Cisco to Acquire Transmedia for $407 Million
Cisco said that it is planning to acquire TransMedia Communications for
approximately $407 million. According to the terms of the all stock deal,
Cisco will trade between 3.15 and 3.85 million common shares for all of
TransMedia’s outstanding shares and options. The deal has already been
approved by each company’s BOD. It is expected to finalized early next year.
TransMedia introduced its flagship VoIP product, the MMS-100 media-aware
switch, an IP telephony gateway, which operates over ATM, IP, and legacy
networks. The vendor has teamed with telecom technologies to develop other
products that will utilize intelligent network voice services over both IP
and traditional telephony networks. The products under development include
applications for network management, billing, IP-based LNP, a nextgen
PSTN/IP Packet switch, a signaling/call control gateway and a telephony
In a separate announcement, Cisco unveiled plans to expand its presence in
India. The company has opened an R&D Center in Bangalore, which will focus
on the development and testing of Cisco’s IOS software, network management
software, ASICs, and other technologies including ATM and VoIP.
Ericsson Introduces New Version of VoIP System
Ericsson has announced that it has enhancement the functionalality of its
IPT platform, which is designed for IP based phone to phone, fax to fax, PC
to phone and PC to PC communications. The recently introduced IPT platform
can now support up to 780 channels of simultaneous voice or fax
communications per chassis, with a maximum of six chassis per rack for a
total port capacity of 4,680. The company has also added low bit-rate
codecs, G729.A and G723.21 to increase the products efficiency and
reliability. Its open architecture, which is based on a real-time OS,
utilizes CompactPCI technologies to enable its port capacities to be
increased by adding additional boards. The gateway is designed to be
compatible with SS7 technologies to enhance its ability to transfer calls
both to the PSTN and between multiple applications. The IPT system features
technologies for LCR, multiple IP network management, both validated and
un-validated traffic, echo cancellation, real-time billing systems,
itemized accounting, central CDR collection, IVR, SNMP remote management
and configuration, and both multiple languages and currency exchange.
The platform has been deployed in trials. It is expected to be
commercially available this fall. Pricing was not disclosed.
In a separate announcement, Ericsson is placing a US $13 million minority
equity investment in OZ.Com, an Iceland based Internet communications
software developer. The companies have already produced a communications
portal, iPulse@, that enable users to click an icon to transmit data or
voice communications via several network tyes and communications devices.
NetSpeak to Develop VoIP Software for Cable Infrastructure
NetSpeak has announced that it has developed SGCP/MGCP Call Agent software
(CAS) that will aid in the development of interoperable VoIP enabled cable
modems and IP devices.
The CAS’s distributed architecture features call handling, routing, and
media/announcement functions as separate, independently scaleable
components. It utilizes an enhanced SGCP protocol implementation that
provides CLASS services such as call waiting, call forward, and call
return. It supports the locating call control intelligence in network
servers to eliminate the need to update the network endpoints each time new
and evolving services are introduced.
A 16 port version of the product is available for demo and test lab
purposes. It is priced at $50K. The company is offering a 4 port version of
the software for interop testing, at no charge.
NetSpeak plans to integrate the CAS technology into its Call Control
Manager, which provides call handling, service features and multi-protocol
support for VoIP services offered over cable, wireless and wireline
infrastructures. The integrated product is expected to be commercially
available this fall.
Telogy’s V/FoIP Software to Support TI’s New DSP Chip
Telogy Networks has announced that it is developing its Golden Gateway
V/FoIP software to support Texas Instruments’ low-density TMS320VC5402 DSP
chips. The ‘C5402 DSP will enable OEM manufacturers to build one to four
port V/FoIP client products. With the addition of support for the ‘C5402,
the software will be able to deliver voice, fax and data over IP using TI’s
‘C5402, ‘C5420, ‘C548 & ‘C549 DSP processors.
The Golden Gate V/FoIP software is embedded on a single DSP microprocessor
to enable OEM developers to develop voice and fax over IP, ATM or FR
solutions. Its multi-function, multi-channel capabilities support up to
four simultaneous channels and allow multiple voice and fax calls to be
allocated and processed in a single DSP chip. Its PCM voice packet module
option enables it to perform tone detection and generation, echo
cancellation, voice compression, voice activity detection, jitter removal,
re-sampling, and voice packetization.
Support for the ‘C5402 is expected to be available next month.
Level 3 to Deploy Tekelec’s VoIP Equipment
Level 3 has said that it planning to deploy Tekelec’s IP7 secure gateways
in its international IP network. The IP7 secure gateway is a multi-protocol
based product capable of providing VoIP services and remote dial-up
Internet access. It can support up to 20 million calls per hour and 10
million Internet access ports. The unit uses Tekelec’s proprietary
transport adaptation layer interface (TALI) technology to interconnect SS7
and IP networks. The gateway can be deployed as a stand-alone, signaling
gateway or combined with STP functionality.
