1. Cisco Enhances Products for Mid-Sized Businesses
Cisco Systems has enhanced its line of IP-based systems for mid market (50 to 1,000 employees) companies. The company’s IP PBX, the ICS 7750, now has twice the analog and digital trunking capacity and supports Customer Support Response Solution Software 3.0 and Unity Unified Messaging 4.0. New packages driven by the IP PBX have been introduced. All of the offerings include CallManager, Unity Voice Messaging, and Auto Attendant. Package pricing starts at $14,995.
Cisco has also introduced version 2.1 of its Survivable Remote Site Telephony, a centralized call management solution. The new release provides language support for Italian, Spanish, German and French. New packages have been introduced based on the 1700 and 2600 series platforms. The 1760-V-SRST is priced at $2,995 and the 2651XM-V-SRST goes for $6,595.
For local call management designs, Cisco has introduced the 2651M-V voice package at $5,995 and the 1760-V package at $2,995.
Also as part of its mid-market solution, Cisco has also unveiled the IP Phone 7905G and the Catalyst 3550 24 PWR intelligent Ethernet switch ($3,495) with inline power.
Cisco has also that its Catalyst OS and IOS software will include AutoQoS, technology that automates network QoS across LANs and WANs. The technology automates critical elements of QoS deployment in classifying applications; generating policies; configuring; monitoring and reporting, and consistency. AutoQoS also increases network availability by reducing operator and configuration errors.
AutoQoS is available in the following Cisco IOS software releases: IOS software release 12.1E for the Catalyst 2950 and 3550 series switches; IOS software release 12.2T for the 2600, 2600XM, 3600, 3700, and 7200 series routers; IOS software release 12.1E for the Catalyst 4500 series switches; and Catalyst OS 7.5.1 for the Catalyst 6500 series switches. The technology is included with IOS software licenses and maintenance agreements and upgrages at no additional cost. It is also included in IOS software that ships with new purchases of Cisco routers and switches.
In a separate announcement, Cisco has said that the City of Mississauga has deployed its AVVID network to establish the largest municipal IP telephony system in Canada. The network deployment began last June and is expected to be completed in Q2 of this year.
3. Sprint Introduces Services Based on L2TPv3
Sprint has introduced a series of Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol Version 3 (L2TPv3) services including Frame Relay, Packet Private Line, and Virtual LAN.
5. CuPhone Unveils Residential Internet Telephony Gateway
CuPhone has introduced Personal Phone Gateway (PPG), a half height PCI card used for the termination of Internet telephony calls. The technology runs on Windows XP, 2000, ME, SE, or 98. The gateway runs $79. The company also offers two USB Internet phones.
7. Yankee Group Releases Study on Cable Telephony in Canada
The Yankee Group has released Cable Telephony Provides a Voice Alternative for Canadian Customers, a study that examines the marketplace for circuit switched and VoIP over cable in Canda.
9. GBH to Offer Videoconferencing over Masergy’s Network
GBH Communications will over its videoconferencing service over Masergy’s IP network. Key performance metrics for the network include 100% packet delivery, 100% in-sequence packet delivery, 10ms max latency variation, and sub -1 second fast fall-over.
GBH’s videoconferencing service employs products from Polycom, Sony, Cisco, Radvision, Sphere, Plantronics, GN Netcom, Avaya, and MCK.
11. Zultys Introduces Converged IP-Based Enterprise Solution
Zultys Technologies has introduced the MX1200, a media exchange product that integrates voice, video and data into a compact 2U box with a single interface for managing up to 1,200 users. The MX1200 supports call management, ACD, voicemail, auto attendant, Internet gateway, and firewall capabilities. The technology is based on SIP, Voice XML, TAPI, and a Linux OS.
The new product is interoperable with Microsoft Messenger and Cisco’s 7960 IP phone. It integrates with multiple contact management applications such as ACT!, GoldMine, Maximizer and Outlook.
The MX1200 price ranges from $20,000 to $212,000, depending on configuration and users supported.