IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Mar, 13 2000

oCen Lands Satellite Network Deal
oCen Communications announced that it has reached an agreement with Hong Kong-based China Digital- Broadband satNet (CSN), formerly XinYu Aero Space Satellite Applications Ltd, in which oCen will provide its IP based communication services to subscribers throughout Asia. In return, CSN will enable oCen to route services over its global satellite network.

The companies initially plan to offer oCen’s CommPortal service via the sat network. The service, which is scheduled to be introduced later this year, is expected to include instant messaging, PC based text and voice chat, web conferencing and unified messaging communication capabilities.

oCen Communications

edge2net to Build VoIP Network in Asia & U.S.
Global Connect Partners, an international wholesale telecommunications provider, reported that it has just changed its corporate name to edge2net. In conjunction with the name change, the corporation will shift its focus from traditional communications to building a VoIP network that will enable it to provide wholesale VoIP communications in at least 20 Asia Pacific and U.S. markets. In addition, the provider plans to offer unified messaging, calling card based roaming and video/data conferencing services.

The firm expects to begin offering services over the next year.


Ask Jeeves to Integrate Trillium’s H.323 VoIP Technology
Ask Jeeves, an online search engine type provider, has announced a that it is planning to deploy Trillium Digital Systems’s VoIP software to voice enable its web site. According to the terms of the agreement, the provider will embed Trillium’s H.323 software technology into the its existing switches and gateways to enable visitors to communicate with the corporations listed in the Live section of its web site. In return, Ask Jeeves will provide Trillium with access to its instant messaging and presence protocol based technologies for integration into Trillium’s solutions.

Trillium’s H.323 protocol software solution consists of H.225 RAS, H.225 call signaling, H.245 control signaling, ASN.1 Encoder/Decoder-PER TCP/UDP convergence and RTP/RTCP source-code software implementations. The vendor is also further developing the software to include H.323 v3 compliant H.225 and H.245 technologies, and support for the functionality of H.323 Annex E and H.450.

Ask Jeeves

Trillium Digital Systems

eConvergent to Offer Hosted VoIP eCommerce Service
eConvergent reported that it is planning to offer a hosted IP telephony based eCommerce solution/service to ebusinesses. The service will distribute incoming and outgoing phone connections to and from an ebusinesses’ customer relations center located throughout the U.S. It will be based Cisco’s VoIP gateways, edge routers, LAN switches combined with the functionality of Interactive Intelligence’s unified communications solution, the Enterprise Interactive Center, utilizing Qwest’s fiber network and eConvergent’s private Frame Relay network to provide connectivity.



Interactive Intelligence


Hammer Releases Call Generator Testing Product
Hammer Technologies has announced the introduction of its Hammer DS3 test system, a testing/call generator application that can be used to test VON systems and other high-speed T3 based applications. The product is capable of simultaneously sending and receiving up to 672 channels on each of the system’s dual DS3 interfaces. Its Master Controller User Interface enables users to control and monitor networks, launch pre-defined tests that generate real-world traffic patterns and generate reports for all 1,344 channels as well.

The product is currently available. Pricing was not disclosed.

Hammer Technologies

MyFreeLD to Launch Free PC to Phone VoIP Service
MyFreeLD.com announced that it has just completed deploying an IP telephony network infrastructure in North America. The provider is planning to use the infrastructure to offer a no charge PC to phone VoIP service based on its own proprietary software combined with Microsoft’s NetMeeting VoIP client. The service will enable users to place calls from any PC in the world to any phone in the U.S., Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands. Users will need to visit the provider’s web site to open an account and download the client software.

The company also plans to launch similar services in Canada, Great Britain, Germany and France as soon as possible.


VDC to Use Cisco’s Gear to Build Network to Offer V/FoIP
VDC Communications reported that it is planning to deploy Cisco’s VoIP technology to build a network to offer wholesale Internet telephony services. The provider has just secured a deal with Cisco’s subsidiary, Capital Corporation, in which Capital will provide it with $1 million in financing to develop a network that consists of Cisco’s AS5300 and AS5800 VoIP gateways. The firm intends to form a global alliance of VoIP telephony providers that will offer international voice, facsimile and unified communications applications over the Internet. It is already negotiating with several undisclosed in-country carrier partners and is seeking partners capable of terminating international telecommunications traffic in their respective countries and/or originating international telecommunications traffic for the service.

VDC is a facilities-based international telco, which provides domestic and international carrier services to other providers. Its network currently has gateway POPs in New York City and Los Angeles.

VDC Communications

Phonetime Completes First Phase of Network Deployment
Phonetime reported that it has completed the installation of the first phase of its private North American long distance network. The provider has deployed Lucent’s and Vocaltec’s VoIP technologies at POPs in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver and New York City, and leased bandwidth from both Sprint Canada and AT&T Canada. It can now carry 20 percent of its international traffic over its own VoIP infrastructure. In the next phase of network development, Phonetime plans to deploy POPs in Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Hamilton and Los Angeles, as well as in select international markets.


GTC to Launch International PC to Phone VoIP Service
GTC Telecom said that it is developing a PC to phone VoIP service that it will offer from a web site, Callingplanet.com, that it is also developing. The company intends to deploy IP telephony switch based systems and Microsoft NetMeeting’s ActiveX dial pad technologies to enable users anywhere in the world to access the web site to place calls to select global markets. In addition, the provider will offer the technology to affiliates and resellers that would like to localize the services for distribution in international markets.

The company has already received a commitment from Delhi based Achievers International for 20 million minutes of service usage. Financial details were not disclosed.

The service is expected to be ready for operation later this month.

GTC Telecom


HearMe Offering VoIP Software and Contact Service
HearMe has announced that introduction of VoiceCONTACT, a technology that enables users to invite others to join a VoIP chat by sending an email message from the HearMe web site. When the other user receives the email, they will need to click the embedded hyperlink to automatically join the chat.

The technology is based on the vendor’s proprietary live presence technology, a client/server software that enables users to create real time voice chat rooms. It handles the compression/decompression and playback of audio streams and can be used to host group conferences or private one on one conversations. It works as a pop up addition to Netscape or Internet Explorer browsers, enabling users to communicate with a PC that has an attached microphone and speakers. The technology also includes capabilities for instant messaging and whiteboarding.

The vendor is offering the software and contact service at no charge.


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