IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Mar, 06 2000

Pacific Gateway & GRIC to Interconnect VoIP Networks
GRIC Communications announced that Pacific Gateway Exchange (PGE) is planning to utilize its managed QoS GRICphone network and inter-domain clearinghouse service to exchange wholesale VoIP and traditional calling services. GRIC’s network includes operations throughout markets in the U.S., South America, India, Asia Pacific and Australian markets. PGE operates switching and international gateway facilities in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, London, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Moscow, Tokyo, Sydney and Auckland.

Last month, PGE teamed with ITXC to expand a previously undisclosed relationship, in which PGE has been routing traffic over ITXC’s VoIP network. The new deal will include ITXC purchasing Internet access in the U.S., London and in other select global locations from, Onyx (a PGE subsidiary), and PGE developing an Internet retail services that will leverage both companies POPs to terminate traffic. In addition, ITXC will collocate equipment at Onyx’s POPs in the U.S. and throughout the world.

ITXC’s network has 165 POPs in 101 cities and 45 countries. It enables providers to route VoIP traffic to any telephone in the world via ITXC’s other affiliate providers, the public Internet or the PSTN.

In related news, Pacific Gateway Exchange said that six new undisclosed affiliate providers are planning to offer its VoIP services throughout Europe, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. The affiliates already have service in progress or are in test mode using the public Internet, thus the services are expected to be launched on a commercial basis this month.

Pacific Gateway
http://www.pgexch.com

GRIC
http://www.gric.com

ITXC
http://www.itxc.com

Zimba to Integrate deltathree’s ecommerce Technology
Zimba has announced that is planning to integrate access to deltathree.com’s VoIP ecommerce service, Click IT, into its online address book categories to enable users to initiate communications with listings.

The Click IT technology enables users to click a call icon to place a PC to phone VoIP call to a preset phone number. When the application is initially used, the user will receive a pop-up window which allows a calling account to be opened, and the software to be downloaded. With the product downloaded, users will be able to click any vendor listing to initiate VoIP communications. Calling traffic will be routed over deltathree.com’s VoIP network. The software requires that users have at least a 120 Mhz Pentium PC running Windows 95, 98 or NT, a copy of version 4 of Microsoft IE or Netscape Navigator, and a microphone, speakers and sound card.

Zimba co-brands and private labels a mobile productivity technology, mProductivity, that enables SOHO web portals, ASPs and telecom carriers to offer a service that allows mobile users to access personalized content, communication and commerce services via a telephone, the web and wireless technologies.

In other news, deltathree.com is planning to deploy Portal Software’s customer care and IP based billing solution, Infranet, to replace its current customer care and billing system. Infranet is an end to end customer management and billing solution that enables providers to develop Internet services that can support millions of users on a 24 x 7 basis. Its features include customer registration, caller authentication, credit limit verification, tracking of prepaid usage and account termination, LCR, and inter domain reconciliation and settlement capabilities.

Deltathree uses the PSTN to both terminate and originate the traffic that is routed over its private, managed IP telephony network. The network has 44 POPs in 27 countries. The provider also offers a PC to phone service that enables users to place calls from any PC in the world to any traditional telephone in the world.

Zimba
http://www.zimba.com

deltathree.com
http://www.deltathree.com

Portal Software
http://www.portal.com

InnoMedia Introduces New Version of VoIP CPE
InnoMedia has announced the introduction of the latest version of its InfoTalk IP telephony device. The H.323 (G.723.1) compliant product sits between a traditional phone and a RJ-11 jack to route long distance calls over the vendor’s recently launched global IP network, InnoSphere, which has POPs in over 200 countries. Users need to dial the destination phone number and then press a button which will automatically connect the user with the ISP, and then connect the call via the dialed party’s ISP. The vendor is offering free VoIP calling between users. The product is currently available in Chinese, English and Spanish language compliant versions, with other language formats expected as soon as possible. The device features a built in 122 x 32 dot matrix LCD message display, status LEDs and a memory that can store preset data with no power.

The product is expected to be available next month. It is priced at US$249.95. The vendor is also offering the technology to ADSL/Cable OEM product manufacturers.

