Poland Says VoIP Illegal, But May Allow
The Telecoms Minister office in Poland has declared that an international Internet telephony service that PTC (an Elektrim and Deutsche Telekom wireless provider subsidiary) launched last month is illegal according to state law and should be discontinued as soon as possible. The illegality of the service is based on that by routing calls on an international basis over the Internet, PTC infringes upon the monopoly for international call connectivity that the state controlled telecommunications operator, TPSA, has. PTC plans to appeal the decision in court, and does not plan to shut operations down.
However, the Telecoms Minister office went on to state that since VoIP has the potential to expand Poland’s telecommunications market, it is considering allowing other providers to launch VoIP services, but regulations need to be developed. As such, the office is planning to host all of the country’s telecommunications providers to discuss the creation of VoIP service regulations. The regulations are not expected to deregulate the country’s international call market before a new telecom law that Poland’s parliament is currently debating. The new telecom law will most likely include an independent telecom regulator that sets the pace for international telecommunications deregulation, which is not expected to be fully liberalized until at least 2003.
ABI Release VoDSL Market Report
Allied Business Intelligence reported that it has just released a VoDSL market report entitled, VoDSL: Integrated Access Devices, Customer Premise Equipment and Voice Gateway Market until 2004. The report projects the market for voice gateways and integrated access devices through 2004. It analyzes data by dollar value and units shipped for five world markets including Asia/Pacific; Europe; Russia, newly independent states, Latin America, the Caribbean; the Middle East, North Africa; the U.S.; and Sub-Saharan Africa. It projects early deployment in the U.S., and then in Europe, Russia and Newly Independent States.
Allied Business Intelligence
CT Show to Feature IP Telephony Section
CMP Media has announced that it will feature a three day IP telephony section, IP Telephony for the Enterprise, at its upcoming Computer Telephony Expo Spring 2000, scheduled for March 7 through 9, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The section will include information and hands-on sessions that focus on the benefits of VoIP, the future impact of Linux based IP telephony, creating and managing a secure VPN, how wireless technologies will effect and integrate with VoIP, and how IP fax compares to LAN fax in the corporate environment.
In addition to the IP telephony session, the show will offer three additional educational conferences: Call Center for Customer Care Executives, Computer Telephony Developers’ Congress, and Service Creation Summit for Service Providers.
CT Expo Spring 2000
MediaRing to Use Belle Systems’ Management Platform
MediaRing.com has announced that it is planning to use Belle Systems’ service provisioning, management and billing platform, IMS (Internet Management System), to manage its Internet communication offerings including its PC to phone Internet telephony service offering, Valuefone.
The IMS application is based on the Oracle8 platform and UNIX hardware systems. It consists of a master database, an application server and RADIUS server(s) which enable providers to manage all aspects of IP services including provisioning, deployment, verification and authentication, mediation, rating and billing. The solution can support thousands of simultaneous users for service offerings such as VPNs and IP telephony. It supports a variety of accounting methods including time, block, manual and volume pricing plans, with built in adjustable cut off thresholds and status alerts. Service administrators and users can also utilize a browser to view online account information such as invoices, account details, traffic usage, service patterns and account status.
NetVoice to Trial Telecom Technologies’ Softswitch
NetVoice said that it is planning to trial telecom technologies’ INtelligentIP softswitch in its U.S. based IP telephony network. The product is a modular, carrier grade softswitch solution that operates on any media gateway/switch, providing connectivity via both packet networks and the PSTN. The product integrates SS7 network control capabilities with packet based network protocols including H.323, SIP, ATM and frame relay.
NetVoice utilizes Cisco’s gear at 25 U.S. POPs to provide services throughout Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas. It also interconnects its network with Inter-Tel’s U.S. domestic VoIP network, and the firm recently began implementing plans to collocate servers throughout Level 3’s network to expand the service into at least an additional 9 U.S. markets by the end of the year.
theglobe.com to Offer ZeroPlus’s VoIP Services
theglobe.com reported that it is planning to offer ZeroPlus.com’s PC to PC VoIP services to its more than 2.7 million members. According to the terms of the year long agreement, ZeroPlus.com, an e-NET subsidiary, will pay a fixed amount for service development and promotion, and royalty fees to remain the theglobe.com’s exclusive VoIP service provider.
The ZeroPlus.com Internet telephony service provides users with VoIP software that enables anyone with Internet access to place and receive PC to PC calls via a permanent phone number. All participants in a call must be logged onto the Internet before a call can be connected. The provider also offers an online white pages section that allows a user to list their phone number and search for other users’ phone numbers by name, city, state or nickname. In addition, the company has developed an array of fee based advanced features for the service (call waiting, forwarding, instant messaging, transfer and hold) and PC to phone connectivity.
The services are expected to be commercially available by the end of this month.
SpectraFAX Introduces Two Line FoIP Product
SpectraFAX has announced the introduction of its FoIP solution, Fax Liaison SBZ. The product is based on the vendor’s fax client software’s, SpectraFAX, fax modem technology. It will support up to two fax lines, enabling users to send and receive facsimiles via programs such as Lotus Notes, Microsoft Outlook, and other email systems.
The product is expected to be available next month. It is priced at $3,995.
SBC Invests in Nuera
Nuera Communications, an IP telephony solution developer, reported that it has received an investment from SBC Venture Capital, a subsidiary of SBC Communications. Financial details were not disclosed. The investment will allow SBC to leverage Nuera’s packet voice technologies to migrate its network to an integrated voice and data network.