European Commission Chooses Not to Regulate Internet Telephony
The European Commission (EC) has ruled that Internet telephony is not
sufficiently advanced enough to be considered under the rule of the
EC. Accordingly, it decided that ISPs offering Internet
telephony will not be subjected to EC legislation as the service has not been
deemed as fully functional and profitable.
The EC will review the technological and market advancements on an annual
ACC and Deutsche Telekom plan to launch Internet telephony services later
in the year.
DotCom and VocalTec Put Operator Assistance into Internet Telephony
DotCom Technologies has announced that it will partner with VocalTec
Communications to launch a global PC to phone charge per call and collect
call Internet telephony service.
Users will need VocalTec’s free Surf & Call plugin or VocalTec’s Internet
Phone 5 to call any phone in the world from a PC.
All calls will be routed through DotCom’s operator service and
may be placed collect or charged to a credit card. In both
instances, the call will be charged on a per call basis.
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Bay Networks to Introduce IP Telephony Products in ’98
Following the announcement of a partnership with NetSpeak that included an
equity investment, joint development and an OEM agreement, Bay has reported
plans to unveil its first round of IP telephony products in Q’2 of ’98.
It will provide voice over IP functionality to existing customers as an
The first carrier grade voice and fax over IP
products and modules for the BayStack should be available by Q2 ’99.
STF Technologies to Provide Mac Support for Netcentric’s Fax Products
STF Technologies has announced that it has partnered with NetCentric,
in a deal that allows NetCentric to provide Internet connectivity to
STF’s Mac only facsimile solution.
The new product, FAXstf Internet, will allow Mac users to send
point-to-point or broadcast facsimiles over NetCentric’s FaxStorm Internet
Fax System server to any fax machine or desktop computer globally. The
FaxStorm servers are used by major network service providers. Users will
also be able to receive faxes 24 – 7 via a fax mailbox, email, or web browser.
FAXstf Internet will be available in two versions, FAXstf Internet and
FAXstf Internet 3.2. FAXstf Internet will allow users to send and
receive a fax via a web browser from any application and provide the
ability to combine two or more faxes into one. The product, which also
has grayscale capabilities, will be priced at $19. FAXstf Internet 3.2
features will include Internet fax capabilities, fax forwarding, drag and
drop faxing from the desktop, and support for over 500 modems. It is priced
at $69 for new users and at $19 for upgrades.
NetCentric’s software developing kit is being used for IP fax by Allaire,
Dazel, Omtool, Symantec, and Visioneer.
FaxSav and DDI to Offer Internet Fax Service
DDI, a Japanese long distance telco, has announced that it has licensed
FaxSav’s technology enabling it to offer global Internet facsimile services
to the Japanese market. DDI will access FaxSav’s services which feature
automatic multiple retries, message security, and billing for successfully
transmitted faxes only.
DDI plans to launch the service to its Alpha 5 customers on February 1.
The licensing agreement follows DDI’s deal with the Chinese Ministry of
foreign Trade and Economic Co-Operation, in which the telco is set to
provide the PRC with Internet facsimile capabilities. The arrangement
with DDI will add to FaxSav’s dominance as the provider of Internet
facsimile services in Asia. FaxSav currently has three network
installations in the U.S. and nodes in 20 countries.