IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Mar, 08 2001

iBasis and Hutchison to Interconnect Networks
iBasis reported that it has reached an agreement with Hutchison Corporate Access (HCA) to interconnect networks and trade traffic. According to the terms of the deal, Hutchison will route its traffic over iBasis’ global Internet telephony network, and terminate traffic for iBasis in select Asian markets.

HCA offers telecommunications and Internet services in Hong Kong and other various Asian markets.

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. It has just opened a NOC in Hong Kong, and has other main switching operations in Amsterdam, Cambridge (Mass), Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Paris, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo and Toronto, as well as 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.

Hutchison Corporate Access


CUseeMe Introduces New Version of Web Based Videoconferencing Solution
CUseeMe Networks has announced the introduction of the second generation of its web based client technology, CUseeMe Web. The product can be used to deploy desktop video communications across a corporate network and/or to integrate video communications into a variety of enterprise workflow environments. Its new features include a variety of capabilities designed specifically for corporate desktop conferencing including web touring for user-led presentations, T.120 application sharing and whiteboarding for interactive collaboration, enhanced audio and video performance, support for firewall NAT/proxy/VPN transversal, support for an array of USB web cams and build in support for OSs including Windows Me, 98SE, NT4 and 2000 Professional. It also provides H.323 compatibility for interoperability with other clients, and now supports H.263 and H.261 codecs. It is also interoperable with the vendor’s CUseeMe Conference Server to offer a complete end to end solution for desktop video communications.

The technology is enabled using an SDK to embed audio, video, collaboration and conference control features into any web page or application. Users can choose to implement out-of-the-box templates for immediate use, or to customize the web-based user interface.

CUseeMe Networks

InnoMedia to Deploy Digiquant’s CC&B Technology
InnoMedia announced that it is planning to deploy Digiquant’s billing and management technology, Internet Management System (IMS), to manage, bill for and provide customer service to its IP telephony and Internet gaming-related services.

The IMS application is based on the Oracle8 platform and UNIX hardware systems. It consists of a master database, an application server and RADIUS server(s), which enables users to manage all aspects of IP services including authentication, service activation, mediation, rating, billing, and customer care. The solution can rate thousands of CDRs per second, and offers support for a variety of accounting methods such as time, block, manual and volume pricing plans, with built in adjustable cut off thresholds and status alerts. In addition, the vendor has also enhanced the solution to include a VoIP interconnect billing capability, which facilitates settlement payments between providers, and provides faster data processing, improved scalability, provisioning, mediation, rating and billing capabilities.



Starwood to Deploy Cisco’s Equipment
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide reported that it is planning to deploy Cisco’s equipment to develop a an array of enhanced broadband service capabilities for its hotel properties. Initially, the company intends to deploy the gear to develop high speed Internet access and other broadband services for its Westin, Sheraton, Four Points by Sheraton, St. Regis/Luxury Collection and W hotel brands. It also plans to eventually develop additional broadband services such as VoIP for the properties.

Starwood operates more than 725 properties in 80 countries.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide


Compel to Distribute Alcatel’s Equipment
Compel said that it is planning to market, sell and service Alcatel’s IP-based voice communications system, OmniPCX 4400, as well as the entire Omni line of data products to its enterprise customers. The products are designed to support the convergence of voice and data, and aid in the migration to an all IP based voice/data infrastructure. The client/server UNIX based 4400 unit can support from 50 to 50,000 users. It ships with Reflexes IP telephone handsets, and features capabilities such as one-number mobility, unified messaging, VoIP networking with QoS management, a web based customer contact center, and network management capabilities. In addition, it can be configured to interconnect multiple branch offices via a LAN, and enable the offices to access its functionality.



Virata Develops Interoperability With Jetstream’s VoB Products
Virata Corporation reported that it has integrated Jetstream’s VoiceBand signaling technology into its Azurite IAD reference design to develop interoperability between the design and Jetstream’s CPX-1000 Broadband Voice Services platform. The interoperable products will enable OEMs to develop IADs that can support voice over broadband services via Jetstream’s solutions.

The VoiceBand technology is an implementation of the ATM Forum’s broadband local loop services specification.


Virata Corporation

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