CableLabs Gearing up for PacketCable Compliance Testing
CableLabs reported that its has successfully completed a second round of interoperability testing based on the interim specs it released last year. The event was primarily focused on firming up the proper test environment and initial compliance test plans (just released in draft form) that will be used to gauge the compliance of products with the specifications. Fifteen vendors participated in the latest event, testing a variety of equipment for interoperability according to both PacketCable and DOCSIS (Data over Cable Service Interface Specification) specifications. The group also just released several initial compliance test plans to the CableLabs member companies, which establish detailed test cases for 7 of 11 interim PacketCable specifications. The remaining test plans are expected to be released over the next few months, with the full set slated for availability by the end of the year.
The organization is also gearing up for formal compliance testing (certification) based on the PacketCable specifications, with initial compliance testing targeted at PacketCable access components such as embedded multi-media terminal adapters (MTA), cable modem termination systems (CMTS) and call management servers (CMS). Future waves of testing are expected to expand to provide coverage for PacketCable-specific elements in the backbone portion of an architecture.
The interim PacketCable specs provide the fundamental requirements for call signaling, QoS, media stream, client provisioning, billing event message collection, PSTN interconnection, and security interfaces necessary to implement a PacketCable solution for residential voice services. The specs define the implementation of residential services as a set of CPE that can be controlled by a single call management server or cluster of servers on a network (between tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands of subscribers). CableLabs also plans to further develop the specs to include the protocol technology necessary to provide interoperability across service provider boundaries, and to define additional feature capabilities, such as PBX extension and multimedia conferencing.
The next testing cycle is scheduled for later this month.
PacketCable is a CableLabs led initiative aimed at developing interoperable interface specifications for delivering real-time multimedia services over two-way cable plant. The initiative is focused on using cable modem infrastructure running IP technology to provide an array of multimedia services including IP telephony, multimedia conferencing, telecommuter services, as well as other integrated multimedia applications.
PacketCable Interim Specifications
Dial-Thru & JiTong to Interconnect Networks
Dial-Thru International reported that it is partnering with Hong Kong based Standard Telecom to negotiate a VoIP network interconnect agreement with JiTong Communications. According to the terms of the deal, Jitong will terminate Dial-Thru’s VoIP traffic throughout its markets, and route VoIP traffic on a global basis over Dial-Thru’s IP telephony networks.
Dial-Thru is a facilities based provider in the process of developing a private IP telephony network. The company offers an array of international telecommunications services including wholesale carrier, international dial-thru, re-origination, Internet fax, eCommerce and prepaid phone cards. The firm also utilizes oceanic cable transmission facilities, international satellites, and the Internet to transport traffic. It has also recently reached agreements with both Global Crossing and Gigabell AG, in which it will use capacity on both company’s infrastructures to expand its services and develop an array of additional capabilities.
JiTong’s IP network spans 45 cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Dalian, Qingdao, Shenyang, Chongqing and Changchun. It has recently reached agreement with both GRIC and iBasis, in which it will both originate and terminate voice and fax traffic over each of the provider’s IP telephony networks.
Telia to Trial 3Com’s SIP Solution
Telia has announced that it is planning to trial 3Com’s recently introduced SIP solution for an internal corporate calling service. The trial will enable Telia’s employees to initiate calls to another employee by entering the called person’s email address into a SIP based client. The calls will automatically be routed to the called person’s traditional telephone via a SIP gateway. The solution can also be configured to route calls to any phone a user would like.
