IP Telephony news wrap-up for Mar 27 – 2006

Following a failed merger attempt 5 years ago, Lucent and Alcatel have decided to reconsider a merger, in the wake of growing competition from Chinese telecom vendors such as Huawei and ZTE. A merger would create a trans-Atlantic vendor with a market value of $33 billion. Both companies are spinning the potential deal to be a merger of equals, but Alcatel has a market value exceeding $20 billion, while Lucent’s value is just above $12 billion.

Analysts are already speculating that the new company will take on a completely new name and appoint Lucent’s chief executive Patricia Russo as CEO. The board of directors of the new company is expected to have equal representatives from both companies.

Talks of the merger have increased speculation of further consolidation in the sector, lifting trading in other large telco vendors such as Nortel, Ciena, Tellabs, and Juniper.

Alcatel’s board will meet on Thursday as the two companies continue talks.

Alcatel
Lucent Technologies
Triton Technologies, a Michigan-based ISP, has launched TritonVoice, a consumer VoIP service available throughout the U.S. The service features caller ID, call forwarding, distinctive ring, call filters, anonymous call block, call waiting, call transfer, 3-way calling, call reminder, caller ID block, repeat dial and call hunt. The service supports local number portability as well as an enhanced voicemail system, which lets users retrieve voicemail from their phone or via email.

A package with unlimited local and long distance calling within the U.S. is offered at $27 per month.

Triton Technologies
iBasis has interconnected with two more carriers including ETB in Colombia and Sunrise in Switzerland. Sunrise is the second largest telecom company in the country.

iBasis
ETB
Sunrise
Zoom Technologies is shipping its model 5801 ATA, a SIP terminal adapter that features an FXS port for connecting a phone and a FXO port that has advanced call routing capabilities.

The 5801 supports multiple voice codecs including G.711, G.729B, and iLBC. Support is provided for call waiting, caller Id, call transfer, call hold, call forwarding, distinctive ringing, and voice message waiting indication.

The FXO port can connect to a local telephone or bridge to a voice call over the Internet. Calls coming into the FXO port can ring the FXS-connected telephone or trigger a call-waiting signal when the phones are in use. In another mode, model 5801 can answer appropriate incoming calls, request an optional password, and then route those calls over using VoIP.

Outbound calls dialed by local phones connected to the ATA are routed as directed by the service provider or end-user. For instance, the 5801 can route all 911 and emergency alarm calls out the FXO port while routing all other calls over the Internet with VoIP. Alternately, local calls or other calls can also be routed out the FXO port based on the initial digits dialed, allowing VoIP service providers to select the type of traffic they service. Routing of calls is handled by the product’s web interface.

When a user dials 911, Zoom’s ATA can automatically route the call over the customer’s phone line as if the user’s phone was plugged directly into the phone line. The device provides emergency dialing and FCC compliance even if a VoIP provider does not have an Internet-based means of connecting a customer to enhanced 911 services. Calls are also routed through the FXO port in the event of a power outage.

Model 5801 can automatically check whether a 5801 is connected to a phone line with dial tone, and can notify a service provider at appropriate times set by the service provider. The service provider can use this information to confirm FCC compliance or to take appropriate measures if a customer’s 5801 is not connected to a working phone line. For instance, the service provider can send an email to that customer or even disconnect that customer’s service.

Zoom also announced that it is shipping model 5806, an ATA without a FXO port.

Zoom Technologies
SMC has introduced the SMCWTVG, an ATA that integrates the functions of a wireless gateway. The wireless features of the device can be used in any of three different operating modes: as an 802.11b/g access point providing service to wireless clients; as a wireless client itself for PC connections to other Wi-Fi networks; and as a wireless repeater.

The ATA connects to a broadband network via a built-in 10/100 BaseT port. It connects to a PC either via RJ45 to the second 10/100 BaseT port, or wirelessly, via 802.11b/g. Two RJ-11 voice interface ports manage the analog telephone connection: one FXS voice interface to connect an analog phone for VoIP service or VoIP access to a corporate LAN; and one FXO voice interface for placing and receiving calls routed through the PSTN.

Security includes a SPI firewall with VPN pass-through, advanced WPA2 and WEP encryption and MAC address filtering and disable SSID broadcast to block unauthorized access.

The SMCWTVG will be available on April 1, 2006 for $129.99.

SMC
Adtran has introduced NetVanta 7100, a SIP-based PBX designed for business locations with up to 50 stations that includes voicemail, auto attendant, a 24-port PoE switch, a full-featured IP Router, IPSec Virtual Private Network (VPN), a stateful inspection firewall, and QoS for prioritizing voice traffic. The system also includes a GUI for adding phones and a web-based phone manager for configuring them.

