Intel to Acquire Dialogic for $780 Million
Intel has announced that it is planning to acquire Dialogic for
approximately $780 million in an all-cash transaction. According to the
terms of the agreement, Intel will offer to acquire all of Dialogic’s
outstanding common stock for $44 per share. The offer will be made on June
7, 1999, and will remain open until midnight EST on July 2.
The companies will focus on developing SHV server technologies. Neither
company anticipates that any changes will be made to their respective
product lines. Dialogic intends to deliver products under existing
agreements, and to continue its existing manufacturing relationships.
Teltran Expands Global Service
Teltran has announced that it is planning to offer services in select
markets in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Israel.
Last month, the provider signed a LOI to acquire the assets and operations
of UK based Channel Net, with plans on using Channel Nets’ POPs in the UK
and Ireland to provide Interline V/FoIP services in the European market.
Earlier this year, the provider closed several deals with undisclosed
carriers to route V/FoIP traffic over its U.S. based network.
Teltran offers U.S. based V/FoIP and traditional telephony services as well
as international long distance. The V/FoIP services utilize the PSTN to
both originate and terminate calls. The provider utilizes OzEmail
Interline’s IP telephony network for international connectivity.
WWN Telecom & Nexbell Deploy Cisco & Mind CTI Gear
MIND CTI has announced that Nexbell Communications, a start up ITSP, and
World Wide Net Telecom (WWN), an existing Australian based ITSP, have
deployed its MIND-iPhonEX IP telephony billing and customer care system and
Cisco’s AS5300 VoIP gateways in their respective Internet telephony
Ohio based Nexbell currently offers both domestic and international long
distance VoIP services via 32 POPs located throughout the U.S. The provider
is planning to deploy the equipment in at least 100 additional U.S. and
international POPs by the end of this year.
Last year, WWN Telecom deployed Cisco’s VoIP platforms in Melbourne, Los
Angeles, Moscow and Odessa. Currently, the provider operates a VoIP service
that includes 26 POPs worldwide.
The H.323-compliant AS5300 gateway supports up to 2T1/E1 digital trunks,
delivering as many as 60 voice sessions or 120 concurrent analog modem
calls and ISDN B channels over a single dial-in telephone number. It is
able to connect with existing telephones and fax machines through the PSTN,
key systems and PBXs. It can also interconnect with Cisco’s 2600 and 3600
VoIP capable modular access routers and its larger port capacity gateway,
the AccessPath VS3.
The MIND-iPhonEX system is a Windows NT based real-time billing and call
management product designed to provide billing and call traffic analysis
for real-time V/FoIP services. It provides fraud detection, traffic
analysis and call management reports to ensure that all resources are
optimally used. The product is capable of billing tens of millions of
simultaneous calls per month. It features real-time service cut-off when
the call limit is reached, calling card management, individualized customer
rate tables and flexible fax charge options by page, duration or priority
(real-time vs. store & forward).
World Wide Net Telecom
Information-Highway.com To Offer Free VoIP Service to its Members
Information-Highway.com (IH) has said that it is planning to launch a no
charge, unlimited IP telephony service for the users of its regional
Toronto based web community, dubbed the Executive Club (EC). The company
plans to subsidize the service, which is expected to be launched this
month, via ad banners.
The EC enable users to access online information such as local community
events and weather forecasts, stock quotes, online trading, web searches,
multicasting and shopping. The provider is also attempting to develop the
EC into a global community by offering to design and maintain individual
ECs for regional ISPs in exchange for a share of the advertising and
ecommerce revenues generated.
The Executive Club
Omtool Integrates Access to .comfax’s Services into FoIP Product
Omtool has announced that it is integrating access to .comfax’s Internet
fax service into its IP based fax solution, Fax Sr. The integrated solution
will enable users to generate documents on a PC for transmission over
.comfax’s network of Internet fax servers. .comfax’s NetCentric based
Internet fax network is interconnected with several other NetCentric based
Internet fax provider networks to facilitate the transmission of fax
documents on a global basis. Omtool has also placed an undisclosed equity
investment in .comfax.
Fax Sr. is a fax server solution that integrates with email applications
such as Outlook/Exchange and Lotus Notes. It enables Windows 95/98/NT or
Macintosh users to send faxes over the Internet from any PC to any PC. It
utilizes Microsoft’s Management Console and simple network management
console applications to enable users to set fax priorities, attach native
documents, send broadcast faxes, create custom cover pages, add billing
codes, and view a detailed log of faxes sent and received. In addition, the
product features LCR capabilities.
