IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Feb, 24 2000

Philips’ to Use 8×8’s VoIP Chip to Develop PBX Phone
Philips Business Communications reported that it is planning to use 8×8’s Audacity Internet Telephony Processor chip to develop an IP based phone. The phone will be integrated into Philips’ iS3000/IP PBX solution, which is expected to extend PBX functionality to IP based network infrastructures.

The Audacity Internet Telephony Processor, a chip designed for OEM developers, combines all of the digital processing circuitry and software required to develop a VoIP telephone. It provides support for H.323 v2 (G.711, G.722, G.723.1, and G.728) and MGCP technologies. The product can handle simultaneous calls using any of the supported codecs (2 G.728 calls, 4 G.723 calls or 8 G.711 calls) while executing full-duplex echo cancellation algorithms and a control protocol stack solution. The chip is built around 8×8’s MIPS-X5 unified RISC CPU/DSP engine, which is designed to run both compiled ‘C’ code and DSP algorithms. It also incorporates a 32-channel DMA engine and a non-blocking crosspoint switch with 6.4 gigabytes per second of cross- sectional memory bandwidth. It has sufficient on-chip memory to eliminate the need for external RAM to run any supported codec. In addition, the product incorporates dual full duplex, 10 and 100 Mbps Ethernet MACs to interface with a network and a computer, and enable an IP phone solution to serve as a two- channel layer-2 Ethernet switch that can prioritize audio packets.


Wherever to Route VoIP Calls for Phonecalls.com
Phonecalls.com, a Tianrong Internet Products and Services (TIPS) subsidiary, said that it has signed an agreement with Wherever Technology, in which Wherever will terminate Phonecalls.com’s Internet telephony traffic in international markets. In addition, Wherever will also enable Phonecalls.com to terminate VoIP calls throughout Chinese and Asian markets via its roaming infrastructure.

Phonecalls is in the process of developing a VoIP service that will consist of offering prepaid Internet telephony phone cards from a network of web sites that will enable users to place calls to select Asian markets via partnership termination agreements. Users will be able use the calling cards to place calls as soon as the cards are registered and paid for at Phonecalls web site.

The service is expected to be operational this month.

Wherever Technology provides wholesale international voice transportation services via its own network and its interconnection and termination agreements.


Wherever Technology

Tianrong Internet Products and Services

CNET & PhoneFree Expand Marketing Relationship
PhoneFree.com reported that it is expanding an earlier agreement with CNET to include the marketing and advertising of PhoneFree’s VoIP client throughout CNET’s web site (including the Download.com section).

PhoneFree’s proprietary VoIP client enables users to place and receive calls between PCs located anywhere in the world. It features capabilities including conference, whiteboard, text chat, personal phone book, caller ID, file transfer, voicemail and full duplex support. In addition, the vendor offers a white pages section on its web site that enables users to locate other users by searching for name, location and/or interests. Users can also go unlisted. The software requires that users have at least a 486 100Mhz PC running Windows 95, 98 or NT 4.0, a 14.4 Internet connection and a Windows compatible sound system.



X-Stream Offering Ursus’ VoIP Services
The X-Stream Network, an ISP, announced that it is offering Ursus’ VoIP services to its Norwegian and Swedish subs. According to the terms of the deal, the companies have developed co-branded web sites for both the Norwegian and Swedish sections of X-Stream’s web sites that will enable users to access Ursus’ PC to phone Internet telephony services, theStream.com. The companies also plan to develop similar web sites for X-Stream’s ISP operations in Denmark and the Netherlands.

Ursus Telecom provides international telecommunications services including long distance, direct-dial, value-added and Internet telephony in over 45 countries. The company has switching facilities and POPs in Sunrise (Florida), Frankfurt, Lima, Buenos Aires, Johannesburg and Tokyo. TheStream.com VoIP technology is based on Netscape or Internet Explorer plug- ins that enable users to initiate calls. In addition, the company has developed a real time, web based billing and accounting module for the service that allows users to view and manage calling account details (balance, status, services, calls made, user guides, FAQs, etc.).

The services are currently available at the co-branded web sites.

The X-Stream Network offers no charge Internet access services in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands and the UK. It has over 600,000 registered subscribers.


X-Stream Norway

X-Stream Sweden

Ursus Telecom


Intelliswitch Completes $1.5 Million Round of Financing
Intelliswitch has announced that it has received $1.5 million in equity financing from Wyndcrest Partners. The company plans to use the funds to expand marketing efforts, and to further develop its V/FoIP network, iSwitchNet. The company currently uses the iSwitchNet infrastructure to both originate and terminate international calling services for its corporate customers. It utilizes its own billing services to provide volume tracking, maintenance records, and detailed invoices for all firms that route traffic over its networks. In addition to offering the services to corporations, the provider plans to begin offering long distance VoIP services to residential users sometime this year.


Telematrix to Use NetSpeak’s VoIP Technologies
Telematrix reported that it is planning to deploy NetSpeak’s iTEL platform line of gatekeepers and route servers to manage its Cisco equipment based VoIP networks and to support value added enhance service offerings such as VoIP enabled ecommerce.

Both the iTEL gatekeeper and route server supports H.323, SIP and MGCP VoIP protocols. The gatekeeper can handle more than 100 calls per second, with authentication, authorization and accounting functionality. It has the failover capability to reroute traffic to another unit. The solution can be scaled to handle thousands of E1/T1 ports by adding additional equipment. The route server is used to manage specific resources of a network. It offloads network control functions such as managing network resources and determining route priorities from the gatekeeper, and it provides least cost routing, percentage based routing, quality-based routing and time-of-day routing capabilities.

Telematrix, a Japan based licensed Type II telecommunications carrier, is in the process of deploying Cisco’s voice gateways and multiservice modular access routers in its existing IP network and throughout the world to expand the reach of the network. The network currently consists of a NOC in Tokyo, 40 POPs throughout Japan, and an addition 10 POPs in other select Asian markets.




General Bandwidth Secures $24 Million in Financing
General Bandwidth announced that it has closed a $24 million second round of venture capital funding with Sevin Rosen Funds, Venrock Associates, Oak Investment Partners, Sequoia Capital and Trellis Partners. The company developed a voice gateway, the G6, which provides communications via broadband technologies including DSL, cable or wireless. It can support over 200 voice ports per unit, and it has been designed to provide last mile services such as VoATM, VoIP, VoFR as well as TDM.

General Bandwidth

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