IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Jun, 15 1998

IEC to hold ComForum in Chicago in October

The International Engineering Consortium (IEC) has announced that it has
scheduled its Carrier IP Telephony ComForum for Chicago on October 6th and
7th. The ComForum targets carriers and ITSPs. The event will focus on
the marketing and strategic issues associated with providing real-time IP
telephony services on a carrier grade scale.

Topics that will be addressed at the ComForum include:

  • Fundamentals of IP Telephony
  • Business Issues and Deployments
  • IP Telephony Architectures and Technologies
  • The Future of the Internet
  • Market Drivers of IP Telephony
  • The Future of Telephony and the Next-Generation Telco
  • Integration and Impact on Circuit-Switched Carrier Networks
  • Video, Fax and Hybrid Services over IP Networks
  • OSS for Real-Time IP Networked Services: Making It Happen
  • Challenges Facing IP Telephony: Regulation, Standards and QoS
  • IP Everywhere over Copper: Ensuring Internet Access and Network Performance
  • Achieving Success as a Provider of Real-Time IP Services

The ComForum will be held concurrently with the IEC’s NCF98-InfoVision
event at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare hotel. Registration cover addmission to
both shows.

International Engineering Consortium


1998 Carrier IP Telephony ComForum


Shell Sweden Teams with Glocalnet to Offer Internet Telephony

Shell Sweden has announced that it will trial Glocalnet’s Internet
telephony service with 15,000 of its customers this summer. The service
will enable subs to call locally or internationally from phone to phone or
from phone to cell phone. Trial members will not need to own a computer or
have Internet access to use the service. Shell plans to offer the services
commercially, on a larger scale.

Glocalnet is a next-gen teleco that provides telecommunications and IP
networking technologies. Currently, the company is building a Pan-European
network for VoIP services. The network has POPs in Stockholm, London and
Amsterdam, with plans for POPs in Frankfurt, Paris, Zurich, Brussels and
Milan. By the end of the year, Glocalnet intends to have more than 2800
voice ports installed. The company is connecting its POPs via VPN technology.



GRIC Launches ITSP Billing and Settlement Service

GRIC Communications has announced the launch of GRICphone, its ITSP
billing, settlement and connectivity service. Following six months of
extensive trials between Europe, Asia and the US, the GRICphone service is
being used by o.tel.o/germany.net in Germany and Intercom Danmark in
Denmark. o.tel.o/germany.net and Intercom Danmark will provide Internet
telephony to Western Europe and the US. In addition, 25 other European
ISPs and telcos are using the service for trial programs.



Telia Using Clarent Internet Telephony Products for Trial in Scandinavia

Telia Light AB has announced that it is using Clarent’s gateways and
Command Center products to offer a pilot Internet telephony service in
Scandinavia. The pilot program is currently at its capacity for number of
users. Following a successful trial, Telia plans to offer the service
commercially and expand its IP calling network internationally using
Clarent products. The company is talking with partners for the expansion.

Clarent Corporation




Nuera Unveils DCME System for Deployment of VoIP/FR

Nuera Communications has announced the availability of its Access Plus
F200D digital circuit multiplication equipment (DCME) system to enable
carriers to deploy international and/or domestic VoFR and VoIP services.

The F200D features user transparency, bandwidth allocation control, the
capabilities to transmit and receive via frame relay and/or IP networking
protocols, and the ability to address a range of QoS plateaus with voice
encoding rates from 4.8 kbps to 32 kbps. The F200D is manageable via the
NueraView graphical network management system, which is based on the HP
OpenView platform. Network components are SNMP managed to consolidate
network alarms and reports to a single terminal.

The product is currently available. Pricing begins at approximately $1,000
per channel, per card.



TouchWave Adds VoIP Capabilities to its Gateway Product

TouchWave has announced the availability of VoIP capabilities for its
flagship product, the WebSwitch 1608. The WebSwitch with VoIP enables small
to medium sized businesses to build company-wide phone systems that are
distributed across IP networks.

