Ascend Introduces SS7/IP Gateway Product
Ascend has announced the introduction of the Ascend Signaling Gateway
(ASG), a product that enables a company’s WAN access switches to
communicate directly with the SS7 carrier-signaling network. The ASG will
allow NSPs to offer a range of services such as Internet call diversion,
voice/fax over data networks, VPNs, and high-speed 56K-modem technology.
The ASG enables service providers to relieve congestion on voice networks
by diverting data calls off of class 4/5 switches and onto Ascend’s MAX TNT
WAN Access Switches. The gateway will use existing SS7 voice networks to
route voice, fax and data calls over IP, ATM and Frame Relay networks. It
is designed on the SS7 HP OpenCall platform, and the NEBs compliant,
high-density MAX TNT WAN Access Switch architecture. The product will
support from 10,000 to 200,000 communication ports. It features fault
tolerant dual HP 9000 processors, dual Signal interface units and dual
connections to the MAX TNT. In addition, the ASG will enable transaction
based billing over data networks by providing call setup and call duration
information in standard CDR format.
In a separate announcement, Ascend will open an office in Thailand this
fall. The company plans to strengthen its systems integration and reseller
channels in Thailand, and to help Thailand’s telecoms and ISPs design VoIP
and VPN services. Datacraft and World Information Technology have already
agreed to be VARs for Ascend products.
ArelNet Unveils Internet Fax to Email Module for Its i-Tone Gateway
ArelNet has announced the introduction of a fax to email (FTEM) module for
its i-Tone IP telephony gateway product. The fax to email module enables
users to view faxes via existing e-mail applications such as Microsoft
Exchange or Eudora. An i-Tone service provider will assign users with a
personal fax number, and all faxes sent to this number will be forwarded to
the user’s e-mail account. The fax images will be an attachment to the
The i-Tone FTEM module is currently available.
DSP Software Develops Software Suite for Texas Instrument’s DSPs
DSP Software Engineering has announced the availability of its DSP software
based telephony algorithms for Texas Instrument’s ‘C6201 fixed point VLIW
DSP. The DSP algorithms have been designed to be multi channel re-entrant
and compliant with BellCore specifications. The algorithms can be applied
to DTMF detector/generator channel banks, G.165 line-echo canceller channel
banks, and VoIP/FR servers. The software will provide support for over 100
simultaneous channels on a single ‘C6201.
The software algorithms are currently available.
DSP Software Engineering
Microsoft to Integrate Open Port’s IP Fax Technology
Open Port has announced that Microsoft has licensed its IP fax technology,
including its patented LCR methodology, for integration into future Windows
NT server based products. In addition, Open Port has received an equity
investment from Microsoft. Financial details of the transaction were not
disclosed. According to the terms of the deal, Microsoft’s general
manager, Dan Rosen, will be appointed to Open Port’s board of directors.
Also participating in the latest round of Open Port financing is Oak
Investment Partners of West Port, Conn. Details were not disclosed. Open
Port plans to use the financing from both companies to invest in product
development, future technology research and development, and the expansion
of its sales and marketing operations, particularly outside of the US.
Fnet Acquires LDNet
FNet, a subsidiary of Franklin Telecom, has announced that it has acquired
LDNet, a VoIP service provider. Details of the transaction were not
disclosed. During the first half of this year, LDNet tested Franklin’s
Tempest Data Voice gateways and billing and authorization technology in a
phone to phone and PC to phone IP telephony trial in eight mid-western
markets. LDNet’s current VoIP installations include facilities in Chicago,
St. Louis, Detroit, Cleveland, Akron, Columbus, New York City and
Washington/Baltimore. FNet plans to have the LDNet nodes upgraded and
functioning as part of the FNet Network by August.
The FNet global network utilizes traditional land lines, Internet telephony
and satellite technology to provide global communications. FNet plans to
have 250 US POPs installed within the next two years, and 250 international
POPs by 2001.
Global Transmedia to Use Innomedia Products For IP Telephony Service
Global Transmedia has announced that, in coordination with Innomedia, it
has completed the installation of the first phase of its Internet telephony
network. The network currently has Innomedia gateways installed and
operating in Canada, Florida, California and Singapore. Global Transmedia
will use the gateways to offer CheapTalk, its Internet telephony service.
Global Transmedia will provide users of the service with Innomedia’s
InfoTalk or InfoGate VoIP gateway products as well as the Internet access
needed to use the service.
InfoTalk will enable single-line telephone subs to use the service.
Multi-line telephone subs will be supplied with the InfoGate product.
Users will be able to call or fax all locations using the VoIP products and
service, as well as place calls outside of the system, via a centralized
Global Transmedia is targeting multi-national corporations, import/export
firms and any large to mid-sized company with facilities in the US and
abroad with the service.
NTL to Offer Internet Telephony
NTL has announced that it has completed a VoIP trial in the UK. The
company’s carrier services division expects to offer both national and
international Internet telephony services on a commercial basis this month.
All VoIP traffic will be routed through the company’s gateway in London.
NTL will monitor QoS on a 24×7 basis; should the Internet become too
congested for a reasonable QoS, NTL will begin routing calls via the PSTN.
NTL owns and operates a network in the UK, offering national and
international carrier telecommunications services, and satellite and radio
communications services. Through its local telecoms division, it offers
residential telephony, residential CATV and Internet services in six UK
Network World Fusion Releases VoIP Gateway Buyers Guide
Network World Fusion has just released a buyers guide, evaluating the
similarities and differences between 26 IP telephony gateways. The guide
showcases several charts comparing the gateways by price, specs and
capabilities. It also offers editorials regarding what a company should
consider before purchasing a gateway, such as the ease of installation and
maintenance of a gateway, its lifecycle, whether it will be used to
transmit data and voice simultaneously, and if the addition of a VoIP PBX
will add enough voice lines to be economical. For more information on the
guide, or to see the online version, visit the Network World Fusion web site.
Network World Fusion