IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Jan, 08 2001

NxGen and Wherever.net to Interconnect Networks
NxGen Networks has reported that it has entered into an LOI with Wherever.net to interconnect networks and trade traffic. According to the terms of the LOI, Wherever.net will route select traffic over NxGen’s networks for termination in the U.S., and NxGen will transfer traffic to Wherever.net’s networks for termination in select Pacific Rim markets such as China and Hong Kong.

NxGen is in the process of deploying Nuera Communications’ equipment to develop a global VoIP infrastructure that will have operations in many metropolitan markets with populations of more than 3 million including Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Dubai. It expects to have well over 48 POPs operational by the end of this year throughout Asia, Africa, Canada, Europe, South America and the U.S. The firm has also recently reached an agreement with Touch America, the network telecommunications subsidiary of the Montana Power Company, to interconnect networks and trade traffic on both an international and U.S. domestic basis.

Wherever.net is in the process of developing a private managed IP based network throughout China, Hong Kong, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore, Taiwan and the U.S. It has also reached agreements with Genuity and Newcall to further develop its offerings in the U.S. and New Zealand respectively, and with China Netcom to develop interconnectivity between networks. In addition, it recently developed interoperability between Cisco’s various VoIP platforms and the VoIP equipment deployed in its networks to enable it to both terminate and originate traffic for other providers that are using Cisco’s VoIP technologies.


NxGen Networks

ZeroPlus Teams With Uniden to Develop VoIP Phones
ZeroPlus.com reported that it has signed an exclusive three year agreement with Uniden America Corporation to develop a line of cordless telephones that can be used to access its array of services including VoIP, voice portal and unified messaging (voicemail, email and fax). The phones will be designed to enable users to press a programmable button that will automatically provide access to the VoIP network for enhanced services. The firms also intend to market ZeroPlus’ services to buyers, with a service trial shipping with each model.

The phones are expected to be available on a commercial basis by at least mid-Summer. Pricing was not disclosed.

ZeroPlus offers a variety of IP based services that provide connectivity from PC to PC, PC to phone, phone to PC and phone to phone. The company has teamed with Broadwing Communications to co-market the services, and to expand the service’s reach throughout Broadwing’s U.S. domestic infrastructure. In addition, it also offers services in select European markets, including PC to PC, PC to phone and phone to phone VoIP services in Western Europe (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK), with plans to expand the offering throughout the European market.

Uniden America Corporation


CTC Communications Launches Packet Voice Beta Trial
CTC Communications Group has reported that it is conducting a local and long distance voice over packet beta trial with six customers in the western Massachusetts market, and to connect its Springfield (MA) branch office with its headquarters. Each trial participant is allotted 12 on net dial tone lines (84 total lines in the trial). The firm intends to add several participants to the test, which is expected to continue through mid February, when the company plans to begin offering the service on a limited commercial basis.

The provider has Cisco’s equipment deployed in its packet network which is deployed in select Northeast U.S. markets, supporting converged voice, data, Internet and video services. Late last year, the company also began deploying Telcordia Technologies’ VoIP softswitch technologies in the packet network to route calls in and between 11 of its branch sales offices, and begin developing support for a commercial voice and data offering, which it was planning to launch early this year.

Telcordia Technologies

CTC Communications Group

DataVoN to Terminate U.S. Traffic For Vertex SSX Corporation
DataVoN said that it has reached an agreement with Vertex SSX Corporation, in which the firms intend to interconnect Vertex’s Los Angeles based IP gateway with DataVon’s U.S. network to terminate traffic throughout the U.S. that is originated from the IP gateways that Vertex has deployed in Pacific Rim markets.

The companies expect the interconnect to be operational sometime this Spring.

Vertex is in the process of constructing an IP gateway network with a focus of offering telecommunications services and applications in Asia/Pacific markets. It currently has POPs in mainland China, Los Angeles and Taiwan.

DataVoN is in the process of developing ATM and IP based VoIP operations throughout the U.S. It currently has 43 POPs in select U.S. markets including Austin, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus (OH), Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Ft. Worth, Greensboro, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Newark, Orlando, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Portland, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa and Washington DC. The company also recently teamed with Broadwing Communications to transport traffic between its facilities and collocate equipment in the various markets that it did not have operations, and with Nortel Networks to deploy equipment in a next gen voice, video and data trial.


Ursus Renews Operating Agreement With Puerto Rico Port Authority
Latin America Enterprises (LAE), an Ursus Telecom subsidiary, has reported that it has renewed Ursus’ agreement with the Puerto Rico Port Authority to distribute pre-paid calling cards and offer services at the Puerto Rico International Airport and at the International Cruise Ships terminal for an additional five years. The contract covers a total of 32 interactive vending machines and five manned booths. Late last year, LAE also renewed a contract with Brazilian agency INFRAERO to continue marketing Ursus’ pre-paid calling cards from booths located at the Rio de Janeiro airport. The subsidiary was also in the process of negotiating with INFRAERO to place calling card booths at the Sao Paolo airport.

Ursus Telecom provides international telecommunications services including long distance, direct-dial and Internet telephony in over 45 countries throughout Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the U.S. The company has switching facilities and POPs in Sunrise (Florida), Frankfurt, Lima, Buenos Aires, Johannesburg and Tokyo. It recently acquired LAE’s assets, and plans to market pre paid calling cards for its services in the markets that LAE has operations in, which include Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Key West, Miami, New York, Orlando, Peru, Pittsburgh, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Spain, the University of Central Florida and Uruguay.

Ursus Telecom

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