IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Mar, 22 2000

Lucent to Acquire DeltaKabel
Lucent reported that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire DeltaKabel TeleCom cv, a Netherlands based privately held developer of cable modem and IP telephony solutions. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Lucent plans to leverage DeltaKabel’s established role as a CATV equipment provider to offer its own cable based video, telephony and data solutions, as well as DeltaKable’s, throughout the European market.

Last year, DeltaKabel teamed with Kabelfoon to offer a trial VoIP/multimedia service based on its DEMOS-38 high-speed cable modem technology. The trial includes 50 subscribers of Kabelfoon’s ISP services in the Netherlands (CAI Westland). Trial members are able to access the Internet and place calls throughout the Kabelfoon service area. The firms plan to expand the calling area to include all global markets as soon as possible. In addition, DeltaKabel’s gear is involved in 15 high-speed access and IP based cable telephony trials with undisclosed cable operators in both Europe and Asia.

The acquisition is expected to close by August.



Alonet to Launch VoIP Clearinghouse Based on Clarent’s Gear
Alonet, a Brazil-based telecommunications provider, has reported that it is developing an IP telephony clearinghouse service based on Clarent’s Internet telephony products. The provider is planning to interconnect its network with other ITSP’s networks, enabling calls to be terminated in any Latin American market. It has already deployed Clarent’s VoIP gear at POPs in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba and New York City, with plans to deploy addition equipment in Salvador (Bahia), Recife (Pernambuco), Manaus (Amazonas), Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais) and Porto Alegre (Rio Grande do Sul).

Both the clearinghouse service and the network are expected to be operational by the end of the month. For more information on the clearinghouse service, contact Alexandre Flit at flit@alonetsa.com.br or Sergio Skarbnik at sergiosk@alonetsa.com.br



iDial to Expand Network into Laos
iDial Networks has announced that it is planning to expand its VoIP network into Laos. Earlier this month, the company reported that it is deploying SynapSys’ NUCLEUS enhanced platform over a Cisco based infrastructure to build a VoIP/TDM network to offer domestic and international calling services. Initially, the provider expects to launch multi-lingual pre and post paid services in four U.S. markets, with plans to expand the network and services into an additional 22 markets by fall.

iDial Networks

TriVergent to Deploy Jetstream’s VoDSL Equipment
TriVergent, a unified communications provider, reported that it is planning to deploy Jetstream Communications’ JetPowered VoDSL solution to offer bundled voice and data services to its corporate subscribers in Southeastern U.S. In addition to Jetstream’s equipment, the company will also deploy Nortel’s switches and Promatory’s Intelligent Multiservice Access Systems (IMAS).

JetPowered VoDSL solution enables carriers to offer multi-line local telephone service and high speed data services over packet- based DSL, T1, and wireless broadband access networks. It is based on a combination of its CPX- 1000 broadband voice services platform, the IAD-801 and IAD Flex equipment, and the JetEMS (element management system). The system can interoperate with traditional class 5 telephony switches and it is capable of supporting over 100,000 telephone lines over a DSL access network, with the IAD-801 providing 8 ports per device and the IAD Flex providing 24 ports per device.

The IMAS solution is a carrier class broadband access system that can support multiple DSL transmission types with ATM switching. The combined ATM switching and DSL access can implement QoS for voice and ATM applications. In addition, the product offers automatic traffic reroute capabilities to prevent service interrupts.

TriVergent initially plans to offer services in select markets throughout Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida, with plans to eventually expand its network into Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Ultimately, the company expects to offer services from at least 300 central offices located in more than 40 markets, passing over 13 million local access lines.

In other news, Lucent said that it has entered into an OEM deal with Jetstream, in which it will integrate Jetstream’s broadband voice services platform, the CPX-1000 T, into the voice over broadband solutions that it offers for ATM and frame relay networks.


Jetstream Communications


Web Based VoIP Firms, HearMe & AudioTalks, to Merge
HearMe said that it has signed a definitive agreement to merge with privately held AudioTalk Networks. According to the terms of the agreement, HearMe will trade approximately $125 million in stock and cash for AudioTalk’s outstanding shares. The companies plan to further develop and integrate their respective web based IP telephony technologies to develop products that will enable users to offer services such as eCommerce, business conferencing and/or distance learning from a web site.

