IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Mar, 20 2000

TollBridge & Broadcom Team to Promote VoIP over Cable
TollBridge Technologies reported that it is teaming with Broadcom to co-develop, market and promote VoIP standards for the deployment of voice over cable services via DOCSIS (data over cable service interface specification) 1.1 compliant cable equipment. The initiative is intended to provide specifications for the delivery of voice services from a Class 5 switch via GR-303 or from a NCS/MGCP based call agent. The companies plan to promote the technologies to their respective customers, partners and within standards organizations.

TollBridge Technologies


ePhone to Deploy Array Telecom’s VoIP Equipment
ePhone Telecom reported that it has finalized an agreement with Comdial, in which it will license VoIP software and gateway technology from Comdial’s subsidiary, Array Telecom, to build an Internet telephony network that will have at least 300 V/FoIP POPs throughout Europe, the far east and the U.S. The provider expects the network to be fully operational within the next three years. In addition, ePhone will gain access to Comdial’s global network of distributors.

Last month, ePhone reported that it is using NetSpeak’s Click N’ Speak software to offer a service that enables small and medium size businesses to allow web site visitors to click a call icon to initiate VoIP communications with a company rep. In addition, the company has also recently introduced a turnkey partnership program that enables participating members to route Internet telephony traffic over its VoIP network. The program includes the deployment and maintenance of equipment, real time online billing, customer support and network maintenance.

In other news, ePHONE is negotiating with Groome Capital for an equity investment of up to $15 million.

ePHONE Telecom


Array Telecom Corp


Dial-Thru to Route Services Over Gigabell’s Network
Dial-Thru International announced that it has entered into a contract with Gigabell AG, in which it will use Gigabell’s infrastructure to offer an IP telephony service between the U.S. and select European markets. Once the initial U.S./European service has been established, the provider intends to launch similar services in Asia, Africa, and South America.

Dial-Thru is facilities based provider in the process of developing a private IP telephony network. The company offers an array of international telecommunications services including wholesale carrier, international dial-thru, re-origination, Internet fax, eCommerce and prepaid phone cards. In addition, the firm also utilizes oceanic cable transmission facilities, international satellites, and the Internet to transport its communications traffic.

Gigabell offers Internet access, IP telephony, content and eCommerce platform services. The company has operations in New York, Spain, Austria and the UK.

Dial-Thru International

Gigabell AG

TeleKnowledge & Version to Integrate XACCT’s CC&B Technology
XACCT Technologies has announced that both TeleKnowledge, a provider of billing software and e-partnership management solutions, and Version Software, a South African based customer care and billing solution developer, are planning to use its IP based customer care and billing solution, XACCTusage, to develop IP based mediation solutions. TeleKnowledge will integrate the XACCTusage platform into its Total-e billing solution to offer a CC&B solution to broadband service and content providers. It will enable users to create customized billing models for services such as VPN, IP fax, IP telephony and streaming multimedia. Version Software will integrate the technology into its billing and customer care product suite to offer a product that can bill for IP services such as voice, video and data based on criteria such as QoS, variable bandwidth, content and level of service.

XACCTusage enables providers to define the exact IP session information that they would like to be captured. It collects usage transaction details, in real-time, from a range of network elements and application servers and performs policy-based filtering, aggregation and merging to produce records similar to CDRs. It can also create usage-based bills via a range of parameters.



Version Software

Learning Tree to Offer Educational VoIP Courses
Learning Tree said that it is planning to host a series of educational courses entitled, Voice over IP. Each four day course will inform participants about the benefits of deploying VoIP technologies and integrating voice/data services on existing networks. It will also explore the costs, benefits and challenges of VoIP, as well as provide information about how to adapt the technology to data networks, and deploying it in eCommerce web sites.

The company has scheduled several courses throughout the year: April 25-28 in Washington DC; May 2-5 in New York City; June 20-23 in Washington DC; July 18-21 in New York City; and August 1-4 in Washington, DC.

The event is priced at $2,295, with discounts available in quantity as well as for members of select organizations.

Learning Tree

@IPbell to Use Science Dynamics’ Gear for Network
@IPbell reported that it is planning to use Science Dynamics’ IP telephony equipment to build a global network. According to the terms of the over $16 million agreement, @IPbell will deploy Science Dynamics’ C-2308 IP telephony system in at least 50 POPs throughout the world, with NOCs slated for London, Los Angeles and New York.

