1. Avaya Using Net6 to Bring Advanced Apps to IP Phones
Avaya will be employing Net6’s Telephony Transformation Gateway (TTG), technology for delivering screen based applications to IP phones, with its 4620 and 4630 phones. TTG supports email, calendar, business dashboards, broadcast announcements, time clocks, order entry, education attendance, hotel guest services, and retail services for price and inventory checks. The applications can be delivered simultaneously to Avaya’s phones and to wireless PDAs running Avaya’s software.
TTG goes for $3,995.
In other company news, Avaya has announced that the Boston Celtics basketball team and Jenny Craig are using its IP based data and telephony systems.
3. Infineon Introduces IC for IP Phones
Infineon has introduced INCA IP, a single chip solution for H.323 and SIP IP phone systems with hands free microphone, conference loudspeaker, handset and headset inputs. The technology consists of a fully integrated analog front end, DSP, and on-board 32 MIPS processor. It features integrated voice codecs, echo cancellation, and voice packet prioritization. The chip integrates Ethernet/Fast Ethernet capability for plug-in directly into a network connection and support for wireless phone headsets.
Infineon’s new product is compliant with power over LAN, G.711, G.723, G.729 A/B, G.722, 802.1Q, and 802.1p. The chip supports Caller ID and speech recognition. For security, hardware support is provided for DES, 3DES, and AES encryption algorithms.
INCA IP is delivered in a P-LBGA-324-3 package for $25 a unit in sample quantities. Evaluation boards and toolkits are available.
Siemens ICSN will use Infineon’s chips in its future IP phones.
5. X5 Deploys CopperCom’s Softswitch
X5, a Seattle CLEC, has deployed CopperCom’s CSX 2100 media gateway and softswitch to provide toll and tandem voice applications. Other services offered by X5 include dial tone, long distance, web hosting, and T-1 Internet access.
7. UBC and Cybernet Sign Interconnection Agreement
Universal Broadband Communications (UBC) has signed an interconnection agreement with Cybernet that allows Cybernet to use UBC’s VoIP network to connect international traffic in Western Europe and the Middle East, while Cybernet will provide the facilities for interconnecting the specific circuits. Cybernet has committed to deliver up to 200,000 minutes the first month and increase to over 1 million minutes within the first six months of operations.
Universal Broadband Communications
9. Spirent’s Testing Tool Now Supports H.323 Testing
Spirent Communications has enhanced its Abascus2 telephony testing solution to include H.323 call generation and protocol analysis. The tool, designed to test IP PBXs, IP terminals, gatekeepers, and gateways, also supports SIP, MGCP, and SS7. The technology tests call signaling, call connections, and call load capabilities.
Abascus2 provides call generation with RTP media and signaling from the same port, as well as a single test for measuring capacity, feature, voice quality, and protocol decoding. The solution can test 8,000 simultaneous VoIP calls with media and more than 32,000 without media.