IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Feb, 19 2001

Consortium to Upgrade Kabel NRW’s Cable Network for VoIP
A Nortel Networks-led consortium has reported that it has reached an agreement Kabel NRW GmbH and Co, a German based cable operator, in which it will upgrade the operator’s networks to support a variety of high speed interactive communications. Initially, the consortium intends to install ADC’s Cuda 12000 solution to build a cable based VoIP network for the operator that can support a variety of services such as high-speed Internet, video-on demand and IP telephony. The firms expect to begin deploying the technologies this summer, with services slated to be available sometime this fall, and the entire upgrade scheduled to be complete by sometime in 2003. Kabel NRW’s cable network has approximately 4.2 million homes connected.

In related news, Motorola said that it has reached an agreement with Kabel NRW, in which it will supply its broadband technologies including BK/broadband cable RF and optical components for Kabel NRW’s network upgrade. In addition, Kabel NRW has also place an initial order for 100,000 of Motorola’s multimedia terminal adapters, which it plans to use with the VoIP network it is developing.

Kabel NRW GmbH and Co

Nortel Networks



China PTIC Licenses RADVision’s H.323 Protocol Toolkit
China PTIC has announced that it has licensed RADVision’s H.323 protocol toolkit for integration into the VoIP platform that it is developing. PTIC intends to embed the H.323 enabling software technology in its VoIP card, which will serve as the basis for the gateway. The H.323 technology facilitates the creation of real time H.323 compliant voice and video calls over IP networks. It consists of H.225 RAS, RTP/RTCP and Q.931 call signaling, with optional modules for H.235 security features as well as H.450 supplemental services. The product is designed to run on operating systems including various UNIX flavors, real time OSs for embedded systems, and Windows NT and CE.

China PTIC


TransNexus Introduces New Version of OSP Toolkit
TransNexus has announced the introduction of a new release of the OSP Toolkit, its SDK that enables OEMs to develop an OSP-client applications for network devices. The product supports real time, secure inter-IP domain call authorization, routing and usage reporting between IP devices (gateways and gatekeepers, including H.323 gatekeepers, SIP proxies, and softswitches). The company has also launched a partner program that will provide support to vendors using the OSP toolkit to develop offerings.


Global Transmedia Launches Mexican Network
Global Transmedia Communications, an American Diversified Group subsidiary, said that it has just launched service on its network in Mexico, which it is using to transport traffic from various U.S. based Tier 1 providers. It has already contracted to carry up to 30 million minutes, with expectations of transporting 10 million minutes in the first 30 days of operation, and plans to increase the level of traffic to approximately 30 million minutes per month by summer. In addition, the firm also intends to expand the network’s capacity to handle over 60 million minutes by the end of the year.

Global Transmedia is a facilities-based international telco providing VoIP networks for international call origination, termination, voice and data transport. It has facilities in Miami, New Jersey, New York, St. Louis and San Antonio, and local partner operations and networks with infrastructure in various markets throughout Columbia, Mexico and Venezuela. It is also in negotiations with various undisclosed firms to develop additional services in various South American and Eastern European markets.

Global Transmedia Communications Corporation

Spectrum to Integrate Broadcom’s Calisto Technologies
Spectrum Signal Processing has reported that it is teaming with Broadcom Corporation to research, develop and market VoIP and VoATM technologies. According to the terms of the agreement, Spectrum intends to develop a line of high density voice processing board level solutions based on Broadcom’s BCM1500 Calisto processing technologies. Spectrum also plans to integrate the Calisto technology into its new series of aXs packet-voice processing engines.

Initial integrated product offerings are expected to be available sometime this fall.

Spectrum Signal Processing


AudioCodes to Bundle Clarent’s Technology With VoIP Boards
AudioCodes said that it has been awarded a license to market Clarent’s patent pending IP multiplexing technology, ThroughPacket, and plans to bundle the technology with its TrunkPack line of cPCI IP telephony boards. The ThroughPacket technology is designed to reduce IP network congestion by maintaining small packets that are aggregated to share overhead. It also reduces the number of packets passing through routers, and minimizes the packet header overhead.



SpectraLink Offers Application Development Interface For Wireless System
SpectraLink Corporation said that it has developed an open application interface for its VoIP enabled NetLink Wireless Telephone System that will enable OEMs to create customized, two way text messaging applications. The H.323 compliant NetLink system operates over a wireless LAN, using VoIP technologies to deliver voice and data over a converged wireless network. In addition, it can seamlessly integrate with a various vendor’s PBXs, to offer access to traditional telephony features such as conference calls, call forwarding and transfer, multiple line appearance and caller-ID.


PointOne Secures $70 Million in Debt/Equity Financing
PointOne Telecommunications said that it has secured $70 million in debt and equity financing from Soros Private Equity Partners, CIT, Texas Growth Fund, Hoak Breedlove Wesneski and Sybat. The company intends to use the funding to expand its network footprint and wholesale voice offerings, as well as for cash expenditures.

PointOne Telecommunications

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