IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Jul, 26 2001

Kiwwi Deploys Clarent’s Equipment in Central-Eastern Europe
Kiwwi CEE Holding AG, a Central-Eastern European based firm offering telecommunications and Internet services, said that it is deploying Clarent’s voice technologies to build out its IP communications network. The provider has just completed replacing its existing VoIP infrastructure with Clarent’s softswitches, Command Center, and Gateways at all of its 36 POPs in various markets in the Central-Eastern European market including Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia, as well as two additional undisclosed countries. All of the POPs have also all been connected to the provider’s international termination POP in Vienna. In addition, Kiwwi has also joined other Clarent equipment based carriers and providers as an international minutes exchange partner, enabling Kiwwi to communicate, share network resources, customers and enhanced services with the other participants, and offer wholesale services for calls to Central-Eastern Europe to the other participants.

Clarent will also provide Kiwwi with support and training to deploy and maintain a complete VoIP network.



Vpacket and Nuera Partner to Develop IP Migration Solution
Vpacket Communications said that it is partnering with Nuera Communications to develop and offer a solution that will enable users to migrate to a full IP-based, end-to-end packet network. The firms intend to develop the solution based on the combination of Vpacket’s 6100 Series voice/data router with Nuera’s ORCARDT-21 carrier class GR303 gateway. The RDT-21 gateway interfaces with a provider’s Class 5 switch using GR-303 technologies. It is designed to deliver calls to and from an IP access network as well as to support an array of class/Centrex features. 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.

Vpacket Communications

Nuera Communications

TINP MSO Teams With Articula For VoIP Over Cable Test Program
Taiwan Infrastructure Network Provider (TINP MSO), a cable operator in central Taiwan, has announced that it is teaming with Articula Corporation to develop an outsourced VoIP over cable test program in Taiwan. According to the terms of the deal, Articula will supply Clarent’s VoIP CPG (Customer Premises Gateway) on the user end as well as voice services, and TINP MSO will offer the two-way network environment that will enable approximately 1,000 users to access two-way broadband VoIP services in the central Taiwan region. The test system will be designed to allow users to place calls in the same manner that traditional telephone communications are accessed.

Articula offers a variety of IP-based solutions and services including voice outsourcing, global wholesale termination of VoIP traffic via its backbone network, and value added services such as follow me numbers, personalized call control and voice VPN services.

Articula Corporation

ABI Releases Packetized Voice Market Study
Allied Business Intelligence said that it has just released a packet telephony market report entitled, Alternative Voice Transport: Packetized Voice in the Backbone, Enterprise and Local Loop. The research examines the impact of packetized voice in traditional telephone networks, as well as in cable and DSL networks, focusing on the technology and market drivers and impediments. It indicates that the world market for carrier class gateway shipments is expected to reach over 17 million ports by 2006, with DSL gateway shipments expected to increase to over 3 million ports and multimedia terminal adapters growing at a rate of 186 percent over the same period, and shipments of IP-PBX units expected to grow at a CAAG rate of 71 percent through 2006.

The study is currently available. It is priced at $1995.

Alternative Voice Transport: Packetized Voice in the Backbone, Enterprise and Local Loop

Allied Business Intelligence

Vonage to Provide SIP-based VoIP Services to pulver.com
Vonage has reported that it has reached an agreement with pulver.com, in which it will provide unified communications services to the pulver.com organization. The firm intends to deliver both traditional telephony features including caller ID, call forwarding, call waiting and three-way calling as well as SIP-based VoIP applications such as unified messaging and number mobility.



FastComm and Mitel Team to Develop Interoperable Solution
FastComm Communications has reported that it has teamed with Mitel Networks to successfully develop interoperability between its FastComm TSC100 Trunk Signaling Converter and Mitel’s SX-200 PABX. The TSC100 unit is a signaling protocol converter that provides connectivity between incompatible switches or network components, and it can support both protocol and rate conversion solving a range of interoperability challenges stemming from disparate telecommunications equipment. The SX-200 product is a PABX business telephone system for small and medium size enterprises (it supports from 10 to 650 telephone extensions spread across a campus environment) designed to enable users to migrate an infrastructure to Mitel’s next gen IP platforms.

FastComm Communications

Mitel Networks

Vertical Networks Raises More than $15 Million in Series F
Vertical Networks has reported that it has raised more than $15 million in a continuation of its Series F round of financing with Household International, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, Accel Partners, Integral Capital Partners, Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV), Focus Ventures, Levensohn Capital Management, Van Wagoner Capital Management, First Plaza Group Trust, Spring Creek Partners, Synnex Information Technologies, and Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison LLP. The firm intends to use the capital to expand its sales and marketing efforts and to enhance the development of its InstantOffice solution, which is an integrated voice and data solution designed to support up to 180 voice users in multisite enterprise branch offices and small to medium-sized businesses. It supports the functions of both packet and circuit switched PBXs, offering capabilities for voice mail, automated attendant, multiprotocol routers, Ethernet LANs, and VoIP gateways.

Vertical Networks

BayPackets Secures $19.5 Million in Series B Financing
BayPackets, a developer of network independent/carrier-grade systems that accelerate network-based voice service implementation and OSS/BSS integration, has reported that it has secured $19.5 million in a Series B round of financing with Lucent Venture Partners, Blueprint Ventures, Diamondhead Ventures, INC3 Ventures Series I, Mentmore Ventures, TeleSoft Partners, Antillion Capital II as well as other undisclosed private investors. The firm intends to use the funding to expand its engineering, sales and marketing operations as the company prepares to launch its solutions this fall.


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