IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Jul, 11 2003

1. Toshiba Integrates Surf’s Gear in VoWireless Tech
Toshiba has integrated Surf Communication Solutions’ Multi-Access Pool packet telephony technology into its VoIP enabled wireless infrastructure equipment. In this implementation, Surf’s software runs on Motorola’s MSC8101 DSP.

The Multi-Access Pool technology provides packet telephony transcoding services on select DSP chips. The technology transforms a DSP into a multi-channel, multi-protocol access device for transcoding of TDM voice, fax and modem into packet network format.

The software consists of two parts including the framework and the channel processing algorithms. The framework takes control of the DSP and is responsible for invoking the correct transcoding algorithm for each of the multiple channels being processed concurrently by the DSP. In addition, the software ensures that all of the resources required by the channel are indeed available on the DSP. These resources include DSP processing time, memory resources (data and program code), and DSP hardware resources (DMA channels, TDM streams, and timers).

Tasks handled by Surf’s technology include scheduling, memory management, interface management, DSP hardware management, and channel processing.


Surf Communication Solutions

3. Infineon Unveils Chip with VoIP, VoATM, and TDM Support
Infineon has introduced IPVD (Integrated Packet Voice and Data), a single chipset solution that combines the company’s Geminax Max ADSL chipset with its Vinetic family of integrated voice processors. For data, it supports ADSL, ADSL2 and ADSL2+. For voice, IPVD supports TDM, IP (VoIP and VoATM), and ISDN.

The technology supports fully integrated voice compression codecs (G.72x) and both near end and far end line echo cancellation according to G.168. Standard TDM voice requirements such as DTMF detection and caller ID generation are also integrated.

Where required, the IPVD can provide narrowband and broadband line testing features, enabling remote network supervision and control.

The development kit is available for $4,500. It includes an IPVD evaluation board, development software tools and APIs. The documentation includes reference design schematics, layout recommendations, and BOM.


5. ComWavz Using VeriSign’s CALEA Solution
ComWavz, a provider of fixed wireless, broadband Internet, and VoIP, is using VeriSign’s NetDiscovery service as a CALEA compliance solution. The provider is also using VeriSign for SS7 signaling, Line Information Database, 800 Database, and Calling Name Delivery.

VeriSign offers a CALEA solution for wireline, wireless, cable, and VoIP service providers.



7. Motion Media Introduces Desktop Videophone
Motion Media has introduced mm745, an IP based desktop videophone that supports 30 fps. The phone features a 12.1 inch touch screen and an integrated web browser. It plugs into a network, operating over a WAN, LAN, VPN, Internet, broadband or other IP connection.

The device has multiple user and managerial features such as calling from Inter/Intranet dial lists, and database access. Administrative tools are accessed through the web browser. Administrators can control bandwidth consumption, using as little as 128kbps to as much as 2Mbps.

The mm745 supports global H.323 endpoints and infrastructure such as gatekeepers, MCUs, IP PBXs, and gateways. LDAP support will be implemented in Q’4 of this year.

Motion Media’s videophone price ranges from $3,200 to $3,800 depending on model configuration.

Motion Media

9. China Netcom Expands Deployment of UTStarcom’s Gear
China Netcom has placed a $27.7 million order with UTStarcom for new and expansion deployments of the vendor’s IP based Personal Access System (iPAS) equipment. The technology will be installed in suburban cities neighboring Tian Jin in northern China.

As of last April, UTStarcom’s VoWireless technology was being used by more than 10 million telephony customers in China.


China Netcom

11. Comdial Adds Hot Desking Support to Telephony Platform
Comdial has released version 3.0 of its FX II Converged Telephony Platform, its telecom system that simultaneously supports IP and TDM voice as well as unified voice and email messaging. The new release includes hot desking functionality and also provides support for the company’s Call Center 1.0, a call management application targeted at the 5-100 agent call center market segment.


13. Inclarity Using NetCentrex to Offer IP Centrex
Inclarity, a UK next gen telecom provider, is offering IP Centrex services based on NetCentrex’s IPCentrex hosted telephony solution.

NetCentrex’s solution consists of its CCS softswitch, MCS media control server, and SMP system management platform. The technology provides the functionality of a PBX. The platform enables users to control a variety of call features via Outlook or Lotus Notes. Call feature examples include follow me, call screening, fax to email, speed dialing, and voicemail.



15. CableLabs Releases PacketCable Multimedia Spec
CableLabs has issued the PacketCable multimedia specification and technical report, a roadmap for delivering differentiated applications and features beyond voice using the PacketCable platform. Such services may include interactive games and streaming media.

The specifications and report are accessible from the packetcable hyperlink below.


17. TelstraClear Using BroadSoft & Cisco for IP Centrex
TelstraClear, a telecom provider, will use BroadSoft’s IP Centrex applications and Cisco’s IP phones, routers, and media gateways to offer converged IP based voice and data services in New Zealand. The joint solution will be delivered to TelstraClear by Dimension Data Australia and Datacraft Asia.



Cisco Systems

19. Coliance to Supply Global eScience with IP Phones
Coliance Communications will supply Global eScience with 600 IP phones that are used to connect via USB to computers connected to LAN based and wireless networks. The phones will be in conjunction with a VoIP service to be launched over Global eScience’s wireless network.

Global eScience is an emerging wireless telecom provider, currently offering high speed Internet access services within the initial part of its network that includes the corridor between Fargo, North Dakota and Chicago, Illinois. Global eScience

Coliance Commuications

21. Sunleigh Investments Acquires Centile
British investment company, Sunleigh Investments has acquired 8×8’s French subsidiary, Centile for approximately $1.27 million. Centile develops and markets hosted IP PBX solutions for SMEs.

Under the terms of the deal, Centile Europe gains a non-exclusive technology license as well as an exclusive selling and marketing license in Europe and the U.S. for 18 months after the deal closes.

Recently, 8×8 announced plans to lay off about 40 percent of its workforce.


23. Nikotel Offers Free Phone with $100 Prepaid Account
Nikotel is offering a free IP phone to customers that open a prepaid account with an initial balance of at least $100. The phone works with high-speed Internet connections. No contract or further commitment is required after the initial prepay.

Nikotel offers calls from any point in the world to the U.S. for 2.9 CPM. Calls within the U.S. are 2.9 CPM, whether it is local or long distance.


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