IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Feb, 28 2000

Communications Authority of Thailand to Use iBasis
The Communications Authority of Thailand (CAT) has announced that it is planning to route international voice and fax calls over iBasis’ global Internet telephony network. According to the terms of the agreement, Taiwanese based Internet services provider, Hatari Technology, will operate and maintain an iBasis branch office in the market that will be used to convert the circuit-switched phone traffic from CAT’s customers into digital packets for transmission over iBasis’ network.

iBasis’ H.323 compliant Internet telephony network includes a NOC in Burlington, Massachusetts, Internet central offices in Frankfurt, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, New York, London, and POPs throughout Asia, Europe, Korea, the Middle East and South America. The provider can terminate voice and fax traffic on a global basis via its network or the PSTN.

iBasis
http://www.ibasis.net

The Communications Authority of Thailand
http://www.cat.or.th/new/index.htm

VDC to Develop V/FoIP Provider Consortium
VDC Communications reported that it is planning to assemble a consortium of allied providers to offer V/FoIP services on a global basis. The provider has already initiated negotiations with several undisclosed partners to deploy VoIP POPs in select global markets. The company intends to develop its own services by integrating IP telephony equipment into its existing circuit switched network.

It plans to initially develop an Internet telephony infrastructure with POPs in select markets throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America and the U.S.

VDC Communications
http://www.vdccorp.com

ePHONE Offers Partnership Program
ePHONE has announced that it is offering a Global Partner Program, that will enable providers to resell its IP telephony services. The turnkey program (which includes the deployment and maintenance of equipment, real time online billing, customer support and network maintenance) will allow participating members to route Internet telephony traffic over ePHONE’s global VoIP network.

Last year the company reported that it was planning to use Array Telecom’s 3000 line of VoIP gateways to build an IP telephony network. The company expects to deploy at least 300 V/FoIP POPs throughout Europe, the far east and the U.S. over the next three years. In addition, it is planning to collocate VoIP servers throughout UUNET’s global IP network to expand the reach of the network.

ePhone Telecom
http://www.ephonetel.com

The Yankee Group Releases VoDSL Report
The Yankee Group has just release a VoDSL market report entitled, VoDSL: All Talk, No ActionÖYet. The report projects that the industry will increase from just under $200 million in 2000 to over $3 billion by 2004. It predicts that providers will really begin to get serious about adding VoDSL to DSL offerings by this summer. In addition, it provides detailed analysis of the residential and business market segments and offers information profiling hardware manufacturers and the technological architecture. The study goes on to provide VoDSL revenues and subscriber numbers from this year through 2004, offering both residential and business forecasts.

The report is currently available. Pricing was not disclosed.

Yankee Group
http://www.yankeegroup.com

eVentures to Acquire 40 Percent of Callrewards for $4.25 M
eVentures Group announced that it has reached an investment agreement with Televant, in which it will invest at least $4.25 million in Televant over the next year to acquire up to a 40 percent equity interest in Callrewards.com, Televant’s VoIP provider subsidiary. eVentures has already placed the initial funding in the deal to secure a 30 percent interest in the provider.

Callrewards.com is in the process of building a U.S. domestic VoIP network to support a PC to phone VoIP service that will enable users to earn free calling minutes by interacting with ad banners, and agreeing to receive email advertisments. Late last year, the provider reported that it was planning to use NetSpeak’s gear and iBasis’ VoIP network to develop the service.

Callrewards.com
http://www.callrewards.com

The Institute For International Research to Hold VoIP Show
The Institute For International Research has announced that it will be hosting the VoIP 2000 Forum in Buenos Aires, from March 13 to 14 at the Park Hyatt Hotel. The conference will include information regarding the impact of telecommunications deregulation in Latin America (specifically Argentina), the technological components and management tools necessary for the installation of a VoIP system, how to guarantee voice quality via IP (with a focus on the latest technology), as well as a plethora of other information.

For more information, contact Cecilia Tassi at 011-5411-4322- 5522/4322-5858.

The Institute For International Research
http://www.iir.com.ar

Virtual Communities to Exclusively Use deltathree.com
Virtual Communities (VC), an online community host and developer, has announced that it will offer deltathree.com’s IP telephony services on its Jerusalem, India and Ireland based web site communities. According to the terms of the exclusive agreement, deltathree’s will be the exclusive provider of IP telephony capabilities for the web communities that VC develops. The VoIP services will enable VC’s community members to place calls from a PC to any market in the world via deltathree’s managed IP telephony network.

Virtual Communities
http://www.vcix.com

deltathree.com
http://www.deltathree.com

Virtual Ireland
http://www.virtualireland.com

Virtual Jerusalem
http://www.virtualjerusalem.com

Virtual India
http://www.virtualindia.com

Intel to Acquire Voice Technologies Group
Intel announced that it is planning to acquire Voice Technologies Group. Details of the reported all cash transaction were not disclosed. Intel expects to integrate the company’s technologies into its subsidiary’s (Dialogic) computer telephony and IP gateways to develop PBX applications that can support IP telephony, unified messaging (voice, fax and email) and speech based IVR call center applications.

The deal is expected to close by summer.

Voice Technologies Group
http://www.vtg.com

Intel
http://www.intel.com

Dialogic
http://www.dialogic.com

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