1. Nortel to Supply Verizon and Cable and Wireless with VoIP Gear
Verizon has signed a Letter of Agreement (LOA) with Nortel Networks that calls for the vendor to exclusively supply the telco with softswitches and VoIP gateways over the next 18 months. Nortel expects the deal to be replaced with a 5-year agreement. The LOA also includes a joint marketing initiative aimed at upgrading Verizon’s enterprise customers to VoIP.
Verizon plans to offer bundled enterprise services that would include local and long distance voice, data, and multimedia services and applications such as instant video calling, unified messaging, web- based call screening and routing, and address book integration. The company also plans to launch residential IP-based local and long distance services.
Initial service deployments are scheduled for mid-2004.
Nortel is already shipping equipment to Verizon.
Nortel has also been awarded a contract by Cable and Wireless to supply VoIP infrastructure in the Cayman Islands. The 2-year deal is valued at $17 million. Nortel will provide its Multimedia Communication Server 5200, Succession Communication Server 2000 (softswitch) & Media Gateway 9000, and products from the company’s Passport and OPTera portfolios. The agreement also calls for Nortel to provide a set of professional services including design, network operation assistance and maintenace support.
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3. VideoFone to Deploy InnoMedia’s VoIP Gear
VideoFone, a subsidiary of Cheung Kong, will deploy InnoMedia’s VoIP solution including call agents, termination gateways, and a network management and provisioning system. InnoMedia has been supplying the provider with videophones since August of last year.
VideoFone’s IP based residential and business services are resold by CK Communications and Hutchison Global Communications Limited.
5. Avaya Unveils New Line of VoIP Products
Avaya has introduced a new line of VoIP products including software applications, media servers, media gateways, and desktop and wireless IP phones. The new products are all driven by the company’s latest release of its IP telephony software, Communications Manager 2.0.
Avaya has unveiled two new media gateways incuding the G350, designed for small branch offices and the G650 built for medium to large enterprises. The gateways feature integrated business continuity solutions. The G350 has Local Survivable Processor
The company’s new media server, the S8500, has been designed for medium to large enterprises. RAM Disk call processing is employed as a solution for business continuity.
Avaya has introduced a new mid-range IP phone, the 4610SW, that features a graphic display and web enabled capabilities. The new wireless phones include the 3616, a compact IP phone and the 3626, a heavy duty IP phone for industrial and institutional applications. The 3626 supports push to talk capabilities.
The new wave of products also includes a new release of Modular Messaging, Avaya’s IP messaging application. The new release delivers IP connectivity to Communications Manager. Users will be able to engage in desktop messaging by phone, IP phone, web browser, IMAP4 clients, and plug-ins to Microsoft Outlook.
The new release of Communications Manager features increased security via support for Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). The latest release also provides support for multiple languages to be displayed on IP telephones. The added languages include Japanese, Chinese, and Russian. Communications Manager is available in either a single site or multi-site edition.
7. Westell Licenses VoDSL Technology from Hughes Electronics
Westell Technologies has acquired an exclusive license for 2-years from Hughes Electronics’ DirecTV Broadband company for hardware and software CPE and backoffice subscriber management systems that will deliver VoDSL services. Westell will use the technology to offer new VoIP products, service management systems, and managed services to service providers.
The agreement excludes satellite applications. DirecTV Broadband ceased operations last year.
9. NetLogic Shipping Integrated Glue-less Search Engines
NetLogic Microsystems is shipping volume production quantities of its NSE3128GLM glue-less network search engines to OEMs in Asia, Europe, and North America.
The NSE3128GLM offers glue-less interfaces that can support up to four AMCC network processors, a general purpose host CPU and associated data SRAM. The technology can be glue-lessly interfaced with AMCC’s nP340x, nP7250, and nP7510 network processors today and will offer support for nP345x network processors in the future. The product is compatible with the Common Co-Processor Application Programming Interface (CoCoAPI) from AMCC. It provides unique value-added features such as policing and aging.
The solution has been designed for applications such as VoIP, streaming video and data, VPNs, policy enforcement, Internet security, IPv4/IPv6 routing, load balancing, firewalling and web caching.
A software development kit and integrated development environment are available. The kit includes host CPU and network processor drivers along with a Table Management Algorithm (TMA).
11. Free World Dialup Deploys NexTone’s Session Controllers
Free World Dialup, Pulver.Com’s VoIP service, has deployed NexTone’s Multiprotocol Signaling Switch session controllers to provide call routing, singaling interworking, and call control capabilities for the peer to peer Internet telephony network.
Free World Dialup has 85,000 subscribers in more than 180 countries.
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