InnoMedia
http://www.innomedia.com

Net2Phone & Samsung Team to Develop VoIP Products
Net2Phone announced that it is teaming with Samsung Electronics to develop Samsung equipment based VoIP products that will enable users to integrate Net2Phone’s Internet telephony technology into existing infrastructures. The companies plan to create a device for small to medium size corporations, the IP KeyPhone, and a product for larger operations, the IP gateway. The KeyPhone will be a PBX device designed to provide PBX functionality and connect directly to the Internet or an ISDN line. The IP gateway will plug into an existing PBX or LAN to provide access to VoIP capabilities.

The KeyPhone is scheduled to be available next month, with the gateway slated for introduction this summer. For more information about pricing and distribution, contact Youngho Lee at 82-2-751-2670 or tonylee@samsung.co.kr

Net2Phone
http://www.net2phone.com

Samsung Electronics
http://samsungelectronics.com

Array Telecom & WaveRider Develop Wireless VoIP System
Array Telecom reported that it partnered with WaveRider Communications to develop interoperability between its 3000 line of VoIP gateways and WaveRider’s NCL wireless systems. The companies have completed successful testing in which the gateway has been wirelessly connected to Internet services located up to ten miles away via the wireless technologies.

The 3000 line of carrier class VoIP gateways is built on a prepaid calling platform that supports multi- lingual IVR, real- time billing, and trunk to IP or trunk to trunk centralized or distributed services. The product can be scaled from two to thousands of simultaneous ports of communications. It ships with built in support for jitter buffer management, and its open architecture allows users to develop Windows NT applications that can either operate as stand alone applications or be integrated with the system. In addition, the product line features capabilities such as built in multi-lingual IVR support and LCR technologies that can route communications based on the optimal time or cost of a call.

Array Telecom
http://www.arraytel.com

WaveRider Communications
http://www.waverider.com

Siemens AG to Use AudioCodes Technology
Siemens AG Information and Communications Networks has announced that will use AudioCodes’ TP-200 VoIP communication board to further develop its HiNet Xpress Workflow system.

The TP-200 incorporates E1/T1 trunk interfaces to provide up to 60 channels of simultaneous communications. The product can support coders including G.723.1, G.729A, G.726/G.727, G.711 PCM, NetCoder and G3 fax, or T.38 (real time) fax on a channel by channel user selectable basis. In addition, it offers a 100 Base-T Ethernet port for LAN connections, and PSTN interfaces that support ISDN PRI and various CAS protocols. The product can be controlled via MGCP technologies or AudioCodes’ proprietary API library.

The HiNet system enables a PC to be used as a fully featured distributed voice communication system. Using the TP-200, the platform can combine fax, email and telephony features on a desktop PC, while providing call forwarding, call pickup, conference call, call transfer and call toggle functionality.

AudioCodes
http://www.audiocodes.com

Agilent Introduces Network/VoIP Testing System
Agilent Technologies has announced the introduction of a LAN Analyzer with an optional VoIP plug-in module that enable users to test and monitor services offered over high speed Ethernet networks. The LAN Analyzer aids users in measuring network performance and troubleshooting equipment problems. It can be used to remotely monitor multiple network locations while providing real time network and application layer statistics, as well as seven layer decodes for protocol stacks. The software based optional VoIP plug- in enables users to analyze voice traffic routed over Ethernet/IP networks. It can monitor pre-defined QoS levels for PSTN/IP gateways, IP switches and IPBX systems.

Both products are expected to be available in March. Pricing for the LAN Analyzer begin at $995, the VoIP plug-in priced at $3500.

Agilent Technologies
http://www.agilent.com

IDC to Host Web Talk 2000 In Denver
IDC has announced that it is hosting the Web Talk 2000 conference at the Marriot, in Denver on April 12, 2000. The event will explore opportunities for directory services, linking voice chat to instant messaging, integrating click to talk buttons on ecommerce web sites, PC to PC and PC to phone calling services, as well as Internet-based voice messaging services. Particular attention will be paid to communications web portals, quality of service, communications ASP and the traditional telephone. The company projects that although PC to PC communications is free, PC users will place 1 billion minutes of calls and the market will reach at least $19 billion by 2004. The conference will also touch on topics including the role of traditional telecommunications in Internet telephony, how can voice quality be optimized, how free business models can generate revenues, how ASPs can aid corporations to voice-enable web sites, and the potential market size in terms of number of subscribers and minutes of use.

The one day seminar is priced at $495 per person. For group discounts contact Jon Guloyan at (508) 935- 4296.

Web Talk 2000
http://www.idc.com/events/webtalk00

IDC
http://www.idc.com

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