US West Teams With Qwest to Expand its Network
US West has announced an agreement with Qwest giving it access to Qwest’s
national optic network to provide data, voice, and IP services. According
to the terms of the three year agreement, US West will be able to deploy
equipment on the network, and will have an option for additional bandwidth
in the future.
US West currently offers services in 14 mid-west states. The agreement with
Qwest will allow US West access to a 16,000 optic-mile OC192 based network
enabling the penetration of at least 25 markets. In an agreement with Williams
Communications last month, it gained access to an additional 21markets and
approximately 11,000 optic miles across the U.S., which will be extended to
more than 18,000 miles by the end of the year.
In a separate announcement, US West has announced a co-development
partnership with Microsoft to provide applications on Windows NT Servers
hosted in US West’s next-generation IP based network. The applications
will include bundled intranet services, e-commerce and commerce enabled web
hosting services, IP telephony solutions, access and authentication
services, and VPNs. US West will support browser based access including
Microsoft IE to these services. The applications will be available to
users of US West’s national network.
The companies also plan to co-market high-speed technologies based on xDSL
for access to the network-based services.
US West Communications
Digital Broadcast Network to Offer Bundled Services
Digital Broadcast Network (DBN) has announced plans to offer bundled
services to 25 markets in the US and Canada. It will install ATM switches
on a leased OC48 optic network to offer the bundled services. The planned
services include Internet access, VoIP, video, data, and VPNs. The initial
markets on DBN’s network will include San Francisco, Palo Alto, Seattle,
Vancouver, Los Angeles, San Diego, Denver, Kansas City, Dallas, Austin,
Houston, Nashville, Atlanta, Pompano Beach, St. Louis, Chicago,
Minneapolis, Detroit, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Toronto, Boston, New York and
DBN will begin the service offerings in May ’98 with the activation of two
data centers in the St. Louis area.
Digital Broadcast Network
Inter-Tel and Motorola to Co-Develop and Market IP Telephony Solutions
Inter-Tel and Motorola have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop
H.323 standards-based interoperability between their IP telephony
technology, and to co-distribute the products. According to the terms of
the agreement, the companies will develop interfaces between Motorola’s
VIPR family of gateways and Inter-Tel’s Vocal’Net gateways. Inter-Tel’s
Call Accounting System (CAS) will be integrated into the solution as well.
Inter-Tel will also develop an H.323 voice processing platform to provide
The solution will enable Motorola to offer its customers the features of
Inter-Tel’s gateways and CAS at Motorola’s costs.
Inter-Tel also has plans to develop an H.323 based Gatekeeper to handle IP
address resolution, bandwidth management, call restrictions, call
monitoring and call billing. The CAS will be integrated into the
gatekeeper to provide accounting and billing functions.
Digitcom’s Internet telephony technology has been approved in Russia
Russian Central Science Research Telecommunication Institute, ZNIIS, has
approved Digitcom’s Internet telephony technology for use in the Russian Federation.
Digitcom’s approval in the Russian Federation was very important as it has
been discussing the deployment of Internet telephony services with
St.Petersburg National International Telephone, Elektrosvyaz in the Rostov
Region, and Elektrosvyaz JS of Moldova. Joint development agreements with
St. Petersburg Telephone and Elektrosvyaz Rostov are approaching
St. Petersburg Telephone reported the completion of 79 million
international and inter-regional long distance calls last year.
Electrosvyaz Rostov provides telephone service to a region of 4.5 million
people, and is an international telecommunications gateway to Italy,
Turkey, Ukraine and southern Russia.
Delta Three Introduces Internet Phone
Delta Three has introduced Internet Phone Lite for a global PC to phone
service over its IP network. The phone requires a pentium processor 75 MHz
or higher, Windows 95 or NT, a Windows-compatible sound card (A full duplex
sound card is recommended), Winsock 32bit Internet TCP/IP connection
(14,400bps, SLIP or PPP minimum but 28.8bps is recommended). The service
will allow customers to access account information online at Delta Three’s
Interactive Center. The Interactive Center is password protected and
offers real time account details.
Internet Phone Lite can be downloaded for free at www.pc2phone.com. Users
will need to open a per minute calling account with Delta Three before
installing and using the phone.