IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Feb, 22 1999

Global Assurance to Build Latin American VoIP System

Florida-based Global Assurance Group, a subsidiary of Seresica of Caracas,
Venezuela, has announced that it has formed a new division specifically to
develop an Internet telephony gateway service over its existing network of
500 POPs in Latin America. The company’s initial plans include the
immediate installation of a gateway in Caracas, with plans to deploy an
additional 8 gateways in the Latin American market over the next year. The
provider is also interested in interconnecting the VoIP network with
existing operations.

The company is currently accepting bids for the installation of the gateway
system. For more information call 305-956-9373.

Global Assurance is a distribution organization marketing US Dollar life
and health insurance plans.

Global Assurance Group

NetVoice Partner Introduces VoIP Services in Florida

NetVoice has announced that an undisclosed provider has launched its
services in Florida, and has plans to expand the NetVoice services into
eight additional states. The provider has completed arrangements to
terminate VoIP traffic in select markets throughout Mexico. NetVoice
connected its network with Inter-Tel’s U.S.-based IP telephony network to
expand its service’s footprint.

NetVoice uses Inter-Tel’s Vocal’Net servers to offer the VoIP services.


Voicenet to Use Cisco’s Equipment For VoIP Network

Voicenet, a Pennsylvania-based ISP, has announced that it is deploying
Cisco’s V/FoIP equipment in its existing IP network throughout the
Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. According to the terms of the agreement,
Voicenet will utilize Cisco’s 7000 series of multi-protocol routers for the
network backbone, AS5300 Universal Access Servers for dial-up deployment,
and the 3600 Modular Access Routers for dedicated customer access. The
provider plans to initially offer the V/FoIP services to its 100,000+ users.

Calls placed to and from any number in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York
and Delaware will be billed at 5 CPM. Users will pay 7 CPM for long
distance calls placed to any phone in the continental U.S., outside of the
region. The service will also feature 800 number access, enabling users to
access the network from any phone in the U.S. to place calls at 13 CPM. The
provider currently charges no connection fee for the service.



Internet Media to Offer Woodcomm’s VoIP Calling Card Service

Internet Media, a developer of wireless Internet technology, has announced
an OEM agreement with an undisclosed privately-held Dallas firm, in which
it will offer Internet telephony pre-paid calling card services branded,
Virtual Calling Card. The service, which was developed by Woodcomm, enables
users to click a name from an on-line address book to place a call to the
contact’s phone. The call will be routed over Woodcomm’s network, a portion
of which traverses the Internet backbone. In addition, Internet Media plans
to use the technology to offer an e-commerce product that will enable
consumers to initiate communications with company reps via the click of an

The company will initially offer the virtual calling card service to
subscribers of its ISP subsidiary, CyberHighway.

Internet Media


IXC Teams with Cisco to Offer Corporate IP-Based Communications Solutions

IXC Communications has announced that it is teaming with Cisco to market
end to end IP-based communication solutions to small and medium size
businesses. According to the terms of the agreement, IXC will deploy
Cisco’s 12000 gigabit switch routers throughout its U.S.-based OC-48
Internet-backbone, the Gemini2000, and offer managed integrated services
such as IP-VPNs, VoIP, and H.323 packet video services to businesses.


IXC Communications

AT&T Opens IP Telephony Interoperability Labs

AT&T announced that its Global IP Telephony Interoperability Labs have
opened for business. The labs are housed in AT&T Lab facilities at its East
and West coast locations (Florham Park, N.J. and San Jose, C.A.). The labs
will enable participants to jointly develop and implement test plans,
evaluate results, and promote the implementation of standards for IP
telephony and other advanced IP services. The labs will also serve as a
test-bed for telecommunications equipment before it is deployed in AT&T’s

Current lab participants include @Home, AT&T, Cisco Systems, Clarent, Delta
Three, Ericsson, GRIC Lucent, Siemens, 3COM and VocalTec.


AT&T Labs

Lexicon to Distribute Net2Phone’s VoIP Software

Lexicon Systems has announced that it will bundle Net2Phone’s PC to phone
Internet telephony software with its line of telephone and computer headset
products, and offer the software for download from its web site. Lexicon
sells peripheral products for conventional and traditional telephone
systems and for personal computers.


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