IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Feb, 22 2001

KPNQwest and Wicom Team for European IP Based Call Centre Service
KPNQwest has announced that it has signed an agreement with Wicom Communications, in which the firms intend to develop an IP based call centre solution based on Wicom’s technologies deployed in KPNQwest’s European networks. According to the terms of the agreement, KPNQwest will host Wicom’s IP based call centre solution at various POPs throughout its networks, and offer the call centre application/service as part of a bundle of IP services. In addition, KPNQwest is also planning to deploy the system to provide its customers with 24 x 7 customer support.

KPNQwest is in the process of deploying a 20,000 km fiber network that will connect 50 markets throughout Europe and provide support for an array data-centric IP based and other enhanced telecommunications offerings.

In related news, Vienna based Competence Call Center AG, a call centre operator, is planning to trial the KPNQwest/Wicom IP based call centre solution/service to interconnect its locations in Vienna and Linz. The company also intends, pending a successful trial, to use the technology to expand the services into the various other markets including Germany.

Wicom Communications


UniPlex Telecom To Deploy VocalTec’s Equipment
Miami based UniPlex Telecom Technologies said that it is planning to use VocalTec’s VoIP technologies to develop a calling card service dubbed Jubilee Connection. The provider has already placed an order for equipment that it intends to use to build a network that will connect Ecuador, Haiti, Nicaragua and the U.S. The provider intends to distribute the calling cards via a network of locations such as Catholic churches. The cards will enable users to place both local and international calls, and access information about the service as well as about Pope John Paul II. The firm also plans to develop services in English, Spanish and Portuguese compliant formats.

UniPlex Telecom Technologies


Dial-Thru International Launches Venezuelan Services
Dial-Thru International has reported that it is now carrying traffic on its network and switching facilities in Caracas, Venezuela. The provider is in the process of developing a private IP telephony network to support a variety of international telecommunications services including wholesale carrier, international dial thru, re-origination, FoIP, eCommerce and prepaid calling card. It utilizes oceanic cable transmission facilities, international satellites, and the Internet to transport traffic. The company has also deployed Mockingbird Networks’ VoIP equipment to develop a global clearing house service, and it has reached agreements with Global Crossing and Gigabell AG, in which it will use capacity on both carrier’s infrastructures to route services and develop an array of additional service capabilities. It has also just launched services in Buenos Aires and teamed with PT Ambhara Perdana, a Jakarta based telco, to form a joint venture that will offer services in Indonesia.

Dial-Thru International

comMATCH and Mediatrix Team to Offer IP Telephony MGCP Solution
comMatch reported that it has teamed with Mediatrix Telecom to develop an IP Telephony MGCP based solution. The system is based on Mediatrix’s APA III residential IP telephony gateway deployed at an end user’s premises, and comMatch’s Duet 6002 VoIP MGCP Carrier Access gateway interconnecting the IP MGCP access network to a Class 5 local exchange facility.

The line of Duet gateways are carrier grade access and interconnect devices that facilitate the provision of voice services supporting CLASS and IN services such as 3-way call, call forward, call waiting and caller ID. The APA-III telecommunications line, which can support up to four analog phones and/or G3 based fax machines connected to IP networks, provides full duplex communications via SIP, MGCP, Megaco, H.323 (G.711, G.723.1 and G.729) and/or T.38 technologies. The combined solution will enable users to offer data, fax and telephony services over IP MGCP access networks.


Mediatrix Telecom

Infonetics Releases Next Gen Voice Product Report
Infonetics Research said that it has just released its quarterly worldwide market share and forecast analysis, Next Gen Voice Products. The research explores the voice/data switch, voice over broadband gateway, VoIP gateway, and softswitch markets, indicating that worldwide revenues for the products totaled $386 million last year, and projecting that the revenues will increase to $6 billion in 2004. The study also includes year 2000 market size totals as well as Q’1 ’00 through Q’4 ’00 market size and market share data.

The analysis is currently available. For more information, contact Larry Howard, at larry@infonetics.com or 408/298-7999 x225, Paul Ruggeri, at paul@infonetics.com or 401/826-2160.

Next Gen Voice Products

Infonetics Research

iCampus to Deploy Centra’s Collaboration Technology
iCampus, a Tokyo-based provider of English language and gifted youth education programs, reported the it is planning to deploy Centra’s real time, collaboration software, eLearning, to teach English to online Japanese students. The eLearning web/software-based technology supports an array of real time, group-oriented learning and business interactions, over intranets and/or the Internet, including virtual classrooms and web conferencing applications that can support up to 250 simultaneous users. In addition, the system features VoIP capabilities, online collaborative workspace and application sharing technologies.



China Netcom Secures US$325 Million
China Netcom said that it has secured US$325 million from Goldman Sachs and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp in exchange for approximately 12 percent of its equity. Netcom provides IP based communications services including voice, video, fax and data. It recently deployed a 8,000 mile next gen IP over DWDM based fiber backbone, CNCnet, initially throughout 17 Southeast China markets including Beijing, Tianjin, Jinan, Ningbo, Hefei, Nanchang, Naniing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Fuzhbou, Xiamen, Cuangzhou, Shenzhen, Changsha, Wuhan, Zhengzhou and Shijiazhuang. It has also recently reported network interconnection and VoIP traffic trade deals with Startec, Wherever.net and iBasis.

China Netcom

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