IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Jan, 19 2000

TI & Clarent Team to Develop Broadband VoIP CPE
Texas Instruments (TI) said that it is partnering with Clarent to develop a CPE device that can provide IP telephony-based calls via DSL, cable and wireless local loop technologies. The device, which will integrate with a user’s existing telecommunications equipment, will be based on TI’s TMS320C54x DSP product line, a hardware reference design and embedded VoIP software from TI’s subsidiary, Telogy Networks. In addition, The unit will be designed to interoperate with the installed base of Clarent’s IP telephony products (VoIP gateways, gatekeepers and call managers) to enable users to route calls on a global basis. Clarent is also developing MGCP client extensions and network management software components for the unit.

The vendor’s expect the product to be offered to a providers customer base. The device will be introduced into field trials this spring, with commercial availability slated for later in the year.

Texas Instruments
http://www.ti.com

Clarent
http://www.clarent.com

BT to Offer ShareMedia’s FoIP Services
ShareMedia has announced an agreement with British Telecommunications plc, in which BT will offer ShareMedia’s Internet fax service, Fax2Net, to its customers. According to the terms of the deal, BT will market the service under the brand, BT Fax2Net, and will outsource the operation and management of the service to ShareMedia.

ShareMedia
http://www.sharemedia.com

British Telecom
http://www.bt.com

White Pine Develops Linux Version of Conferencing Server
White Pine Software announced that it has developed Linux compliant versions of its MeetingPoint conference server. The server enables users to hold multipoint, H.323 compliant group conferences over IP networks. It is now available for Linux, Windows NT and Sun Solaris platforms. It can support up to 50 H.323 client users, or up to 200 simultaneous users of White Pine’s CU-SeeMe H.323 compliant client software. Its web browser based administration interface enables either conference participants or administrators to control the conference, with the ability to view up to four conference participants simultaneously. It also allows a conference administrator to plan conferences and control bandwidth management, network management, and security. In addition, conference participants can use the interface to select whose video is displayed on the screen without impacting what other participants are viewing. The server also includes internal or external support for H.323 compliant gatekeeper applications.

The conference server is currently available. Pricing begins at $8,995 per server, with quantity purchases priced on a per port basis.

White Pine Software
http://www.wpine.com

TNC to Launch Unlimited Flat Rate Service
Trinity Net Comm (TNC) has announced that it is planning to launch an unlimited flat rate VoIP service, Talk Til You Drop, based on Lucent’s equipment. The provider has already deployed 140 U.S. domestic POPs, and plans to install international POPs in Vienna, Rio de Janeiro, San Paulo and London later this year.

For more information, contact Irvin Perry at 800/890-6425, or irvinperry@hotmail.com

Dialpad.com Registers Over 2 Million Users
Dialpad.com said that since it launched its no charge, unlimited PC to phone VoIP service three months ago, it has registered over 2 million users and routed over 100 million minutes of VoIP communications. The service, which is based on Dialpad’s own H.323 compliant java applet technologies, will allow any Windows 95, 98 or NT PC user to place a call to any phone in the domestic U.S.

The provider subsidizes the free service offering by posting graphical advertising on the user interface of the calling client.

Dialpad.com
http://www.dialpad.com

Cable & Wireless to Offer eFax’s Services
Cable & Wireless North America has reported that it is planning to integrate eFax.com’s Internet fax services into its Virtual ISP service. The Virtual ISP service is a turnkey OEM solution that enables corporations to market and sell private branded Internet services using Cable & Wireless’ Tier 1 network, network services and back office support.

The packaged deal is expected to be available by summer.

eFax.com
http://www.efax.com

Teltone to Integrate NMSS’ VoIP Technologies
Teltone has announced that it is planning to integrate Natural MicroSystem’ Fusion VoIP technology into its OfficeLink 2000 remote access voice software. The voice platform is a Windows NT based software solution that handles the control/status functions of a company’s PBX and ACD systems. It can support up to 48 simultaneous voice connections. The solution also provides access to IP-based applications such as e-mail, Internet access and customer relationship management applications. With the integration of the VoIP technology, the platform will offer users the option of routing communications via traditional telephony networks or IP based networks.

The Fusion technology enables developers to create systems that can support from 4 to 60 ports of simultaneous V/FoIP communications. It is available in PCI and CompactPCI versions that support H.323, H.323 v2, MGCP and SIP protocols such as G.727.1, G.711, G.729a, T.37 and MS- GSM.

The OfficeLink product is slated for availability this fall.

Teltone Corporation
http://www.teltone.com

Natural MicroSystems
http://www.nmss.com

OfficeLink 2000
http://www.officelink2000.com

Integral Access Secures $35 Million in Third Round
Integral Access announced that it has raised $35 million in a third round of financing from Star Capital Group of Taiwan, Ascent Venture Partners, BancBoston Ventures, Canaan Ventures, Coral Ventures, Prism Venture Partners, St. Paul Venture Capital, SsangYong (Singapore) Limited and Technology Fund II Pte Ltd. (Singapore). The vendor will use the funds for sales, marketing, customer support and R&D for its PurePacket line of packet based telecommunications technologies.

The PurePacket solution consists of central office and collocation equipment, CPE devices for the SOHO market, and an operations management system that provides capabilities such as remote network control, service provisioning, configuration and monitoring and management. The system can support up to 24 simultaneous lines of VoIP, VoDSL, traditional telephony services, Internet access, LAN Interconnect and frame relay applications.

Integral Access
http://www.integralaccess.com




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