IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Jul, 05 2000

JITONG & GRIC to Interconnect Networks
JITONG Communications has announced that it is planning to use GRIC’s managed QoS GRICphone network and inter-domain clearinghouse service to expand its VoIP connectivity on a global basis. According to the terms of the deal, JITONG will route traffic over GRIC’s network, and terminate traffic for GRIC’s alliance of IP telephony affiliate providers.

GRIC’s network and services have more than 360 participating provider members that can provide connectivity to over 150 countries. Its network is primarily based on Lucent’s and Cisco’s technologies deployed throughout the Asia Pacific, Australia, Europe, India, South America and the U.S. The provider also recently reported that it is planning to integrate support for NetSpeak’s VoIP technologies. The GRICPhone network and applications provide authentication, authorization, route termination selection and CDRs for billing. The clearinghouse service provides service affiliates with detail transaction records, settlement and interoperability with third-party billing systems for VoIP and other IP-based services.

JITONG’s IP network spans 45 cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Dalian, Qingdao, Shenyang, Chongqing and Changchun. It can route telecommunications services to each of China’s provinces. It also recently announced an agreement with iBasis, in which it will route both originate and terminate voice and fax to and from iBasis’ network.

iBasis’ Internet telephony interconnectivity service has a NOC in Burlington, Massachusetts, Internet central offices in Frankfurt, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, New York, London, and POPs throughout Asia, Europe, Korea, the Middle East and South America. The provider can terminate traffic on a global basis via its network, its affiliate’s networks or the PSTN. The company has also recently negotiated network interconnect deal with Concert and Telstra to expand its connectivity. It offers SLAs for its services, which guarantee that the percentage of call completion rates will be equivalent to or better than that of the PSTN. The company uses its proprietary Assured Quality Routing technology to monitor VoIP calls to ensure completion, or re-route the calls to the PSTN.

JITONG Communications



IMTC to Host Interoperability Event in Nice
The IMTC reported that it is hosting the SuperOp! interoperability testing event on July 8 through 15 in Nice, France. The event will enable participants to test existing and developing solutions across a variet of networks including Internet, intranet, LAN/WAN, digital (ISDN) and POTS using protocols for data conferencing (T.120) and videoconferencing over ISDN (H.320), Internet, intranet, LAN (H.323), POTS (H.324) and SIP as well as ETSI TIPHON’s IP Telephony specifications.

International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium

Info Touch to Integrate Dialpad’s VoIP Into Internet Kiosks
Info Touch Technologies reported that it is planning to integrate access to Dialpad.com’s IP telephony services into its Internet kiosk software. The software is deployed in kiosks located in over 140 countries, with a user base of over 7.5 million.

Dialpad’s unlimited, no charge PC to phone VoIP service currently enables users to initiate VoIP communications from any PC in the world to any traditional phone in the continental U.S. The service is based on Dialpad’s own H.323 compliant Java applet based client technology. The company uses both GTE Internetworking’s and ITXC’s Interconnectivity networks to provide connectivity throughout the U.S. The service is subsidized via graphical advertisements located on the client interface.

Info Touch Technologies


Cognigen to Distribute Quicknet’s VoIP Products
Cognigen, a Silverthorne Production Company division, reported that it is planning to resell Quicknet Technologies’ line of VoIP enabling PC cards (Internet PhoneJACK-PCI, PhoneJACK-ISA, Internet LineJACK and Internet PhoneCARD). According to the terms of the agreement, Cognigen will market the products to its over 200,000 customers via its network of 52,000 independent agents’ web sites. Quicknet will fill orders and provide product support.

Internet PhoneJACK-PCI is a single channel, full duplex PCI audio card designed to enable VoIP communications via traditional phones. Internet PhoneJACK-ISA is designed for use via a PC modem to support office to office connectivity over a LAN. Internet LineJACK is a single port gateway card designed to support SOHO and medium sized business communication via PC or LANs. Internet PhoneCARD is a PCMCIA compliant Internet telephone card for mobile users. All boards ships with the vendor’s H.323 compliant SwitchBoard Internet telephone technology to support G.723.1, G.711 and TrueSpeech audio codecs. It also supports single line H.323 gateway operation with Cisco, NetMeeting, etc., and IVR and touchtone support via a PBX.


Quicknet Technologies

Eircom to Use Net2Phone’s Technology for VoIP Trial
Eircom (formerly Telecom Eireann), an Ireland based fixed line and mobile telecommunications provider, said that it is planning to deploy Net2Phone’s VoIP gateway and gatekeeper technologies to trial a wholesale IP telephony service. Financial terms were not disclosed. According to the terms of the agreement, Net2Phone will install its VoIP gateways and billing systems for eircom, and provide training and network monitoring (call management, rating, routing, and authentication) services.

eircom provides an array of voice, data and multimedia service via fixed line and mobile infrastructures in Ireland. The company currently has over 1.5 million phone lines in operation.

In other news, Vertical Computer Systems (VCS) announced that it signed an agreement with Net2Phone, in which it will market a co branded version of Net2Phone VoIP products and services. According to the terms of the deal, VCS will integrate Net2Phone’s web based Internet telephony technologies into its multi-lingual web portals to enable users to initiate calls directly from a PC by clicking a phone number listing. Users will be able to place calls to any telephone, fax machine or PC in the world.



Vertical Computer Systems

AudioCodes Introduces 240 Port PMC Card
AudioCodes has announced the introduction of the TPM-800 Media Gateway Module, its PMC (PCI Mezzanine Card) based VoIP product that enables OEMs to develop carrier class solutions. The module is connected as a daughter card to OEM designed carrier boards to convert PCM into VoIP or VoATM and route traffic via an Ethernet or Utopia interface. It provides support for up to 240 low bit rate voice, fax or PCM channels with a 30 ms echo trail. the solution can be used to develop MGCP based VoIP, ATM AAL2 based VoDSL as well as CLASS 4/5 switching capabilities.

The product is expected to be commercially available this fall, with beta distribution slated for this quarter. Pricing was not disclosed.

In other news, Shanghai PTIC reported that it is planning to use AudioCodes’ TP200, TP-400, MP-100 and MP-200 IP telephony development boards to develop VoIP gateway platforms, which it intends to deploy throughout China. Shanghai PTIC currently manufactures and markets wireless communication products including both low speed and high speed pagers, paging system equipment, wireless customer access network, wireless phones, etc.


MerlyNet Secures $2.5 Million in First Round
MerlyNet has announced that it has secured $2.5 million in a first round of financing with Seed Angels Investment Trust, European Techno Start venture capital fund and private investors. The company plans to use the financing to expand and further develop it flagship VoIP products and services, CallX and a PC client, which enables users to receive telephone calls while connected to the Internet, place Internet calls from a PC, and transfer calls to voice mail. The service is currently operational in South America and Israel, and the company plans to eventually expand its connectivity to include additional markets throughout North America and Europe.


BroadSoft Secures $23 Million in Second Round
BroadSoft announced that it has secured $23 million in a second round of venture financing from BroadBand Office, Comdisco Ventures, Crescendo Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Charles River Ventures and Columbia Capital. The firm plans to use the funding to further market and develop its enhanced telephony creation solutions such as the BoadWorks platform, which enables users to develop LEC connectivity via PSTN and packet based networks.


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