IP Telephony news wrap-up for Jun 21 – 2007

Motorola has introduced a new line of Hi-Focus IP DSLAMs for the U.S. market. The new product family includes MiniCAB, a self contained, hardened, low density solution designed for rural and suburban deployments. MicroRAM has been introduced for low density remote terminals or central office deployments. Both new products support up to 48 ports.

For high density remote terminals and COs, Motorola has released the M41 and M82, which as xDSL access solutions that support voice functionality including direct POTS interfaces, VoDSL, VoIP, and integrated voice gateways.

JDSU has enhanced its HST-3000 handheld testing solution to support ADSL2, ADSL2+, VDSL and VDSL2. In addition, the tool supports Nortel’s UniStim VoIP protocol.

The HST-3000 provides testing from the physical layer through the application layer. Phsyical layer analysis is provided via packet metrics, signaling analysis and voice quality determination. The device is able to capture live calls and optionally route them through the company’s PVA-1000 software for in-depth analysis.

Separately JDSU introduced new testing capabilities for cable network operators. The company’s Digital Service Activation Meter (DSAM) has been enhanced to collect digital quality index (DQI) measurements, enabling identification of network impairments that affect digital services.

The company also added a forward path monitoring element to its HFC test and monitoring portfolio, providing downstream monitoring of traffic at remote cable hubs and headends. The system monitors QAM and analog RF including MER, BER, and level.

Tollgrade Communications has introduced DigiTest Ice, a suite of metallic, xDSL and multi-layered IP service assurance applications for remote low line count DSLAMs. The technology provides xDSL pre-qualification, network verification, and IP service assurance. The product will be available in the second half of this year.

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UTStarcom has introduced AccessGuard 500, an IP transaction gateway that can support up to 2,000 concurrent IP connections within one shelf. It is offered with a management system. The product is scheduled for availability in Q4.

Following news earlier this year that Vodafone and Orange were blocking Truphone’s VoIP service on the Nokia95 mobile phone, T-Mobile is now blocking the service for calls destined for numbers in the range of 07978 8xxxxx.

T-Mobile isn’t sour on VoIP. In fact, the provider is testing VoIP in the U.S. and Germany. Further, T-Mobile’s network interconnects with BT Fusion and atop the corporate structure, T-Online Ventures, the VC group behind T-Mobile’s parent Deutsche Telekom, has placed an investment in Jajah.

Regulations favor Truphone, but T-Mobile may be challenging Truphone’s ability to fund the courtroom battle necessary to regain network access. The plan may backfire, as Truphone is keen to the wave of free publicity the company receives each time the big corporate providers interfere with its traffic.

France Telecom and equity firm Mid-Europa will acquire Austrian mobile operator One for $1.72 billion in cash in a deal that will give Mid-Europa a 65% controlling stake and France Telecom a 35% stake. The buy will expand the Orange brand into Austria.

Trolltech has acquired Fonav to gain a SIP based unified communications platform that will help the company develop a FMC solution.

Volt Delta Resources will acquire LSSi for approximately $70 million in cash, bringing together two companies supplying enterprise directory assistance technology.

CounterPath will buy NewHeights Software for $21.6 million in stock, with plans on adding a feature rich enterprise softphone to its current line of softphones.

Cavium Networks, a supplier of processors, has joined Intel’s Communications Alliance, with intentions on jointly developing Geneseo and QuickAssist based reference designs for network equipment OEMs.

Based on a non-exclusive deal, Operax will develop dynamic bandwidth management and QoS solutions for Sonus’ Network Border Switch. Separately, Sonus said it will use PCTEL’s FMC client software within its Broaband Mobile Convergence solution to enable the handoff of calls between WLANs and cellular networks as well as deliver services through dual mode handsets.

Hammerhead has joined the Nortel Carrier Ethernet Ecosystem and has announced that its HSX 6000 appliance can use Provider Backbone Transport (PBT) to interoperate with Nortel’s MERS 8600 as well as with MPLS. PBT is Nortel’s Ethernet transport method, which uses point to point tunnelling to enable service providers to specify the path that an Ethernet service should take across the network. Hammerhead’s HSX 6000 is a Layer 2.5 single box appliance that aggregates Ethernet for E-Line and E-LAN services combined with MPLS pseudowire termination, VPLS, PBT, leased line IP aggregation, Frame Relay, ATM/IMA support, and any to any service interworking.

Extreme Networks is demonstrating that its BlackDiamond 12802R carrier Ethernet switch can interoperate with Nortel’s gear via PBT.

Nortel announced other partnerships including a deal to include Anda’s technology within Nortel’s end to end carrier solution for the mid-band Ethernet market and an agreement with MDI, that calls for the security solutions provider to market Nortel’s technology.

Bandwidth.com has joined the Digium Certified Service Provider Program and has gained eligibility to be listed as an optional provider within the AsteriskGUI. Bandwidth.com is already a major provider of Asterisk-based networks, estimating that it will deliver 1.2 billion minutes of voice traffic this year from over 48,000 Asterisk-based endpoints.

Automatic Data Processing will launch a nationwide hosted PBX service targeting the auto industry using Acme Packet’s SBCs.

Alcatel-Lucent will provide maintenance for Global Crossing’s optical and transport equipment through a service agreement that covers tech support, repair, field maintenance and program management.

Lebanon-based Xplorium has deployed Cantata’s IMG 1010 media and signaling VoIP gateway to support its international wholesale interconnections as well as its retail offerings such as prepaid calling cards, call back services, call centers, Internet cafes and enterprise solutions.

Minnesota-based Nextera has deployed MetaSwitch’s softswitch and NexTone’s SBCs to deliver hosted PBX services to regional SMBs.

BT is using Ellacoya’s service assurance solution for VoIP service quality analysis, QoS for IPTV, and for self provisioning of services.

Australian-based Bendigo Bank has deployed NetQoS’ ReporterAnalyzer within its WAN to monitor application rollouts, establish QoS policies, improve troubleshooting, and for bandwidth allocation control.

Covad Communications has deployed IP Unity Glenayre’s Mereon Unified Messaging Platform to manage voice, fax, and email messaging.

Color Broadband Communications, a metro L.A.-based fixed wireless provider, has deployed NexTone’s IntelliConnect System to support its wholesale and retail VoIP divisions including hosted Centrex and services for IP-based call centers.

New Jersey-based Montauk Financial Group will use Cypress Communications’ C4 Managed IP PBX service.

Jiangsu Telecom, a subsidiary of China Telecom, has deployed Redback’s SmartEdge 800 multi-service edge routing platform to deliver triple-play services.

Vital Network Services, a systems integrator and VAR based in Tampa, will use Clarus Systems’ ClarusIPC to test and verify functionality of Cisco IP communications deployments.

Telecam, a telco based in El Salvador, has deployed Mera’s VoIP Transit Softswitch II.

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