IP Telephony news wrap-up for Jan 13 – 2006

WiredCity has introduced IT Monitor Analytics, a testing and monitoring system compatible with VoIP networks supplied by Cisco and Nortel.

The technology monitors the LAN, the WAN, switches, voice gateway routers, VoIP applications, and various programs such as Active Directory, unified messaging, and voicemail.

The system can be configured to record and display real-time data including the health of the infrastructure, QoS policy performance, and measurements for delays, jitter, packet loss, and relative levels for voice and data traffic. Points of failure can be detected as well anomalies that may eventually lead to downtime.

WiredCity’s solution is based on four core elements including interfaces to capture data from the infrastructure and devices; a database for storing historical and event based information to determine predictive trends and forensics for asset lifecycles; dashboards that provide visibility of the system infrastructure and operational performance; and analytics to provide predictive analysis, forensic troubleshooting, and correlations of cascading systematic affects of both problems and enhancements.

Some of the 400 interfaces include SNMP and SNMP traps, Windows performance monitor, Cisco NetFlow and PacketCapture, Syslog, and TCP/Response/Ping.

Microsoft will offer MCI’s PC to phone service dubbed MCI Web Calling, as part of Windows Live Call Messenger, the successor to Microsoft’s popular MSN Messenger. The service is currently being beta tested in the U.S., the UK, France, Germany and Spain. Even the beta version of the service is offered via per minute rates.

The terms of the agreement between the two corporate giants call for MCI to manage customer registration, termination of calls, customer account management, customer support, and billing. Customers will be able purchase prepaid calling from MCI in $5, $10, or $25 blocks.

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In addition to Microsoft teaming with MCI to offer PC to phone service, the software company has also tapped Uniden to provide a cordless phone to enable a secondary phone to phone service to work in conjunction with Windows Live Messenger.

Uniden has introduced WIN 1200, a 5.8 GHz digital cordless phone that connects to a PC via USB. The phone has integrated presence within the handset including the online status of members on the contact list and notification options.

Other phone features include a handset speakerphone, a color LCD screen, a soft key menu and joystick navigation.

The phone can be used in conjunction with both the VoIP service associated with Live Messenger or the PSTN.

The phone goes for $99.

Uniden has also developed a phone to work with 8×8’s PacketCable VoIP service. The UIP165P is a 5.8 GHZ DSS cordless phone that can support up to 10 handsets. The phone system, which delivers router functionality, includes a base station and a caller ID handset with a charger.

The phone features a keypad and speakerphone at the base and the ability to transfer calls between handsets. The system offers 20 distinctive ring tone options, and support for calling features such as caller ID, call waiting, handset paging and new message waiting indicator with an alert tone option.

The UIP165P is compatible with other Uniden accessory handsets such as models TCX805, TCX400, TCX450, TCX905, and ELX500. The phone is available for $130.

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The Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), a carrier, has interconnected with iBasis’ global network and will the two will exchange VoIP traffic.

Imperio Movilcom, a subsidiary of Alert Communications, is offering prepaid VoIP services in the Dominican Republic, with a focus on international calling to the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Handsets are bundled with prepaid calling packages.

Imperio’s service is delivered through its wholesale VoIP service provider, Cordia.

Fonality has introduced PBXtra, a softphone designed for businesses. The software, bundled with a Plantronics headset, goes for $49.

PBXtra supports the functionality and call feature sets of IP PBXs such as remote access, 4-digit dialing, least cost routing, unified messaging, caller ID and conferencing.

The company also offers an IP PBX system and a call center solution.

TelTel, a PC to PC VoIP service provider, has expanded its service offering to include TelTel-Out, a prepaid PC to phone service and TelTel Call Forwarding, a find me/ follow me service for incoming VoIP calls. Both services are based on per minute rates.

TelTel’s PC to PC service has 1.3 million registered users.

Cable West, a MSO serving Osaka, has deployed Nortel’s Ethernet Routing Switch 8600, to deliver VoCable services over its 6 cable networks. Systems integration is being provided by Uniadex.

Nortel’s switch supports Layer 2-7 switching, routing, and traffic classification.

Cable West provides video services to approximately 1.5 million households in 12 cities.

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SIPfoundry has released version 3.0 of sipXpbx, the organization’s open source SIP based IP PBX solution. The new version includes a more scaleable architecture, a presence server, support for multiple auto attendants included nested, advanced call control, forwarding identification support, and added interoperability with SIP phones (such as Polycom, SNOM, and GrandStream) and gateways (such as AudioCodes).

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CloudShield has launched CloudSentry, a VoIP traffic analysis service that includes service assessment, CALEA capabilities, and security.

Report data on service assessment includes service identification for all VoIP traffic, network utilization and voice protocol distribution analysis, end user usage patterns, and top user information. The report also includes VoIP traffic conditions and recommendations on how service providers can improve the end user experience.

The security element monitors a set of service infrastructure attacks including DoS attempts, voice protocol compliance violations, and behavioral anomalies. The report includes recommendations for improving security.

CALEA capabilities are met via the monitoring and reporting of Call Identification Information. The system reports call source and destination information including phone number, IP address, or login name. Data related to time and duration of calls are collected for the service provider’s own VoIP traffic services as well as for non-facilities based VoIP services traversing the network.

Service pricing starts at $40,000 per engagement.


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