Each WebSwitch has 16 analog extension ports to provide support for 2,500
analog phones. The WebSwitch enables users to build distributed
communications systems across LANs or WANs. It can be deployed at any
point across a network and its distributed call management software will
link multiple WebSwitch phone systems together to form a single
company-wide phone system. The system implements a single directory
application and feature set for all geographical locations. It features
call transfer, call forwarding, H.323 support for interconnectivity with
Ethernet phones or PC phone clients, and it provides central management
from any location on the IP network.

An IP to PSTN gateway is not required to route calls via a LAN. LAN users
will dial an extension number to route a call to another WebSwitch and on
to the appropriate phone. Calls directed outside the corporate IP network
currently are routed over the PSTN, with plans for a voice compression
module to route calls across WANs.



Vienna Systems and ACC Introduce Carrier Grade Internet Telephony Gateway

Vienna Systems has announced that it has teamed with Advanced Computer
Communications (ACC), a provider of network access solutions, to develop a
gateway by integrating its IP Telephony technology and call processing
capabilities with ACC’s Tigris family of multi-service remote access
concentrators (RACs). The integrated gateway is expected to deliver a
scalable, fault-tolerant IP telephony architecture that carriers can use to
deploy widespread voice services over the public Internet and private

The gateway will be specifically designed to address a carrier’s
requirements for high concentration points bridging the PSTN and IP voice
networks. The base product is expected to support up to 1500 ports per
shelf. In the gateway design, the companies plan to implement the
capability to interface IP networks and the PSTN with the Internet via T1,
T3, E1 and PRI connections. It will support call control through Vienna’s
Call Processing Server and Services Control Node for dynamic call set-up,
routing and billing management. It will be H.323 compliant to ensure
interoperability with IP products from multiple vendors. The product will
feature the high density benefits offered in the Tigris RAC for scalability
and migration to emerging technologies, and a two gigabyte packet bus to
ensure low-latency packet transfers for voice applications and high-speed
backbone access via ATM. In addition, ACC’s call by call technology will
enable DSP resources to be intelligently assigned to a variety of services
including voice and data services on a common pool of ports from a single

ACC is a manufacturer of integrated remote access and internetworking
products that provide cost-effective solutions for service providers and
corporate enterprise networks. ACC also develops VPN technologies and
solutions designed to address emerging applications for both public and
private networks.

Vienna Systems


Advanced Computer Communications


PAT Telecom Teams with bcmfax.net to Deploy 14 Internet Fax POPs

bcmfax.net has announced an agreement with PAT Telecom, a division of
Buenos Aires-based TecnoVoz, to deploy 14 Internet facsimile nodes in South
America. Nodes in Buenos Aires, San Paulo, and Montevideo are currently
being tested. The companies plan to locate the remaining 11 nodes in
Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.

With the addition of 14 nodes in South America, bcmfax.net will operate a
network of more than 35 Nodes in 23 countries. The international Internet
facsimile network is available to all providers of bcmfax.net Internet
facsimile services.

In a separate announcement, bcmfax.net has unveiled version 3.0 of its
admin software, Back Office Software System (BOSS). BOSS automates billing
and settlement for members of bcmfax.net who provide Internet fax service
local customers. The application provides a debit platform to enable
members to set customer credit limits to implement more control over
monitoring IP fax users. It will notify members when customers reach
80-90% of the credit limit and auto disable user fax capabilities when
credit limits are reached.

A Windows compliant BOSS application is currently available exclusively for
member providers.



FaxSav Introduces Reseller Program for it Internet Facsimile Products

FaxSav has announced that it is offering a reseller program for the
distribution of its line of Internet fax software products and services.
Resellers that are accepted into the program will receive discounts on
products or services purchased and commissions for products or services
deployed. In addition, qualified resellers will have access to FaxSav’s
training, support, and marketing collateral teams.

The FaxSav Global Internet Fax network, with nodes in 28 countries,
integrates traditional fax transmission services with the Internet or IP
transport. Providers that incorporate FaxSav’s technology into their
products or link them to the network, can offer its subs the ability to
send facsimiles over the Internet.



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