IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Jan, 26 1998

Symbol Introduces Wireless IP Telephony System
Symbol Technologies has announced the availability of a wireless phone system based on voice over IP technology.

The NetVision phone system will provide wireless real time multimedia teleconferencing over the Internet and corporate intranets. The system will use a NetVision wireless handset, which looks like a cell phone, to provide wireless connectivity to telephones or PC phones located within an internal TCP/IP network. Symbol will integrate DataBeam’s H.323 Toolkit series into the phone system allowing interoperability with other vendor’s H.323 real time voice applications.

The NetVision wireless handset will operate over Symbol’s Spectrum24 Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) that have been installed globally. The Spectrum24 WLAN is a high performance network deployed in the global 2.4 GHz band using frequency hopping spread spectrum modulation. The phone will feature call waiting, holding, and forwarding, paging, caller ID, and full duplex conferencing capabilities.

In a separate announcement, Symbol has selected Cisco 3600 voice/fax modules as a gateway to the outside world. The gateway will allow calls to be placed or received between wireless handsets or PC phones in other locations over the company’s internal TCP/IP network at no cost, worldwide. Call traffic carried over the company’s data network will be compressed. Calls can also be placed in the traditional manner over the gateway. Normal charges will apply to these calls.

Symbol designs, manufactures and markets bar code scanning equipment, application-specific handheld computers and radio frequency data communications products and systems that are used as building blocks for solutions in retail, package and parcel delivery, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, health care and other industries.

Symbol Technologies

Cisco Systems


ZipLink to Use Bay Networks’ Remote Access Concentrator
ZipLink has announced that it has selected Bay Networks’ 5399 carrier-class remote access concentrator and the Backbone Concentrator Node (BCN) routing solution to build out its network.

ZipLink’s initial network build-out will include the installation of more than 365 model 5399 modules, which totals more than 17,500 modem ports. The 5399 will support K56Flex or x2, and provide high density access capabilities.

It will be able to support more than 2,300 simultaneous dial-in users in a standard eight foot cabinet. The 5399 is based on DSP modem technology and its software can be upgraded to support V.PCM and the emerging technologies of voice and fax over IP.

Bay Network’s Backbone Concentrator Node (BCN)routers will also be deployed to handle ZipLink’s new network backbone requirements. The symmetric multiprocessor architecture, based on multiple routing engines and 1 Gbps PPX, will deliver up to 1 million pps.


Bay Networks

Ericsson and Sun Microsystems to Offer Carrier Grade IP Telephony Products
Ericsson and Sun Microsystems have agreed to integrate the Ericsson IP Service Platform and Sun’s deployment of network computing platforms to provide carrier class solutions for Internet service providers, telcos, and enterprise customers. The solutions will be aimed at the emerging market for integrating telecommunications and network computing, enabling the delivery of differentiated services such as virtual intranets and extranets, IP telephony, and the distribution and retrieval of information.

The Ericsson IP service platform will provide the service infrastructure with packaging, brokering, and differentiating IP services including security functions, resource management, and charging tools. The platform will be integrated with Sun’s network computing platforms. Both companies will share marketing and development efforts.

The solution is already being testing the in parts of Europe and there are plans to market the product in North America.


Sun Microsystems

RSL Comm to Offer 50% Off Internet Telephony Rates
RSL Comm has announced that it will launch Internet telephony service to customers at a savings of up to 50 percent off of the average 89 cents per minute international call. The service, which was introduced on January 21, will use the global Internet network operated by Delta Three, an RSL subsidiary. It will initially be available from the U.S. to five international destinations including Hong Kong, Israel, Cali and Bogota, Columbia, and Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Delta Three also offers global PC to phone and calling card Internet telephony services as well as Internet fax services.

Delta Three

http:// www.rslcom.com

Matsushita Graphic to Offer Internet Facsimile Product
Matsushita plans to offer its Internet facsimile machine in Hong Kong and the U.K. The machine will use S/MINE protocol for facsimile transmissions and maintain the industry standard for encrypted mail for security.

Matsushita, which introduced the facsimile machine in Japan and the U.S. last September, reports sales in excess of 2,000 units. The company hopes that the technology’s early market entrance will lead to the technology’s standardization.

The product will be available in the Hong Kong and U.K. markets later this month with plans for expansion to Australian markets.


Mylink to Offer AimQuest’s Internet Facsimile Technology
Mylink, a private value-added network operator, has teamed with AimQuest’s to provide Internet facsimile services to Malaysia. The new service named Myfax, will allow users to route facsimiles over the Internet via a fax machine or a PC configured with a fax modem.

Mylink will deploy AimQuest’s fax servers in eight locations including Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Sibu Miri, and Ipoh. Mylink plans to expand to include additional Malaysian markets.

Mylink is also a member of AimQuest’s GRIC, an international alliance of Internet service providers and telcos, all of which will offer Mylink’s subscribers a global network of fax servers.


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