IP Telephony news wrap-up for Jan 22 – 2007

Arris will acquire Tandberg Television for $1.2 million, through a combination of cash and stock. The amount is 47% higher than the value of the company based on the trading price of its shares over the last 90 days. The buy will give Arris new IPTV, HDTV, and on-demand TV technology as well as strengthen its presence outside of North America. Tandberg expects its 2006 revenues to be approximately $350 million.

The new company will have more than 2,000 customers in more than 100 countries.

Arris
Tandberg Television
ADT Security Services, the largest provider of electronic security systems in North America, has launched a business buglar alarm service for companies served by approved VoIP service providers. The service follows the launch of residential home security service, which was rolled out late last year.

Approved service providers must manage and maintain a physical facilities network with major and minor disaster recovery plans including specific power restoration procedures as well as offer installation.

Last November, ADT said that its set of approved providers known by the company as Qualified Managed Facility Voice Networks included Comcast, Time Warner, Cablevision, Charter, Cox and Bright House Networks. In this latest announcement, the security company didn’t specify compliant companies but did state that over 90% of homes passed by VoCable service could receive ADT security services.

ADT Security Services
Max Telecom is deploying Navini Networks’ RipWave MX8 WiMAX 802.16e network in Sofia, with plans and a license to expand the WiMAX network to cover the entire country of Bulgaria in 2007. The provider plans to offer both residential and consumer services such as VoIP, Internet access, VPNs, and video connectivity for a wide range of applications such as surveillance.

Bulgaria has a population of 7.5 million residents.

Max Telecom
Navini Networks
Nuance Communications has introduced SpeechAttendant Internet Dialer, a SIP-based, speech enabled auto attendant that allows interoffice calls to be placed by dialing one number and saying a name. The technology includes a dictionary of over one million pre-tuned names, with mutliple pronounciations per name.

The auto-attendant will work with any SIP-based IP PBX system. Pricing for a 4-port, 1000 name system is less than $20,000 including installation.

Nuance Communications
McLeodUSA has launched SIP trunking services, connecting IP PBXs to its private IP network, which spans 17,000 route miles and covers 20 U.S. states. The service features 6 to 50 voice calling paths with unlimited local calling and expanded local calling over a single T1, Internet access, long distance, and support for toll free numbers (new or ported).

McLeodUSA
Based on a study commissioned by IDC, a market research firm, CompTIA surveyed 350 SMBs and finds that 50% trust IP telephony security. 82% of the respondents trusted traditional telephony security and 72% trusted security on Ethernet data networks. Compared with the study from a year before, trust in IP telephony security is up 2%.

CompTIA
Charter Communications will deploy Acme Packet’s Net Net session border controllers within in its cable networks to connect to ASPs to offer IP services. Acme is a SBC supplier for seven of the top ten cable MSOs in North America.

Charter Communications
Acme Packet
VocalTec’s Essantra VoIP solution has received all Class 4 certificates from the Ministry of Communications in Russia, enabling the vendor’s gear to be commercially deployed for local, long distance, and international calling through 2010. The equipment was tested by Infokom, the Center of Examination and Certification.

Other vendors have also received certification such as Sentito.

VocalTec
SITA, the largest provider of communications services to the air transport industry, will be using NexTone’s Multiprotocol Session Exchange SBCs within its voice exchange service, which routes VoIP traffic based on ENUM. The SBCs will be used to introduce new services such as voice VPNs and IP Centrex; address management issues; resolve problems with jitter and latency; authenticate and authorize subscribers; and differentiate between access networks to apply network-specific QoS policies. SITA may also use the vendor’s equipment to launch hosted IP telephony services or SIP trunking.

SITA
NexTone
Vero Systems has introduced AcuWorld, an international routing and traffic management solution for VoIP service providers that features: vendor rate administration, customer price generation, least cost routing, automated switch translations, ad hoc reporting, customer sell coding, pricing notification and pricing management.

Vero Systems
Atlantic-ACM has released The Dragon Market: VoIP in China 2007-2011, a 88-page study of the consumer and enterprise VoIP market. The report includes a market analysis with statistics, comprehensive case studies, discussions of adoption drivers and inhibitors, as well as forecasts.

The firm finds China’s telecom industry will have GDP growth of 8-10% over the next five years and that paid VoIP subscriptions will exceed 70 million over the same period.

The publication is available for $1,495.

Atlantic-ACM
Citing its competitors as Vonage and Skype, Woize will launch PC to PC/phone and phone to phone services across the U.S next month including issuances of DIDs. The service will be based on a pre-pay, per second billing model. Subscribers wanting to use phone to phone services will be required to purchase a SIP-based ATA.

Nearly every service provider has something ridiculous in its ToS. In the case of Woize, it requires subscribers send a letter by postal mail to the UK to cancel service on accounts that require refunds.

Woize
Times Telecom has launched Home Phone, a new primary line consumer VoIP service that is offering residents of Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, unlimited North American calling in a plan for $19.95 per month. A plan with unlimited North America and 21 other countries goes for $29.95 per month and the biggest package includes unlimited N.A. and 35 other countries for $39.95 per month. All of these plans require a 12-month contract and a subscription to the provider’s Internet access service.

Standard calling features with Home phone include 411 directory services, e911, call forwarding, call hold, caller ID, call waiting with ID, voicemail, and voicemail to email.

Times Telecom
Q1 Labs has introduced a new module to its QRadar system that enables service monitoring for VoIP networks. The technology combines network behavior analysis and security event correlation for monitoring across the network protocol, application, and security service layers of a network.

The module includes VoIP correlation rules, VoIP event summary reports, and executive summary reports. The correlation rules detect toll fraud attempts and DoS conditions against PBXs and other voice control servers. The summary reports, which are generated on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, indicate the overall health of a VoIP network by detailing the number of VoIP associated security and policy events created. The executive reports provide a comprehensive view of network performance through analysis of security event data and network behavior data.

The new module for QRadar will be available early next month.

Q1 Labs

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