IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Jun, 14 2001

ADIR Technologies to Acquire NetSpeak
NetSpeak has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by ADIR Technologies. According to the terms of the deal, ADIR will pay between $3.00 and $3.10 in cash for all of NetSpeak’s outstanding common stock, with the deal valued at from approximately $46.5 to $48.2 million. The transaction is expected to close in this fall, subject to approval of NetSpeak shareholders as well as customary conditions.

In other news, ADIR Technologies said that thus far it has secured $25 million in a second round financing with Cisco and SOFTBANK Asian Infrastructure Fund. The company also plans to keep the second round open until mid-August to accommodate additional investors.

ADIR Technologies


SoftJoys Labs Introduces Window CE/H.323 Client
SoftJoys Labs has reported that it has successfully ported its own client software implementation of the ITU-T’s H.323 version 3 protocol set to Windows CE 3.0. The client is an H.323 Terminal that can support two-way voice communications with other H.323 terminals or gateway applications, and it can also be used to place a call over the Internet (using a gateway) or to/from the PSTN. The software also features a lost packet applications for packet recovery. In addition, the H.323 software is interoperable with Cisco’s array of voice gateways and Microsoft’s NetMeeting.

SoftJoys Labs

Choice Hotels to Deploy Mitel’s Solutions
Mitel Networks reported that the Choice Hotels International franchise is planning to deploy its technologies to migrate from traditional communications systems to IP based systems. The hotelier intends to deploy Mitel’s solutions in a configuration that will enable hotel guests to access voice mail from any touch tone phone, and simultaneously access voice and data capabilities as well as conferencing applications, speed dial and an automated wake up services.

Choice Hotels currently operates more than 5,000 hotels (open and under development) in 41 countries.

Mitel Networks

Choice Hotels International

Vonage to Integrate dynamicsoft’s Technologies
Vonage said that it is planning to integrate dynamicsoft’s infrastructure products and solutions into its SIP based unified communications services. Vonage intends to leverage dynamicsoft’s technologies to provide an array routing functions including telephone gateway routing, traffic load-balancing, as well as to perform registration and location services, and perform the execution of advanced services such as find me/follow me and call forwarding to voicemail, the web or email.



NMS’ SS7 Technologies Integrated Into Array of Firms’ Products
NMS Communications has announced that Beijing based Beijing Linkhead Information Technology, Italian based Phonica SPA, Israel based SigValue Technology, Austria based TeleCom InfoService GmbH and Brazil based Transient Wireless Technology have recently successfully integrated its Signaling System 7 (SS7) Global Messaging Toolkit into their respective products. The toolkit enables communications equipment providers to implement country-specific SS7 call-control variants on demand. It also eliminates the wait for a software revision by allowing users to implement ISUP (ISDN User Part) call control for SS7 variants that are based on ETSI, ITU-T and ANSI specifications.

In related news, IntelliNet Technologies reported that it is integrating NMS Communications’ Signaling System 7 series software and TX series hardware into its SS7oIP Gateway and IntelliSS7 Application Development Environment.

NMS Communications

IntelliNet Technologies

TeleCom InfoService GmbH

Beijing Linkhead Information Technology

Transient Wireless Technology

SigValue Technology

Nuance and Jabber Team For Voice Instant Messaging Solutions
Jabber.com said that it has partnered with Nuance to develop voice based instant messaging and presence solutions. According to the terms of the agreement, Nuance will provide an interface to Jabber’s Instant Messaging (IM) technology from its voice interface software, allowing Nuance’s customers and partners to develop voice-enabled IM applications, and to IM-enable existing voice applications. In addition, Jabber will offer Nuance’s speech recognition engine to its customers to enable the customers to add voice capabilities to IM applications.



SS8 Networks Unveils IP Based LNP System
SS8 Networks has announced the introduction of its IP-based Local Number Portability (LNP) Solution. The solution is based on the SS8 Intelligent Services Architecture (ISA), which provides IP telephony signaling and advanced voice, video and data services. It utilizes ENUM technologies to leverage the existing DNS infrastructure of IP networks, and work with protocols such as SIP, H.323 and TCAP to ensure interoperability with equipment from both IP and traditional circuit switched vendors. The system is also designed to be compliant with the North American database for LNP.

SS8 Networks

NaTel to Deploy Elthe’s Gatekeeper Solutions
Elthe Corporation announced that NaTel Network is planning to deploy its EGK 5000 gatekeeper solution to develop a U.S. nationwide VoIP infrastructure. The provider is in the process of developing the H.323 compliant network to be able to handle approximately 225 million minutes of traffic per month. It is also teaming with Cisco and UUNet to develop the network.

NaTel Network

Spirent Introduces Telephony Testing Solution
Spirent Communications has announced the introduction of the latest release of its line of products for voice testing, Abacus2. The product can generate more than 10,000 simultaneous calls, with a traffic rate exceeding 10 million calls per hour and switching more than 10,000 channels simultaneously. It offers support for 16 DS3s within 26 inches of a 19-inch equipment rack, and it is initially designed to support GR-303 and CAS on T1/E1, with plans to further develop the product to support T3, E3, SS7, V5, ISDN PRA, and analog, as well as VoIP protocols such as H.323 and SIP.

Spirent Communications

IDT Introduces Time Slot Interchange Switches
IDT (Integrated Device Technology) has announced the introduction of the TSI line, its family of time slot interchange digital switches for designers developing carrier class VoIP gateways, remote access concentrators and 3G wireless base stations. The products offer non-blocking switch capabilities for up to 16,384 DSO channels, providing support for both voice and data traffic, and maintaining a TDM based interface to legacy networks/protocols.

The products are currently available for sampling, with commercial production slated for next year. Pricing was not disclosed.

TSI Switching Products


TEC-Networks to Distribute Nortel’s Products in Southeast U.S.
TEC-Networks reported that it has opened an office in the Tampa market, from which it intends to market and offer Nortel Networks’ array of telephone switches, PBX and key small business systems, as well as VoIP solutions and high speed DSL based Internet services.


Nortel Networks

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