Inter-Tel.net’s VoIP Service Routes 2 Million+ Minutes in April
Inter-Tel.net has announced that its IP telephony origination and
termination traffic exceeded two million minutes last April. The company
and its partner providers offer service via 26 U.S. POPs and 40 POPs
throughout international locations including Argentina, Brazil, Canada,
Hong Kong, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, South Korea and Taiwan.
ACS Adds Features to SOHO VoIP Card
ACS Innovations has announced the introduction of a new feature set,
available via software upgrade, for its SOHO Internet telephony card, the
Ezfone. The ISA card enables G.723 compliant calls to be placed over the
Internet. The upgrade will support calls from remote locations through the
card and then onto the destination via the Internet. The upgrade will also
enable users to configure the card to automatically forward incoming calls
to any specified phone number.
Ezfone is priced at $149. The upgrade goes for $29.95.
The Ezfone Card
Lucent & Ascend to Develop Interoperability Between V/FoIP Gear
Lucent has announced that it has teamed with Ascend to develop
interoperability between its PacketStar Internet Telephony System (ITS) and
Ascend’s line of MultiVoice for the Max and Max TNT VoIP platforms based on
both the iNow! interoperability profile and open settlement protocol (OSP)
technologies. The iNow! profile is based on H.323v2 protocols and the
H.225.0 Annex G to enable VoIP equipment from different vendors to
interoperate. OSP facilitates the transfer of authorization, service
location, and usage information between service provider domains.
The MultiVoice for the MAX and MAX TNT platforms utilize Analog Devices’
ADSP-21mod870 Internet gateway DSPs to provide support for up to 672 ports
(48 ports per DSP slot card) of voice and fax communications. The products
support interoperability with other VoIP products via H.323 v2 protocols
combined with MGCP and SS7 technologies. The product ships with gatekeeper
functionality such as the ability to centrally manage multiple VoIP
networks, and the ability for gatekeepers to communicate with other
gatekeepers that manage multiple networks. In addition, Ascend has
implemented its own QoS technology in the offerings, which sets type of
service bits in the voice packets to enable the packets to be prioritized
as high priority. The gateways are also capable of automatically re-routing
traffic to the PSTN, should the VoIP network fail or become too congested.
The H.323 compliant ITS product is based on Lucent’s PortMaster 4
integrated access concentrator platform and ComOS operating system. It
supports both real-time voice and fax transmissions, and is scaleable up to
672 ports. Five gateways also can be interconnected to provide port
densities of up to 3,360. The product supports G.729a and G.711 codecs, and
elemedia’s H.323 software and a gatekeeper toolkit.
Open Settlement Protocol
Solect’s Billing Software Interoperable with Cisco’s Technology
Solect Technology Group has said that its customer care and billing
solution, IAF Horizon, is interoperable with Cisco’s line of IP telephony
IAF Horizon is a platform for pre and post paid usage billing. Its customer
care and service management capabilities enable providers to manage the
services and customer segments of multiple ISP operations. Its modular
design can support the multiple services and subscriber bases while
maintaining the individuality of each ISP. The modular architecture also
allows providers to launch and manage new services without disrupting
current services. In addition, it can be used to support several pricing
and product package bundles that are based on assessed usage patterns.
IAF Horizon is available for Sun platforms, and Windows 95 and NT clients.
KDS & GVC to Distribute 01 Communique’s Communications Software
01 Communique has said that both KDS USA and GVC will bundle its
communications software, Communicate Lite and Pro, with their respective
modem products. The Communcate software combines telephone
answering/speaker phone, Internet fax, email, and data communications
functions with a contact manager. Both products are designed for SOHO
users. The pro series includes H.323 compliant Internet phone technologies.
GRIC Receives $24 Million in Financing
GRIC has announced that it has received $24 million in financing from L&H
Investment Company NV, Flanders Language Valley Fund, Vertex Technology
Fund, General Electric Pension Trust, North America Venture Fund (an
affiliate of China Development Industrial Bank), SingTel Ventures, Talisman
Capital, Finlayson Investments and InnoMedia Pte. The provider plans to use
the funding to accelerate the development and deployment of its convergent
services platform (CSP).
The CSP enables providers to offer multiple IP based services, such as
telephony, fax or video conferencing, on an end to end basis utilizing a
single solution. It provides cross-network authentication, settlement and
routing, as well as support for the creation, provisioning and billing of
new IP-based services.