IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Jul, 16 2001

BellSouth to Deploy Sonus Networks’ Gear For ICD Services
BellSouth reported that it is planning to deploy Sonus Networks’ packet voice infrastructure solutions to enhance its data services, and serve as the foundation for offloading Internet traffic from its circuit-switched voice network. The RBOC intends to deploy Sonus’ GSX9000 Open Services Switch, the PSX6000 SoftSwitch, the SGX2000 SS7 Signaling Gateway and the Insight Element Management System in a configuration that will supplement its existing Class 5 circuit switches, diverting Internet traffic normally routed to its remote access servers away from its circuit switches before the traffic enters the voice infrastructure, freeing up network resources. In addition, with the packet-based infrastructure deployed, the provider will also be able to expand upon the Internet call diversion system and deliver voice services using the same platforms.


Sonus Networks

BroadSoft and Vpacket Team For Enhanced Services Platform
BroadSoft has reported that it has teamed with Vpacket Communications to develop a packet-based next gen solution based on the interoperability and integration of its BroadWorks service delivery system and Vpacket’s 6100 Series voice/data router. The combined solution will enable users to offer an array of packet based telephony services, with the Vpacket gear providing customer premise connectivity, and the BroadWorks technology supporting the delivery of services.

The BroadWorks platform is designed to enable users to offer a variety of web-enabled enhanced telephony services. It offers support for Centrex services such as call waiting, conferencing and voice mail, auto-attendant and call forward, as well as new services such as instant messaging, and can be integrated into business communications tools such as Outlook and Palm OS-based hand held devices. In addition, the services can be customized and managed via the company’s web-based portal, CommPilot, which also provides an alternative user interface for the services.

The 6100 series products, which offer support for various protocol technologies including H.323, MGCP, SIP, are designed to operate with the vendor’s voice network management system and third party softswitches/media gateways to support converged voice/data services with IP centrex functionality. It can support up to 24 VoIP ports, and features an array of WAN and LAN interfaces for SDSL, T1, FXS, T1/CAS, and 10/100 BaseT Ethernet. In addition, the product ships with the vendor’s network management system to support QoS measurement and reporting functionality (packet loss, latency, jitter, etc.) on a customer and network basis, and to implement QoS capabilities for packet shaping and policy control, which will identify and prioritize voice packets.

The combined solution is currently available. Pricing was not disclosed.


Vpacket Communications

First Capital to Launch Services in Estonia This Month
First Capital International has announced that it has launched telecommunications services in Estonia. TGK-LINK AS, an Estonia based local telecom operator, whose majority shares are owned by First Capital, deployed and tested a Telecommunications Center in the Tallinn, Estonia market, and the firms intend to begin offering a variety of VoIP based telecom services sometime this month. The companies also planning to begin marketing the services sometime this month via various local enterprise channels as well as pre-paid telephone cards.

First Capital International

pulver.com to Host Fall 2001 VON Show in October
pulver.com has reported that it will be hosting the Fall 2001 VON exposition from October 15 to 18 in Atlanta, GA. The show, which will play host to approximately 200 exhibitors, will feature a variety of pre-conference workshops about various VoIP related topics, several key-note speakers and an array of breakout sessions put on by various industry players.

Pricing for the show begins at $795, with various early-bird discount packages available through the end of next month.

Fall 2001 VON


Alcatel to Integrate TI’s DSPs Into VoDSL Unit
Alcatel has reported that it is in the process of expanding an agreement with Texas Instruments to include integrating TI’s programmable DSPs into its central office VoDSL solution, the 7300 Advanced Services Access Manager (ASAM). Alcatel currently utilizes TI’s DSPs in its line of Speed Touch DSL IADs. The ASAM unit, using TI’s technologies, will provide support for an array of carrier class features including tone detection and generation, voice activity detection, echo cancellation up to 128 msec, comfort noise generation and fax relay. It can also support a variety of voice encoding technologies including PCM and ADPCM. In addition, with TI’s Telogy Software subsidiary’s technologies, the product will also be able to offer support for the ATM Forum’s BLES standard.


Texas Instruments

Radcom Donates Test Equipment to the UNH Interop Test Labs
Radcom said that it has donated several of its ATM Protocol Analyzers to the University of New Hampshire (UNH). The units will be used at UNH’s InterOperability Laboratory, which provides interoperability and conformance-like testing services for a community of over 200 worldwide vendors involved in developing various network products and technologies for xDSL, ATM, VoIP and Wireless. In addition, UNH uses the lab for its formal apprenticeship-training program, which provides the students with knowledge of various communications technologies, as well as the opportunity to interact directly with companies in the industry.

The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab


Clarent VoIP Platform Powers Beijing’s Bid For 2008 Olympics
Clarent reported that it built a VoIP network, based on its OpenAccess solution, to deliver advanced telecommunications services to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Bid Committee (BOBICO). Working with China Telecom, the vendor set up a VoIP network that linked BOBICO’s three temporary offices in Moscow with its main office in Beijing. BOBICO used the network during the vote conference that selected Beijing as the host city for the 2008 Olympic Games.


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