IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Feb, 19 2004

1. Tech Labs Unveils Provisioning & Mgmt Solution for IP Phones
Tech Labs has introduced DynaTrax Virtual Technician, a wire closet appliance that automates the physical layer of an IP network, provisioning IP phones remotely and diagnosing and fixing problems in the network. The device eliminates the need to make manual wire closet reconfigurations when an IP phone is installed or moved in the network.

The 108-port Virtual Technician goes for $15,000.

Tech Labs also provides security solutions for IP networks.

Tech Laboratories

3. AFC’s Tech Enables Access Terminals to Have Media Gateway Functionality
Avanced Fibre Communications (AFC) has introduced AdvancedVoice, a gateway processing engine that works within its AccessMax communications platform to enable access terminals to provide softswitch controlled media gateway functionality. The gateway processing engine plug in card processes H.248 call control signaling combined with digit collection, tone generation/ detection, echo cancellation, packetization, and voice compression.

AdvancedVoice is interoperable with Nortel’s Succession Communications Server 2000 softswitch, interfacing with the softswitch through MGCP. The combined solution allows subscriber calls initiated from traditional analog phones to be converted into packets and switched through a converged packet network.

Sprint is currently testing AdvancedVoice. The vendor expects the provider to deploy the technology later this year.

The AccessMax platform enables real-time, simultaneous support of legacy TDM-based switch interfaces including GR-303, TR-8 and TR-57, with VoIP interfaces for H.248.

Advanced Fibre Communications

5. USA Datanet to Use Global Crossing to Deliver VoIP Services in the U.S.
USA Datanet, an integrated communications provider based in Syracuse, will use Global Crossing’s network to deliver voice and data services to residential and business customers in the U.S. USA Datanet plans to charge customers per call rather than per minute or an a flat rate plan.

Global Crossing has been providing multiple services to USA DataNet since 1999 including carrier outbound services, private line, and IP transit for its corporate backbone.

Global Crossing projects that 90% of all of its voice traffic will be IP by 2006. Currently, 30% of its voice traffic is IP.

Global Crossing

USA Datanet

7. China Netcom Using UTStarcom’s IP DSLAM to Deploy 110,000 More Lines
China Netcom is using UTStarcom’s AN 2000 IB IP-DSLAM to deploy 110,000 more lines, as the provider moves towards extending its broadband services to five million subscribers by the end of the year.
UTStarcom’s IP DSLAM’s have been used worldwide to activate approximately 5 million IP lines.


China Netcom

9. Lucent to Market Enterprise Solution that Uses BroadSoft’s Technology
Lucent has entered into a joint marketing and development agreement with BroadSoft that will result in Lucent marketing an enterprise communications solution that includes BroadSoft’s BroadWorks network communications platform and Lucent’s Accelerate softswitch and gateways as well as its EBS Communications Manager, VPN Firewall Brick, management system and suite of professional integration and support services. The combined technologies and services will allow service providers to offer hosted IP PBX, IP Centrex, voice VPN and web-based multimedia services.

Choice One Communications, an integrated communications provider based in Rochester, is testing the solution. The company offers voice and data services to businesses in 29 metro areas across 12 U.S. states.

In a separate announcement, BroadSoft said Y3K Secure Enterprise Software and Communications Xchange will use BroadWorks to deliver hosted communications services. Y3k will use BroadWorks to deliver business and residential VoIP services via its new subsidiary, Ecuity Holdings. Communications Xchange will use the system to offer IP PBX and line/ trunk services to an existing PBX or Key System, to small businesses in the Tampa Bay area.

The BroadWorks platform is a unique platform for delivering primary line residential VoIP services because it already supports e911, CALEA, equal access, operator services and local number portability.

Lucent Technologies


Choice One Communications

Y3K Secure Enterprise Software

Communications Xchange

11. Pingtel to Open Source Code to Its SIP IP PBX
Pingtel will open the source code to its SIPxchange SIP-based IP PBX and Instant xpressa softphones next month and shift its business model to become a subscription based software and services company. Subscribers will have access to the code, customer support, documentation, professional services and training functions. Subscription fees will be based on the number of CPUs in the server host. Subscribers will choose from one of three levels of support.

SIPxchange software runs on standard PC server hardware and uses the Linux OS. The product supports up to 400 lines.


13. Go2Call Deploys Kagoor’s Session Border Controller
Go2Call, a provider of a VoIP calling services platform to telecom providers, has deployed Kagoor Networks’ VoiceFlow session border controller to provide NAT traversal for its prepaid global long distance calling card service.

VoiceFlow deliver multiple VoIP applications including hosted NAT traversal and VPN aggregation, network protection, carrier peering, and enterprise border control. The technology supports SIP, H.323, and MGCP.


Kagoor Networks

15. Cisco’s New CallManager Release Includes Video Telephony Support
Cisco has introduced version 4.0 of its CallManager IP PBX solution. The new release includes extensive support for video telephony functions, enhanced security, and support for Q.SIG and SIP.

The new release of CallManager includes Video Telephony Advantage (VTA) release 1.0, a desktop productivity solution that allows real-time person to person video sessions to be added to phone calls. Video calls features include hold, transfer, and conferencing.

VTA integrates a Cisco IP phone with an associated personal computer equipped with a USB camera. The technology can also be used with H.323 based personal and conference room video systems. Tandberg’s 550 and 1000 model videoconferencing systems have already been specifically enhanced to work with VTA.

In addition to video telephony support, CallManager 4.0 also includes security enhancements. The new release features digital certificates that confirm the identity of network devices to protect against entry of rogue system users and encryption for providing end-to-end privacy in voice communications.

Security has also been improved through the implementation of Cisco Security Agent, a business resilience utility that provides proactive and adaptive threat protection for Cisco IP phones, servers, and desktop computing systems. The Security Agent functions include host intrusion prevention, authentication of Cisco IP phones, distributed firewall, malicious mobile code protection, operating system integrity assurance, and audit log consolidation.

The 4.0 release also includes native support for Q.SIG and SIP. Q.SIG support enables interoperability with existing legacy PBX equipment and financial systems. SIP support allows interoperability with third party SIP proxy servers as well as Cisco’s BTS 10200 softswitch, SIP proxy server, and its new MeetingPlace conferencing server.

The new MeetingPlace 8106 conferencing server allows users to participate in and control audio and web conferences through their Cisco IP phone, traditional phone or PC. IP phone users can view schedules, setup audio conferences and attend real-time meetings using soft keys on their phone display screen.

CallManager 4.0 with a media convergence server starts at $5,995 and is currently shipping. VTA 1.0 is $190 per user, including a USB camera. It will become available in April. The MeetingPlace 8106 server, software, and licenses start at $69,995. The conferencing solution will be available later this month.


17. California Considering Regulations on VoIP
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has tentatively concluded that VoIP services are public utilities and subject to its regulatory authority. The panel unanimously voted to initiate an investigation to define a regulatory framework for the services.

The commission is likely to make providers subject to state taxes and interconnection charges. Funds from these fees support programs that provide phone service to low income and disabled Californians.

CPUC is expected to make a ruling within the next 18 months.

California Public Utilities Commission

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