IP Telephony news wrap-up for Jun 14 – 2006

Global Crossing has introduced Integrity, a visibility and reporting capability
that has been added to the company’s Application Performance Management
service. The new tool, designed for enterprise network managers, provides
key performance and reporting indicators such as per call MOS metrics.
Other features include end-to-end, real-time, performance monitoring,
troubleshooting, and one second increment data gathering.

Managers can configure Integrity to report performance based on a time specification or to identify certain segments of traffic such as the sites with the highest number of VoIP call flows or the worst performing sites based on call quality for the selected time period.

Separately, Global Crossing has introduced VoIP Community Peering, an extranet community for enterprises and their business partners that allows the group to all share an on-net VoIP service without implementing a private number dialing plan. To use the service, all parties must use the company’s VoIP Local Service.

Recently, the service provider quadrupled the capacity of its PoP to PoP core to support multiple 10 Gbps speeds, while providing a Terabit capable hub that serves as a migration path for speeds up to OC-768.

Global Crossing also announced that it has expanded its partnership with Broadwing, providing the enterprise service provider with global availability of the Layer 3 MPLS component of its converged serices VPN suite.

Global Crossing
Damaka has introduced Personal Softswitch, a PC to PC/phone solution for service providers that uses peer to peer networking to deliver VoIP communications. Mortel Telecom, based in Turkey, has deployed Damaka’s technology.

Mortel Telecom
Qovia has released an enhanced version of its VoIP management solution, IP Telephony Manager. The new release includes gateway analysis, dashboard improvements, an alert console, pre-packaged reporting, application and server monitoring, and an increased sensor capability.

The new release supports a view of the call quality from the gateway to the handset for each person as a call is in progress. The visibility enables managers to isolate problems as well as the data needed to plan for peak traffic periods.

The dashboards now feature live and interactive charts that make it easier to drill in for root cause analysis. Call quality, network performance and utilization data can be divided by various perspectives including time and network segmentation.

The new pre-packaged reports show combined utilization and quality trends over a day, week, or month. Managers can assess capacity and quality by network segment, gateway route group, specific gateway channels, and WAN paths.

The management solution’s application and server monitoring has been enhanced to track the health, availability and performance of call servers, IPT applications and servers using agentless, remote data acquisition. Pre-packaged and extensible modules are provided for call servers, voice messaging systems, contact center servers, and other applications such as MeetingPlace and Cisco Unified Contact Center

IP Telephony Manager now includes network sensors that can handle up to 1,000 simultaneous calls.

The new release, which features both active and passive testing, is currently available.

IDC has released U.S. Residential VoIP Services 2006-2010 Forecast and Analysis: Where There Is Smoke, Is There Fire?, a 17-page report that examines the consumer market for VoIP over the next 5 years. The study discusses the market’s prospects for growth including the key drivers as well as potential FCC activities that could influence the service.

The firm finds U.S. VoIP subscribers will grow from 10.3 million in 2006 to 44 million in 2010, representing a 62% penetration of broadband households.

The publication is available for $4500.

Tekelec has introduced a private ENUM solution to help service providers connect subscribers to devices, while also announcing that the company has enhanced its LNP offering. The expanded number porting capability in North America is the result of expanding network capacity to support 228 million data records by mid-2006 and up to 384 million by mid-2007. The solution supports porting for GSM, CDMA, and fixed networks as well as intra-carrier number retention.

Both services use Tekelec’s local service management solution to provide subscriber data.

The company will be discussing its ENUM solution during a webinar on June 14th at 2:00pm EST. To register, go to http://www.lightreading.com/webinar.asp?doc_id=27699&promo=26584

Tekelec has also announced that it has enhanced its Eagle 5 ISS with origin based MTP and SCCP routing. The addition of a single slot Sigtran card to the system enables support for point to multi-point signaling application and a point to point IP transport application functionality, 4,000 MSUs per second, and integrated data acquisition. The ISS is compatible with existing control and extension shelves.

Interlink Global has enhanced its NetTalk softphone client by adding support for saving image files and recording a full video and audio conversation. The latest release also includes support for chat and white board communications.

Other NetTalk features include caller ID, full screen capacity, high resolution, and file sharing.

Interlink Global
* Primus’ Lingo service now offers the option to acquire an Israel-based phone number.

* Narus and Pen-Link have teamed to offer a CALEA solution.

* VoIP Logic and Sylantro have partnered to offer multimedia application to VoIP service providers.

* Tollgrade and Minacom have partnered to offer a VoCable testing solution.

VoIP Logic
Sylantro Systems

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