IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Jan, 26 2001

NetVoice Teams With Cisco to Successfully Test SS7 Across IP Network
NetVoice Technologies has announced that it has successfully routed traffic over its Cisco equipment based IP network using SS7 technologies. The company has been testing the technology since late last year, using Cisco’s SC2200 internetworking solution to provide the SS7 connectivity to its IP gateways and H.323 compliant IP network. In addition to SS7 support, the 2200 model also offers system resource management and monitoring, call control, usage measurements as well as fault indication capabilities.

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Innofone.Com Teams With ePhone For Services
ePhone Telecom has announced that it has signed a network services and marketing agreement with Innofone.Com, in which Innofone plans to route traffic generated from its various marketing programs over ePhone’s VoIP networks. According to the terms of the deal, and to provide the capital to jump start the marketing programs, ePhone will pay an undisclosed set-up fee, which will be re-paid within 90 days in either cash or shares. The firms also plan to co-participate in the new marketing programs, which will focus on promoting services such as PC to phone, and bundling calling cards with Innofone’s products and services.

Late last year, ePhone reported that it had completed the initial development of its Global VoIP network, with POPs deployed in Brussels, Frankfurt, Herndon, London, Rotterdam and Zurich, each capable of supporting services such as prepaid calling card, and both business and residential voice and fax. In addition, the POPs are interconnected with the company’s affiliated carriers, to provide termination capabilities outside of its existing infrastructure via least cost routing technologies.

Innofone develops and operates proprietary added value telecommunications programs on a turnkey/third party basis. Last year, it said that it plans to deploy NetSpeak’s equipment to build an Internet telephony network with POPs in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver and two undisclosed U.S. markets. It also negotiated a deal with PSINet Limited to provide Internet connectivity for the services. In addition, the company also introduced a web based VoIP eCommerce application that enable a web site visitor to click a call button to automatically dial a pre-determined phone number to reach a CSR.


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ZeroPlus Teams With priceline to Market Services
ZeroPlus.com said that it has begun providing phone to phone long distance services in cooperation with Priceline Long Distance LLC, a priceline.com subsidiary, which offers blocks of long distance calling time (both international and domestic) via priceline.com’s Name Your Own Price system. According to the terms of the agreement, the companies will share the revenues generated from selling a blocks of calling time, and ZeroPlus will pay priceline.com 345,290 shares of its common stock and an undisclosed cash payment to participate in the program.

priceline.com’s system enables users to name a price they are willing to pay for a block of calling time (from 60 minutes to 1000 minutes or more) to any market in the world. Once the offer is accepted, the user will need to dial an 800 number, enter a PIN and the destination number, and the call will be connected.

ZeroPlus offers a variety of IP based services that provide connectivity from PC to PC, PC to phone, phone to PC and phone to phone. The company has teamed with Broadwing Communications to co-market the services, and to expand the service’s reach throughout Broadwing’s U.S. domestic infrastructure. In addition, it also offers services in select European markets, including PC to PC, PC to phone and phone to phone VoIP services, in Western Europe (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK), with plans to expand the offering throughout Europe.



Broadview to Trial VoDSL Service Based on Polycom’s Gear
Broadview Networks has reported that it has just deployed Polycom’s VoDSL technologies at its Manhattan based sales office, and is now planning to launch a VoDSL trial. The trial will offer bundled DSL based voice and data services, feature calling capabilities such as call transfer, three-way calling, automatic callback, call hold, call pickup and call waiting, with data connection speeds from 384 Kbps to 1.5 Mbps.

New York based businesses interested in learning more about the VoDSL technologies/services, and or participating in the trial, can contact Megan Weber at 973-848-8865



hippo Introduces Line of Internet Telephones
hippo has reported the introduction of its model 250 Internet telephone. The unit, which is based on the vendor’s own proprietary technologies, connects to an existing traditional telephone jack, or an always-on ISP service (such as DSL, cable modem or wireless) to enable users to place VoIP calls. It converts analog voice into digital signals, compresses the signal and sends the signal as TCP/IP packets over the Internet to the destination telephone. In addition, the vendor has teamed with IDT/Net2Phone to offer a service package with the phone that will enable users to access IDT/Net2Phone’s network to route calls to any traditional telephone in the world.

The phone is currently is currently available.




TEK DigiTel Introduces New 4 Port VoIP CPE Unit
TEK DigiTel has announced the introduction of a new version of its V-Server VoIP CPE unit, the V-Server iPRO. The product offers support for 4 simultaneous voice ports, and it is also equipped with data routing functionality. It also features a single interface for a LAN, ISDN or dual-Ethernet connection to provide various methods of Internet access or network configuration. In addition, the unit can be configured for FXS or FXO port use to support corporate VPNs and the routing of calls to and from PSTN and PBX interfaces.


Network Telephone Secures $140 Million Credit Facility
Network Telephone, a VoDSL provider, has announced that it has secured a $140 million senior credit facility from Lehman Bros. and Lucent Technologies. Terms were not disclosed. The firm intends to use $75 million to refinance existing obligations, with the remainder being reserved for equipment expenditures and working capital. The company is in the process of developing voice and data communications in 56 markets throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. In addition, last year, it began deploying both Lucent’s PathStar Access Servers and Copper Mountain Network’s DSLAMs to support the services.

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