1. Bell Canada Offering Mitel’s SME Solution in Canada
Bell Canada is reselling Mitel Networks’ 3100 Integrated Communications Platform in Ontario and Quebec. The technology combines a LAN switch, IP router, and small office phone system. The product supports up to 115 IP devices. Features include web-based management tools that support voice call control, integrated voicemail, and auto attendant; web page bookmarking, visual voice mail and call logs; 320 x 240 display with 9 quick keys and 6 command keys; support of up to 24 IP phones and 8 analog devices; access for up to 2 teleworkers to data services; WAN and PSTN connectivity; and connection to a DSL modem.
3. Hi-tech Gateway Using Verso’s Billing
Verso Technologies has said that Hi-Tech Gateway has deployed its billing solution to collect, consolidate and report CDRs and provision, bill, and support Hi-Tech’s satellite based VoIP network services offered in several eastern European countries. Additionally, the provider will be using Verso’s turnkey prepaid long distance and calling card application.
Hi-Tech is also testing Verso’s gateways, considering the technology as an alternate means of routing VoIP traffic between Hi-Tech’s Los Angeles NOC and countries such as Armenia, Russia, and Iran as well as for a future network expansion. The gateway provides end-to-end SS7 signaling capability between the PSTN and IP networks. The QoS enhancing capabilities of the technology include such features as call look ahead, call pullback and rerouting.
5. ITXC Interconnects with Data Access in India
ITXC has announced that it will interconnect its network with Data Access in India on April 1 of this year, the day that India deregulates its long distance telecommunications market. In addition to gaining access to Data Access’ network in India, ITXC will interconnect with domestic last mile providers through Data Access PoPs in London, New York, Hong Kong, and Dubai.
Data Access is a joint venture between Pacific Century Cyber Works and SPA Enterprises. The provider, operating as Network of the World, is the second largest gateway ISP in India and provides more than half of the bandwidth requirements for ISPs in the country.
7. Transtel to Deploy Ericsson’s Gear in South Africa
Transtel has tapped Ericsson for network equipment and services to support its VoIP network in South Africa. In the initial phase of the contract, Ericsson will deliver the backbone of the network- telephony servers, media gateways, muli-service core switches, routers and a network management system. The overall contract includes business consulting, design, implementation, and infrastructure. The deployment is scheduled to be completed by the first half of this year.
Transtel serves 17 African countries in addition to South Africa.
To date, Ericsson has received 72 commercial agreements for its Engine solutions from companies such as BT, Telmex, Skanova, eircom, Song Networks, Telia, KPN, Comensus, and Edisontel.
Transnet (parent company to Transtel)
9. Telera Introduces Enhancements to VoIP Platform
Telera has introduced Voice Web Application Platform 5.0, a wireline and wireless telephony solution that has been enhanced to include an open platform that supports VoiceXML; integration with speech technologies from Nuance, SpeechWorks, and Speechify; a new provisioning system that integrates and manages disparate service components from a single centralized management system, grammar management and ASR tuning capabilities for carrier-level multi-tenanted environments; and support for domestic and international telephony interfaces including T1 and E1.
11. Multi-Tech to Host Reseller Seminars
Multi-Tech Systems will host Voice over IP – a Primer for Resellers in 33 North American cities this year to promote its SME VoIP solution. The seminars will target computer and telecom equipment resellers. Attendees will be able to purchase demo equipment at discounted prices.
13. Comgates & Ace Comm Team to Provide VoIP Solution
Comgates and Ace Comm have teamed to provide a VoIP solution that includes Comgates’ softswitch architecture and Ace Comm’s Convergent Mediation solution. The combined technologies provide the softswitch with the ability to generate billing information from the transactions that it processes. The mediation technology provides a call detail record generator that allows the softswitch to generate a billing stream.
15. Chinese Providers to Use UTStarcom’s Wireless VoIP
UTStarcom has won contracts in the Guangxi and Shanxi provinces of China worth $10.7 million to supply its PAS system, a wireless VoIP solution that uses small mobile handsets to provide telephony within specific cities or communities. The technology is based on UTStarcom’s mSwitch IP platform.
17. Prolan to Distribute Mockingbird in Brazil
Prolan will distribute Mockingbird Networks’ suite of VoIP products in Brazil. The products and services include a media gateway, softswitch, billing software, and AIN SS7/C7 signaling gateway.