IP Telephony news wrap-up for Jul 9 – 2007

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has rejected requests to establish net neutrality regulation that would force carriers and other network operators to allow all IP traffic over its networks without charging fees to content providers or restricting bandwidth access for specific traffic. All five commissioners agreed that they were unaware of any significant market failure and that the current antitrust laws and system for reporting complaints were adequate safeguards. The FTC stated that policy makers should not enact regulations solely for preventive measures.

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has echoed similar sentiments, stating last week that he doesn’t have any evidence of net neutrality abuse.

Tom Tauke, Verizon’s VP of public affairs was delighted with the ruling, claimed that regulations would stymie technological advances.

As a consequence of the government suggesting that it will be taking a reactive role with net neutrality, network operators are in a position to strategically address the issue. The ruling is a clear message that if operators plan on blocking, degrading or charging for traffic that it should be done over the course of time in small incremental steps. Slow cook rather boil.

Zyxel has introduced P-2904, a 4-line eMTA router designed for SOHO cable customers. The device includes a cable modem, a wireless access point, 4 Ethernet ports, 4 POTS lines, a router, a firewall, and a 2-battery backup system for power failures. The router supports both PacketCable 1.5 and SIP.

Mobifon-2000, a telecom service provider based in Russia, is building a national VoIP network using VocalTec’s technology. Specifically, the provider will deploy the vendor’s trunking solution, peering manager, OSS, management system, and MAP gateway.

VocalTec reports that product revenue from the deal during 2007 will be approximately $2 million.

Cablenet has deployed Cedar Point’s Safari C CMTS to deliver consumer VoIP services in Cyprus. The cable operator will offer the service to 80,000 homes by the end of the year with plans to rollout the service to 150,000 homes passed by the end of 2008.

Cedar Point
Infineon will acquire Texas Instruments’ DSL CPE business. Terms are not being disclosed. The transaction is expected to disclose during summer.

Texas Instruments
Clearwire, a Washington-based wireless ISP, has launched primary line residential VoIP service in several Texas cities including Abilene, Amarillo, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, Waco and Witchita Falls. The service is offered through a plan that includes unlimited North American calling along with calling features such as call forwarding, caller ID, voicemail, voicemail to email, 3-way calling, call screening, and international call blocking.


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