The recently introduced end to end SIP based IP telephony solution consists of a carrier grade media gateway, CommWorks SIP proxy servers and an SIP-enabled Ethernet telephones. It provides for the seamless interconnection of existing infrastructures such as the PSTN, IP networks and the SS7 network. The system utilizes 3Com’s recently introduced Total Control 1000 SIP gateways to connect SIP devices to the PSTN. The gateway can support up to 10 T1/E1 spans connected to the PSTN, and up to 2 10/100 Ethernet ports to connect to an IP network. It utilizes the CommWorks technology to offer universal signaling capabilities for routing multimedia traffic to disparate networks, and to provide a development environment for new services creation. The CommWorks application features APIs that enable users to develop differentiated services offerings such as unified messaging, fax over IP, call waiting, web based call centers and managed multimedia services.
iDial Networks to Expand VoIP Services Into Sri Lanka
iDial Networks has announced that it is planning to expand its VoIP network into the Sri Lanka market. Earlier this year, the provider reported that it is deploying SynapSys’ NUCLEUS enhanced platform over a Cisco based infrastructure to build a VoIP/TDM network to offer domestic and international calling services. Initially, the provider expects to launch multi-lingual pre and post paid services in four U.S. markets, with plans to expand the network and services into an additional 22 markets by fall. It also recently launched a flat rate calling program that allows service users to place phone to phone calls in and between select markets throughout Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the UK and the U.S. for 8.9 CPM.
GlobalEnglish to Deploy Lipstream’s VoIP Technology
GlobalEnglish.com, an English-language instruction provider, reported that it is planning to deploy Lipstream Network’s web based VoIP technology, Live Voice, to enable the visitors at its web site to communicate via real time voice chats.
The Lipstream Live Voice service features client software (a SDK or browser plug-in) that routes traffic to a system of servers hosted throughout Qwest’s network and connected to several tier-one backbone providers. The technology can be implemented into web sites (it is operational behind most firewalls) to support multi-point real time voice communications between PCs via an Internet browser or other application. The company monitors and manages the service on a 24 x 7 basis.
Users need to have at least a 28.8 Internet connection, a Pentium 90 running Windows 95, 98, NT or 2000, a browser, speakers and a microphone.
Mobitel to Offer iCall’s VoIP Services
Mobitel Limited, a PTO in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, reported that it is planning to offer iCall’s line of called party pays IP telephony services. According to the terms of the deal, Mobitel intends to deploy iCall’s proprietary calling platform to route calls to iCall’s U.S. based infrastructure for termination. The proprietary platform will monitor all traffic and provide Mobitel with billing and collections data in real time on a continual basis.
Mobitel also intends to develop support for iCall’s line of other services, which include called party billed and third party billed. It also plans to develop collect calling and toll free number calling services between Nigeria and select European and African markets, as well as the toll free offering between Nigeria and the U.S.
Pagoo Secures $15 Million in Funding
Pagoo announced that it has received $15 million in financing from meVC Draper Fisher Jurvetson Fund I, Hummer Winblad and Selby Venture Partners. Pagoo plans to use the funding to expand it products and services on a global basis.
Pagoo offers an array of Internet telephony products and services that enable users to both place and receive calls via an Internet Phone Number, and access additional capabilities such as voicemail, call forwarding and caller ID. Earlier this year, the provider began deploying Cisco’s voice gateway technologies to develop VoIP services with PC to PC, phone to PC and PC to phone connectivity. In addition to Cisco’s products, its infrastructure is also on its own IP telephony technology, Trident, which when combined with the NetCentrex platforms that it has deployed, can support CLASS capabilities such as caller ID, call forward and voicemail.
Accelerated Ports Kernel to RADVision’s Technology
Accelerated Technology said that it has ported RADVision’s H.323 enabling software to its Nucleus PLUS real-time kernel. The combined solution will enable users to develop an array of products such as IP phones, PSTN to IP gateways, MCUs and gatekeeper solutions.
RADVision’s H.323 technology facilitates the creation of real time H.323 compliant voice and video calls over IP networks. It consists of H.225 RAS, RTP/RTCP and Q.931 call signaling, and features optional modules for H.235 security features as well as H.450 supplemental services. The technology is designed to run on operating systems including various UNIX flavors, real time OSs for embedded systems, and Windows NT and CE.
The Nucleus PLUS kernel provides task management, inter-task communication, inter-task synchronization, memory management and component query features. It also handles issues such as priority inversion while minimizing the interrupt latency to microseconds.