer registration, caller authentication,
credit limit verification, tracking of prepaid usage and account
termination, LCR capabilities, and inter-domain reconciliation and
The XACCTusage application enables providers to define the IP session
information they wish to capture. It can also capture the usage transaction
details, in real-time, from a range of network elements and application
servers and performs policy-based filtering, aggregation and merging to
produce records similar to telephone switch CDRs. The Infranet application
will utilize that information to generate the transaction-based bills.
Late last year, Kenan also integrated XACCT’s Technologies into its
Arbor/Internet billing and customer care solution to provide an application
that enables providers to generate usage-based bills for value-added
services such as IP telephony, IP fax and streaming audio/video.
HotOffice to Use FaxSav’s IP Fax Technology in its Virtual Office Software
HotOffice Technologies has announced that it is integrating FaxSav’s
Internet fax technology into its suite of office communications software
and service to enable users to send documents to any fax machine in the
world via FaxSav’s global Internet fax network. The HotOffice service
currently utilizes a suite of communications and collaboration software to
enable telecommuting over the Internet. It features web-based e-mail,
online conferencing, document sharing and publishing, bulletin boards,
Internet telephony, travel planning, and business research capabilities.
Science Dynamics To Use Funding to Develop VoIP Products
Science Dynamics announced that it has received $600,000 in a first round
of financing to be used to further develop and market its line of VoIP
products. The New Jersey based vendor develops telecommunications software,
with a focus on IP and package switched solutions.
Supercomm to Focus on Technologies Including VoIP
The Telecommunications Industry Association and the United States Telephone
Association are hosting SuperComm ’99 at the Georgia World Congress Center
in Atlanta on June 6-10. The event will feature separate areas to showcase
communications technologies including wireless and satellite, enterprise
communications, fiber optic, IP telephony and global service provider
For more information on the show call 800-278-7372 (from the U.S.),
312-559-3327 (outside the U.S.), or visit the show’s web site.
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