IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Mar, 26 2001

BT Ignite To Deploy Lucent’s Softswitch For New IP-based Services
Lucent Technologies announced that it has signed a multi-million dollar contract with BT Ignite to expand and enhance BT’s existing UK based VoIP service, SurfTalk. According to the terms of the agreement, BT intends to deploy Lucent’s Softswitch technologies to further develop the service to support an array of IP-based service such as multimedia and multi-party communications.

Late last year, BT Ignite reported that it was deploying Clarent’s IP telephony equipment to build a VoIP network throughout Central and Eastern Europe.

BT Ignite



Voyant and Pingtel Team For SIP Phone/Instant Conferencing Solution
Pingtel reported that it has teamed with Voyant Technologies to develop an integrated IP phone and IP voice conferencing service based on the combination of Pingtel’s xpressa IP phone with Voyant’s IP conferencing platform and java applet technology. Voyant developed the Java applet solution specifically for the xpressa phone, which, once loaded to the phone, enables users to initiate and manage conferences with multiple parties via the graphical user interface on either the xpressa phone or the PC-based soft phone version of xpressa. The applet also enables conference moderators to track all in-conference participants, mute and un-mute participants’ lines, and bring additional participants into the conference. The system utilizes SIP for call set-up and tear-down, supports a variety of codecs including G.711, G.723.1, G.726 and G.729a.


Voyant Technologies

AudioCodes Unveils VoIP Gateway and Board Products
AudioCodes has reported the introduction of the MediaPack line of VoIP Analog Media Gateways, models MP-124, MP-108 and MP-104, and its TP-1610 CompactPCI-IP board. The MediaPack products are stand-alone boxes that can support from 4 to 24 analog ports per device, and be stacked in multiple configurations. The units are have been developed to support H.323, MGCP and T.38 technologies, as well as AudioCodes proprietary API. In addition, the gateways can support PSTN/PBX or telephone lines and can connect to an IP network via 10/100Base-T Ethernet interfaces. The 1610 board provides support for up to 480 channels of G.723.1, G.729A or G.711 communications, with PSTN signaling and MGCP/Megaco call controls. It also offers support for media streaming over dual redundant 100 B-T Ethernet interfaces with auto fail over, and the vendor is planning to add VoATM capabilities to the board, as well as an OC-3 interface.

The Media Pack line is currently available in beta format, with commercial availability scheduled for June. The boards are also currently offered in beta version, with commercial production scheduled for sometime this fall.


Focal Deploys Both CopperCom’s and Efficient’s Gear For VoDSL in Chicago
Focal Communications said that it has launched a VoDSL service in Chicago based on CopperCom’s voice gateways and Efficient Network’s IADs. The service, which features CLASS capabilities such as caller ID, 3-Way Conference and call waiting, is bundled with the provider’s high speed DSL Internet access, and traditional voice, fax and data services. The company has also developed a proprietary billing tool that will enable other ISPs to offer and bill for the services.

Focal Communications

Efficient Networks


BrahmaCom Deploys Lucent’s Technologies for VoDSL Service
BrahmaCom said that it is has deployed Lucent’s SuperLine Access System in the Natick, Massachusetts market to develop support for a service bundle that includes PSTN, VoDSL and data services. The provider has been testing the services for several months, and plans to begin expanding the voice/data offering into several other area codes (617, 508, 781 and 978) this month.

The provider intends to have more than 23,000 lines deployed over the next three years, with ultimate plans for nationwide expansion. It also plans to further develop the system/service to support two-way video communications.



NexTone and VegaStream Develop Interoperability
NexTone Communications announced that it has partnered with VegaStream to develop interoperability between its Application Switch platform and VegaStream’s Vega series of VoIP gateways. The Application Switch platform provides the policy-based call routing and signaling interworking (SIP and H.323) needed to deploy applications in an on-net IP environment, and interoperates with various softswitch, media gateway and customer premise platforms for off-net calls. VegaStream’s line of SIP and H.323 (G.711, G.723.1a and G.729a) compliant gateways are primarily designed for the small to medium corporate market supporting configurations from 8 to 120 ports.

