IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Jul, 09 2001

NetCologne to Deploy Acatel’s Equipment in Germany
Alcatel announced that it has reached an agreement with Germany based NetCologne, in which its will supply NetCologne with DSL equipment for broadband access and VoDSL services. The provider intends to deploy nine of Alcatel’s 7670 Routing Switch Platforms to aggregate DSL traffic over ATM, with guaranteed QoS, and offer Alcatel’s line of SpeedTouch DSL modems. In addition, the carrier will also use Alcatel’s VoDSL gateway on Alcatel’s 7300 Advanced Services Access Multiplexer to offer additional voice lines over the same copper telephone wire used by subs for Internet access. Network control will be provided via Alcatel’s 5620 Network Manager.

An Initial service offering consisting of high-speed Internet and multiple voice lines is scheduled to be available by next month, with plans to deploy additional Alcatel DSL technology to develop additional enhanced services.

NetCologne
http://www.netcologne.de

Alcatel
http://www.alcatel.com


ADGI, GTCC and Global VoIP To Develop VoIP Networks
American Diversified Group announced that it has entered into an agreement in principle with Global VoIP, (Global V), a privately held telecommunications company, in which the firms intend to develop several networks and participate in national PTT agreements in several Pacific Rim markets. According to the terms of the agreement, ADGI’s wholly owned subsidiary, Global Transmedia Communications Corporation (GTCC), will receive an immediate payment of $500,000 as subcontractor to oversee Global V’s obligation to provide access to a Mexican telecommunications network to IP World Limited (IPW), an Australian public telecommunications company. Global V has also arranged for ADGI to receive equity ownership in IPW, which would result in ADGI becoming a controlling shareholder. The agreement also calls for GTCC to be paid an additional $2.5 million to build-out 5 additional networks (of which GTCC will own 75 percent and Global V will own 25 percent), and the assignment of 3 PTT contracts with various Pacific Rim countries to GTCC. The first of the networks is scheduled to begin construction this fall, with each of the other four networks slated to begin construction about every 45 days, with total project completion slated for Q’1 2002. In addition, ADGI and Global V have also entered into an LOI, which may result in Global V being merged into ADGI or becoming an ADGI subsidiary, with the Global V’s present shareholders becoming the majority holders of ADGI. Except for the initial $500,000 payment, all other transactions contemplated by the LOI are subject to the parties’ signing definitive documents, which are expected to be executed this month.

American Diversified Group
http://www.adgi.net

Global Transmedia Communications Corporation
http://www.gtccusa.com


Orbit Develops Redundancy For Canadian IP Telephony System
Orbit Canada has announced that it has added an additional fully operation IP network to its cross-Canada VoIP telephony system to provide redundancy. The provider’s two fully operational networks, which use two different broadband carriers’ infrastructures for connectivity, will provide Orbit with the system wide redundancy needed to reduce potential service interruptions due from unanticipated difficulties such as spikes or increases in traffic, and it will also double the capacity of Orbit’s IP system.

Early last month, Orbit launched of a flat rate service for $19.95 per month, which bundles Internet access (maximum dial-up speed of 56Kps), web-hosting and email communications with phone to phone long distance services that will enable users to place calls to any market in Canada and/or the continental U.S.

Orbit Canada
http://www.orbitca.com


disy Teams With Pika to Enhance Internet Conferencing/Calling Products
disy Informationssysteme GmbH said that it has teamed with Pika Technologies to develop English and French language compliant versions of its Internet conferencing and web based calling systems, WebConference and Click-to-Call. The WebConference application uses Pika’s PrimeNet MM line of resource cards to support and enable the initiation and management of conference calls via the PC. The Click-to-Call technology also leverages the PrimeNet MM architecture to enable CSRs to respond to sales and service requests generated from web site visitors. The firms also intend to develop and release a Spanish language compliant version of the systems within the next six months.

disy Informationssysteme GmbH
http://www.disy.net

Pika Technologies
http://www.pikatech.com


ANDA Networks Teams With OPICOM to Develop VoDSL Products
ANDA Networks has announced that it is teaming with OPICOM Company to develop VoDSL products. According to the terms of the agreement, OPICOM has agreed to integrate a V5.2 interface into ANDA’s gateway platform to provide VoDSL functionality. The also agreement includes start to finish design and development of the VoDSL technology, specifically for ANDA’s gateway platform, as well as for international markets.

ANDA Networks
http://www.andanetworks.com



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