IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Jul, 05 2001

Frame Relay Forum Approves IP Header Compression Implementation
The Frame Relay Forum (FRF), an association of vendors, carriers, users, and consultants committed to the education, promotion, and implementation of frame relay in accordance with international standards, announced that it has adopted the FRF.20, a Frame Relay IP Header Compression Implementation Agreement (IA) that defines how IP Header compressed packets should be handled over a frame relay interface, including how the compression is negotiated between compressor and de compressor and how packets are encapsulated. It can reduce a VoIP header from 40 bytes to a minimum of 2-4 bytes, providing additional bandwidth efficiencies and facilitating the support of up to five calls, as opposed to only two uncompressed G.729 calls, over an ordinary 64K link.

For more information about the Frame Relay Forum, membership, or for free copies of the implementation agreements, visit the organization’s web site.

The Frame Relay Forum

Vpacket to Integrate Intersil’s SLIC Technology
Vpacket Communications reported that it is integrating Intersil’s model HC55185 Ringing SLIC solution into its 6100 series voice/data routers to provide a telephony interface. This SLIC is a 7mm X 7mm micro-lead-frame solution designed for high-density integration, featuring onboard ring generation, low power consumption, programmable transient current limiting, integrated MTU DC characteristics, silent polarity reversal, pulse metering, on-hook transmission, tip-open ground-start operation, balanced and unbalanced ringing, and thermal shutdown with alarm indicator.

The 6100 series products, which offer support for various protocol technologies including H.323, MGCP, SIP, are designed to operate with the vendor’s voice network management system and third party softswitches/media gateways to support converged voice/data services with IP centrex functionality. It can support up to 24 VoIP ports, and features an array of WAN and LAN interfaces for SDSL, T1, FXS, T1/CAS, and 10/100 BaseT Ethernet. In addition, the product ships with the vendor’s network management system to support QoS measurement and reporting functionality (packet loss, latency, jitter, etc.) on a customer and network basis, and to implement QoS capabilities for packet shaping and policy control, which will identify and prioritize voice packets.

Vpacket Communications


Brix Networks Teams With Sonus To Develop OSS Solutions
Sonus Networks has reported that Brix Networks has joined its Open Services Partner Alliance (OSPA) program to integrate and develop interoperability between Brix’s SLA monitoring and measurement solution, Brix System, and Sonus’ array of products and technologies. The Brix applications enable carriers and providers to offer VoIP services with per-path call-quality measurements in real-time, and proactive warnings of any call setup outages. It can also be used to monitor and manage a variety of other services including VPNs, streaming media and various hosted applications.

The OSPA program is focused on developing interoperability between other vendor’s products and Sonus’, and offering the interoperable end-to-end packet based network solutions to providers.

Brix Networks


Sonus Networks

Eiger Technology To Acquire Onlinetel
Eiger Technology said that it has entered into an agreement to acquire 100 percent of Onlinetel, a privately held VoIP company offering various IP based voice services. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, and are still subject to approval by Onlinetel’s shareholders and Eiger’s BOD as well as customary regulatory approvals.

Onlinetel, which offers services to the residential and small to medium size enterprise markets, uses softswitch based technologies to offer phone to phone VoIP services that use the Internet for connectivity. The company launched a no charge VoIP long distance trial in Toronto last fall, and has accumulated over 100,000 residential users and 10,000 corporate users since. It also intends to launch an IP based 10-10 dial around service in Canada later this year.

Eiger Technology


RSL Communications Sells Its Stake in deltathree
Atarey Hasharon Chevra Lepituach Vehashkaot Benadlan (1991), a member of the Tshuva group, has announced that it has acquired all of RSL Communications’ interest in deltathree.com. According to the terms of the deal, Atarey Hasharon bought 19,569,459 of RSL’s deltathree shares, representing approximately 67 percent of deltathree’s common stock, for 80 cents a share, for a total of $15,655,567. Upon purchase, the shares were automatically converted to Class A common stock.

RSL Communications


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