Texas Instruments to Acquire Telogy for $435 Million
Texas Instruments has announced that it is planning to acquire Telogy
Networks for approximately $435 million. According to the terms of the
stock for stock transaction, TI will trade about 4.1 million shares for
outstanding Telogy shares.
Telogy manufactures a line of V/FoIP software, named Golden Gateway, that
can be embedded on a single TI DSP microprocessor to enable OEM
manufacturers to develop voice and fax over IP, ATM or FR solutions. Its
multi-function, multi-channel capabilities support up to four simultaneous
channels and allow multiple voice and fax calls to be allocated and
processed in a single DSP chip. It features a PCM voice packet module
option that enables the software to perform tone detection and generation,
echo cancellation, voice compression, voice activity detection, jitter
removal, re-sampling, and voice packetization.
Russia Legalizes VoIP Services
The Russian Association of Documentary Electro-Communication has said that
it is now legal to offer Internet telephony services in Russia. The
organization has begun licensing ITSPs.
Franklin Receives Order for Installation of Global VoIP Network
Franklin Telecom has announced that it has received an initial order, from
an undisclosed provider, for the installation of its Tempest DVG IP
telephony gateways in select markets in California, Brazil, the Ivory
Coast, Lebanon, Azerbaijan and China. The new VoIP network’s operational
center equipment will be collocated at Franklin’s Westlake Village,
California facility, and the entire network will be interconnected with
Franklin’s existing IP telephony network.
The first gateway is scheduled to be deployed in Brazil sometime this
month, with the other gateway deployments scheduled over the next six months.
In a related announcement, Franklin has expanded the capabilities of its
Tempest DVG to support up to 96 ports. The G.711/G.729 compliant system
utilizes the company’s ICT-1 MVIP card and ICDSP-8 card(s) to support data,
fax or voice packets via T-1 or FXO/FXS interfaces. It ships with
Franklin’s proprietary authentication and billing server to provide a
centralized, managed invoicing facility that will track and manage a
database of subscribers. The server will support credit, debit, pre-paid
and other account types. When a call is placed, the B&A server will
authenticate the user code and verify that the account has sufficient
credit, and route it on to a terminating gateway. When the call is
completed, the terminating gateway will send CDR information back to the
B&A server to enable the necessary changes to be made to the account
balance. In addition, network administrators and subscribers will be able
to view account information
In a separate announcement, Franklin Telecom’s subsidiary, FNet, is
offering free VoIP calling cards to the NATO troops stationed in the
Bosnia, Albania and Macedonia region. FNet currently has 15 POPs in the
Bosnia/Kosovo border region, with plans to acquire an additional 9 POPs.
Amtec, Fusion & IXS.Net to Launch International Internet Fax Service
AmTec said that it is teaming with Fusion and IXS.Net to launch an Internet
fax service between the U.S. and Hong Kong, Taiwan and China. According to
the terms of the deal, AmTec will combine its network assets with Fusion’s
international telecommunication network routes and IXS.Net’s Internet fax
service POPs in California and the Greater China region. In addition, Amtec
and Fusion will place an undisclosed debt investment into IXS.Net’s
The service will be based on IXS.Net’s Internet fax technologies.
Inter-Tel Introduces Service with Both VoIP and Traditional Technologies
Inter-Tel’s Network Services Group has announced the introduction of a
calling plan that enables corporate customers to choose, on a call by call
basis, whether to route a call over traditional or IP networks. The calling
plan is currently available for calls originating from Atlanta, Austin,
Chicago, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Oklahoma City,
Phoenix, Reno, San Antonio, San Jose and Washington D.C. The company plans
to expand the service into Denver, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Orlando,
San Francisco and Tampa by the end of summer.
Cyberfast to Build Asian VoIP Network
Cyberfast Systems said that it is building an Internet telephony network in
select Asian markets. The provider expects that five of nine POPs will be
deployed within the next three months, with the service scheduled to be
fully operational by October.
Sema Group Releases Market Report
The Sema Group has released a VoIP market report entitled, The Vision
Report. The study indicates that almost 60 percent of telecommunications
operators believe that IP telephony is capable of becoming the main means
of telecommunications by 2004. The report goes on to state that of the
providers that participated in the study, 42 percent expect that over half
of their data traffic will be carried by IP within five years, while 25
percent expected that the majority of their voice traffic would be carried
ITXC Unveils V/FoIP Product
ITXC has announced the introduction of a V/FoIP device, named SNARC, which
can be attached to a carrier’s traditional switch, via T1/E1 interfaces, to
enable the carrier to transmit V/FoIP traffic over ITXC’s global WWeXchange
V/FoIP interconnectivity service. The device ships as a plug and play
product that ITXC will retain ownership of and maintain. The WWeXchange
service will enable users to originate or terminate calls to any
destination in the world via ITXC’s other affiliate providers or the PSTN.
In a related announcement, Canada based Phonetime International has
deployed the SNARC device.
Westell, StarNet & Audio Codes to Develop VoIP Product for DSL
Westell Technologies has announced that it is teaming with StarNet
Technologies and Audio Codes to develop an integrated access device, the
Communications Portal, that can route V/FoIP and high-speed data services
via DSL technologies. The product will be based on AudioCodes’ four-channel
voice over packet processor, a DSL multiplexer and a gateway to enable any
combination of voice, fax and or high-speed data services to be offered
over one DSL line. StarNet will offer local call switching functionality,
Internet access, and signaling layer technologies to the development efforts.
Westell is planning to pursue interoperability agreements with established
DSLAM and gateway vendors as the unit is being developed. It is expected to
be commercially available by fall.
Siemens to Integrate Omtool’s FoIP Technology into Messaging Product
Siemens has said that it will integrate Omtool’s Internet fax technology,
Fax Sr., into its Xpressions 470 unified messaging system. The integrated
messaging solution will be compatible with e-mail messaging programs such
as Microsoft Exchange and Outlook, and it will include text to voice and
computer telephony technologies. The product will enable users to access
voice and e-mail messages, or send and receive fax documents from any
location via the communications device of choice (phone, PC or fax device).