IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Feb, 24 2003

1. CDT’s Power over Ethernet Hubs Support 24 Volt IP Phones
Cable Design Technologies (CDT) has enhanced its PowerSense Power over Ethernet Hub products to support 24 volt IP phones. The 24 volt modules fit either the 20 slot or 10 slot chassis or are built as 6 port or single port fixed units. The new technology support phones from vendors such as 3Com, Siemens, Nortel and SNOM.

The products already provided support for Cisco protocol and IEEE 48 volt.

Cable Design Technologies

3. Voyant Acquires Octave Communications
Voyant Technologies has acquired Octave Communications, a conferencing equipment provider. Specific terms of the all stock transaction were not disclosed. With the buy, Voyant expects to maintain a 60% market share in the service provider voice conferencing systems market.

Voyant Technologies

Octave Communications

5. Avaz Unveils Solution Eliminating Need for DSP Block
Avaz Networks has used MIPS Technologies’ CorExtend technology to develop a solution that works with its media processing software to eliminate the need for certain DSP logic blocks for critical voice processing algorithms used in consumer and SOHO devices such as VoIP phones. The solution increases channel density to six G.729A voice channels with up to 64ms of echo cancellation on a single MIPS core.
Avaz also offers hardware blocks such as a CorExtend unit for media processing and security, as well as high throughput configurable system controller cores with a DDR SDRAM interface, programmable cross-connect multi-channel DMA interfaces, 10/100/Gigabit Ethernet MACs and PCI-X interfaces.

Avaz Networks

MIPS Technologies

7. Nortel Launches Hosted VoIP VPN Service
Nortel Networks has launched a hosted VoIP VPN service based on its softswitch, the Succession Communications Server 2000.

Nortel Networks

9. In-Stat Releases Softswitch Market Study
In-Stat/MDR has released Softswich Vendors Pursue New Markets and Applications, a study that includes vendor market shares for 2002, a 5-year market forecast, a forecast segmented by major application and a list of announced customers for each softswitch vendor.

The firm finds the softswitch market declined 4% in 2002, but is projected to grow at a CAGR of 65% to $1.454 billion in 2007. As vendors wait for large incumbent LECs to adopt the technology, they are introducing softswitches in other telecom markets such as cable and wireless. Softswitches are also being marketed as solutions for new applications such as IP Centrex and VoIP VPN.

In-Stat finds Ericsson to be the leader in the softswitch market with an 11% share, followed by Nortel Networks with a 10.3% share.

The report goes for $2,995.


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