IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Jul, 16 2003

1. Alcatel Unveils VoIP Assessment Tool
Alcatel has introduced Assessment for VoIP Solution (aka AVISO), a software tool for performing readiness assessment, monitoring, and troubleshooting for VoIP in enterprise networks. The technology has been designed to work with PC based servers and Alcatel’s e-Reflexes IP phones.

As a tool for readiness assessment, AVISO simulates the effects of VoIP speech quality based on current requirements and future expansion needs. The software also monitors VoIP performance and alerts network administrators of network impairments that could affect voice quality such as jitter, packet loss, link failure, and bit corruption.

AVISO provides QoS information through QoS tickets at the end of each call. The tickets generated and sent at the end of each call are logged in a detailed report enabling an analysis of the network. Alcatel’s solution is platform agnostic and supports multi-vendor voice and data networks.

Alcatel’s business partners can sign up for a free 30-day trial of AVISO. Pricing starts at $3,330.


3. Siemens Unveils Suite of IP Business Apps & Services
Siemens Information and Communication Networks has introduced SURPASS Business Connection, a suite of IP based business applications and services for the enterprise customers of carriers and service providers. Supported services included Centrex, hosted communications, unified voice to text and text to voice messaging, as well as call management and integration with Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes, and other multimedia applications. A wide range of applications are supported such as multimedia communications, click- to-dial, and multi-party collaboration.

Users or administrators can dynamically provision new services, modify service profiles, and view account information.

The IP architecture, which is centered around Siemens’ hiQ softswitch and hiG media gateway, can deliver voice and multimedia services to either PC clients or phones via SIP based LAN connections, or to standard telephone sets via MGCP based IADs.


5. Adax Introduces New Technology for Developing IP Products
Adax has introduced a series of products designed for the development of IP networking devices including a HDC-PCI combo board, four signaling gateways, and M2PA and M3UA modules for its SIGTRAN software.

The HDC-PCI combo board is a PCI version of Adax’s HDC signaling protocol controller. The technology supports both traditional SS7 and SIGTRAN protocols for SS7 over IP and is designed for the development of signaling gateways; media gateway controllers; SGSN and GGSNs, MSC and BSS notes in GPRS networks; and SMS off-loads. The controller allows gateways or interfaces to IP networks to be developed without the need for racks and cPCI form factors.

The HDC-PCI combo board provides T1/E1 and Ethernet connections directly on the board, eliminating the need for an additional daughter card. The addition of Ethernet capabilities enables developers to use the HDC cards for gateway type solutions on PCI platforms such as Linux based PCs or Sun SPARC workstations. Other formats supported include cPCI and PMC.

The HDC is dynamically configurable, and capable of delivering a combination of up to 128 channels of SS7 MTP- 2 64 Kbps and 2 Mbps HSL signaling, SCTP, LAPB/D/F, LAPV5, Frame Relay or HDLC. Multiple HDC cards can be installed together.

The HDC-PCI combo board is available in 2 versions including one with a 4 T1/E1 interfaces and another with 2 T1/E1s and 2 Ethernet ports.

Adax has also introduced the addition of M2PA and M3UA modultes to its SIGTRAN software running over the company’s SS7 board and driver. The software allows customers to IP enable any SS7 node in the network.

Use in conjunction with Adax’s controllers and other protocol software, the modules can be used as a building block in a VoIP softswitch, signaling gateway or media gateway controller. The controllers provide 10/100 BaseT Ethernet ports for interfacing to IP networks, in addition to T1/E1 and OC3/STM-1 interfaces for narrowband and broadband networks respectively.

The SIGTRAN products are also used within the Adax signaling gateways for switching, routing, tunneling and backhaul of SS7 over IP.

Adax has just introduced a four new gateways for IP- based SS7 signaling. The gateways enable the immediate IP migration of existing signaling gateways, regardless of network architecture and are interoperable with other gateways.


7. NEC Unveils IP Phone with Auto Fail-Over
NEC America has introduced Dterm, an IP phone that includes an adapter that automatically connects to the backup central office trunk line if the phone loses its IP connection. The phone will be available this fall.

NEC also introduced a new component for its NEAX 2000 IPS and NEAX IPS DM systems that support failover capabilities.

