IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Jul, 06 2004

1. Centillium Introduces ADSL2+/2++ & VoIP Gateway on a Chip
Centillium Communications has introduced Palladia 400, an ADSL 2+/ 2++ and VoIP gateway on a chip with advanced security features and WiFi networking capabilities, designed for use in access CPE.

The chip includes an integrated 200 MHz MIPS processor and a DSP designed for VoIP. Employing the company’s ExtremeDSLMax technology, it can handle up to 50 Mbps of downstream broadband access. For security, the chip includes an IPSec engine with support for DES, 3DES, and AES, as well as Message Digest Algorithms and Secure Hash (for hippie equipment developers) in hardware. For wireless LAN networking support, the Palladia 400 includes an on-chip PCI interface.

Voice codecs supported by the chip include G.711 (PCM), G.729 a/b, G.726.32 and G.723.1. Support is provided for caller ID (including JCLIP), call forwarding, call waiting, generic voice activity detection and comfort noise generator. The chip includes a message waiting indicator, teleconferencing, call hold, and pulse dialing.

The Palladia 400 comes with a software package that includes a RTOS, a VPN router-firewall stack, full featured voice software and a SIP stack. The product is available for sampling.

Centillium has also recently introduced Atlanta 100, a SoC for access CPE that supports up to 8 voice channels for voice, fax and routing that works with any broadband access network. The chip supports multiple advanced functionality such as global phone number portability, virtual phone numbers, security, and echo cancellation. It includes an integrated RISC processor that performs a variety of functions such as network management and data routing.

The Atlanta 100 is offered with a hardware reference design, a software package and plug and play functionality for installation and service provisioning. CPE using the chip can connect directly to a broadband modem or be added as a part of a SOHO network.

The chip includes support for the same codecs, calling features, WiFi capabilities and security as the Palladia 400 does and is offered with a similar software package. The product is available for sampling.

Centillium Communications

3. Qwest to Launch Hosted IP PBX Service This Month
In a couple of weeks, Qwest will launch OneFlex, a hosted IP PBX service that will provide high speed Internet access and local and long distance calling along with a web interface for accessing and configuring features such as conference calls, adding new users, and voicemail. The only CPE required will be IP phones.

The service will be driven by IBM’s Service Provider Delivery Environment and Sonus’ and and Sylantro’s combined application feature server solution.

In mid-July, OneFlex will be launched in Boise, Denver, Minneapolis, and Phoenix. The service area will be expanded through 2005. Markets scheduled for launch later this year include Albuquerque, Baltimore, Billings, Bismark, Boston, Casper, Chicago, Columbus, Des Moines, Los Angeles, New York, Omaha, Orange County, Philadelphia, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Sioux Falls, and Washington D.C.


5. AT&T Expands CallVantage Coverage; Begins Retreat from TDM
AT&T has expanded its CallVantage service to include Washington D.C.; Wilmington, DE; Indianapolis and Muncie, IN; Kansas City, KS; Baltimore, MD; Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN; St. Louis, MO; Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raliegh, NC; Omaha, NE; Allentown and Philadelphia, PA; Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Nashville, TN; and Jersey City, Monmouth and Trenton, NJ; Albany, Buffalo, Glens Falls, Rochester, Syracuse, and Utica-Rome, NY. The expansion puts CallVantage in 72 markets in 22 U.S. states. The provider plans to reach 100 markets by September.

While AT&T is aggressively rolling out its packet based services, the company is ceasing to offer traditional local and long distance in select areas. In reaction to a June 9th Federal court decision regarding wholesale rules in local U.S. markets that favors RBOCs, AT&T has decided to quit offering traditional local and long distance services in 7 states including Ohio, Missouri, Washington, Tennessee, Louisiana, Arkansas, and New Hampshire. The provider is expected to announce retreats from more states in the coming weeks. AT&T does not consider CallVantage to compensate for the loss in subscribers, considering the VoIP service is only offered to consumers with broadband Internet connections.

AT&T currently provides traditional local calling services to more than 4.3 million homes nationwide.


7. Agilent Introduces Service Test & Assurance Solutions
Agilent Technologies has introduced a couple of new products that address service testing and assurance as well as announced enhancements to its next generation SONET analyzer.

The N2X is a multiservice testing solution that combines service and infrastructure testing and emulation to enable end to end testing of metro Ethernet, IP VPN and L2oMPLS for ATM, over various infrastructures such as MPLS, IPv6 and next generation SONET.

