1. VSNL to Acquire Teleglobe
VSNL, India’s top ISP, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Teleglobe (once ITXC) in a deal that calls for Teleglobe shareholders to receive $4.50 per common share in cash, a 22% premium over the company’s market price on July 22.
Teleglobe’s board of directors has approved the buy. The acquisition will require approval of more than 50% of the shareholders. The deal is expected to close in 6-8 months.
VSNL (Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited)
3. Brix Releases VoIP Measurement & Reporting Application
Brix Networks has introduced BrixCare Self-Service Starter Kit, a test, measurement and management solution for service providers with self provisioning infrastructure and customer support workflows. The technology operates in either pre or post sign up applications.
BrixCare consists of a Brix 1000 Verifier, a SIP test suite, the self service application, and related licenses.
The self service application consists of a java applet that resides on the subscriber’s PC, central management software, and a Verifier, which is a hardware appliance that terminates test calls and measures VoIP call quality.
The application measures signaling quality metrics such as the time for each call setup phase and complete call setup time, as well as providing quality diagnostic measurements such as latency, packet loss, and jitter. Overall call quality is evaluated using G.107, which reports a bi- directional MOS and analyzes the impact of each quality factor on MOS degradation.
Providers are able to specify passing, warning, and failing service thresholds and prescribe the workflow for each. In all cases, detailed results for each user are immediately available to providers for review, assignment, or resolution.
BrixCare also identifies firewall configuration that may prevent successful call signaling and UDP-based RTP media packet transmissions. Providers specify the ports or port ranges required for proper service operation.
The Starter Kit is available now, with pricing beginning at $65,000.
5. Airbus Awards IP Networking Contract to Cisco & Equant
Airbus has awarded Cisco Systems and Equant a 5-year contract to implement an IP networking solution. Equant will provide systems integration and management at Airbus sites in France and the UK, while Cisco will provide LANs and VoIP systems. Cisco will provide 40,000 IP telephone handsets (30,000 in France and 10,000 in the UK) and Cisco CallManager call- processing software to cover all sites.
Other than VoIP, the network will support several new applications such as voice messaging, contact centers, and business processes such as billing nad cost center allocation.
In conjunction with Cisco’s CallManager deployment, Integrated Research’s Prognosis will be used to monitor and manage IP phones.