Access Power to Route eCommerce Traffic Over Sprint’s Networks
Access Power said that it is planning to interconnect its network with Sprint’s Internet and voice backbone to route traffic from its eCommerce VoIP service. According to the terms of the agreement, Sprint will provide Access Power with access to its networks for web enabled calling services and U.S. domestic terminations. It will also provide Access Power with access to its international and global frame relay networks. In addition, Sprint will allow Access Power’s to collocate Internet/web-based calling equipment throughout its network.
Access Power’s eCommerce service, e-button, is a web to phone communications application that enables web site visitors to click an icon to initiate PC to phone VoIP communications with a CSR. The Java applet based technology (under 800k in size) automatically installs on a users PC when the icon is clicked. Once connected, the CSR can assist the customer in finding information on a web site by steering the visitor’s web browser, jointly viewing web pages and completing transactions.
Access Power also offers a flat rate PC to phone service, Net.Caller, that enables users to download a client application to place an unlimited amount of calls from any PC in the world to traditional phones in select markets. The provider offers two calling plans for the service: a European plan that allows users to place an unlimited amount of calls for $20 per month from any PC to any phone in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the U.S. (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada and Puerto Rico; and a U.S. plan that allows users to placed an unlimited amount of calls from any PC in the world to a phone in the U.S., Puerto Rico or Canada for $10 per month. It also offers an unlimited phone to phone IP telephony service in the continental U.S. for $49 per month.
NorthVoice & LightNetworks to Deploy Lucent Equipment
Lucent has announced that both NorthVoice Communications and LightNetworks are planning to deploy its equipment to develop voice services. NorthVoice plans to build a VoIP network, and LighNetworks intends to deploy a VoDSL infrastructure.
According to the terms of the approximately US$5 million NorthVoice deal, the provider intends to deploy Lucent’s MultiVoice for the MAX and MAX TNT VoIP gateways, Access Point routers and NavisAccess network management software to construct the IP telephony network. It plans to develop a variety of IP based communications services including VoIP (phone to phone and PC to phone) and FoIP based on flat rate pricing schemes. The company also intends to eventually further develop the offering to include capabilities for voicemail, international roaming, collect calling, call reroute and unified messaging. It intends to deploy the VoIP network in two phases: the first phase will provide coverage in 81 markets throughout Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and the U.S.; the second phase, which is scheduled for later this year, will consist of deploying Internet telephony equipment in an additional 160 markets on five continents. The company has already established operations some of the initial phase markets, with full operation of the initial phase expected sometime this quarter.
LightNetworks is planning to deploy Lucent’s Pathstar Access Servers in the southeastern U.S. to offer VoDSL services. The company also intends to offer an array of other DSL based services including Internet access, data and various other applications. Initially, the provider will deploy the equipment in Atlanta, with further expansion plans for Miami, Charlotte, Nashville and Memphis, and ultimate expansion plans for the entire southeastern U.S. market. The provider was recently granted CLEC status in select southeastern markets including Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee.
BroadBand Office & Cybertel to Deploy Sonus’ VoIP Equipment
Sonus Networks has announced that both BroadBand Office (BBO) and Cybertel Communications are planning to deploy its equipment to build IP telephony networks throughout the U.S.
According to the terms of the BBO deal, BBO intends to deploy Sonus’ carrier class Packet Telephony suite of products, which includes the GSX9000 Open Services Switch, the PSX6000 SoftSwitch and the SGX2000 SS7 Signaling Gateway, to build a network that consists of at least 30 POPs in select U.S. markets. Financial details were not disclosed. BBO expects use the network to offer both local and long distance calling services with phone to phone and PC connectivity.
BBO expects to begin building the network sometime this quarter. It currently offers local, long distance, and wireless voice services, dedicated Internet access, and advanced Internet services including remote access, VPNs, web hosting, and video and e-business solutions.
Cybertel initially plans to deploy Sonus’ VoIP/VoDSL gateway technology in at least 56 U.S. markets, with ultimate plans to build a network that consists of at least 120 POPs throughout the U.S. Financial terms were not disclosed. The provider intends to develop 1+ dialing access to its services, and enable users to place calls to anywhere in the U.S. Earlier this year, the company negotiated a deal with Level 3, in which it is planning to collocate VoIP gateways at 16 of Level 3’s switching centers (Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, Phoenix, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, St. Louis and Tampa).
Cybertel expects the Sonus based network to be fully operational by September.
In other news, Sonus Networks reported that it has signed a distributor agreement with Samsung, in which Samsung will exclusively market its Packet Telephony suite of products (GSX9000 Open Services Switch, the PSX6000 SoftSwitch, the SGX2000 SS7 Signaling Gateway and the System 9200 Internet offload solution) in the Korean market.
