IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Jul, 31 2000

IPVoice.com Deploys VoIP POP in Phoenix
IPVoice.com said that it has expanded its IP telephony network and services to include a POP in Phoenix, with plans underway to deploy an additional POP in Miami. The provider recently launched the Internet telephony service based on its own high-density IP telephony system, SuperConnect, deployed in New York City and Los Angeles, and expanded the network to include additional POPs in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas. It has also recently negotiated a deal with Firstnet Telephony Limited, in which Firstnet deployed IPVoice’s IP telephony equipment to interconnect its UK based network with IPVoice’s U.S. domestic VoIP network, and offer IP telephony services throughout the UK. In addition, the provider intends to further expand the network and services to include connectivity in an additional 30 international markets.

IPVoice offers three calling plans for the service: Flat 5, a 5 CPM offering for all calls placed to markets in the continental U.S. and Canada, with international calls billed at existing rates; 4+4, a 4 CPM package for calls placed in the domestic U.S., and discount calling rates to four user selectable international destinations; and Flat25, a $25 flat rate service that allows users to place an unlimited amount of calls to select markets, with calls ranging outside of covered areas billed at existing rates.


Firstnet Telephony Limited

Comcast to Use Cisco’s Gear to Develop Cable Based Services
Cisco announced it has signed a MOU with Comcast Cable Communications, in which Comcast is planning to deploy Cisco’s gear to develop an array of broadband services for its cable TV subs. According to the terms of the three year MOU, Comcast intends to deploy Cisco’s Universal Broadband Routers, CMTS equipment, dial access servers, WAN switches and core routing gear to develop support for services such as VoIP and video on demand.

Comcast Cable Communications


HorizonLive to Deploy HearMe’s VoIP Technology
HorizonLive, a provider of online teaching and learning environments, reported that it has licensed HearMe’s IP telephony voice communications technology, and is planning to deploy the software to enable its web site visitors to communicate via real time voice chats.

HearMe’s technology can be integrated into a web site to enable users to initiate VoIP based voice chats by clicking a button. It is based on the vendor’s proprietary live presence technology, a client/server software that operates as a pop up addition to Netscape or IE browsers, enabling users to communicate from PC to PC in a group setting or one on one. It includes capabilities for text chat and whiteboarding. The product can handles all compression/decompression and playback of audio streams. The vendor also recently released a new version of the VoIP technology, which includes a contact list that enables users to see whether or not other specific users are online, and a technology that enables users to invite others (including non users) to join a VoIP chat by sending an email containing a hyperlink that can be clicked to automatically join a voice or text chat.



NorthVoice to Deploy MIND CTI’s CC&B Technology
NorthVoice Communications has announced that it is planning to deploy MIND CTI’s billing and customer care solution, MIND-iPhonEX, to manage and bill for its IP telephony service.

MIND-iPhonEX is designed to provide billing and call traffic analysis for IP services such as VoIP. It features web interfaces for providers and subscribers that can be used to register, verify credit cards and perform a variety of other customer care functions. The product also provides support for call management, traffic analysis, fraud detection and convergent IP services billing capabilities.

NorthVoice is in the process of building an IP telephony network that will enable it to offer services throughout Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and the U.S. Initially the provider plans to develop an infrastructure that will interconnect 81 markets on three continents, with plans to further develop the network to include 240 markets on five continents. It intends to use the network to offer an array of IP based services including international phone to phone and PC to phone long distance, with chain calling, voicemail, international roaming, collect calling, call redirect and unified messaging capabilities.

Its network, which is based on Lucent’s MultiVoice Max TNT platform, has POPs in Hong Kong, Canada, the U.S. and South Korea, and it is negotiating alliances with other telecommunication providers to launch the services in other markets.

NorthVoice Communications


ComGates Integrates RADVision’s H.323 & MGCP Technologies
ComGates announced that it is planning integrate RADVision’s H.323 and MGCP software technologies into the carrier class VoIP softswitch, CSSW 4000, that it is developing. The platform is expected to include multi-protocol on the fly capabilities, which will simultaneously support H.323, SIP and MGCP technologies. The integrated product is also being designed to be interoperable with various vendor’s gear, and implement solutions to increase connectivity and QoS.

The product is scheduled to be released next month.



LightNetwork Granted CLEC Status in Three States
LightNetworks announced that it has been granted CLEC status by the Public Utility Commissions of South Carolina, Mississippi and Alabama. The certifications will enable the firm to carry out plans to provide local, long distance and array of other telecommunications services in all three markets, as well as in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina and Kentucky, where it has also recently gained CLEC status.

Earlier this year, the provider said that it is planning to deploy Lucent’s equipment to develop VoDSL bundled with access and data services in select southeastern U.S. markets. Initially, it intends to offer the services to its corporate customers in Atlanta, Charlotte (NC), Memphis, Miami and Nashville, with ultimate expansion plans for the entire southeastern U.S.



Rapid Link Expands Service Connectivity
Rapid Link Communications reported that it has expanded the connectivity of its services to include additional markets in both the U.S. and Germany. In the U.S., users can access its network via a calling card in Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus (GA), Columbia (SC), Dallas, Denver, Fayetteville (NC), Jacksonville (NC), Killeen (TX), Los Angeles, New York City, Oceanside/Camp Pendleton (CA), Palm Springs, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle and Washington DC. In Germany, the company is offering U.S. Military personnel and expatriates direct dial access to its networks.

Rapid Link’s network is currently comprised of Clarent’s VoIP equipment and traditional circuit switches deployed at over 60 POPs throughout select Asian, Eastern European and U.S. markets including Atlanta, Frankfurt, Jersey City, Kuala Lumpur, Los Angeles, Mannheim, New York, Okinawa, Prague, San Diego, Seoul and Tokyo. The network can route traffic to over 200 countries.

Rapid Link

TransNet to Deploy Cisco Network For Grand Union Grocery
Grand Union, an Eastern U.S. based grocery chain, announced that it has contracted with TransNet for the development of a VoIP network that will interconnect its approximately 200 retail locations. According to the terms of the $1.3 million deal, TransNet will initially update Grand Union’s legacy PBX systems with Cicso’s IP PBX solutions, and then deploy Cisco’s IP telephony gear over the grocery vendor’s existing networks to enable all locations to communicate directly with the headquarters located in Wayne, NJ.

The VoIP network is slated to be operational by the end of the year.


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