In a related announcement, Level 3 and Tekelec will promote the TALI
technolgoy as an industry standard for the interconnection of SS7 and IP
In a separate announcement, Tekelec has introduced the IP7 Sentinel, which
monitors, maintains, and tests telecommunication services deployed over
traditional SS7 networks and IP networks. The solution ships with
fault-management functions such as problem simulation, analysis, and
resolution verification. It also includes network surveillance features
that automatically detect service-effecting events in real-time, and
notifies users. The system can enable providers to deploy applications for
technologies such as QoS, usage measurements, fraud management, and billing
HotHaus Integrates Trulliums’ H.323 Technology Into Software
HotHaus said that it is integrating Trillium Digital Systems’ H.323
protocol software into its xChange DSP audio codec software. The
technology will incorporate H.225 Call Signaling, H.225.0 RAS, H.245
Control Signaling, ASN.1 Encoder/Decoder and an H.323 Call Manager.
The xChange software provides all of the signal processing algorithms and
packet management functions necessary to implement VoIP network
applications via IP, frame relay or ATM networks. It supports protocols
including G.711, G.726, G729A/B, and G723.1, and G.168 line echo
cancellation. The software relays fax images from Group 3 fax equipment
over a packet network at speeds that range from 4800 bps (V.27) to 14,400
bps (V.17). In addition, the solution relays high-speed modem data from
analog-loop line connections over packet networks.
In a separate announcement, Sun Microsystems said that is bundling
Trillium’s Systems Services Interface (SSI) software with its introduced
telecom platform to support development of carrier grade products for VoIP,
intelligent networking and other telco solutions.
Trillium Digital Systems
Nuera Introduces Line of VoIP Products
Nuera has announced the introduction of a series of V/FoIP gateways based
on its Open Reliable Communications Architecture (ORCA). The Orca system
will provide network interfaces for IP, frame relay, ATM, leased circuit,
satellite and fixed wireless technologies. The gateways will be able to
support from 120 to 2000 simultaneous voice or fax calls per chassis (up to
50,000 calls per domain), with the capability to implement call transfer
rates between 4.8 kbps to 64 kbps on a call by call basis. The products
will include Nuera’s embedded technology, scaleable UNIX-based softswitch
call processing control systems and Windows NT applications servers and
network management systems.
The products are expected to be available this fall.
Hansol & IvyNet Team to Develop VoIP Products & Service
ivyNET has signed a LOI with Hansol Telecom, in which the companies will
develop and market IP telephony solutions and services throughout South
East Asia. The products will be based on ivyNET’s IP telephony technology,
and marketed using Hansol’s brand name. The companies plan to deploy the
equipment over ivyNET’s private international network and at Hansol’s
facilities in Korea to launch services between the U.S. and select Asian
Intisoft & Sun to Integrate Open Port’s FoIP Technology
Intisoft Asia has announced it will use Open Port’s IP LaunchPad Software
Developer Kit to integrate access to Open Port FoIP products into its
Internet device, FaxTop, which connects a traditional fax machine to the
Internet. With the integration of Open Port’s FoIP technology, the fax
device will be able to communicate with and route fax documents over any
provider’s network that is based on Open Port’s Internet fax technologies
The FaxTop product connects traditional fax machines directly to the
Internet via a dial-up PPP or a leased line to enable documents to be sent
to any fax machine, in real-time. It is available in two versions: an
Ethernet version, priced at 649 Hong Kong dollars, and a dial-up model that
is priced at 749 Hong Kong dollars.
In separate announcement, Open Port said that it is teaming with Sun to
develop Internet fax technologies that will support Sun’s Internet Mail
Server. The integrated product will enable services such as email to fax
and fax to email to be offered.
The technologies are scheduled to be commercially available by the end of
Sanswire.net to Use Hypercom’s VoIP Gear to Provide Wireless Service
Hypercom has announced that Sanswire.Net, an Atlanta based wireless
Internet communications provider, is planning to deploy its IP telephony
technology to offer services in as many as 140 markets throughout the
world. Hypercom will provide Sansswire.Net with a turnkey solution that
includes its IP.tel line of VoIP gateways, a credit and debit card platform
and a central billing system.
Hypercom’s family of H.323 compliant (G.711, G.723.1, G.727, G.726, G.729A)
IP.tel gateways includes models 2022, 2023, 2044, 2045, and the larger port
capacity 6000 series. The 2022 has an analog interface that supports LAN or
Ethernet connections. The 2023 provides an analog interface and supports
WAN, Frame Relay or IP connections. The 2044 provides an interface for a
digital T1 or E1 and supports LAN and Ethernet connections. The 2045
interfaces with a digital T1 or E1 and provides WAN, Frame Relay or IP
connections. All of the 2000 series gateways can be interconnected via a
high-speed bus interface to support up to four devices to be managed as a
single node. The 6000 unit utilizes the company’s CompressionPlus module to
support up to 10 T1/E1 lines per chassis (300 voice channels), or as many
as 80 per node (2400 voice channels). All gateways have the capability to
route traffic between VoIP and VoFR networks. In addition, all of the
gateways can utilize the company’s billing solution, authentication systems
(for pre and post-paid calling cards), and customer database applications
to track account balances, PIN numbers and billing information for
customers that do not use pre or post paid cards.
Sanswire.Net plans to add IP telephony services to its wireless Internet
access solutions in at least fifteen U.S. domestic markets and seven
international locations by 2000.