IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Jun, 29 2005

1. TMC’s VoIP Developer’s Conference To Be Held in S.F. Aug 2-4
TMC will host the VoIP Developer’s Conference in San Francisco at the Four Points Sheraton from August 2-4. The event will include dozens of sessions as well as an exhibit hall.

There will be more than 45 sessions, each associated with one of several tracks, which include essential issues, hardware, SIP development, SIPfoundry, software, and wireless development trends. Extensive session descriptions are available on the event web site.

Exhibitors include Radvision, Surf, Intel, Digium, Testing Tech, Avaya, Aculab, Pika, Data Connection, Excel, Sangoma, LignUp, Trinity Convergence, VoiceAge, Metreos, Brooktrout, LSI Logic, Electric Cloud, CT Labs, NMS Communications, AudioCodes, and SIPfoundry.

Keynotes will be delivered by representatives from AudioCodes, Avaya, Aculab, Inter-Tel, and Intel.

Registration before July 8 is $995. After, the fee goes up to $1,195. Early bird registration for exhibits only is free. On-site registration for exhibits only is $50. A one day conference package is available as well as a plan that includes discounted rates on registrations for 4 attendees.

TMC may still be accepting exhibitors and papers. Visit the event web site for details.

VoIP Developers Conference

3. Techedge Introduces Portable VoWiFi Phone
Techedge has introduced TE-200, a portable Wi-Fi phone that connects to either a IP-PCS network or a 802.11b network. The handset supports caller ID, call forwarding, and call transfer. The phone provides 3 hours of talk time and 50 hours of standby time.

The TE-200 is planned for availability in Q3 of this year.


5. EarthLink & Covad to Offer Bundled VoIP & DSL Service
EarthLink and Covad have entered into an agreement to jointly offer a bundled VoIP and high-speed Internet access service to consumers in select markets in the U.S. The companies will test the venture in October in Dallas, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle. EarthLink will fund the trial through a pre-payment for future Covad services. According to the terms of the deal, EarthLink will provide all sales and marketing for the venture.

All VoIP calls will be carried over either Covad or EarthLink’s network.



7. Ipsos-Insight Measures Consumer Awareness of VoIP in the U.S.
Ipsos-Insight has released the results of a survey that has measured consumer awareness of VoIP in the U.S. The study finds 62% of Americans Internet users are aware of the technology, up from 41% a year ago. Today, 9% of the respondents claim to be very familiar with VoIP, while 20% claim to be somewhat familiar. Last year, 4% of respondents said they were very familiar and 14% said they were somewhat familiar.

The survey, which included 1,004 respondents, was based on random phone calls conducted between May 11-18. The results have a +/- 2.94% margin of error with a 95% certainty.

Ipsos-Insight reports that there are more than 11,000 VoIP service providers in the U.S.


9. Ditech Communications Acquires Jasomi Networks
Ditech Communications has acquired Jasomi Networks, in a $20 million deal that includes $13 million in cash and $7 million in convertible notes. Ditech will also provide $4 million for the assumption of options and the establishment of a restricted stock plan to issue restricted common stock to Jasomi employees.

Ditech plans to integrate its voice processor platform with Jasomi’s session border controllers. Ditech will continue to sell Jasomi’s PeerPoint line of SBCs.

Ditech Communications

Jasomi Networks

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