Bay Acquires NetServe; Introduces VoIP over Cable Strategy
Bay Networks announced that it has acquired Berlin based NetServe GmbH, a company
that specializes in packet-based voice technology. NetServe will operate as a part
of the Bay Network’s Broadband Technology Division. Netserve’s technology will be
integrated with Bay’s data over cable solution, offering cable operators support
for VoIP services.
NetServe currently has software-based distributed PBX system products consisting
of a VoiceHub and a VoiceServer. The VoiceHub is a client device that connects
telephones to LANs. The product converts analog signals into data packets and
routes the packets over HFC data networks to the VoiceServer product. The VoiceServer
functions as a gateway to the PSTN or to a private backbone. It handles call
signaling and control, and billing and management functions.
Bay plans to integrate Netserve’s technology into its data over cable systems. Cable
modems will be upgraded with voice cards, and will include RJ-11 jacks. Cable
operators that wish to offer VoIP services will install a VoiceServer behind Bay’s
data head end. Integration of voice technology with Bay’s proprietary cable
modem systems is expected by the end of the year. In 1999, Bay plans to
incorporate the technology into a standards based data over cable system.
IDM Satellite Teams with FNet to Offer VoIP Service in Central America
Franklin Telecom has announced that its subsidiary, FNet, has entered into an
agreement with IDM Satellite Division to provide VoIP services in Guatemala,
El Salvador and Honduras. According to the terms of the agreement, FNet will
provide the hardware and network resources while IDM will be responsible for
in-country licensing, marketing and satellite transmission. Licensing is
already current and in place in Guatemala. Final approval is expected shortly
in El Salvador and Honduras.
Interoute Considers Offering Internet Telephony
Interoute plans to offer VoIP among other Internet services. The company has
an extensive European network with additional nodes in North America. It uses
digital switching and transmission systems to offer connectivity around the globe.
Interoute plans to begin operations in Central and South America to take advantage
of the deregulating markets and the vast potential for telecommunications growth on
British Telecom Teams with TouchWave to Test VoIP Products for Possible Service
TouchWave has announced an agreement with British Telecom, in which BT will
evaluate existing and future versions of TouchWave’s WebSwitch and provide technical
recommendations and product feedback. Pending a successful outcome of the evaluation
program, both companies plan to investigate offering specific solutions in select
The WebSwitch enables small to medium sized businesses to build company-wide
phone systems that are distributed across IP networks. Each WebSwitch has 16
analog extension ports to provide support for 2,500 analog phones. The WebSwitch
enables users to build distributed communications systems across LANs or WANs. It
can be deployed at any point across a network and its distributed call management
software will link multiple WebSwitch phone systems together to form a single
company-wide phone system. The system implements a single directory application
and feature set for all geographical locations. It features call transfer, call
forwarding, H.323 support for interconnectivity with Ethernet phones or PC phone
clients. Central management can be performed from any location on the network.
An IP to PSTN gateway is not required to route calls via a LAN. LAN users will
dial an extension number to route a call to another WebSwitch and on to the appropriate
phone. Currently calls directed outside the corporate IP network currently
are routed over the PSTN. Plans call for a voice compression module to route
calls across WANs.
The IMTC Hosts Inter-Operability Testing Event
The IMTC has announced that it will host the 1998 IMTC SuperOp! in Honolulu,
Hawaii this week. The event is organized and sponsored by the IMTC with support
from Microsoft, GTE and 3Com. It will enable manufacturers of multimedia conferencing
and telephony products to test the interoperability of product offerings across
several communication mediums including the Internet, intranet, LAN/WAN, digital,
ISDN and the PSTN. It is expected to draw more than 50 companies from around the
The IMTC SuperOp! is an extensive international technical testing event for
diverse multimedia conferencing products and services across and within protocols
for data conferencing (T.120), and videoconferencing over ISDN (H.320), Internet,
intranet, LAN (H.323) and POTS (H.324).
The IMTC is planning to hold another SuperOp! in Portland, OR on September 4, 1998.
The IMTC membership recently approved the VoIP Implementation Agreement 1.0 as an official
IMTC document. The document is available for download at
Siemens Uses NetSpeak IP Technology For Value-Added Services
Siemens has announced that it has integrated NetSpeak’s IP telephony applications
into its InterXpress 2000 carrier-grade IP Telephony gateway product. The product
leverages NetSpeak’s applications and client software to provide value added VoIP
capabilities. This announcement follows an OEM and joint development agreement
signed by the companies in November ’97.
The InterXpress solution will enable H.323 compliant Internet communications
from phone to phone, phone to PC, PC to phone or PC to PC. It consists of client
software, gateways and gatekeepers, network servers, and management and customer
care servers. The client software provides real-time, full-duplex, point-to-multipoint
voice communications. The gateways and gatekeepers will interoperate and mediate
traffic between the IP network and the PSTN. Network servers will authorize,
authenticate, route and rate IP telephony calls. Management servers will enable
the provisioning, billing and operation of the services.
The InterXpress 2000 is currently being evaluated in international and domestic
Ericsson to Introduce H.323 Gatekeeper System
Ericsson will announce the availability of its H.323 Gatekeeper product this week.
The H.323 Gatekeeper system will offer new advanced services that will enhance the
identification and authentication of users, enabling the operator to setup unique
differentiated user profiles according to the service level offered, and have the
capability to charge for such differentiated services. The gatekeeper will feature
an LCR server, full RAS, Q.931 and H.245 Signaling Support, CDR / charging record
output reporting, and comprehensive web-based and SNMP Management.
The system is immediately available for global distribution.
Lucent to Integrate GRIC’s IP Telephony APIs Into its Gateways
Lucent has announced that it will incorporate the GRICphone IP telephony API into
its PacketStar Internet Telephony System (ITS) to provide global authentication,
routing, termination and billing capabilities. The API’s capabilities are based on
the H.323 standard. The ITS with the GRIC API incorporated (via a software upgrade)
will support inter-carrier call management and billing services.
Lucent and GRIC will begin tests with existing GRIC alliance customers within 60 days.