IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Jun, 04 2003

1. Data Access to Offer Dialpad’s VoIP in India
Data Access India will offer VoIP services to its ISP and enterprise customers using Dialpad’s platform.

In other news, Dialpad reported it lowered its PC to phone and calling card VoIP rates to hundreds of destinations around the world.

Data Access India

Dialpad Communications

3. SpectraLink Introduces VoIP Gateway
SpectraLink has introduced NetLink PRI, a VoIP gateway designed to connect its own line of wireless telephones with traditional PBXs. The gateway connects to a PBX through an ISDN PRI line. It features support for 23 simultaneous calls, hold, transfer, and multiple line appearances.

NetLink PRI will be available next month for $7,950.

The company has said that it is developing two wireless phones including a stand-alone desktop unit and a docking station. The stand-alone will go for $499 and the docking station will be $299. The products will be available in the fourth quarter.


5. ICG Completes Nationwide Rollout of VoIP Services
ICG Communications has completed the national roll-out of VoicePipe, a bundled service that includes long distance, business telephone services (PBX, key systems, and Centrex), and high-speed Internet access. Voice traffic will be routed on ICG’s nationwide IP and voice networks or as applicable, over the PSTN. The converged voice and data package will enable users to personalize dozens of call features via a web portal.

ICG’s services are driven by VocalDataís VOISS platform. The company offers services throughout California, Texas, the Ohio Valley and the Southeast.

ICG Communications


7. ITXC Avoids IDT Takeover; Announces New Interconnections
IDT has ceased attempts to takeover ITXC for $60 million. The effort was initiated in April when IDT directly offering shareholders $1.40 a share for their holdings.

ITXC has landed interconnection agreements in Russia, signing individual deals with Business Sviaz Holding and Rostelecom. Business Sviaz’s optical network covers more than 400km in Moscow. Rostelecom, the incumbent national long distance provider, operates the largest national backbone in Russia and boasts interconnection deals with 295 international carriers.

As a result of the new agreements, ITXC has opened a sales office in Moscow. ITXC has also opened new sales offices in the Asia Pacific markets of Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Philippines and Singapore.

In other news, ITXC has said that it has doubled the network capacity dedicated to its interconnection with VSNL in India.


Business Sviaz Holding



9. Heico Companies to Take Majority Interest in CopperCom
Heico Companies will purchase a majority interest in CopperCom. The vendor will continue full operations, customer support and product development activities including the continued enhancement of its switching platform. The transaction is expected to close over the next 30 days.

In other news, CopperCom’s CSX 1100 local exchange softswitch received approval for a Rural Utilities Service field trial to be conducted with Lost Nation-Elwood Telephone Company, an IOC based in Lost Nation, Iowa.


11. Vonage Launches VoIP Services in Southeast Cities
Vonage has launched its Digital Voice service in Columbia, Charleston, Greenville-Spartanburg, and Norfolk. The service enables high-speed Internet users in the market to place local and long distance to Canada and throughout the U.S. for a flat monthly charge, with international long distance calls billed at existing CPM tariffs.

The provider is offering several packages for the service including: The Residential Unlimited Local Plan at $25.99 per month for unlimited local calling plus 500 minutes of long distance in the US and Canada; The Residential Premium Unlimited Plan for $39.99 per month including unlimited calling throughout the US and Canada; The Small Business Basic Plan for $39.99 per month for 1500 minutes of calling throughout Canada and the US; and The Small Business Unlimited Plan for $69.99 per month, which includes unlimited calling throughout Canada and the US. All packages include support for various calling features such as voicemail, caller ID, call waiting, call forwarding, call transfer, call return (*69), caller ID block (*67), repeat dialing, area code selection, and international call block.


13. BOScom Introduces Line of VoIP Gateways
BOScom has introduced its BOSaNOVA Claro line of VoIP gateways. The products are designed to be installed between a PBX and the PSTN to intelligently route calls over an IP network to other VoIP networks via H.323/SIP/T.38 or over the PSTN to non-IP based destination numbers. The gateways can be implemented with no need for PBX reconfiguration or additional lines. The gateways feature LCR capabilities between competitive carriers, and offer guaranteed carrier QoS connections at all times by dynamically switching traffic to the PSTN if the IP network QoS level falls below the user defined levels.

The gateways are available in 2, 4 and 8 port density versions as well as a 30-voice channel PRI digital version for E1 connections. The gateways can be stacked or rack mounted in 1U embedded form. Pricing will begin at 600 Pounds.


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