IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Jun, 15 2000

China Mobile to Route Traffic Over iBasis’ VoIP Network
China Mobile Telecommunications (China Mobile) has announced that it is planning to use iBasis’ Internet telephony network to offer services. According to the terms of the deal, China Mobile will route both voice and fax traffic over iBasis’ network on an international basis, and iBasis will route traffic to China Mobile’s infrastructure for termination.

China Mobile’s infrastructures are established throughout all of China’s markets and 96 of its counties. It supports roaming services to a total of 56 countries, and has 95 cellular operations throughout five continents. The provider offers its over 46 million subscribers value-added services including fax, data, voicemail, caller ID, call transfer, call wait, call barring, pre-paid calling cards, mobile phone banking and mobile Internet.

iBasis’ Internet telephony interconnectivity service has a NOC in Burlington, Massachusetts, Internet central offices in Frankfurt, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, New York, London, and POPs throughout Asia, Europe, Korea, the Middle East and South America. The provider can terminate traffic on a global basis via its network, its affiliate’s networks or the PSTN. The company has also recently negotiated network interconnect deal with Concert and Telstra to expand its connectivity. It offers SLAs for its services, which guarantee that the percentage of call completion rates will be equivalent to or better than that of the PSTN. The company uses its proprietary Assured Quality Routing technology to monitor VoIP calls to ensure completion, or re-route the calls to the PSTN.


China Mobile Telecommunications

Nortel & TollBridge Team for Cable VoIP; Adelphia to Deploy
Nortel Networks reported that it is teaming with TollBridge Technologies to develop a VoIP gateway for cable systems. According to the terms of the deal, Notel and TollBridge have signed a LOI, which will enable Nortel to OEM TollBridges technologies including the TB200 Voice Gateway, and integrate the technologies into its own products including the Cornerstone Super Access solution to develop solution to route VoIP traffic over HFC networks. Nortel intends to private brand the solution IP-PSTN Gateway. The product will be based on CableLabs’ PacketCable specifications for routing IP telephony over cable infrastructures. It is expected to provide an interface that links Class 5 switches, already deployed in several MSO network, to PacketCable based IP access solutions.

In related news, Nortel is teaming with Adelphia Communications’ CLEC subsidiary, Adelphia Business Solutions (ABS), to begin a field implementation of the system as soon as possible.

Adelphia Communications has approximately 5.3 million CATV subscribers, and is in the process of co-developing, with ABS, a 30,000-mile long-haul fiber optic network that will support an array of communication services including local and long distance voice, messaging, high-speed data and Internet based offerings. The new network is expected to provide coverage to more than 200 markets throughout the U.S. by the end of next year.

TellBridge Technologies

Nortel Networks

Adelphia Business Solutions

Adelphia Communications

Avantel to Deploy NetSpeak’s VoIP Gear in Mexico
NetSpeak has announced that Avantel, a tier 1 Mexican telco, is planning to deploy its Internet telephony equipment to launch services. According to the terms of the deal, Avantel intends to deploy NetSpeak’s recently introduced Voice Virtual Private Network (VPN) solution and VoIP iTEL architecture throughout its IP backbone to offer a corporate service that is expected to feature private dialing plans (4 or 5 digit dialing).

The Voice VPN supports IP based communications including voice, fax and data between corporate headquarters, and remote and branch offices. It can also be used to provide global long distance call termination service by routing traffic to remotely located Voice VPN POPs or by using service provider’s infrastructure. One H.323 compliant Voice VPN unit can be deployed at a central office to support multiple enterprise locations, and/or private dialing plans across multiple domains. A Voice VPN POP can also be accessed using a calling card to enable remotely located workers to access the network to route calls. In addition, the unit enables users to route calls on in least cost method by offering the option of routing calls over the public Internet or the private VPN.

The Voice VPN technology is also supported by NetSpeak’s core iTEL line of VoIP products. The iTEL solution consists of gatekeeper and route server technologies, as well as value added solutions such as Voice VPN, Internet call waiting, call screening, PC to phone and eCommerce connectivity. Both the iTEL gatekeeper and route server support H.323 v2, SIP and MGCP technologies. The gatekeeper can handle more than 100 calls per second, with authentication, authorization and accounting functionality. It has the failover capability to reroute traffic to another unit in times of trouble. The solution can be scaled to handle thousands of E1/T1 ports by adding additional equipment. The route server manages specific resources of a network. It offloads network control functions such as managing network resources and determining route priorities from the gatekeeper, and it provides least cost routing, percentage based routing, quality based routing and time of day routing capabilities.

Avantel is a telecommunications joint venture formed by WorldCom and Grupo Financiero Banamex-Accival. It offers domestic and long distance telecommunications services including voice, data, Internet and value added services to business, the government and residential customers in Mexico.



