BellSouth to Trial Nortel Networks VoIP Centrex Solution
BellSouth has announced that it is planning to trial Nortel Networks’ Centrex IP solution to test voice and data over IP services with Georgia’s government employees. The trial will enable the employees to access an IP network to route communications between multiple facilities. BellSouth will use the trial to evaluate the feasibility of offering the services its corporate customers.
The solution, which scales to support up to 50,000 users, can be deployed over existing infrastructure to integrate the delivery of voice and data services over an IP connection. It enables users to access the same Centrex services (call forwarding, conferencing, transfer, caller ID, etc) that can be accessed in the office regardless of location. It offers support for PSTN to IP, IP to PSTN, PSTN to PSTN or IP to IP calls. The product also provides an integrated desktop platform that will enable a range of enhanced, converged services such as multimedia conferencing, unified messaging and Internet enabled call centers to be developed.
The trial is expected to begin by summer.
NMSS Introduces CompactPCI VoIP Platform
Natural MicroSystems has announced the introduction of the Convergence Generation 6000C, its carrier-class, CompactPCI-based VoIP platform. The solution is an integrated software/hardware system that can be used to develop products such as IP media gateways, IP media servers and enterprise communications servers. The product can support up to 240 VoIP ports per CompactPCI slot. It is based on the vendor’s VoIP software product, Fusion, which provides support for H.323, H.323 v2, MGCP and SIP protocols such as G.727.1, G.711, G.729a, and T.37/T.38 fax as well as MS-GSM. It supports automatic fail over via dual IP interfaces, and it can automatically detect potential service disruptions and reroute communications to an alternate Ethernet connection without disrupting communications. The product also offers support for technologies such as IVR, fax, vocode, play and record. In addition, the unit features hot swappable card technology.
In other news, Natural MicroSystems teamed with Clarent to develop a T.38 (real time fax) compliant solution for IP networks. The system will initially support UDP for packet transport, redundancy and error correction. The technology is expected to be officially introduced later this quarter.
GamTel Teams With ITXC to Develop VoIP Services
Gambia Telecommunications (GamTel) said that it is teaming with ITXC to develop Internet telephony services. According to the terms of the agreement, ITXC will provide GamTel with technical assistance to established both domestic and international phone to phone offerings. Domestic calls will be routed over GamTel’s IP based fiber backbone, and ITXC will provide international connectivity.
ITXC’s network has 192 POPs in 124 cities and 50 countries. It enables affiliate providers to route VoIP traffic to any telephone in the world via ITXC’s other affiliate providers, the public Internet or the PSTN.
Gambia Telecommunications Company
Internet Telecom Introduces PWI Codec Technology
Internet Telecom has announced the introduction of the first codec, PWI, in a line products that it expects to unveil this year. The technology is based on the hybrid Prototype Waveform Interpolation (PWI) technique. It is a variable speed rate codec designed to provide an average compression rate of 3 kbps (1 kbps/lowest and 4 kbps/highest).
MilitaryMoves & Ron and Fez to Market PhoneFree.com
PhoneFree.com reported that both MilitaryMoves.com and New York City based WNEW-FM’s Ron and Fez Dot Com radio show will market its PC to PC VoIP software and services. MilitaryMoves, a U.S. armed forces web community, will offer the software from its web sites to enable visitors located anywhere in the world to communicate with other visitors. The organization will also promote the offering in the military base newsletters that it advertises in. The Ron and Fez radio show, which features two hosts surfing the web checking out sites and offering satirical comments, will promote the software while on the air. The hosts will also use the PhoneFree software to communicate with listeners.
PhoneFree’s proprietary VoIP client enables users to place and receive calls between PCs located anywhere in the world. It features capabilities including conference, whiteboard, text chat, personal phone book, caller ID, file transfer, voicemail and full duplex support. In addition, the vendor offers a white pages section on its web site that enables users to locate other users by searching for name, location and/or interests. Users can also go unlisted. The software requires that users have a 486 100Mhz PC running Windows 95, 98 or NT 4.0, and at least a 14.4 Internet connection.
Ron and Fez.com
Coyote to Offer e-tel’s VoIP Phones With Service
Coyote Network Systems announced that it has entered into an exclusive agreement with e-tel, in which it will offer e-tel’s FreeRide line of VoIP enabled telephones to its subscribers. The phones will allow users to directly access Coyote’s services. The FreeRide products range from a single line telephone to a multi-featured four- port screen model. The phones ship with RJ-11 interfaces for routing calls over IP networks or legacy networks. The products support H.323 protocols including G.711, G.723.1A, G.729A and G.729AB. Support for MGCP and SIP is optional.
Coyote expects to begin offering the products this summer.
