IP Telephony news wrap-up for Mar 22 – 2007

Today, the FCC embarked on an investigation to determine if broadband providers are dividing up traffic by source or type and providing different classes of services based on the identification of the traffic. Based on the group’s study, the FCC will either adopt regulations or put aside the issue and consider it at a later date. FCC Commissioners Michael Copp and Jonathan Adelstein are encouraging the commission to esablish regulations now, while Commissioner McDowell noted that there was no evidence of market failure or anticompetitive behavior by broadband providers.

Despite a split in opinion over net neutrality regulations, the body unanimously voted to keep wireless broadband unregulatd, which means the providers will be exempt from economic regulations, filing rates with the FCC, providing wholesale network access to competitors, and contributing to the USF.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has upheld a 2004 decision by the FCC that allows VoIP providers to be exempt from state rate regulations and requirements to achieve certification before offering service.

Polycom has introduced 3 new phones including two low end models including the 320 and 330 and one high end model, the 550.

The SoundPoint IP 320 features a durable paper Dixie-brand cup with a small hole in the bottom that acts as an interface for string – just checking to see if you are awake. The real 320 model features a full duplex speakerphone, a graphical LCD, PoE support, and a single 10/100 Ethernet port. The SoundPoint IP 330 features a dual port 10/100 Ethernet switch for LAN and PC connection.

The SoundPoint IP 550 is a four line desktop phone that includes HD voice technology. The phone features a high-res, backlit, graphical LCD, integrated PoE, and a XHTML micro browser for productivity enhancing web applications. The device supports advanced telephony functionality such as shared call/bridge line appearance, busy lamp field, and presence. Some of these features require a call server and recent software.

All of Polycom’s new phones support IEEE 1329 Type 1 full duplex aduio. They are interoperable with most Polycom IP PBX and softswitch partners.

The 320 model is available for $139. The 330 goes for $179 and the 550 is priced at $369.

Raketu Communications has introduced LaunchPad, a desktop application that supports a wide range of multimedia and communications capabilities such as VoIP, IPTV, streaming video, VOD, IM/SMS, podcasting, media playing, and news feeds. Users have the option to watch IPTV while also participating in a chat room (that supports thousands of simultaneous users) that includes users watching the same program.

LaunchPad is based on P2P technology but unlike Skype it doesn’t use supernodes or any consumer’s computer for routing VoIP of other users.

The provider requires a $10 deposit to support VoIP. PC or mobile smartphone to phone calls are free to Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azores, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Canary Islands, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Korea South, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK, USA, Venezuela, Virgin Islands-USA. Calls to other destinations are charged via a per minute fee.

The application works with Windows and Vista. Mac support is expected within the next quarter.

Ixia has released version 4.10 of its IxVoice test solution. The new release enables IMS control plane testing by supporting the capability to emulate the HSS as well as support SIP Sigcomp for testing CSCFs. The latest version also provides support for H.323 testing.

IxVoice is designed to validate the key IMS subsystems for interoperability, functionality, and performance. The technology was recently used at an IMS Forum Plugfest demonstration.

Innomedia will use Ikanos’ Fusiv Vx150 network processor in its next generation of VoIP residential gateways. The Fusiv architecture’s accelerator processor engines offload packet processing from the main processor and enabl wire speed packet processing performance in xDSL, cable, and FTTH environments.

Ikanos Communications
World Wide Packets has introduced LightningEdge 135B, an Ethernet access platform for service providers and businesses that delivers voice, video and data. The aggregation appliance, driven by the company’s LE-OS and Mediatrix’s access module, supports VoIP, hard QoS, OAM and CFM capabilities, resiliancy via IEEE 802.1w, and security at the edge of the network. The technology guarantees bandwidth for enforceable SLAs.

VoIP support as well as most of the aformentioned features of the LightningEdge 135B is provided by the integration of Mediatrix’s 0124 access module.

World Wide Packets
FaxBack has enhanced its SatisFAXtion Port Server. The announcement didn’t clearly specify what improvements had been made to the server but we’ll review its full feature set anyway.

The fax server features support of a full DS3 in a single 1U rack-mount system, with an average throughput of 40,000 faxes per hour; a SDK with APIs; regulatory compliance; firewall and NAT traversal capabilities; support for Microsoft Fax Client; SQL storage; and full AudioFax/Catch Curve patent coverage.


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