Later this summer, the company plans to unveil new software for its NEAX 2400 IPX that will roll calls to an alternate controller in the WAN or LAN if the original controller fails.

NEC America

9. ITXC Signs Interconnection Deal with Baltic Communications
ITXC has signed an agreement to exchange international voice traffic with Baltic Communications Limited, an IP service provider in Russia.


Baltic Communications Limited

11. Ahead Software Unveils SIP Software Client
Ahead Software AG has introduced SIPPS, a SIP software client that features 64-bit encryption for calls between two SIPPS clients. A free demo of the cliet is available for download from the company’s web site.

Future releases of SIPPS are scheduled to include instant messaging integration, an address book, call forwarding, and call redirection.

Ahead Software

13. Nemertes Releases End User Study of Enterprise VoIP
Nemertes Research has released Implementing IP Telephony, a 100-page an end user enterprise VoIP study primarily based on discussions with IT executives. The report provides feedback including recommendations from end users.

Nemertes finds that 83% of large U.S. businesses are using or testing IP telephony at an average cost of $636,000.

68% of IT executives surveyed said cost reduction was their main reason for switching to IP telephony. The majority of savings were found to be in the areas of moves, adds, and changes; bandwidth/network; and personnel.

The report includes 18 recommendations regarding where vendors and carriers should focus their efforts in the coming year. The top responses included improved management tools (51%), better security and improved ROI tools (25%), and lower prices (23%).

One third of those surveyed recommended their peers educate themselves on the vendor and product before installation; 26.9% said mandatory end-user training is the key to success; and 25.9% said not to underestimate the time and expertise required to switch to IP telephony.

Other findings disclosed include:

  • 25% of respondents recommended that their peers not automatically select Cisco as their vendor
  • customer service is the most important vendor- selection criteria, followed by the vendor’s technology and financial viability
  • mobility is a key driver for implementing IP telephony
  • locating qualified personnel to deploy and manage IP telephony installations is problematic
  • about 58% of companies are using or considering MPLS – in part to prioritize voice traffic

The IT executives represented were from a variety of industries including financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, and retail. Nearly 70% of the companies had annual revenues of $1 billion and up.


15. NTT-ME Using NetScreen’s for IP VPN & VoIP Security
NTT-ME, a Japanese telecom provider, has deployed NetScreen’s 5XP appliances to provide integrated firewall and VPN security solutions for its Xephion IP VPN and Call Pro VoIP services.



17. UniCredit Banca Mobilaiare Deploys IPC’s VoIP in Milan
UniCredit Banca Mobiliare (UBM) has deployed IPC Information Systems’ IQMX trading desktops and ICMX Intercom modules at its headquarters in Milan. The native IP trading devices will be used to deliver voice, video, and data to the trading desktop.


UniCredit Banca Mobiliare

19. iLocus Releases Annual Study of VoIP Marketplace
iLocus has released Global VoIP Market 2003, it annual study of the VoIP marketplace based partly on interviews with 60 VoIP carriers and 40 vendors. The report provides sections on VoIP long distance networks, Class 5 local loop VoIP, IP Centrex, VoCable, session border controllers, SIP and applications, and estimates and forecasts for core services and solutions. Companies tracked within the study include AudioCodes, BroadSoft, Cisco, Global Crossing, iBasis, IP Unity, ITXC, Mind CTI, Net2Phone, NetCentrex, NexTone, Nortel, Nuera, Quintum, Sonus, Sylantro, Syndeo, Telica, and Vocaltec.

The firm finds the VoIP marketplace did nearly as much business in the first half of 2003 as it did in all of 2002.

International long distance voice traffic over IP stood at 3.6 billion minutes per month as of this month, representing approximately 17% of total ILD traffic worldwide. iLocus finds ITXC to lead the market with an approximate 9% share. ITXC’s leadership is followed by iBasis and Global Crossing.

Among vendors, Sonus is identified as the leader of suppliers in regards to ports handling regular commercial long distance VoIP traffic. Around 1.74 million ports of Sonus are shipping commerical VoIP traffic. Sonus is also identified as the leading vendor of domestic long distance traffic shipped over its gateways.

The report goes for $1500.


21. Interstar Introduces IP Fax Server
Interstar Technologies has introduced xMediusFAX, an enterprise IP fax server that delivers faxes to a PC.

Interstar Technologies

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