Vovida’s OMPA Teams with Softswitch Consortium
Vovida Networks’ Open Multimedia Protocol Alliance (OMPA) has merged with the International
Softswitch Consortium to combine their respective memberships and resources to promote the
implementation of a standard set of protocols (H.323, RTP, SIP, SDP, RTSP and MGCP) in VoIP
equipment and services.
The Softswitch Consortium was launched in May with the intent of promoting open standards/protocols
used to interconnect the PSTN with the Internet for voice communications. It also planned to promote the
development of hardware and software platforms that operate by distributing the functions performed by
digital circuit switches (softswitches). The benefits of membership in the consortium include access to an
interoperability test lab and information regarding specification developments across multiple interfaces,
early access use of reference software implementations, and discounted attendance at developers’
conferences and interoperability events.
Its founding members include Cisco, Enron, Hewlett-Packard, Level 3, Lucent, Nortel Networks,
NorthPoint Communications, pulver.com, Rhythms NetConnections, and Telcordia Technologies (formerly
In a separate announcement, Vovida is offering its proprietary MGCP and RTP protocol source codes,
running on the Linux OS, at no charge. The company is also currently developing open H.323 Annex F and
SIP source codes, which it plans to offer at no charge later this summer.
The Softswitch Consortium
Lipstream Hosting VoIP Conferencing Service For Excite
Lipstream has announced that it is hosting a free, web site integrated PC to PC VoIP conferencing service
for Excite, dubbed Voice Chat. Users of the service need at least a 28.8 Internet connection, a PC, a
microphone, speakers or a headset, and to download the Lipstream browser based popup VoIP client. The
service utilizes a chat room format, enabling users to join a voice conference already in progress or create a
private voice chat room that can support multiple participants. It features technologies that enable users to
send private voice messages to only one conference participant in a group, or mute select participants.
The service is based on Qualcomm’s PureVoice and SmartRate technologies implemented on Lipstream’s
back end servers collocated at nodes along Qwest’s OC-48 network infrastructure. The PureVoice codec
compresses voice signals into a digital signal, and the SmartRate technology enables higher compression
rates without significant signal degradation. Qwest is also providing 24×7 network monitoring and support
for the service.
Lipstream is offering the service to businesses that would like to implement voice communications in a
web site for e-commerce, customer service, and distance learning or entertainment communities. Pricing
was not disclosed.
In a separate announcement, Lipstream has received $6.7 million in financing from Sequoia Capital and the
Silicon Valley Angels Fund. The company will use the funding to further develop and market the
Excite Voice Chat
Lucent to Build $200 Million IP Multiservice Network for Telefonica
Telefonica Data said that it has reached an agreement with Lucent, in which Lucent will design and build
an IP-based multiservice network in 15 countries throughout Europe and the Americas. The three year
project has an estimated value of US$200 million. The provider intends to use the network to offer
multimedia and Internet services such as VoIP to businesses, and interconnection services to ISPs.
Telefonica expects to begin network deployment in Brazil and Chile later this year.
In a separate announcement, Bell Labs said that it has developed IP telephony capabilities for Lucent’s
flagship Definity Enterprise Communications (ECS) server and ProLogix solutions. The VoIP capabilities
will be added via new software and hardware modules, an IP software phone application and digital
The new VoIP enabling software and hardware modules will enable Definity users to migrate existing
voice, fax and email traffic to IP based LANs, WANs, intranets or the Internet without impacting current
voice and data networks or disrupting service. The H.323 compliant software functions as both an IP
gateway, routing traffic across IP networks, and an IP gatekeeper, allowing all communications endpoints
in a Definity system to communicate with all other analog, digital or ISDN based endpoints. In addition,
the software can also route existing application traffic (voice mail, CTI, call center, wireless) over the
network with call control features such as conferencing, call forward, call transfer, call hold, speed-dial,
and multiple line appearances over the network.
The new software phone, the IP SoftPhone, can be installed in a PC or a laptop to enable onsite or remote
users to access all the applications offered by the Definity system via a single IP connection. The H.323
compliant product notifies users of an incoming call via a popup window that includes the caller’s name and
number. In addition, the software can be configured to operate over IP or circuit switched network
The IP Ethernet telephone is a multi-line, multi-button telephone set that provides access to the Definity
system services through an Ethernet connection to a LAN.
The ECS solution is designed for large operations (capable of supporting from 200 to 25,000 users) and the
ProLogix system is targeted at mid-sized businesses (capable of supporting from 40 to 400 users). The
initial release of the technology in Asia is scheduled for this month. Pricing was not disclosed.
