IP Telephony news wrap-up for Feb 9 – 2007

AbsoluteIP has introduced AbsoluteIPBX, a small business IP PBX that supports up to 200 phones. The system, which runs on a flash based OS, features auto attendant, a conference bridge, cell phone integration, 800 hours of voicemail, voicemail to email, support for PoE, and a one year warranty. The 19 2U sized unit connects to T1/PRI, POTS, PSTN, and VoIP.

Separately, the vendor offers IPAssist, a desktop control application that provides significant management functionality of its IP PBX. The application can configure call answer, transfer, park, page, intercom, extension monitoring and call recording. It integrates with Outlook to provide dial by contact and advanced caller ID. IPAssist also enhances the features of its conference bridge by supporting participant monitor, chat, mute and kick.

AbsoluteIP
Teltronics has introduced Cerato SE, a small business IP PBX featuring automated attendant, voicemail, unified messaging, call recording, voice compression, PC dialing, call routing, SIP trunking, remote maintenance, and a web GUI for configuring. Outgoing calls from the system are secured by AES.

Teltronics
NBS has launched a collection of wholesale VoIP services in the U.S. including a residential service solutions, a hosted enterprise service solution, and direct trunking. The services are delivered via the company’s own SIP-based V.O.I.C.E system, with traffic carried over a partner’s network (Verizon, Qwest, Global Crossing and Level3).

The residential service solution features an unlimited North American calling package that supports 911 and 411 as well as a full set of calling features such as call waiting, caller ID, call forwarding, speed dial, voicemail, and find me/follow me. The company suggests the package be offered for $24.95 per month. A metered plan is also available.

NBS’ services have been deployed in New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Kansas.

NBS
ViaTalk, a consumer VoIP service provider, has launched VT White Label, a wholesale version of its service solution that allows ViaTalk to be resold and privately branded. Under the VT White Label portfolio of services, ViaTalk also plans to offer DIDs and A-Z call termination.

ViaTalk
Rogers, a major cable MSO in Canada, is planning to offer a hosted Key System service to small businesses (5 to 50 employees) in March. The service will feature voice and data services as well as Internet connectivity. The provider will use Mitel’s 3600 system to deliver the service.

Rogers
Mitel Networks
Junction Networks has launched a hosted SIP-based IP PBX service that is offered basically as a flat rate business dialtone service for an unlimited number of users. Off-net calls are billed based on a metered plan. The standard configuration supports free extension dialing and support for click to call. Features available for additional fees include PSTN calling, auto attendant, and voicemail.

The service is available for free for a 30 day trial period.

Junction Networks
PacNet, a Singapore based independent telco, has launched PacNet Vocal, an enterprise voice service for SMBs in India. The service provider plans to expand its offering soon to include Thailand, Singapore, and the Philippines. The solution includes access to DIDs in 400 cities and featues free on-net calling, including international destinations.

Pacnet
Shenick Network Systems has introduced DiversifEye 10G, a 10 Gbps stateful IP application traffic tester that can emulate 2-way streams of traffic. The emulator can test at an application and network level as well as the user level for IPTV, VoD, VoIP, and data.

The technology can generate and analyze millions of web connections or tens of thousands of VoIP calls per second. For greater demands, the company’s testing device can be daisy chained to handle greater volumes of testing, all managed from a single user interface.

DiversifEye10G will be available next month.

Shenick Network Systems
CSR has introduced UniVox Mobile, a royalty and license free dual mode GSM/WiFi handset reference design.

The bill of materials for the reference design is based on two ICs: the UniFi Portable (802.11 b or g WiFi solution operational at 2.4 GHz) and a multimedia applications processor combining RISC and DSP cores with audio codecs. The desgin features a 1500mAHR battery that supports up to 20 hours of talk time and 400 hours of standby time, when used with WMM-PS compatible access points.

Both of the main ICs are shipped in a 6×6 mm CSP packaging. The reference design PCB is 130×40 mm.

In addition to the BOM, the reference design includes schematics, layout, and design tools for optionally customizing the MMI (Man Machine Interface). The complete solution is available for less than $15 in volume.

The VoWiFi phone supports SIPv2, 802.11e, WMM-SA, echo cancellation algorithms, 802.11i, WEP, WPA, WPA2. It can be custom configured with IP and gateway addresses and the IAX2 protocol. In addition to handling voice, the phone can also support web browsing and multimedia streaming.

UniVox Mobile supports Bluetooth functionality including a choice of BlueCore4-ROM or BlueCore5-FM.

CSR
Softphone makers have never been shy about stepping on another company’s name. Xten changed its name to CounterPath after a rival emerged known as Xtenn. When I asked the founder of Xtenn about why he chose the company name, he said he named the company after his daughter. With all this said, I am not surprised a softphone company named Xnet has developed a Mac softphone to be known as iSoftphone. Not only does iSoftphone sound like it might be associated with the iPhone, the developer has also created an interface skin to match the look of the iPhone.

Apple hasn’t responded to the product introduction.

Xnet
iSoftphone
Polycom has signed a definite agreement to acquire SpecraLink for $220 million, in a move that will extend Polycom into the WiFi handset space and accelerate entry into the FMC market.

Polycom
SpectraLink

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