1. Vytek’s Media Gateway Reference Platform Based on IBM’s Tech
Vytek has introduced a media gateway reference platform based on IBM’s WebSphere Everywhere Embedded Software (WEES) and PowerPC STB045XX Integrated Controller. The platform runs on MontaVista’s Linux OS. The technology can be used to develop gateways that support transfer rates up to 100 MB per second and provide the functional convergence of a set top box with an Ethernet gateway. The platform is OSGI-compliant to support home automation applications and support Java for media and entertainment applications. The platform pre-integrates essential hardware and software components.
WEES includes middleware, content development tools, customization services and server integration for a variety of devices such as those for VoIP, storage area networking, video on demand and home security.
3. Toshiba Adds VoIP Capabilities to BCS
Toshiba America Information Systemsí Telecommunication Systems Division (Toshiba TSD) has added IP telephony capabilities to its Strata CTX line of business communications systems, including its CTX100 and CTX 670. The new capabilities have been enabled via the the company’s Strata CTX release 2.0 software and its IPT1020-SD IP phones. The technology is connected to the CTX system through a LAN, 10/100 Ethernet interface, VPN or from a home remote location via a cable modem or DSL connection.
The CTX system is designed to support an unlimited number of IP telephones and a variety of features such as LCR, caller ID, and intercom. The CTX 100 supports port densities up to 112, while the CTX 620 supports port densities up to 670.
5. Versatel Enhances Switching Platforms
Versatel Networks has enhanced its SCS 4000 and SCS 1500 switching platforms including the addition of distributed call control capabilities via its softswitch including an API for application portability. Other enhancements include simultaneous support of VoIP and TDM network cards; integration of voice record and full media server capabilities; and an enhanced signaling architecture including SS7, SIP and NFAS D Channel support, delivering a full signaling gateway within a single-box solution.
Each switching platform is built on a modular, open, CompactPCI chassis and includes a media server, media gateway capabilities, a signaling gateway and the VSOS software for managing call control. The VSOS separates call-control from the switching fabric to support the deployment of new services or porting of existing services for deployments on IP or PSTN networks. Each network card is capable of supporting revenue-generating services and includes fully integrated onboard switching, gain, tone generation/detection and signaling.
Versatel Networks’ SCS solutions are available immediately. Pricing is dependant upon configuration.
7. NetSolve to Provide Cohen with VoIP Network Management
NetSolve will provide Cohen Financial with remote management of its IP telephony network and operations. The management will cover Cohen’s WAN, LAN, call managers, and QoS for voice traffic flowing over the network.
9. Comporium to Deploy Nueraís VoIP Gateway
Comporium, an incumbent LEC, will deploy Nuera Communicationsí ORCA RDT-8g VoIP gateway to develop VoIP primary line services in South Carolina. The gateway will be implemented in a configuration that connects the provider’s broadband access equipment to its telephone switches and the PSTN.
Comporium offers local and long-distance voice services, cable TV and Internet services.
11. Unefon to Deploy Sonus Networks’ Softswitch
Unefon will deploy Sonus Networksí GSX9000 open services switch, Insignus softswitch and Insight management system to develop an IP network that will support long distance and access services. Initially, the technology will be used in Mexico City to provide connectivity between existing PBXs and Unefon’s network.
In the future, Unefon plans to use Sonus’ gear to offer long distance, and SIP services such as call center, conferencing, and prepaid calling.
13. Shinko Shoji to Resell Spirit’s DSP Algorithms in Japan
Shinko Shoji Group will market Spiritís DSP software algorithms to its DSP chip customers in Japan. The algorithms are for VoIP, speech compression (standard and proprietary vocoders), speech processing, telephony signaling, acoustic and line echo cancellers, data and fax modems, and GPS software.
In other news, Spirit has said that it is supplying Texas Instruments with its ITU G.168 compliant SPARSE line echo cancelling solution. The technology will be integrated into TI’s C55x chips.
The SPARSE solution is designed primarily to be used with T1/E1 line connections. It is a 30 channel G.168-2000 MIPS economy echo canceller version with CNG and tone disabler on a single TMS320VC5510-200 chip. Its design allows trade-offs between MIPS consumption and echo path tail for each channel separately, providing automatic tail search and determined optimal compensated echo path (up to 128 ms) capabilities. The technology features a C-callable and re-entrant interface and an intuitive API. It consumes 5.6 MIPS, 2.6 KW of program memory and 2.4 KW of data memory per channel, while functioning mainly on 64 ms and 128 ms echo tail. In addition, the solution runs as a full tap LEC solution with short tail length (16 to 32 ms), while operating as SPARSE in case of long tails.
The system is currently available in the form of object codes for TI’s C55x, and in the form of C code that can for porting to other platforms.
Shinko Shoji Group
15. Nortel Releases New Version of Succession Software
Nortel Networks has introduced Succession Enterprise Software Release 3.0, a version designed to provide a common software platform for 1000 IP and Meridian 1 IP ready PBX systems. The software will provide the migration path from its TDM system to its IP PBX.
New applications and features supported with the new release include self paced integration of multimedia, contact center, self service IVR, as well as other advanced IP capabilities. The release features enhancements such as call server and gateway redundancy, increased IP telephony scaleability, distributed access to applications, and intelligent call routing.
The 3.0 release will be a fully redundant version of Succession 1000, also known as 1000M. The technology will support 10,000 IP users per call server, and multiple server networking to support tens of thousands. Succession 1000M is designed to enable distribution of IP users across WANs, along with end-to- end data connections.
Succession 3.0 users will be able to incorporate their telephony software clients and use new MX applications including collaboration (conferencing, whiteboard, file exchange, web push and co-browsing), personalization (call screening, call logs, call management and routing), multimedia presence (video calling, picture caller ID), and instant messaging.
As part of 3.0, Nortel plans to offer a wide range of data applications for its IP phones. These capabilities will be made available in cooperation with Net6, a member of its development program.
The Net6 Transformation Gateway turns Nortel’s i2004 Internet phone into an information appliance by delivering applications to the screen.
Additional 3.0 enhancements will support the entry level i2001 Internet phone and a new, survivable small branch gateway for 5 to 50 users. The software will also enable mobile workers to have full access to office desktop functionality while traveling, via Virtual Office. Succession 3.0 will support Nortel’s i2050 Mobile Voice Client for wireless IP telephony on hand held PCs.
The new software release will be available in the fourth quarter of this year.