IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Jul, 08 2005

1. Viseon Shipping Feature Rich Consumer IP Phone
Viseon has introduced and is shipping VisiFone, a consumer IP phone that features digital wideband audio, TV-quality videophone capabilities and on-screen management of VoIP features and preferences.

Other phone features include voice and video mail, downloadable ring and movie tones, interactive multimedia content displays (such as news or weather), click to call response to on-screen offers, and access to select search engines.


3. Terayon Introduces New Line of eMTAs
Terayon has introduced TJ900, a new line of PacketCable- certified eMTAs supporting 2 lines of VoIP as well as high speed Internet access. The TJ 955 is designed for primary line VoCable. It includes integrated battery backup, providing 8 hours of standby time or 5 hours of talk time, in the event of a power outage. A second battery that can double the amount of battery backup is offered optionally.

The 945 is designed for secondary line VoCable services, as it does not include a battery backup.


5. Telchemy Introduces New Active VoIP Test Products
Telchemy has introduced 2 new active test products based on its VQmon technology including VQattest and SQattest.

VQattest is a compact software agent that can be embedded into IP endpoints and network infrastructure devices to support pre- deployment testing, SLA monitoring and problem diagnosis. VQattest generates multiple simultaneous test VoIP calls to other agents or IP endpoints and measures the quality of these calls using Telchemyís VQmon/SA VoIP analysis technology. VQattest generates RTP streams with voice payloads and incorporates RTCP SR, RR and XR reporting.

SQattest is an active test appliance able to run hundreds of simultaneous active tests. It can be used with VQattest agents or other compatible IP phones and gateways. The appliance is able to upload test applets to PC clients via a web interface. SQattest uses VQattest technology to generate and terminate VoIP calls and provide diagnostic data.

VQmon technology detects, monitors and resolves call quality and network related problems for networked multi-media services. It provides listening and conversational call quality metrics in both R factor and MOS formats as well as detailed diagnostic information.

VQattest is currently available. SIP signaling support will be added by the end of this month. SQattest is scheduled for availability in September.

In a separate announcement, the company recently said that it has also introduced a performance monitoring agent for wireless and VoWiFi handsets.


7. Tekelec Releases New Version of VoIP Application Server
Tekelec has introduced version R5.6 of its Tekelec 6000 VoIP application server. Enhancements include a new SIP architecture, support for new SIP devices such as Sipura IP phones and a Tekelec softphone, TimesTen database integration, web service and SOAP integration into the database agent, and a new SIP registrar wizard, improvements to IP Link bandwidth control and improvements to the system’s SNMP polling functionality.


9. Paltalk to Market Vonage’s Consumer VoIP Service
Paltalk, the largest chat community on the Internet, will market Vonage’s consumer VoIP service to its 3.5 million active members.

The Paltalk Messenger allows members to administer their own voice and video conferences and instant messages with users on MSN, AOL, Yahoo!, and ICQ.



11. Microsoft & France Telecom to Co-Develop IP-Based Products
Microsoft and France Telecom FT) have entered into a non- exclusive partnership to co-develop a hybrid phone handset that would support both cellular and VoIP technology as well as software that would allow consumers to combine different voice, video, and data applications.

The new phone is expected to be launched in 12 to 18 months. The initiative is partly in response to the emerging market, spawned by BT Group’s hybrid fixed-line and mobile phone service. BT uses Bluetooth technology but plans to upgrade to Wi-Fi, which will be the technology used by Microsoft and FT.

The software initiative aims to develop applications that would allow a consumer to access instant messenger over the television or send a video clip through a cell phone. Microsoft expects this technology to make it to market in 1 to 2 years.

FT has worked with Microsoft in the past. In 2002, the French company’s Orange mobile phone service was the first to sell Microsoft powered cell phones.

Earlier in the year, Microsoft said it would supply SBC with IPTV technology via a $400 million deal.


France Telecom


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