Stonehenge Teams With KPNQwest to Expand VoIP Networks
Stonehenge Telecom has announced that it is planning to use bandwidth on KPNQwest’s 45Mbps DS3 network to route VoIP traffic between its POPs. According to the terms of the EUR $3 million agreement, Stonhenge will lease bandwidth to interconnect its POPs in Brussels and London, and KPNQwest will develop a 45Mbps IP transit ring via Qwest’s U.S. fiber backbone that will connect Stonehenge’s operations in Los Angeles, New York and Miami.
Stonehenge’s IP network currently has operations throughout Asia, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the U.S. It recently began deploying Cisco’s AS5300 voice gateways to expand the reach and capacity of its IP network, OnmiPortal, and to offer integrated voice, video and data services.
KPNQwest is in the process of deploying a 19,000 km fiber network that will connect 46 markets throughout Europe and provide support for data-centric IP based and other telecommunications services including a pan-European DSL service. KPN also recently began deploying Clarent’s VoIP equipment to build an international IP telephony network. The provider intends to use the network to offer a wholesale service that will route traffic from the Netherlands to other select global markets. In addition, it is currently negotiating minute exchange deals with several other Clarent equipment based providers.
In other news, Stonehenge Telecom reported that it has secured $4 million pounds Sterling (approximately NLG 15 million) in investments from Flemings and a number of Flemings’ investors. The provider intends to use the funding to expand its operations and VoIP network.
InterPacket Licenses telic.net’s VoIP Client Technology
InterPacket Networks, a satellite based Internet network operator, has announced that it is planning to integrate support for telic.net’s PC to phone VoIP client, Softphone, into its satellite based Internet services network. According to the terms of the agreement, InterPacket will license and offer the technology under its own brand to the affiliated ISPs that offer its services. Financial details were not disclosed.
The Softphone will enable users to place calls from any PC’s web browser to any phone in the world via InterPacket’s satellite constellation. The product can either be embedded in a web site, or downloaded to a user’s PC. When the product is embedded in a web site, it can be configured to enable users to click a call icon to initiate VoIP communications with specific phone numbers.
InterPacket’s global Internet network links a system of 11 GEO satellites to its operations centers in London, Singapore, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The operator uses the network to offer Internet services such as access, streaming media, Internet backbone connectivity as well as enhanced services.
Xybridge to Integrate Portal’s CC&B Technology
Xybridge Technologies reported that it has integrated Portal Software’s customer care and billing solution, Infranet, into its Universal Services Suite (USS) to offer a solution for the provisioning, delivery, deployment and billing of packet based telephony services.
Infranet is an end to end customer management and billing solution that enables providers to develop Internet services that can support millions of users on a 24 x 7 basis. Its features include customer registration, caller authentication, credit limit verification, tracking of prepaid usage and account termination, LCR, and inter domain reconciliation and settlement capabilities.
The USS system is line of carrier class software based switching solutions developed to enable providers to design networks. It can be used to support traditional telephony services as well as to create enhanced IP based services. When integrated with the Infranet solution, it will enable users to develop and deploy an array of IP based services.
Startec to Deploy Network in France
Startec Global Communications has announced that it is planning to deploy an IP network in select French markets. The network will consist of a Nortel GSP international gateway switch deployed in Paris, with four Ericsson ANS switches installed in Lille, Strasbourg, Lyon and Marseille. Startec is designing the network to be accessible to users by dialing a four-digit access code before the destination number. In addition, the network combined with an interconnection agreement with France Telecom, will enable the provider to both originate and terminate traffic throughout France.
Startec is in the process of establishing a global IP network based on IP, ATM and traditional platforms deployed throughout Africa, the Asia Pacific, Central Europe, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Latin America, the Middle East, Russia and the U.S. The network features an ATM ring with over 32 POPs (71 IP gateways and 12 switches) located in over 32 countries, with command centers utilizing SS7 technologies in Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Guam. The network combined with the company’s international termination agreements and ownership interests in 15 undersea optic cables enable it to offer services such as Internet access, IP telephony and web hosting in more than 44 countries.
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Mediatrix Introduces 4 Port Gateway
Mediatrix Telecom has reported the introduction of the APA-III, its IP access gateway. The product can support up to four analog phones and/or G3 based fax machines connected to IP networks, or up to three devices connected to the PSTN. It provides communications technologies including SIP, MGCP, H.323 (G.711, G.723.1 and G.729) and T.38 fax.
The gateway is currently available. Pricing was not disclosed.
Igaea to Deploy Cisco’s Gear to Build Network
Igaea, a Nashville based IP services provider, has announced that it has secured a commitment from Cisco for a $60 million loan. According to the terms of the deal, Igaea will use the funding to integrate Cisco’s networking products including the VCO/4K, AS5300 and Access Path VS3 voice gateways, model 3600 modular access platforms and model 7200 multiservice routers into its next generation IP network. The provider intends to deploy the equipment at over 100 POPs throughout select U.S. and international markets to develop a global V/FoIP infrastructure capable of processing one billion minutes per month.
Igaea expects the entire network to be fully operational in the next two years.
Clarion To Deploy IPAXS’ VoIP Technologies
Clarion Resources Communications has announced that it is planning to deploy IPAXS’ OmniAXS gateway switches and DataAXS soft switches to add IP telephony to its existing wholesale carrier services. Clarion offers wholesale international long distance, prepaid calling card and call back services. Its carrier services provide dedicated or switched international termination via direct or transit circuits to over 300 countries.
GTX Beta Tests Bandwidth Trading Exchange
The Global TeleExchange (GTX) reported that it has successfully completed the beta testing of its wholesale bandwidth exchange service, Virtual Real-Time Exchange (VRTX), in New York City and London. The service, which is based on the company’s own technologies, enables users to buy, lease and sell minutes, bandwidth, dark fiber, rights of way (duct), local loop and collocation services in real time via the web site. In addition, it features technologies that can instantly provision a connection between a buyer and seller.
The service is currently available for trades in New York and London. The company is developing similar operations in McLean, Virginia, with ultimate plans to have at least 40 markets throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America and the U.S. ready for operation by the end of the year.
NetVoice Expands U.S. VoIP Operations
NetVoice Technologies reported that it has expanded its U.S. domestic Internet telephony network to include operations in Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, Tucson and Washington DC. The provider now has Cisco’s and/or Inter-Tel’s VoIP equipment deployed at its POPs in select markets throughout Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Washington DC and Wisconsin. It expands the service’s reach by collocating servers throughout both Level 3’s and Global Crossing’s backbones, and interconnecting the network with Inter-Tel’s U.S. domestic VoIP network.
Nissho Electronics to Launch Internet Telephony Service
Nissho Electronics, a Nissho Iwai Corp division, said that it recently established an entity, Fusion Communications, to evaluate the feasibility of offering Internet based telecommunications services including access and IP telephony in select Japanese markets. The company is currently developing the services, which it expects to begin offering on a commercial basis by next April.