IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Feb, 18 2004

1. FCC Delays Regulations on VoIP
Last week, the FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that stated the commission would eventually require VoIP providers to support e911 and CALEA as well as pay USF taxes, but would treat the providers with kid gloves, at least while the marketplace continues to develop. The Notice suggested that the providers may permanently be subject to minimal regulation.

The FCC will hold a Solutions Summitt on March 18 to address e911 issues. A meeting on CALEA is expected to be scheduled in the near future. The proceeding will address the scope of covered services, assign responsibility for compliance, identify the wiretap capabilities and provide acceptable compliance standards. The commission is seeking comment on how to apply regulations in all areas.

Separately, the FCC issued a Declaratory Ruling that Pulver.Com’s Free World Dialup VoIP service was neither a telecommunications service nor telecommunications, and therefore, the service would not be subject to the regulations required of traditional telecommunications providers.

Individual statements from the commissioners on the Notice and Declaratory Ruling are available on the FCC web site.

Federal Communications Commission

Free World Dialup

3. Parks Releases White Paper on VoIP’s Impact on Broadband Adoption
Parks Associates has released Entitled VoIP: At Last a Killer App, a 7-page white paper that examines the impact of reduced rate calling via VoIP on broadband adoption.

The firm finds that the average narrowband household in the U.S. could save $8 per month by obtaining a broadband connection and using a VoIP service as a primary line replacement. As a second line, the firm finds the average narrowband household would pay an additional $30 per month for the service. Parks suggests the savings could be enough to attract a greater adoption of broadband service. However, the firm recognizes the savings could be reduced if the FCC applies taxes to VoIP services.

The white paper is free.

Parks Associates

Entitled VoIP: At Last a Killer Ap?

5. CICA to Host Conference on IP PBX Implementation in Chicago, Feb 26
The Chicago Industrial Communications Association (CICA) will host VoIP Professional Development Forum, a one-day conference to be held February 26 at the East Bank Club in Chicago. The event will feature presentations on a business model for deploying an IP PBX and on strategies for successfully implementing an IP PBX system.

Session speakers include representatives from Cisco, Accenture, Focal, Sentinel, VocalData, Avaya, Lucent and ICG Communications.

Registration is $195.

VoIP Professional Development Forum

7. Jasomi Enhances Session Controller to Repair SIP Errors in Endpoints
Jasomi Networks has released version 3.0 of its PeerPoint, a session border controller solution that now repairs SIP errors in terminal adapters and phones that lack the power or memory to implement the entirety of IETF RFC 3261. The Protocol Repair Engine within PeerPoint corrects flaws such as simple syntactic intolerance or slopiness and SIP method level incompatibilities.

The session controller includes other interoperability and compatibility functions including encryption/decryption; transport transcoding among UDP, TCP, and TLS; and CODEC exclusion and preference setting.

Jasomi Networks

9. Ulticom Adds SIP Enhancements to Signaling Software
Ulticom has released a new version of its Signalware signaling software that includes SIP enhancements and SCCP User Adaption availability for Signalware SIGTRAN. The SIP segment of Signalware has been integrated with Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP), providing virtual IP support and improved reliability for IP applications.

The new SIP enhancements support a wide range of new applications such as softswitch to softswitch communications in VoIP networks via SIP-T.

The SCCP User Adaption is integrated with SS7, M2PA, and M3UA. The implementation is compliant with IETF SUA Draft 15.

Signalware is available on Sun Solaris 9 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 3.


11. Phoenix Telnet Launches Consumer VoIP Service
Phoenix Telnet has launched Gee-Fone, a consumer phone to phone VoIP service that provides unlimited local and long distance calling within North America for $39.95 per month. Users are required to purchase a USB phone for $59.95. The service features voicemail delivery to email and the option of a phone number from one of 82 U.S. area codes. The service is being offered to dialup and broadband Internet users anywhere in the world.

In addition to the flat rate plan, Gee-Fon offers a local calling plan at $15.95 per month. Long distance calls within North America are billed at 3.9 cents per minute.

Phoenix Telnet

13. Nuasis Announces New Users of Its IP Based Customer Contact Center
Nuasis has named three new users of its NuContact Center, an all IP based contact center solution including Gibson, Dunn, and Cutcher; Precept Group; and Vinciti. The company’s technology, based on a single, distributed system, handles customer inquiries via the the phone, email and web. It intelligently routes and queues customer contacts across multiple geographically dispersed service centers.


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