1. GoTel Deploys Telicaís Switch in Jamaica
GoTel Communications Limited, a Jamaican based fixed wireless provider, has deployed Telica’s Plexus 9000 switch in a Class 4/5 configuration to provide integrated IP voice and data services to enterprise and residential customers.
The Lewis Group served as the systems integrator.
Plexus 9000 includes all the elements of a softswitch-based solution, including a media gateway, media gateway controller and signaling gateway. The technology provides Class 4/5 switching for the PSTN or for ATM and IP networks. The switch supports 137,088 ports for TDM applications and 24,192 simultaneous calls for voice over packet applications per shelf.
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3. Adesemi Nigeria Deploys VocalTec’s Gateways at Cybercafes
Adesemi Nigeria, a Nigerian competitive carrier, has extended it deployment of VocalTec gear to support Callpoint VoIP services out of its cybercafes. Initially, Adesemi deployed VocalTec’s VGW2000 gateway platforms at 7 PoPs in a network that interfaced with NiTel, an ILEC that uses VSAT. In this latest deployment, VocalTec’s CPE gateways were installed in cybercafes to support up to 8 analog lines, interconnecting via WLL with the VGW2000 gateways at PoP provided by Wiman.
5. Edgewater Introduces Edge Devices For IP Voice & Video
Edgewater Networks has introduced EdgeMarc 30, EdgeMarc 300 and EdgeMarc 300T, a line of edge devices designed for IP voice and video traffic. The new devices combine a SIP, MGCP and H.323 compatible VoIP proxy; a VoIP-aware firewall; a DHCP server; a NAT; QoS functions; and advanced call control and diagnostic features into a single device. The technology integrates with monitoring tools.
EdgeMarc 30 has two 10/100 Ethernet interfaces and supports up to 30 concurrent VoIP calls. EdgeMarc 300 has two – 10/100 Ethernet interfaces and supports up to 300 concurrent VoIP calls, and the EdgeMarc 300T provides a single 10/100 Ethernet interface and an integrated T1 WAN interface.
The EdgeMarc 30 is $995. The EdgeMarc 300 is $2,900 and the EdgeMarc 300T is $3,500.
Telverse has deployed the new devices to support its IP based Business Tone Service.
7. Jasomi Networks Introduces SIP Videoconferencing Module
Jasomi Networks has introduced its PeerPoint Video technology for SIP. The system, a plug-in module for the vendorís PeerPoint Centrex system, enables providers to deliver VoIP and video over the Internet to customers located behind NAT-enabled firewalls without requiring any special CPE or software. The technology supports the delivery of full- motion video conferencing capabilities over SIP directly to the user desktop using any video capable SIP user agent, such as Microsoftís Windows Messenger).
9. Tekelec & Santera to Merge Next-Gen Switching Businesses
Tekelec and Santera Systems will combine their next-generation switching businesses and operations into a single unit. Tekelec will hold a 52% stake in the venture with the option to take up to 62.5%. Tekelec will contribute $28 million in cash, while Santeraís investors will contribute an additional $12 million in cash.
The transaction is expected to close by the end of the 2nd quarter, pending U.S. antitrust approval.
11. ID Telecom Launches VoIP Service in the UK
ID Telecommunications has launched Quick2Call, a dial around VoIP service in the UK. Users will enter an access number using a traditional or mobile phone to access its VoIP network to place calls. The service will be configured to bill for calls via an existing home telephone invoice. Access numbers can be found at the Quick2Call website, as well as a userís guide providing information on how to use the service and how to program mobile phones.
13. InfoTech Releases Enterprise IP Telephony Market Report
InfoTech has released Enterprise Convergence: The Race for IP Telephony Supremacy, a study that focuses on the consumer demand of enterprise VoIP technology. The report, the first in a series of four studies, contains a section that provides perspectives on vendors from enterprise decision makers.
The firm projects that over 20% of U.S. enterprises will implement IP telephony at more than 5 sites by year’s end, a major increase from 8% at end-of-year 2002. Once enterprises reach this deployment level, termed Stage 2, InfoTech finds they have virtually identified their supplier of IP telephony purchases. Prior to reaching Stage 2, enterprises have been found to demonstrate a willingness to switch vendors or conduct trials with more than one supplier.
InfoTech further finds that by the end of 2003, over one third of all Stage 2 enterprises will have selected a data networking company as their supplier, heavily favoring Cisco and 3Com.