Shopss.Com to Acuire AccessTel & Develop Services
Shopss.Com announced that it has signed a LOI to acquire all of AccessTel’s issued and outstanding stock. Financial terms were not disclosed. AccessTel is in the process of developing an IP telephony service that will provide last mile connectivity via wireless infrastructures. The company intends to initially offer services in and between select U.S. and Asian markets.

Earlier this year, Shopss.Com launched a flat rate, unlimited Internet telephony service named Phone-ominal. The provider charges $19.95 per month (with a $4.95 service activation fee) for the service, which enables users to place calls between phones located throughout Canada, Puerto Rico or the continental U.S.


InnoMedia Introduces Corporate Version of VoIP CPE
InnoMedia has announced the introduction of the InfoTalk LAN, its VoIP enabling device for corporate or SOHO users that have a PBX or LAN, or high speed Internet access services such as cable or DSL. The company is also offering the technology to OEM developers of cable modem/DSL based services and products, PBX manufacturers/integrators and network integrators.

The one port H.323 (G.723.1) compliant product sits between a traditional phone and a RJ-11 jack to route long distance calls to other users. Users need to dial the destination phone number and then press a button that automatically connects the user with the ISP, and then connects the call via the dialed party’s ISP. User can also select to place calls to non users by routing the call over InnoMedia’s recenty launched global IP network, InnoSphere, which has POPs in over 200 countries.

The product is expected to be available next month. Pricing was not disclosed.


YWCA to Offer Calling Cards For ZeroPlus’s VoIP Services
The YWCA has announced that it is planning to offer ZeroPlus.com’s Internet telephony services. According to the terms of the agreement, the YWCA will distribute private branded calling cards from its U.S. locations.

ZeroPlus provides connectivity from PC to PC, PC to phone, phone to PC and phone to phone. The service features an array of capabilities such as call waiting, forwarding, instant messaging, transfer and hold. The company has recently teamed with Broadwing Communications to collocate equipment throughout Broadwing’s infrastructure to expand the reach of its services globally. In addition, it also recently began expanding its Internet telephony services into select European markets. The firm offers PC to PC, PC to phone and phone to phone VoIP services in Western Europe (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK), with plans to expand the offering throughout other European markets. The provider offers an online white pages section that allows a user to list their phone number and search for other users’ phone numbers by name, city, state or nickname. The service can also be configured to provide connectivity with toll free access numbers.



Broadwing Communications

visitalk to Offer Dialpad’s Internet Telephony Services
visitalk.com reported that it is planning to integrate access to Dialpad.com’s web to phone IP telephony service into its web site. Dialpad.com’s unlimited, no charge PC to phone VoIP service enables users to initiate VoIP communications from any PC in the world to any traditional phone in the continental U.S. The service uses Dialpad’s own H.323 compliant Java applet based client technology to generate calls. The company uses both GTE Internetworking’s and ITXC’s Interconnectivity networks to provide connectivity throughout the U.S. The service is subsidized via graphical advertisements located on the client interface.

visitalk’s communications services include PC to PC calling, voice messaging, video conferencing, data collaboration and a directory service that enables its members to look up other members and place call to over 240 countries. The provider also recently teamed with MediaRing.com and deltathree.com to launch a PC to phone VoIP offering.



Lycos’ Subsidiary to Offer Access Power’s VoIP Service
Comundo, Lycos Europe’s ISP division, reported that it is planning to offer Access Power’s Internet telephony service, Net.Caller, to its more than one million European subscribers. According to the terms of the deal, the providers will develop a co-branded version of the Net.Caller client, and Comundo will feature the software for download from its European portal sites.

The flat rate Net.Caller service 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. Access Power currently 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.

Access Power also recently expanded an agreement with Lycos to include Lycos offering its PC to phone VoIP service, Net.Caller, on its local language compliant web portal’s in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Lycos initially offered the service via web portals in the UK and Ireland.


Access Power



IPaxess Secures Approximately $6 Million in Financing
IPaxess (formerly DATA RACE) said that it has secured approximately $6 million in a private equity placement from six undisclosed investors. The company traded approximately 471,822 shares of common stock to the investors in return for the financing. It plans to use the funding to launch its recently developed VocalWare IP integrated access media server technology and to expand its product development activities to focus on VoIP products.


Nissi Media Secures US$40 Million in Financing
Nissi Media said that it has secured US$40 million in financing from E.M. Warburg, Pincus & Company and Signal Lake Venture Fund L.P. The vendor plans to use the funding to accelerate product development, and expand its international marketing and sales activities. The company offers an array of telecommunications solutions including carrier grade gateways, and value-added Internet based products for VoIP, FoIP, UMS, FMS, CRM, and call center solutions.

Nissi Media

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