IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Mar, 01 2001

iBasis and Baltic Communications to Interconnect Networks
iBasis reported that it has reached an agreement with Baltic Communications (BC), the Norwest Russia based communications division of Metromedia International Group, in which the firms plan to interconnect their respective networks. According to the terms of the agreement, BCL will be able to route traffic from its corporate, residential and calling card customers over iBasis network, and iBasis will be able to route traffic over BC’s infrastructure for termination in various Northwest Russian markets including St. Petersburg.

iBasis offers a variety of IP based communications services such as wholesale VoIP, unified communications business solutions via its primarily Cisco equipment based Internet telephony network. The network has main switching operations in Amsterdam, Cambridge (Mass), Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Paris, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo and Toronto, and smaller POPs in various markets throughout Asia, Europe, Korea, the Middle East and South America. The company is also in the process of developing additional POPs in other international markets such as Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Milan and Zurich. It can terminate traffic on a global basis via its network, its affiliate’s networks, interconnection agreements or the PSTN. In addition, the company offers SLAs for its services, and implements its own proprietary Assured Quality Routing technology to monitor VoIP calls to ensure completion, or provide re-routing to the PSTN.

Baltic Communications


@Once to Integrate ITXC’s VoIP eCommerce Technology
@Once has reported that it is planning to integrate ITXC’s VoIP eCommerce technology, Push to Talk (PTT), into its client’s email marketing campaigns to enable email recipients to click a link/button to initiate VoIP communications with a CSR. The PTT system can be integrated into web sites and/or email communications to enable visitors/recipients to initiate real time PC to phone voice communications by clicking a call icon/link, without disrupting the existing Internet connection. All traffic from the pay per call based service is routed over ITXC’s global Internet telephony network, which has 360 POPs in 197 cities and 78 countries, enabling affiliated providers to route traffic to any telephone in the world via the infrastructure, ITXC’s affiliate provider’s networks, the public Internet or the PSTN. ITXC also implements its own patent pending BestValue Routing technology to control the quality of calls.

Grey Direct


Integral Joins OpenVoB to Promote Interoperable VoB Technologies
Integral Access has announced that it has joined the OpenVoB Voice over Broadband Interoperability Group, an organization pushing for interoperable voice over broadband (DSL, cable and wireless) specifications based on existing and developing technologies, to contribute to the development of interoperable voice over broadband technologies, products and services, and to further develop its own IP/MPLS based multi-service access VoIP/DSL technologies dubbed PurePacket. The OpenVoB organization is devoted to facilitating the uninhibited growth of voice over broadband networks and technologies through the cooperative development of multi-vendor architectural options and interoperable platforms that can implement industry standard VoB technologies. The organization has also released a white paper that outlines the need for OpenVoB specs, and presents a road map detailing the steps the group intends to take to reach its primary interoperability objectives.

The PurePacket system consists of central office equipment, operations management systems and network control and services management applications, and the Outburst CPE, which can support from 2 to 24 simultaneous lines of VoIP, VoDSL, traditional telephony services, Internet access, LAN Interconnect and frame relay at speeds of up to 2.3 Mbps. The system is based on an MPLS-based architecture to route, transport and switch voice and data transmissions in packet format, and to guarantee QoS levels, enable various CoS levels, and maximize the capacity of access networks.

Integral Access


The OpenVoB White Paper

Amphion and Xilinx Team to Develop High Density ADPCM Cores
Amphion Semiconductor said that it has teamed with Xilinx to develop a line of high density ADPCM cores, branded AllianceCORE, that will enable OEM to develop digital enhanced cordless, video conferencing, voicemail and VoIP communications systems. The products have been designed to support channel densities of 256, 512, 768 and 1024 simplex channels (128, 348, 256 or 512 in duplex), and be compliant with G.721, G.723, G.726, G.726a, G.727, and G.727a technologies. In addition, the cores feature online configuration of each channel for different compression rates, and provide m-law and A-law for the encoding/decoding channels, each of which can work in both burst and/or continuous mode.

The products are currently available. Pricing was not disclosed.

AllianceCORE Products



NexTone to Integrate NetNumber’s ENUM Technology
NexTone Communications said that it is planning to integrate NetNumber’s ENUM Services for IP communications technology into its NexTone Application Switch to develop an enhance solution for IP-based services. The application switch provides the policy-based call routing and signaling interworking (SIP, H.323) needed to deploy applications in an on-net IP environment. It can also interoperate with various softswitch and media gateway platforms to support off-net calls routed to and from the PSTN. The ENUM technology is an IETF specification for enabling an IP-based communications application, such as an IP-PBX or VoIP gateway, to use a traditional 10 digit phone number to query and locate other IP-based communications applications, and complete calls directly over public or private IP communications links.

NetNumber also recently announced that it is offering an ENUM service trial program, which includes no-charge access to its SDKs, APIs and other various tools for developing ENUM enabled products.


NexTone Communications

Pulver.com to Host VoIP Conference in Phoenix
pulver.com reported that it is hosting the Spring 2001 Voice on the Net conference at the Phoenix Civic Plaza in Phoenix, AZ from March 20 to 23. The show will explore and array of VoIP technologies and issues, and feature an a variety of workshops including Introduction to VoIP, 2001 Bandwidth Trading and Minutes Brokering Summit, PSTN/IP Gateways and Softswitches and NextGen Billing OSS Summit.

Pricing for the four day event begins at $1695.

Spring 2001 Voice on the Net


MediaRing Launches Referral Program
MediaRing.com said that it has launched the e-Referral reseller program that will enable web site operators to market its PC to phone VoIP services for a percentage of revenues generated. The program will allow the web site operators to post a link on a web site that leads to a page on MediaRing.com’s web site, where prepaid calling cards will be offered, and will pay the participants up to 15 percent of the purchase price of calling cards that referred visitors purchase.

MediaRing offers a variety of telephony services including PC to phone, phone to phone and calling card that provide connectivity in more than 146 countries. It is based in Singapore, and has additional operations in various other markets including Beijing, Hong Kong, London, New York, San Jose, Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo.

e-Referral Reseller Program


Cisco Completes Acquisition of ExiO Communications
Cisco said that it has completed the acquisition of privately held ExiO Communications, a developer of CDMA based in-building wireless technologies for corporate networks. Late last year, Cisco reported that it planned to trade approximately $155 million of its common stock for ExiO’s outstanding shares and options. It intends to integrate ExiO’s in-building wireless CDMA technologies into its own, and leverage ExiO’s wireless telephony solutions to further develop its own wireless technologies to support additional capabilities from mobility to VoIP.

ExiO Communications


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