Motorola Increases Equity in NetSpeak and Extends Past Agreement
Motorola has announced that it has increased its equity investment in NetSpeak. The two
companies have extended the existing agreement to include joint development and licensing
of technology as well as a $30 million multi-year minimum purchase commitment by
Motorola for NetSpeak products.
Under the joint development and licensing agreement, NetSpeak has granted Motorola
an exclusive license to develop RF (Radio Frequency) products using NetSpeak’s
IP telephony technology. Motorola will be able to integrate the technology into
a wireless infrastructure and also integrate it into subscriber devices to support
real time multimedia communications over a variety of wireless networks. In addition,
NetSpeak has granted Motorola a non-exclusive license for the manufacture and
sale of other NetSpeak products.
In an all cash transaction, Motorola will increase its equity in MetSpeak by
purchasing three million shares of stock at $30 per share. The deal represents
approximately 27.7 percent of NetSpeak’s outstanding common shares that are not
owned by Motorola already. The offer is conditional upon the tender of a minimum
number of shares and reciept of regulatory approvals as well as certain other
conditions that will be set forth in the offering documents.
Mediacom Enables PCs to Notify Users of Internet Calls
Mediacom has announced the availability of MediaRing Talk, software that will convert
PCs into active telephone devices ready to receive calls 24-7. It will enable
PC users to make Internet telephony calls and notify off-line PC users of such calls.
MediaRing Talk runs in the background of a user’s PC, monitoring the telephone line
for incoming calls. Users can make a call using MediaRing by launching the program
and dialing the number using an on-screen virtual telephone keypad. When the
recipient’s PC receives the call, the recipient’s MediaRing determines whether or not the
call is a valid Internet call. Next, it notifies the user of the incoming call and logs the
user onto the Internet. The software in both machines then look for each others IP
address using Mediacom’s directory server. After resolving the IP address dilemma,
the PCs establish the voice connection. When the call is completed, the software will
automatically disconnect each computer from the Internet.
MediaRing Talk is available for $4.95 per month. Internet subscribers can make an
unlimited number of calls of any duration to anywhere in the world.
Hypercom Introduces Internet Telephony User Features
Hypercom Network Systems has announced the introduction of the IEN CompleteVoice,
a software suite of Internet telephony user features for its IEN 6000 high density
CompleteVoice will enable Internet telephony users to access many of the same
features/services that they are accustomed to when using tradition telephony services.
The Complete Voice software will offer users the options of forwarding calls or
having them automatically forwarded to another number. Users will have full access
to their calling account and billing options. The system will also support dialing
plans that enable users to program in telephone numbers and extensions.
Management features for carriers and large enterprise users will also be included in
the software. The abilities to move, add or change numbers can be centrally managed.
Calling restrictions can be assigned on a per extension basis for the complete
administration of call forwarding, long distance access and other configurations.
Security features can be assigned on a per PIN/user basis as well.
Hypercom’s IEN 6000 gateway was introduced last month. It enables the delivery of
voice/fax traffic over frame relay or IP networks. The IEN 6000 will support up to
1,024 voice channels using four frame relay or IP connections. Full hardware redundancy
is provided as well as dual power supplies and hot-swappable processor modules. It
supports the latest ITU standards for voice over IP and frame relay networks and it
uses the same DSP card for voice compression over both types of networks. The IEN
6000 also performs a technique called Modem Relay which enables analog modem traffic
to be sent over the Internet and other packet based infrastructures, between IEN
devices, without having to be converted to data traffic by the modems.
Hypercom Network Systems
Lucent Introduces LDAP Compliant Directory Server
Lucent has introduced an Internet Directory Server to enable Internet, intranet
and on-line service providers to offer directory services. The server is based on
LDAP version 3. It will store data such as email adresses and subscriber preferances,
enabling the providers to offer directory enabled services including Internet
telephony, electronic yellow or white pages, personalized navigation services,
and public key security.
The system can support up to 10,000 users and up to 200 updates per second.
Other features include online back-up, fault detection, and built in recovery
systems. Pricing for the system starts at $3,000.
VocalTec’s Internet Telephony Partnership Program Expanding Globally
VocalTec Communications has announced that ts NextGen Telephony Partnership program
has more than doubled in size since its inception seven months ago. The NextGen
program is a co-marketing program based on VocalTec’s Internet Phone and Telephony
Gateway products. It enables ITSPs to offer global PC to phone and, phone to phone
Internet telephony services.
Recently added NextGen partners include Advanced Business Communications (ABC),
DotCom Technologies, Escort Telecom, IncoNet, International Telecom, Iscom, Shared
Network Services and Unicom. ABC plans to offer services to countries in the South
East Asian market. DotCom offers collect, PC to phone Internet telephony service to
the U.S. from anywhere in the world. Escort Telecom offers service in Turkey.
IncoNet plans to focus on Middle East countries including Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia,
and the UAE. International Telecom plans to launch its WebKall Internet telephony
services globally. Iscom plans to rollout service from anywhere in the world to
New York City. Shared Network Services is releasing its 1st2phone IP telephony
service to its more than 35,000 dial up subscribers. Last, Unicom plans to provide
service between Russia and the U.S.
The new partners join three veterans including Access Power, Biz Trans and Delta Three.
Access Power offers service to 10 major metropolitan areas in the U.S. and is expected
to expand to the service to over 50 cities from South America to Canada. Biz Trans
offers service to 10 cities worldwide with plans to expand to the Middle East. Delta
Three currently provides service in 18 major countries and plans to expand its service
offerings to the top 50 major telecom markets globally.