IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Jun, 29 1999

GRIC’s VoIP Settlement Service Inteoperable With Cisco’s Gear

GRIC has announced that it is using Open Settlement Protocol (OSP) to
enable providers using Cisco’s AS5300 and AccessPath VS3 IP telephony
gateways to interconnect with its VoIP interconnectivity and settlement
services. The OSP technology allows routing and authorization between
multiple service carriers. GRIC will use the technology to forward
inter-domain CDRs to its settlement system, which will process, and then
transmit the billing information to the providers.

The H.323-compliant AS5300 gateway supports up to 2 T1/E1 digital trunks,
delivering as many as 60 voice sessions or 120 concurrent analog modem
calls and ISDN B channels over a single dial-in telephone number. It is
able to connect with existing telephones and fax machines through the PSTN,
key systems and PBXs. It can also interconnect with Cisco’s 2600 and 3600
VoIP capable modular access routers and the larger port capacity gateway,
the AccessPath VS3.

The VS3 is a V/FoIP gateway that incorporates Cisco’s AS5300 platform with
voice/fax feature cards, the 3640 gatekeeper, and routing and switching
technology. It can support from 48 to 1,260-port densities in T1/E1
configurations, and is designed to operate with next-generation AccessPath
systems to scale beyond a 5,000 port capacity. The gateway utilizes Cisco’s
IOS software to support a wide range of IP telephony applications including
toll bypass, universally accessible voice- and fax-mail services,
aggregation for intracompany phone calling and faxing, phone to phone
connectivity through PBXs and key systems, real-time fax to fax, and PC to
phone connectivity.

GRIC expects to implement support for Cisco’s platforms in August.

In a separate announcement, GRIC has announced that several undisclosed
providers in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Estonia, Finland, Indonesia,
Korea, Malaysia, Peru, Poland, Russia, Singapore, UK and the U.S. have
joined its GRICphone partner provider program. The program supplies
providers with a Java-based VoIP prepaid calling card system that includes
the latest version of Lucent’s PacketStar Internet telephony gateway
(Cisco’s gateways will soon ship with the system) and web-based
applications to perform real-time authentication, rating, voice response,
call termination, and accounting and tariff table management. It is
currently available for UNIX and Windows NT platforms.

In addition to the new providers, GRIC has also revealed plans to build a
new hub in Singapore. The facility is expected to be operational by the end
of this month.




WorldConnectioN Launches Brazilian Service

WorldconnectioN, a Brazilian ISP, has launched an Internet telephony
service based on Innomedia’s InfoGate. The service supports both voice and
fax communications over IP or frame relay technologies. The provider is
seeking partner providers that would like to terminate minutes to its
market in exchange for termination capabilities in the partner provider’s
markets. For more info, contact Chris Mello at 55-11-421.5250.

The latest version of the InfoGate Internet telephony gateway consists of a
four-port analog card, and gateway and gatekeeper software applications.
The H.323 v2 compliant product offers centralized gatekeeper capabilities,
dynamic bandwidth allocation and an integrated voice response system (VRS)
for user help. Network administrators can use an SNMP agent and third party
network management software to access vital system information from remote
gateway and gatekeeper locations.


Nortel Unveils Business Centrex IP Solution

Nortel Networks said that British Telecom (BT), CasTel, and NBTel are
testing its Centrex IP technology. BT and CasTel are testing the product
in internal networks to further research its capabilities and NBTel is
prepping the solution for a market trial scheduled for later this year.

The H.323 compliant product is an enhanced version of Nortel’s DMS 100
switch, which has been deployed by businesses and carriers for more than 20
years. It can be implemented into existing corporate networks to enable
users to access all of the functions of a traditional business centrex
telephone system via a software H.323 software client or a Centrex IP
Ethernet phone. The system can support up to 350 users. It features
capabilities such as speed dial, conference call, call forward, call
transfer, shared numbers, corporate dialing plans, voice mail.

The system is scheduled to be commercially available by next summer.

Nortel Networks

Lynk Introduces VoIP System

Lynk, a subsidiary of Better OnLine Solutions, has announced the
introduction of its IP telephony system, which includes gateways,
gatekeepers, and billing and management technology.

The H.323 (G723.1) compliant TeleLynk gateway can support up to 90 ports.
It features web based management applications that enable network
administrators to monitor and manage a network of gateways, and a RADIUS
server, to provide user authentication and accounting services. The
gatekeeper technology provides call routing, bandwidth management, and
inter-network gateway communications. It maintains a registry of all
TeleLynk gateways and client applications used on a network to translate
telephone numbers to IP addresses, and route calls using LCR tables. The
gatekeeper also maintains a detailed call log for billing purposes.

The system is currently available. Pricing was not disclosed.


UltiVerse Integrates Dialogic’s FoIP Technology Into Product

UltiVerse said that it has integrated Dialogic’s CT Media telephony
software into UltiFax, its flagship Internet fax server product. The server
supports up to 96 simultaneous ports of FoIP communications. It is based on
Microsoft Exchange to enable users to send and receive fax documents via
email accounts. User can also configure the product to send notification of
the receipt of a fax via a pager, phone call, voicemail or email. In
addition, the unit ships with tracking and billing capabilities that enable
businesses to allocate fax costs and perform real-time billing.



Ericsson’s VoIP Platform Supports MindCTI’s Billing Solution

Mind CTI said that its IP telephony billing and customer care system,
MIND-iPhonEX, is compatible with Ericsson’s IP telephony system.