AudioTalk recently developed an application that can be integrated into a web site to enable visitors to initiate VoIP communications with customer service reps by clicking a call icon. It is based on the vendor’s thin client application, which automatically installs on a PC as an OCX plug in for IE and Netscape browsers when the icon is clicked. The technology supports both SIP and H.323 based call signaling.

HearMe recently introduced a technology that can be integrated into a web site to enable users to initiate VoIP based voice chats. It is based on the vendor’s proprietary live presence technology, a client/server software that works as a pop up addition to Netscape or IE browsers, enabling users to communicate from PC to PC in a group setting or one on one. It handles the compression/decompression and playback of audio streams. The technology also includes capabilities for text chat and whiteboarding. In addition, HearMe has developed the application, VoiceContact, which enables users to invite others to join a VoIP chat by sending an email message. When the other user receives the email, a hyperlink within the email will need to be clicked to automatically join a voice or text chat.

The merger is expected to close by summer.


AudioTalk Networks

Go2Call Introduces Traditional Phone VoIP Enabling Device
Go2Call.com, an online VoIP resource center for end users, has announced the introduction of the FoneNet Connect, a device that enables a traditional phone to be used for PC to PC and PC to Phone VoIP communications. The device connects between a traditional phone (even cordless models) and a PC. It can be used to place VoIP calls and traditional calls…if it detects that the PC is connected to the Internet, the call will be routed over the Internet, if no Internet connection is detected, the call will be routed over traditional networks. The product ships with echo and background cancellation technology, and it is expected to operate with most existing VoIP clients or services.

The unit is currently available. It is priced at $59.95.

FoneNet Connect


WebTelecom Receives $5 Million in Financing
WebTelecom reported that it has received an initial $5 million in financing from Safeguard Scientifics, an Internet infrastructure firm. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

WebTelecom plans to use the funds to further develop, introduce and market its web based VoIP communications technologies, and to build an infrastructure that will allow it to offer eCommerce services. The firm’s technologies enable a web site visitor to initiate communications (voice, video, text chat and co-web browsing) with a company rep. Last year, the company introduced a web based communications system, the Internet/Intranet Phone Box (IPBX), that enables users with any H.323 compliant Internet phone to click a call icon to initiate voice or text communications with company reps.



VOIP Technology Teams with Imaginet for Service
VOIP Technology has announced that it is teaming with Imaginet, a North American based ISP, to offer ISP services (access, collocation, design and development) bundled with VOIP Technology’s long distance calling packages. The services will also be offered on a stand-alone basis. Both companies will team to provide 24 x 7 customer support, deployment assistance and a billing solution for the services.

VOIP Technology


VocalTec Forms Subsidiary to Offer Web Based VoIP
VocalTec Communications announced that it has formed a subsidiary, TrulyGlobal, to offer VoIP services from a web site. VocalTec is planning to provide the initial round of funding to the new venture. The web site and services, which will be based on the vendor’s Internet Phone client, is expected to be operational by summer.

The companies are currently recruiting users to beta test the offering.

TrulyGlobal Beta Test


VocalTec Communications

Barak & NTT-ME to Interconnect Networks With iBasis
iBasis has announced that Barak, an Isreali based telecommunications entity formed by Sprint, France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom, and Japan based NTT-ME (Nippon Telephone and Telegraph-Multimedia and Engineering) will originate and terminate voice and fax traffic for its global IP telephony network.

iBasis’ H.323 compliant Internet telephony network includes a NOC in Burlington, Massachusetts, Internet central offices in Frankfurt, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, New York, London, and POPs throughout Asia, Europe, Korea, the Middle East and South America. The provider can terminate traffic on a global basis via its network, its affiliate’s networks or the PSTN.


Cisco to Acquire Wireless Technology Developer, JetCell
Cisco has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held JetCell. According to the terms of the agreement, Cisco will trade approximately $200 million in common stock for all outstanding JetCell shares and options. Cisco plans to use JetCell’s in-building wireless telephony solutions, which are currently involved in trials, to develop wireless VoIP products and services.

The acquisition is expected to be complete by the end of the year.



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