IP Telephony news wrap-up for Mar 19 – 2007

Microsoft will pay nearly $800 million to buy TellMe Networks, a company that specializes in voice recognition technology in web-based applications. Within a day, Cisco announced that it would be acquiring WebEx for $3.2 billion, a service company that provides web-based business collaboration services.

If you want to explore the web-based business collaboration services market, known by some as Web 2.0, attend the Web 2.0 Expo from April 15-17 in San Francsico.

TellMe Networks
Cisco Systems
Web 2.0 Expo
The Spring VON show begins today, and the host has divided the session tracks into three segments including two dedicated to voice, two for video, and one for FMC. Tuesday starts off with a bang, with a plenary session featuring a presentation by Vinod Khosla, one of the top VCs in VoIP. Other speakers for the morning session include Jeff Pulver and Skype founder and CEO, Niklas Zennstrom. The Tuesday plenary is open to exhibit only registrants.

On Tuesday afternoon, the VON exhibit hall opens. Look for an Asterisk pavillion with a multi-vendor demonstration along with a video on the net pavillion that will include IPTV demos as well as other IP video application vendors. In addition to the pavillions, the exhibit arena will feature Startup Alley, a row of new companies on the show floor who’s presence was cherry picked and funded by Jeff Pulver.

On Wednesday, bloggers even have their own session, eventhough most of the speakers are employed by a Pulver company. Later that night at 8:00pm, Pulver will be throwing a party at the Civic Auditorium featuring John Cafferty.

ISPs have challenged a FCC decision that removes regulations that had required RBOCs to provide network access to competitors (ISPs) at wholesale rates. In addition to small ISPs that service local or regional areas in the U.S., the ruling impacts large national ISPs such as EarthLink and Time Warner Telecom, which rely on the regulation to deliver nationwide voice and high speed data services. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has taken the case under advisement.

Regardless of the outcome, the RBOCs (AT&T, Qwest, & Verizon) are likely to continue to resell access over its networks.

In the context of the IP Pulse, the story is notable because the FCC has demonstrated that it is siding with phone companies, even when it seems to threaten a competitive marketplace and that is a poor precedent for those advocating net neutrality.

Freescale has introduced two new devices, the MSC8144E (E) and the MSC8144EC (EC), two new security devices for the company’s MSC8144 DSP. E provides hardware acceleration of security protocols and EC prevents copying or cloning of embedded software. Sampling for the new add-ons is scheduled for Q2.

The security engine supports algorithms for DES, 3DES, Kasumi-F8, MD-5, SHA-1/2, AES 128-256, HMAC and ARC-4. It also offers PKE and RNG. A CodeWarrior tool suite is offered to support the security extensions.

The new devices embed four StarCore SC3400 DSP cores each running at up to 1 GHz, generating performance equivalent to a 4 GHz single core DSP. The 8144 with E and EC integrate and embedded memory of 10.5 Mb, dual-RISC QUICCEngine and high speed packet interfaces such as Serial RapidIO, Utopia/AMT and dual Gigabit Ethernet.

The MSC8144 DSP is designed for media gateways, base stations, transcoding applications, carrier-class trunking, enterprise IP PBX systems, video conference servers, baseband cards for 3G WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, WiMAX, and Layer 2 processing in radio network controllers. The DSP is available in 800 MHz and 1 GHz versions, priced at $180 in quantities of 10,000.

Freescale Semiconductor
XO Communications has launched a managed MPLS IP VPN service to business and enterprises, with service availability in 75 metro markets in the U.S. The service, will which run over the provider’s private network, will be offered according to four classes of services, each backed by a SLA. The classes include real-time, critical, priority, and standard – each representing the applications’ level of sensitivity to latency and jitter.

Along with providing the network service, XO optionally can supply, install, and maintain CPE.

XO Communications
Dialogic, a provider of media gateways, signaling servers as well as IP and host procesing media boards, recently named the companies that would be distributing its products and services in the Americas. The distributors include Alliance Systems, Arrow Electronics, CommLogik, DCS Informatica, and Paracon.

Acme Packet has released version 5.0 of its OS for its Net-Net session border controllers and the new system provides a wealth of peering features that improve the singal and media control for service providers with interconnected networks. Enhancements have been made in the areas of security, service reach maximization, SLA assurance, and profit protection and regulatory compliance.

For management and high availability of the SBCs, SLA assurance has been added to nearly all elements. For accounting, the SBCs now have revenue and profit protection. For edge routing and load balancing features as well as for admission and signaling control overload, SLA assurance and revenue and profit protection have been added. For signaling and media control, security, service reach and some SLA assurance are now included. To view a detailed chart of the enhancements, go to http://www.hfc.net/acmepacket.jpg

Acme Packet
Cantata Technology has enhanced its 1010 media and signaling gateway with the addition of more than 20 new features. Some of the key new features of the device include ENUM support, load balancing support, support for more signaling protocols, the addition of 3 MIBs for its SNMP, and Radius features for prepaid applications and faster processing of prepaid user agreements.

A list of all of the new enhancements can be viewed at http://www.cantata.com/products/img1010/1033_enhancements.cfm

The upgraded 1010 gateway will be available next month.

Cantata Technology
Octasic’s subsidiary OctWare has introduced a software-based line echo cancellation application for Asterisk systems serving small to mid-sized businesses. The technology has been available in hardware form through Octasic’s OCT6100. Downloads are available for $10 per channel.

Citel has introduced Portico, a telephone VoIP adapter that operates within a premises based IP PBX or hosted IP service provider network to enable VoIP features and services to pass through existing wiring to transform traditional analog or digital phones into virtual IP phones. Portico is interoperable with multiple IP PBX systems such as Asterisk or those supplied by Avaya and Pingtel. The device is also compatible with multiple application servers such as ones offered by BroadSoft and Sylantro. More than 100 phone models are compatible with the adapter including phones provided by Avaya (Definity), Ericsson, NEC, Nortel, Panasonic (DBS), and Toshiba (Strata DK).

Frost & Sullivan has released World Session Border Controller Markets, an examination of the SBC market including projections, with a refreshingly succint report title. The study is part of the carrier infrastructure service. Like most Frost & Sullivan research, little information is disclosed about the details of the publication including findings.

The firm did reveal that it projects SBC revenue to grow from $123 million in 2006 to $163 in 2013, with the market peaking in 2009, with $220 million in revenue.

For a virtual brochure on the report, email Mireya Castilla at mireya.castilla@frost.com with your complete contact information.

Frost & Sullivan
Digium has launched a reseller program for its telephony interface boards, appliance developer kit, and professional grade version of Asterisk. The program is divided into separate levels based on anticipated annual revenue from Digium product sales. Participants will receive assistance from Digium with promotions, marketing, and selling.

KATCH, a cable MSO based in the Aichi Prefecture of Japan will deploy Arris’ C4 CMTS to provide a VoCable service to be offered in conjunction with KDDI.

ECG On The Net has launched consumer and business (SMB) VoIP services throughout the U.S. The residential service plan known as FreedomONT is offered through a package featuring unlimited North American calling for $24.95 per month. A business service is offered for $39.95 per month.

The IP Pulse was unable to reach anyone at the company to comment on the equipment it will use for service delivery or its network partners.

ECG On The Net

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