IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Mar, 12 2001

ITXC Teams With SunGlobe and Amnet For Satellite Connectivity
ITXC said that it is teaming with SunGlobe Telecom and Amnet Telecom, two satellite operators, to develop VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) based Internet voice services for remote markets in Latin America. The operator offers wholesale phone to phone and PC to phone VoIP services via its global Internet telephony network, which has 360 POPs in 197 cities and 78 countries. The company enables affiliated providers to route traffic to any telephone in the world via the infrastructure, its affiliate provider’s networks, the public Internet or the PSTN. It also implements its own patent pending BestValue Routing technology to control the quality of calls. The carrier also intends to expand the satellite program/service into various other global markets including Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe.

SunGlobe Telecom offers satellite services in and between Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific Rim. It is also in the process of deploying the SunPac Network, which will link various markets such as Miami, New York City, Los Angeles, London, San Juan, Colon and Panama City.

Coral Springs based Amnet Telecommunications offers a variety of Internet access solutions to customers including direct point-to-point satellite connections from South Florida to all countries in the Americas. It has also developed local distribution offering in El Salvador, Guatemala and Costa Rica.

Amnet Telecommunications

SunGlobe Telecom


Innomedia, ISAO and Sega Team for ITSP Joint Venture
Innomedia said that it has teamed with ISAO Corporation, and Sega to form a joint venture dubbed, DreamCall Corporation, that will focus on offering Internet telephony services in Japan. The JV has just launched a PC to PC and PC to phone service, which enables Japan based PC users to download client software, DreamPassport, from ISAO’s web site to place calls from a PC to a traditional or cell phone anywhere in the world for various CPM rates. The client also features free PC to PC connectivity, and instant messaging capabilities for both dial-up and broadband connections.


ISAO Corporation

Cable and Wireless Caribbean to Deploy Nortel’s Equipment
Cable and Wireless Caribbean and Atlantic Islands has entered into an agreement with Nortel Networks for the upgrade of its eastern Caribbean networks. According to the terms of the two-year, approximately US$12.5 million contract, Nortel will supply its IP and ATM based equipment to upgrade the infrastructure to support packet based voice, data and Internet services.

Cable and Wireless

Nortel Networks

Flextel SpA and AltiGen Team Enhanced IP-PBX Platform
AltiGen Communications reported that it has teamed with Flextel SpA to develop an IP PBX platform, ctiMultiVision model 1200, designed specifically for its OE 4.0 IP- Business Telephone System solutions. The system can host up to 22 of AltiGen’s PCI cards, creating a telephone system that has 192 analog extensions and/or slots available for multiple T1/E1 and VoIP channels. In addition, it ships in five different configurations ranging from 24 to 192 ports, with two of the configurations designed for multi-session capabilities, which allows multiple systems to independently run on a single platform, providing a level of redundancy via the sharing of backup CPUs.

Flextel SpA

AltiGen Communications

Ishoni Networks Secures $35 Million in Financing
Ishoni Networks said that it has secured approximately $35 million in financing from meVC Draper Fisher Jurvetson Fund I, Brad Peery Capital, Credit Suisse First Boston, Deutsche Banc Alex Brown, PacRim Venture Partners, SinoStar Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, Information Technology Ventures, INVESCO Private Capital and Lucent Venture Partners. The firm intends to use the funding to further develop its broadband engine technology, which is currently sampling, and can be used to develop broadband CPE and IAD solutions for voice and Internet services.

Ishoni Networks

Prolan to Distribute Digiquant’s CCandB Technology in Brazil
Prolan, a Brazilian systems integrator, said that it is planning to market and distribute Digiquant’s billing and management technology, Internet Management System (IMS), throughout Brazil. 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.


APG Systems to Distribute Nx Networks Technologies
Nx Networks has announced that it has reached an agreement with APG Systems, a part of the Pouliadis Group, in which APG will market and resell its VoIP solutions throughout Greece and South-Eastern Europe. In addition, APG also intends to distribute Nx Networks’ entire line of products and solutions via its network of 45 VARs firms.

Pouliadis Group

Nx Networks

Verestar Completes Acquisition of Interpacket Networks
Verestar has reported that it has completed the acquisition of Interpacket Networks, a global satellite based ISP. Terms were not disclosed. Verestar intends to use Interpacket’s technologies and infrastructure to develop an array of additional offerings such as DVB, VoIP and networking solutions.


Interpacket Networks

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