NetVanta is available in North America with a 5-year warranty for $5,195.

Adtran
Texas Instruments has unveiled plans to introduce a new carrier infrastructure platform optimized for IMS and FMC. The platform will consist of a DSP capable of video processing along with software to support the features and functions of Class 4 and 5 replacement, PacketCable 1.5, modem/fax transmission, wireless transcoding applications, wireless media gateways, wireless trunking, encryption, redundancy, diagnostics and service enhancements. The platform will also consist of a fully functional evaluation module.

The new platform will be available later this year.

Texas Instruments
HFCL Infotel, the first private telephony operator in India, will use Vistula Communications’ V-Cube hosted and managed VoIP solution to offer consumer VoIP services in Punjab. The provider will also offer pre-paid calling cards for making PC to phone international calls. Currently, Infotel has 300,000 net access and telephony customers in Punjab.

Recently, Vistula has announced other customer wins including deployment of V-Cube in Venezuela by Envox to launch IP PBX services as well as consumer VoIP. V-Cube has also been deployed to support IP PBX operations by Telstra at St. John’s Innovation Park in Cambridge.

Vistula Communications
HFCL Infotel
Telstra Europe
Hifn has introduced two new VoIP security processors including its model 7870 and 8170. Both devices provide security processing for signaling and media channels and support random intermixing of SRTP, IPsec, SSL/TLS and PK operations.

The 8170 features a 64-bit/133 MHz PCI-X interface and a 32-bit, 104 MHz POS-PHY level 3 compatible streaming bus interface. The PCI-X interface is backwards compatible to the PCI rev 2.2 64-bit/66 MHz interface. The processor supports up to 1 million cryptographic sessions.

The 7870 interfaces to the host system through a 64-bit/66 MHz PCI bus and supports up to 512,000 cryptographic sessions.

Both processors are currently sampling. General availability is expected in June. The 8170 will be priced at $210 in quantities of 1000 and the 7870 will go for $110 for the same volume.

Hifn
Sipera Systems has introduced IPCS 310, a VoIP security solution for network infrastructures and end users that monitors VoIP traffic, detects anomalies in traffic and call patterns, and identifies threats based on attacks, misuse and service abuse. The technology protects against DoS/DDoS attacks, stealth, spoofing, and VoIP spam.

System features include real time secure key management and wire speed encryption and decryption including decryption of TLS/SRTP; and behavior learning algorithms for traffic and subscriber call patterns.

Sipera Systems
Clarus Systems has introduced IPC Operations, a testing and management software solution for mid-size to large enterprises using Cisco’s CallManager 4.0 or 4.1. The technology provides active end to end testing of the functionality of each phone on an enterprise network, throughout the entire network lifecycle. In addition, the system conducts a nightly health check of the IP telephony environment.

IPC Operations features include deployment and operations configuration verification; automated, scheduled and customized testing; automated, standardized reporting; certified integration with network management systems; remote troubleshooting of individual and group hones dispersed over a broad geographic area; and trouble identification and isolation tools for the enterprise help desk.

In addition to a version available for enterprises, IPC Operations is also available in a version for systems integrators and managed service providers.

Clarus Systems
AudioCodes has introduced the MP-202, a 2-line SIP gateway allowing residential and SOHO subscribers to connect POTS phones or fax machines, and is interoperable with multiple softswitches and SIP application servers. The devices support caller ID, call waiting, and call forwarding. In addition, the MP-202 includes an internal router with DHCP, NAT and PPPoE capabilities enabling subscribers to connect their home PC or LAN hub/switch to it.


AudioCodes
the DW7740 features two Voice over IP (VoIP) ports combined with two broadband LAN ports, enabling international service operators to deliver a flexible range of voice and high-speed data services from a single, compact, integrated platform.
Hughes Network Systems (HNS) has introduced the DW7740, a satellite broadband router with QoS properties that reserve bandwidth for voice traffic. A NOC routes voice calls via a voice gateway to the PSTN or a PBX.

The router can be used to deliver the following applications:

* Telephony for remote branch offices;
* VoIP services for SME and SOHO customers;
* Combined payphone and Internet connectivity for public calling offices;
* High-speed Internet/intranet access;
* Video services, including remote site security monitoring;
* Interactive distance education combined with two-way VoIP connectivity; and
* Real-time multimedia streaming and large file content distribution.

The DW7740 will initially be marketed to Hughesí growing list of international service providers and will begin shipping in the second quarter 2006.

Hughes Network Systems

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