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SBI to Offer deltathree’s VoIP Service in Eastern Europe
SBI Communications, a Belarus based telecommunications and Internet solutions provider, has announced that it will both originate and terminate traffic in eastern European markets for deltathree.com. According to the terms of the agreement, SBI will provide deltathree with termination capabilities to all local phone numbers in Belarus, Latvia, and Lithuania. It will also originate calls over deltathree’s private, managed IP telephony network.
deltathree uses the PSTN to both terminate and originate the traffic that is routed over its private, managed IP telephony network, which has 44 POPs in 27 countries. The provider offers VoIP connectivity between phones, PCs and web sites or any combination thereof, as well as unified messaging, global roaming and calling card services.
Analog Devices Introduces Voice Processing Technology
Analog Devices has announced the introduction of its signal processing software, Dynamic Internet Voice Access (DIVA). The technology is designed to enable users to develop network equipment (such as trunking gateway products) that interconnect the PSTN and the Internet. The software includes a jitter butter management module that attempts to control QoS by compensating for disruptive network conditions such as variable throughput and traffic mixes. It runs on Analog’s line of ADSP-21mod980 Internet Gateway Processors to provide up to 40 channels of voice communications while consuming 25mWatts power per port. The chipset integrates a 600 MIPS DSP with voice coding, echo cancellation and RTP framing. It has 16 Megabits of on-chip RAM, and provides dedicated resources to each voice channel, thus each channel is fully independent from the others.
The vendor is currently offering the solution for sampling, with commercially availability scheduled for next month. It is priced at from $240 to $280 in quantities of 1,000.
Three French Based ITSPs Deploy Clarent’s Gear
Clarent reported that IPw@y, Xplorium and XTS Network (French based ITSPs) have recently deployed its equipment. IPw@y deployed the IP telephony gear in January to offer value added services. The company has just begun to route VoIP traffic from France to select markets throughout Europe, the Mediterranean and the U.S. It currently offers both wholesale and retail IP telephony services to corporate customers, with plans to develop and array of additional IP based offerings such as integrated voice and data and IP VPNs. Xplorium, which operates a traditional circuit switched network, deployed Clarent’s equipment at its operations in several European markets and the U.S. The provider intends to leverage its global operations, and form partnerships with VoIP interconnectivity providers to focus on offering wholesale services. XTS deployed its Clarent based network last November. The provider offers pre and post paid VoIP services to consumers, enterprises and other carriers throughout France. The company can route traffic to and from France as well as from French based markets throughout the Caribbean.
Startec Deploys Additional 10 Gateway on VoIP Network
Startec Global Communications announced it has deployed an additional ten gateways in its global IP network to increase the total number of IP gateways operating on the network to 60, and to expand the reach of the network to an additional 10 countries.
The network is based on both Clarent’s and Cisco’s equipment (IP, ATM and traditional platforms) deployed in 30 countries throughout Africa, the Asia Pacific, Central Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. It features command centers utilizing SS7 technologies in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Guam. The network combined with the company’s 50 international termination agreements and ownership interests in 15 undersea optic cables enable it to route traffic to more than 44 countries. The firm is also negotiating service deals with Worldwide Telecommunications, a Hong Kong voice and data service provider, and Delhi based Dialnet Communications.
Startec deployed Hewlett Packard’s Open View technology and Team Telecom International’s Netrack software to monitor and manage the network on a 24×7 basis.
Access Power $2.5 Million in Financing
Access Power announced that it has secured $2.5 million in financing via the sale of 6 percent of its convertible debentures to an investment fund managed by WEC Asset Management, LLC. The fund also agreed to acquire an additional $2.5 million of the debentures, on the same terms, under certain conditions. Access Power plans to use the funding to launch an international advertising campaign for its Net.Caller and e-button products and services.
Net.Caller users can download a client application to place calls from any PC in the world to traditional phones in select markets. The provider offers two calling plans for the service: a European plan that allows users to place an unlimited amount of calls for $20 per month from any PC to any phone in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Ireland Luxembourg, the U.S. (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada and Puerto Rico; and a U.S. plan that allows users to placed an unlimited amount of calls from any PC in the world to a phone in the U.S., Puerto Rico or Canada for $10.
The e-button is a web to phone ecommerce communications application. It enables web site visitors to click an icon to initiate PC to phone VoIP communications with a customer service representative. The Java applet based technology (under 800k in size) automatically installs on a users PC when the icon is clicked. Once connected, the customer service rep can assist the customer in finding information about products and services by steering the visitor’s web browser, jointly viewing web pages and completing transactions. The provider offers the solution for $5 per month/per customer service representative, with a $300 annual minimum.