Pagoo to Deploy Cisco’s VoIP Technologies
Pagoo said that it is planning to deploy Cisco’s voice gateway technologies to develop VoIP services with PC to PC, phone to PC and PC to phone connectivity. In addition to Cisco’s products, the service will be based on Pagoo’s own IP telephony architecture, Trident, which when combined with the NetCentrex platforms that it has already deployed, will provide CLASS services such as caller ID, call forward and voicemail. The NetCentrex platform, which is modeled after an Intelligent network, translates call signaling information between the Trident system and the VoIP network.
Pagoo also recently reported that it was planning to offer Genuity’s ESP (Enhanced Service Provider) Direct VoIP services. Genuity’s network and interconnection agreements will enable it to offer connectivity in 80 percent of U.S. domestic metropolitan markets, and to over 450 international markets.
Comuniq Introduces VoIP OEM Developers Product
Comuniq has reported the introduction of the UltimateIP Streaming Media Application Server (SMAS), its H.323 compliant subsystem that is designed to enable product developers to build CPE or network based VoIP and IP gateway equipment. The product is based on a combination of Comuniq’s suite of VoIP signal processing and protocol software and its Ultimate E1/T1 PMC based resource boards, which operate in PCI and cPCI formats. It can support up to 120 x 64 kbps channels of IP switched multimedia communications including voice, video and data. The technology also implements Hughes Software Systems’ Protoquick H.323 protocol software to provide H.323 compliant IP telephony signal processing and protocol signaling services. The ProtoQuick system also provides H.323 v2 technologies to offer interoperability with other systems/solutions.
The SMAS solution, which is available for Windows NT, Solaris and Linux OSs, is currently available. Pricing was not disclosed.
Hughes Software Systems
Allot Introduces QoS & SLA Technology
Allot Communications reported the introduction of the Virtual Bandwidth Manager, its product which includes the technology to provision QoS and SLAs on an individual customer basis. The solution will enable providers to offer tiered services, traffic guarantees, bandwidth on-demand and usage-based billing. It combines two of Allot’s technologies: NetEnforcer and NetPolicy. The NetEnforcer will enable providers to offer policy based, customer provisioned SLAs, in which the customer can define the parameters of a service tier that best meets their needs. The NetPolicy application monitors and provisions NetEnforcer’s activities on a network. It also enables customers to manage and monitor the bandwidth parameters implemented.
The solution is expected to be available this winter. Pricing will begin at $17,500.
In related news, Allot Communications reported that it is teaming with Portal Software to integrate the NetPolicy and NetEnforcer technology into Portal’s customer management and billing solution, Infranet. 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 integrated product is expected to automate service provisioning through a service registration entry in the Infranet billing system.
edge2net to Expand network into UK
edge2net reported that it is planning to expand its network to include a facility in the UK that it will use to terminate IP telephony traffic in the market and enable other carriers to interconnect with its networks. The provider is in the process of building a VoIP network that will enable it to offer wholesale VoIP communications in at least 20 Asia Pacific and U.S. markets. It also plans to further develop the services to include unified messaging, calling card based roaming and video/data conferencing capabilities.
edge2net’s network currently has NOCs in Hong Kong and Kirkland (Canada), international gateway hubs in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, London and New York City, with POPs in Australia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan.
NTT-ME to Launch Flat Rate VoIP Service in August
NTT-ME, a Nippon Telegraph and Telephone division, reported that it is planning to launch a flat rate long distance VoIP service, with connectivity throughout Japan. The traffic will be routed over another Nippon Telegraph and Telephone division, NTT Communication’s, VoIP interconnectivity network. Last month NTT-ME reported that it is planning to distribute RADVision’s line of V2oIP enterprise networking products (L2W-323 PRI and BRI gateways, the MCU-323 Multipoint Conferencing Unit, the VIU-323 Video Interface Unit, and the NGK-200 gatekeeper) to develop corporate services, and earlier in the year the firm began negotiations with iBasis, to develop international connectivity for its VoIP network.
The provide expects the services to be available by the end of August.
In other news, NTT Communicationware reported that it is planning to market eGain’s line of eCommerce applications in the Japanese market. The eCommerce platform consists of several modules with an array of capabilities including eGain Mail (email management), eGain Live(real time web collaboration), eGain Voice (VoIP), eGain Inform(web FAQ self-service), eGain Assistant (intelligent self-help agents) and eGain Campaign (proactive digital marketing).
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iLocus to Host VoIP Show in London
iLocus has announced that it will be hosting the European IP telephony trade show in London, on October 2 through 4, at the London Arena. The company will offer conference attendees an updated version of its IP Telephony Who is Who directory publication, which contains profiles of over 1000 VoIP companies.
The full three-day conference and exhibition is priced at $1,295.
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