The MIND-iPhonEX system is a Windows NT based real-time billing and call
management product designed to provide billing and call traffic analysis
for V/FoIP services. It provides fraud detection, traffic analysis and call
management reports. The product is capable of billing tens of millions of
simultaneous calls per month. It features real-time service cut-off when
the call limit is reached, calling card management, individualized customer
rate tables and flexible fax charge options by page, duration or priority.

The latest version of Ericsson’s VoIP gateway is designed for IP phone to
phone, fax to fax, PC to phone and PC to PC communications. The product can
support up to 780 ports 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 added low bit-rate codecs, G729.A and G723.21.
The gateway is designed to be compatible with SS7 technologies to enhance
its ability to transfer calls to both the PSTN and between multiple
applications. The 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 supports both multiple
languages and foreign currency exchange.


Mind CTI

8×8 Introduces VoIP PBX Developer Kit

8×8 has announced the introduction of its IntraSwitch SDK, an application
that enables OEM developers to build VoIP PBX solutions. The SDK consists
of a developers’ version of 8×8’s IntraSwitch IP-PBX server software and a
four-line version of its Symphony VoIP gateway. It provides the means to
develop a VoIP PBX solution with full CTI support, including call control,
routing, configuration and administration. It supports computer telephony
APIs such as JTAPI and TAPI, and the kit can support PBX port capacities
that can be scaled to support unlimited capacity by adding additional
IntraSwitch software and Symphony gateways.


LiteWave Teams with M.Demajo Group to Offer Services in Malta

LiteWave said that it has signed a LOI with Malta based M. Demajo, in which
the companies will form a new entity to provide services including Internet
access, and traditional and VoIP services. According to the terms of the
deal, M. Demajo’s facilities will be used as the NOC for the services.
Negotiations for bandwidth provisioning for international traffic are being
conducted with Maltacom, the country’s telco.

M. Demajo plans to expand the services to include markets in Lebanon,
Syria, Jordan, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Cyprus, Egypt and various other
Middle East and African countries.

Earlier this month, LiteWave received LOIs from the Russian Federation and
Andromeda for the installation and operation of VoIP equipment and
services, and is expecting to receive similar orders from an undisclosed
carrier in Germany.

Nokia & Ubiquity Team to Develop IP Telephony Centrex Products

Nokia said that it is teaming with Ubiquity Software to develop software
based IP telephony capable centrex products based on its IP telephony call
control technology and Ubiquity’s CTI applications. The products are
expected to enable applications such as web browsers, word processors,
spreadsheets, presentation programs and corporate databases to support IP
telephony capabilities.

Ubiquity Software


NTC & Zydacron to Integrate RADVision Technologies

RADVision has announced that both Networks Telephony Corporation (NTC) and
Zydacron are integrating its H.323 technologies into their respective
products/services. NTC has licensed RADVision’s H.323 compliant gatekeeper
technologies for integration into its line of Everyline Internet telephony
products and services. Zydacron plans to integrate RADVision’s L2W-323
Gateway and the MCU-323 Multipoint Conferencing Unit into its
H.323-compliant comCenter and OnWAN conferencing solutions, and offer the
integrated systems under its own label.

The gatekeeper product is a H.323 Version 2-compliant software application
designed for IP-based multimedia networks. The Windows NT based software
can support up to 60 calls and 300 registrations. It enables network
managers to define, control, optimize and manage multimedia conferencing
and VoIP calls by controlling network bandwidth and policies to ensure
optimal implementation of real-time audio, visual and data conferencing
applications. The gatekeeper also includes built-in multimedia IVR

The H.323 compliant L2W-323 gateway provides PRI T1/E1 interfaces to ISDN
networks to support up to eight ISDN 2B calls, four 384kbps bonded,
concurrent video calls, or 16 voice only calls. The product also supports
both central office switch and PBX configurations to connect H.323
endpoints to PSTN/ISDN telephones and H.320 clients. Its PRI network
interface can connect multiple endpoints via a single interface.

The entry level MCU-323 unit can support up to 9 simultaneous conferences,
and the units may be interconnected to increase the number of users. It
offers four 10Base-T Ethernet ports, or four Token Ring ports for LAN
interface. The H.323 compliant product (H.225, H.245, H.261, H.263, G.711 &
G.723) provides for SNMP based administration and management. It can ship
with optional Gatekeeper functionality, and it is field upgradeable via
software download.

In a separate announcement, RADVision is planning to further develop its
line of H.323 enabling software products to support emerging VoIP protocols
including H.GCP/MEGACO (gateway control protocol/media gateway control
protocol) and MGCP/NCS.


Networks Telephony


e-Net Forms Division to Offer VoIP Services

e-Net has announced that it has formed a new division, ZeroPlus.com, that
will offer IP telephony services based on its own equipment. The provider
intends to capture market share by offering the services free of charge,
while it further develops fee-based bundled services for the consumer
market and e-commerce solutions for the business market.

e-Net’s VoIP product line includes two PC boards: the Telecom 2000 and the
NetConnect. Telecom 2000 integrates voice and data networks in both LANs
and WANs. It features CLASS services such as call transfer, call hold, and
call forward. It provides full PBX functionality and delivers its data
telephony capability via public or private networks. NetConnect is a card
that enables a traditional phone (including cordless models) to be plugged
into a PC for use with Internet telephony. The card also allows traditional
phones to be used with software phones. Its technology enables users to
hear a dial tone before a call, and hear rings while placing or receiving



Narus Receives $25 Million in Second Round Financing

Narus has announced that it has received $25 million in a second round of
financing from Chase Capital Partners, MediaOne Ventures, a division of
MediaOne Group, Frontier Internet Ventures, Mayfield Fund and Walden
Ventures. Narus will use the funds to develop and market products for
services such as VoIP, fax services, video, e-mail and web hosted


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