Dynamicsoft Joins pulver.com’s Test Network to Test VoIP Products
Dynamicsoft said that it has joined the pulver.com Open Test Network to showcase and test the
interoperability of its recently introduced VoIP enabling OEM developer application, the jSIP module. The
Java-based jSIP module enables OEM developers to integrate support for SIP into communications
systems. SIP, an IETF proposed standard (RFC 2543), enables IP telephony software and hardware devices
to communicate via lightweight protocols. The jSIP developer module ships with applications for user
agents, proxy servers, redirect servers, registration servers, APIs in Java/C/C++, sample client code, and
class service libraries and documentation.
The Open Test Network enables companies to test V/FoIP products and services outside of internal
networks. It can be used for VoIP demonstrations and for the interoperability testing various vendor
products and services. In addition, the facility offers members access to information regarding evolving
VoIP standards such as SIP, H.323, iNOW!, OSP and MGCP.
In a separate announcement, dynamicsoft is planning to offer its jVoIP Framework software modules in the
European market. The jVoIP product is comprised of dynamicsoft’s plug-n-play software developer
modules including the jSIP, MegaGCP, jCallAccounting and jDirectory. The modules allow OEM
developers to build call control and enhanced applications for converged data and VoIP networks.
Open Test Network
Voicenet to Use NorthPoint’s Technologies to Offer VoIP Services
Voicenet said that it is planning to utilize NorthPoint Communications’ DSL technologies to offer a
bundled high speed Internet access and VoDSL service in select Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey,
Delaware and Baltimore markets. The provider expects to deploy VoIP services by this fall.
Voicenet utilizes Cisco’s V/FoIP equipment to provide IP telephony services in Pennsylvania, New Jersey,
Delaware and New York City via its own IP network. The company charges 5 CPM for calls placed in and
between the service areas, and 7 CPM for calls placed to any phone in the domestic U.S. outside of the
service areas. In addition, corporate offices that are interconnected via the network incur no cost for calls
made between facilities.
Cisco Licenses Telogy’s V/FoIP Technology
Telogy Networks said that it has negotiated a corporate wide licensing agreement with Cisco, in which its
Golden Gate V/FoIP embedded software will be integrated into Cisco’s VoIP enabling IOS software and
made available for use with the products being developed by all of Cisco’s product developmental units.
The Golden Gate V/FoIP software is embedded on a single DSP microprocessor to enable OEM developers
to develop voice and fax over IP, ATM or FR solutions. Its multi-function, multi-channel capabilities
support up to four simultaneous channels and allow multiple voice and fax calls to be allocated and
processed in a single DSP chip. Its PCM voice packet module option enables the GG software to perform
tone detection and generation, echo cancellation, voice compression, voice activity detection, jitter
removal, re-sampling, and voice packetization. It can also provide support for up to 30 uncompressed voice
channels on a single chip.
Net2Phone Introduces Affiliate Program
Net2Phone said that it has launched a web-based partnership program, E.filiate, that will enable web site
owners to offer Net2Phone’s VoIP products and services to visitors for a percentage of revenues generated.
Net2Phone will aid in the development of individual E.filiate sites by offering branded VoIP software for
each site (which will be made available in English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese,
and Japanese versions) and customized Net2Phone banners, buttons, and other web pages that will direct
traffic to the site.
1st Net Technologies Forms Subsidiary to Focus On VoIP Products
1st Net Technologies said that it has formed a subsidiary, Mariah Communications, to focus on further
developing and marketing its IP telephony system, Maria. The Mariah system is a PC based phone switch
that can provide converged data and IP telephony services. It supports voice traffic from PC to PC, PC to
phone, phone to PC or phone to phone. The system routes traffic to a Maria hub, which offers real-time
cost analysis and latency estimations to a caller before the call is connected.
The solution is scheduled for beta testing later this year.
1st Net Technologies
HP and NEC Team to Develop IP Based Server Products
NEC said that it is teaming with Hewlett-Packard to develop carrier-grade IP servers that will support
technologies such as intelligent voice services over SS7 and IP networks, end-to-end QoS applications,
VPN and VoIP services. According to the terms of the agreement, the servers will be based on NEC’s IP
Infrastructure technology and HP’s HP-UX Internet servers and software applications, such as OpenCall.
Telstra to Use Nortel’s Gear to Upgrade Australian Network
Telstra said that it is planning to utilize Nortel’s IP networking and support solutions to upgrade its existing
IP network infrastructure in Australia. The deal has an estimated value of between US $100 million and
US$200 million. Telstra plans to use the proposed network infrastructure to offer integrated telephony,
data, Internet and multimedia services.
Vovida’s OMPA Teams with Softswitch Consortium