The IP telephony gateway system provides interfaces for up to 8 T1s/6 E1s (192/180 ports) to support phone to phone, phone to PC, fax to fax, email to fax, fax to email and voice to email services, on a pre and post paid basis. In addition, the H.323 compliant product (G723.1, G7.11 and Q.931) supports real time FoIP capabilities, and ships with an optional SS7 interface module to support V.24, V.35, RS422, T1 and E1 signaling. It also features the company’s proprietary BubbleLink technology to enable users to develop and manage a network of gateways. The gateways are designed to share traffic loads to increase reliability, redundancy and flexibility.

@IPbell plans to use the network to offer an interconnectivity service that will enable other operators to provide IP based communications services with global connectivity. The provider initially plans to develop voice based services, with plans to expand the offering to include video and fax, etc. Over the next two years, the company also plans to expand the network to include at least 1,000 global POPs.

In other news, @IPbell has sold a 20 percent stake in its operations to Siminn-Iceland Telecom, Opin kerfi (an integrator), and FBA (an investment bank firm). The provider plans to use the funds for corporate expenses and to finance its IP network. The firm has also reported that both Cisco and Hewlett-Packard will provide it with equipment financing.

Science Dynamics

SSC to Offer eCommerce Service Based on eFusion’s Gear
SSC Group, an ASP, is planning to integrate eFusion’s Push to Talk (PTT) VoIP eCommerce technology service into the plethora of services that it offers to online corporations.

The PTT system enables web site visitors to initiate communications with call center agents by clicking a call icon on a web site. When the consumer clicks the icon, the system will connect the consumer with a CSR without disrupting the existing Internet connection. Once connected, the CSR can direct the consumer to web pages and discuss business transactions via VoIP communications.

SSC plans to charge for the PTT service on a pay per use basis.


Cannect to Deploy Nortel’s Equipment
Cannect Communications has reported that it is planning to use Nortel Networks’ Succession equipment to build a packet network infrastructure throughout Canada. According to the terms of the US$67million (Cdn $97.5 million) five-year deal, Cannect plans to deploy the gear in Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary and Ottawa to offer voice (local and long distance), data and Internet services to its business customers.

The services are expected to be available this year.

Cannect Communications

Nortel Networks

Pace Micro Acquires Vegastream
Pace Micro Technology Plc said that it is planning to acquire Vegastream for approximately 19.7 million Pounds Sterling and 1.77 million Pace common shares. In addition, Pace may issue an additional 1.2 million shares dependent on whether Vegastream reaches an undisclosed gross margin level, with the total consideration capped at 40 million Pounds Sterling.

VegaStream manufactures three VoIP gateways: the Vega 50, 100 and 200. The gateways utilize Telogy Networks’ embeddable Golden Gateway VoIP software to support H.323 protocols including G.711, G.729a and G.723.1. The 50 model, which is designed for users interconnecting multiple LANs, will interface with traditional PBXs to enable up to eight simultaneous voice calls to be routed over existing data networks. The 100 unit, which also utilizes existing facilities, provides support for up to 120 simultaneous calls and interfaces with ISDN BRI, ISDN PRI, E1 or T1 lines. The 200 MCU line utilizes the T.120 protocol as well as G.711, G.729a and G.723.1 to support the data and voice collaboration of up to 30 simultaneous conference participants.

Pace Micro Technology Plc


Commetrex Develops Real Time Fax Technology
Commetrex reported it has developed modules that can support real time fax over IP and ATM (I.366.2) capabilities on its fax board product line. The firm has also developed a module that will enable it to customize the protocol that the fax boards uses for transmission. The company plans to develop a line of fax servers based on its line of DSP resource board products, which use TI’s TMS320C6201 DSP. The vendor has already licensed the technology to four undisclosed companies.

Initial products are expected to be available for beta testing by summer.


Basico to Collocate Gear At Level 3’s Miami Facility
Basico reported that it collocating telecommunications equipment at Level 3’s facility in Miami. The provider plans to use the collocated gear to launch an array of services including DSL, web hosting/design, eCommerce and IP telephony.


Level 3

Mitel to Use RADVision Technology to Develop VoIP Products
Mitel Semiconductor said that it is planning to use RADVision’s H.323 and MGCP protocol stack technologies to develop silicon based IP telephony applications. The H.323 technology provides for creation of real time voice calls over IP networks, and the MGCP software separates signaling, call control and media internetworking into separate, logical entities. Mitel intends to initially develop a chipset for IP phones, with other products such as wireless modules and IP voice gateways on the backburner.

The IP phone technology is expected to be available this spring.



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