The OSS MPLS QoS Manager monitors the quality and network performance of managed VPN services by gathering data from active testing and Cisco VPN network elements. The tool provides real- time problem detection, performance reports and SLA reporting including providing details on QoS variables such as jitter, packet loss, and latency.

Enhancements to Agilent’s the next generation SONET analyzer, the OmniBer OTN, include the addition of advanced generic framing procedure, Ethernet payload, virtual concatenation, and link capacity adjustment scheme analysis capabilities.

Agilent Technologies

9. eLec Launches Primary Line Residential & Business VoIP
eLec, a CLEC that operates as New Rochelle Telephone, has launched a primary line residential and business VoIP service to consumers with broadband Internet connections.

The provider’s basic plan, which applies to residential and business customers is $9.95 per line per month plus a one-time fee of $34.90 per terminal adapter. The calling rates under this plan are 1 cent per minute for local calls, 2 cents per minute for InterLATA and IntraLATA calling, and discounted international rates with rates to 20 countries at 2 cents per minute.

The Residential Unlimited Domestic Plan is $29.95 per month with a one time fee of $34.90 for the terminal adapter. The plan includes unlimited local and long distance calling as well as discounted international rates.

Both plans come with a phone number and a set of calling features including call hold, call forwarding, call waiting, caller ID, international call blocking, call return, extension dialing, hunt groups, redial, call transfer, anonymous call rejection, email notification of voicemail and do not disturb.

Other features available on a fee basis include local number portability, authorization codes, custom announcements, multiple voicemail boxes, music on hold, toll free service, per minute toll free, find me/follow me, custom call announcements to groups, corporate conference calling, and auto attendant with up to 10 options.

eLec Communications

11. Vectoria Launches Mobile VoIP Service Based on Wi Fi
Vectoria Telecom has launched TeliPhone, a mobile VoIP service that allows consumers to make and receive calls to select North American markets, while using Vectoria’s mobile phone in a Wi Fi environment. Subscribers must purchase a $250 phone and pay $16.95 per month for the service, which includes 60 minutes of calling and access to a set of calling features. Calling that exceeds 60 minutes is billed at 2.9 cents per minute.

The calling features include find me/follow me, voicemail, voicemail to email, conference calling, caller ID, call transfer, online account management, and area code selection (within TeliPhone’s market coverage areas). Local calling and calling to other TeliPhone subscribers is free.


13. Nortel Makes SIP Client Available to 3rd Party Developers
Nortel Networks has made available a comprehensive documentation suite related to its SIP client to allow 3rd party developers to build network equipment interoperable with the company’s model 5100 and 5200 multimedia communications servers. Interested parties can apply for the documentation on the company’s web site.

In the future, Nortel will provide development partners with a Theme Designer Kit that will allow participants to modify the look and feel of the PC soft client. The TDK is scheduled for availability in Q4 and when available, will also be accessible for the Nortel web site.

Texas Instruments plans to adapt its reference designs for SIP CPE to be interoperable with Nortel’s servers. TI also plans to integrate Nortel’s platform into its system test lab to test and pre-validate its Telogy software for VoIP with the servers.

Other vendors developing or planning to develop equipment to be interoperable with the servers include Uniden, i3Micro, and Polycom.

Nortel Networks

15. AudioCodes Introduces Design Kit with ATCA Specifications
AudioCodes has introduced a design kit that incorporate the specifications of AdvancedTCA (ATCA) with its 2000 LBR- channel TPM 6300 VoIP media gateway module. The ACTA board will feature:

* Up to 2016 LBR VoIP channels

* Concurrent toll quality voice/fax support on all channels

* Multiple capacity options from 240 to 2016 LBR channels

* Up to 2016 multi Vocoder conferencing channels

* Up to 64 conferencing participants per single conference

* High Density announcement play and record capability

* Standard control: MGCP, MEGACO

* G.168 2002 compliant echo cancellation

* SS7 signaling over SIGTRAN, M2UA over SCTP, M3UA over SCTP

* Voice services such as Voice Recording and Playback, Voice Detectors and Energy Detectors

* Various voice coders such as G.711, G.726, G.723.1, G.729, GSM, AMR, and EVRC

The design kit will be available in September. General Availability of ACTA based products are expected by mid 2005.


17. Comindico to Launch VoIP Services to Businesses in Australia
Comindico, an IP network operator based in Australia, has deployed NexTone’s Multiprotocol Session Controller, to support delivery of VoIP services to businesses across Australia.

Comindico’s network consists of 66 PoPs and 5 domestic peering centers, allowing the provider to offer services to 98% of the population of Austalia.


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