IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Mar, 19 2001

OpenVoB Group Releases Initial D1 Implementation Guide for VoDSL
The OpenVoB Group, an organization pushing for interoperable voice over broadband (DSL, cable and wireless) specifications based on existing and developing technologies, has announced that it has just released the initial copy of its D1 Implementation Guide for the deployment of interoperable voice over AAL2-Loop Emulation Services (LES) using CAS. The document provides a set of implementation guidelines that will ensure a common level of interoperability among VoDSL gateway and IAD products based on the ATM Forum’s LES specification.

The handbook is currently available, and may be obtained by contacting Michael Ares at michael.ares@openvob.org . The organization is also in the process of developing an interoperability test plan to validate the LES implementations, which is scheduled to be released sometime next quarter.

OpenVoB 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 OpenVoB White Paper

Phonetime Teams With Group Telecom to Expand Network
Phonetime reported that it has reached an agreement with Group Telecom, in which it has collocated a Cisco VoIP hub solution at Group Telecom’s Calgary facility, and moved its existing Vancouver based equipment to Group Telecom’s Burnaby, BC facility to expand its network. The provider’s network now has POPs in Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria, Vancouver and Winnipeg, capable of processing 10 million VoIP minutes per month. Phonetime offers services via pre paid calling cards. Last year, it completed the initial phase of its private North American networks by deploying VoIP technologies from both Lucent and VocalTec at POPs in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver and New York City, and leasing bandwidth from both Sprint Canada and AT&T Canada. It also reached agreements with Cisco, to deploy Cisco’s VCO/4K open, programmable switch technologies to expand its port capacities, and with ITXC to interconnect networks.


Group Telecom


Qwest to Deploy Sonus Networks’ Packet Based Equipment
Qwest Communications International has reported that it is planning to deploy Sonus Networks’ packet voice technologies in its nationwide all-optical IP network. According to the terms of the multi-year, multimillion dollar agreement, Qwest initially intends to deploy Sonus’ GSX9000 Open Services Switch, INtelligentIP Softswitch, PSX6000 SoftSwitch and SGX2000 SS7 Signaling Gateway equipment to develop a wholesale VoIP service that can terminate traffic throughout the U.S.

Qwest Communications

Sonus Networks

Expression Engines Integrates ITXC’s VoIP eCommerce Technology
Expression Engines said that it has integrated ITXC’s VoIP eCommerce technology, Push to Talk (PTT), into its email marketing platform to enable the email recipients to initiate a real-time VoIP call with a CSR by clicking a link in the email.

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.

Expression Engines


TEK DigiTel Successfully Completes Beta Testing of VoIP CPE
TEK DigiTel reported that it has just successfully completed the beta testing of its recently introduced VoIP CPE unit, the V-Server iPRO. The product offers support for 4 simultaneous voice ports, and it is also equipped with data routing functionality. It also features a single interface for a LAN, ISDN or dual-Ethernet connection to provide various methods of Internet access or network configuration. In addition, the unit can be configured for FXS or FXO port use to support corporate VPNs and the routing of calls to and from PSTN and PBX interfaces.

The product is expected to be available on a commercial basis as soon as possible.


ZeroPlus.com Secures $2 Million Bridge Loan
ZeroPlus.com announced that it has secured a $2 million, 90-day bridge loan from a private individual that has requested anonymity. According to the terms of the deal, the investor has the option to convert the debt to equity at the rate of $1.00 per share, and is being awarded 500,000 warrants at the current market price. The investor ha also been granted a license to ZeroPlus’ intellectual property and technology in exchange for waiving the interest and financing fees associated with the loan, which is fully secured by ZeroPlus’s assets, and will enable the company to carry out plans to expand its VoIP network and subscriber base.

ZeroPlus offers a variety of IP based services that provide connectivity from PC to PC, PC to phone, phone to PC and phone to phone. The company has teamed with Broadwing Communications to co-market the services, and to expand the service’s reach throughout Broadwing’s U.S. domestic infrastructure. In addition, it also offers services in select European markets, including PC to PC, PC to phone and phone to phone VoIP services, in Western Europe (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK), with plans to expand the offering throughout Europe.


Virtual Access and Next Level Team to Develop Products
Next Level Communications said that it is planning to team with Virtual Access to develop an integrated platform that will be designed to support a variety of services such as broadband Internet access, VoIP, VPN and interactive video. The initial offerings are expected to be based on Next Level’s universal services access multiplexer and broadband digital terminal technologies combined with Virtual Access’ activator service management controller, ADSL and VDSL router gateways, which are scheduled to begin shipping sometime next quarter.

Next Level Communications

Virtual Access

Siemens to Integrate Mediatrix’s SIP Technologies
Mediatrix Telecom said that it has licensed its SIP software stack for VoIP communication products to Siemens AG’s Information and Communication Network Group. Siemens intends to integrate the technology into its ICN IP line of products, including the carrier class IP telephones.


Mediatrix Telecom

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