NexTone Communications

BOPS Announces New DSP Cores for VoIP Systems-On-Chips
BOPS has reported the introduction of the VoiceRay-SME, VoiceRay-SOHO and VoiceRay-CGW, its line of mid-range and low-end cores for VoIP system-on-chip applications. The cores, which are based on BOPS’ ManArray architecture of scalable/reusable/programmable DSP cores, enable computer networks to link voice calls to traditional circuit-switched networks via H.323 and SIP. The SME offers 96 channels of G.729A with 32 ms echo cancellation or 112 channels of G.711 with 128 ms echo cancellation on a single chip, with the SOHO product providing 24 channels of G.729A or 28 channels of G.711 on a single chip, while the CGW supports 192 channels of G.729A or 224 channels of G.711.

The products are currently available. Pricing was not disclosed.


Pactolus, OT and Syndeo Team With Convedia For Enhance Solutions
Convedia has announced that it is partnering with Syndeo, Pactolus Communication Software and Open Telecommunications (OT) to develop enhanced service solutions based on its CMS-6000 Media Server platform. According to the terms of the deal with Syndeo, the companies intend to integrate Syndeo’s carrier class Class 5 softswitch, Syion 426, with the CMS server to develop an MGCP based solution that will enable PacketCable MSOs and other providers to offer services that require intensive real-time media processing. Initially, the firms will develop Class 5 announcement server and IVR capabilities, with plans to develop a full blown PacketCable compliant multimedia conferencing and audio server that supports text-to-speech conversion, automatic speech recognition, and other integrated video/multimedia capabilities. In the Pactolus deal, the firms are integrating the media server with Pactolus’ RapidFLEX Application Server to develop a system that will enable providers to migrate existing enhanced PSTN services to packet telephony networks as well as create and deploy additional services using the RapidFLEX’s Service Creation Environment. The companies are currently developing product interoperability, with plans to initially introduce conference calling, call center, toll free number service, directory service, card service and other trunk side service solutions sometime next month. With OT, the vendors are integrating OT’s openCallAgent softswitch technology into the media server to develop improved Class 5 and enhanced service support. An initial offering is expected to be completed by next quarter.

The CMS-6000 Media Server is a carrier class VoIP enhanced service media processor that can support a variety of traditional and emerging enhanced services over xDSL, cable, fiber, wireless and traditional networks. It is specifically designed for next gen packet networks, offers support for up to 18,000 ports per shelf, and can be used to develop real-time enhanced services such as multimedia conferencing, speech processing, IVR, unified messaging, and announcements. In addition, it offers interoperability with various VoIP specifications including H.323, SIP and MGCP.


Pactolus Communication Software

Open Telecommunications


Arelnet Introduces MDU/MTU VoIP Gateway Solution
Arelnet has reported the introduction of the i-Tone MiniPrime, its MDU/MTU VoIP gateway solution. The H.323/MGCP compliant product features one or two E1/T1 interfaces capable of supporting up to 60 simultaneous voice and fax calls with combined QoS capabilities. It can be deployed in large buildings or complexes, and it interoperates with the vendor’s other carrier grade VoIP systems including the i-Tone Prime Gateway, the i-Tone Primo Access Gateway (for SMEs and SOHOs) and the i-Tone Gatekeeper, enabling users to develop end-to-end VoIP solutions as well as a variety of additional value added services.


Promon*IP to Distribute Digiquant’s CC&B Technology in Brazil
Digiquant has reported that Promon*IP, a Brazilian systems integrator, is planning to market and distribute its billing and management technology, Internet Management System (IMS), throughout Brazil. The IMS application is based on the Oracle8 platform and UNIX hardware systems. It consists of a master database, an application server and RADIUS server(s), which enables users to manage all aspects of IP services including authentication, service activation, mediation, rating, billing, and customer care. The solution can rate thousands of CDRs per second, and offers support for a variety of accounting methods such as time, block, manual and volume pricing plans, with built in adjustable cut off thresholds and status alerts. In addition, the vendor has also enhanced the solution to include a VoIP interconnect billing capability, which facilitates settlement payments between providers, and provides faster data processing, improved scalability, provisioning, mediation, rating and billing capabilities.



Mail.com Completes $6.9 Million Financing Deals
Mail.com announced it has completed a $6.9 million round of financing by issuing $3.9 in senior convertible notes to accounts managed by Zesiger Capital Group, and selling $3 million in Class A common stock to Federal Partners. Mail.com’s services enable users to send and receive faxes from email account to email account or fax machine, and it also offers a web based interface that enables users to access the services.


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