IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Mar, 29 2001

NTT to Deploy VocalTec’s Equipment For VoIP VPN Service
NTT Communications Corporation has announced that it is planning to deploy VocalTec’s VoIP technologies to develop a value-added voice service for its ARCSTAR VPN. The voice VPN solution has already been implemented in NTT’s internal network by VocalTec’s reseller, Fujitsu Business Systems. The VPN voice service is being designed to run on top of NTT’s managed IP network, providing all subscribers within a closed user-group with a secure, private and shared infrastructure for intercommunications. The carrier intends to offer the service in an independent and private dialing plan format to its corporate consumers in Japan as well as in other various global markets.

In other news, Deutsche Telekom AG reported that it has deployed additional VocalTec Surf&Share and Surf&Callback web based VoIP technologies to expand and enhance its eCommerce service, freecall Online. The freecall service allows users to enhance eCommerce operations by adding capabilities that enable web site visitors to request an immediate or scheduled callback via the PSTN, and/or to obtain additional information from a CSR by dynamically sharing web content, push technologies and text chat functions.

NTT Communications Corporation


Deutsche Telekom AG

iBasis and Zimbabwe PTT Interconnect Networks
iBasis reported that it has reached an agreement with Zimbabwe Posts & Telecommunications (ZPT) to interconnect networks and trade traffic. According to the terms of the deal, ZPT will route its traffic over iBasis’ global Internet telephony network, and terminate traffic for iBasis over its domestic and regional networks deployed throughout Africa.

iBasis offers a variety of IP based communications services such as wholesale VoIP, unified communications business solutions via its primarily Cisco equipment based Internet telephony network which has 426 POPs in more than 45 countries. It has recently opened a NOC in Hong Kong to complement its other main switching operations in Amsterdam, Cambridge (Mass), Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Paris, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo and Toronto, and its has addition smaller POPs in various markets throughout Asia, Europe, Korea, the Middle East and South America. It can terminate traffic on a global basis via its network, its affiliate’s networks, interconnection agreements or the PSTN. In addition, the company offers SLAs for its services, and implements its own proprietary Assured Quality Routing technology to monitor VoIP call traffic to ensure completion, or provide re-routing to the PSTN.

ZPT also recently reported that it has connected its operations with ITXC’s network to terminate voice and fax traffic throughout the Zimbabwe market.

Zimbabwe Posts & Telecommunications Corporation


Saratoga and ipx Team to Develop Services
Saratoga Telecom reported that it has reached an agreement with ipx to develop VoIP services via ipx’s T-Portal initiative. According to the terms of the agreement, Saratoga will investment in enhancing ipx’s Lucent Excel switching platform to support retail services such as prepaid calling programs, ipx will manage the traffic and technology, and Saratoga will provide the retail distribution of services. The firms initially plan to develop a system that can handle capacities of approximately 2 million VoIP minutes per month.

The T-Portal program is comprised of various companies teaming to offer technologies/applications and services that will enable providers, such as VoIP carriers, to access and offer an array value added applications including unified messaging, conferencing, collaboration, customer relationship management and service management applications.

Saratoga Telecom


Equant to Offer SLAs for VPN VoIP/Data Service
Equant announced that it is planning to offer SLAs and reporting for the VoIP calls routed via its multinational voice and data VPN service, iVAD. The SLAs will provide call completion rates (percentage of calls completed), post dial delay (time from last digit dialed to hearing progress tone), fax performance (speed of fax delivery) and voice mean opinion score (rating that measures voice quality). The company plans to measure the SLA information via its proprietary Telephone Quality Analyzer (TQA) system, which evaluates the quality of a voice call by objectively measuring packet loss, latency and noise level, and converts the info into a mean opinion score that is reported to the customer on a per-call basis along with the other performance metrics.

The carrier intends to provide its customers access to the SLA reports as a part of its online reporting services.


SoftConnex Develops USB Software for Agere’s IP Phone Chip Solution
SoftConnex Technologies has announced the introduction of the USBLink object module, its USB host software designed for Agere Systems’ T8302 Phone-On-A-Chip VoIP solution, which will enable OEMS to develop a variety of products including VoIP telephones, wireless Internet appliances and other communications related products that feature external connectivity via the USB. The USBLink module is a version of the company’s USB stack designed for the Phone-On-A-Chip solution and configured with various USB class drivers, including audio, mass storage, printer, human interface device (HID) and hub. It is compiled for the ARM processor and the Phone-On-A-Chip board support package, and users can run the software code from the Phone-On-A-Chip startup module or by activating it manually.

The Phone-On-A-Chip solution is an integrated set of devices that can be used to develop an IP telephone set residing on a LAN. The devices can interface directly to an Ethernet network, telephone handset, speakerphone, PDAs and/or various other user interfaces.

SoftConnex Technologies

Agere Systems

comMatch and Marconi Team For Wireless VoIP Solution
comMatch announced that it is planning to partner with Marconi Communications to develop broadband wireless IP telephony solutions. The firms intend to configure comMatch’s Duet 6001 Carrier Access VoIP gateway to connect the wireless IP access network to a Class 5 switch via Maroni’s WipLL broadband wireless access products. The combined solution is expected to support IP based high speed data, fax and enhanced telephony services over an IP network.


Marconi Communications

Telcordia Introduces New Version Of Softswitch
Telcordia Technologies has announced the introduction of the latest version of its Call Agent softswitch, which can provide primary line VoIP and/or VoATM without the need for a Class 5 circuit switch. The MGCP compliant solution, which interoperates with other various vendor’s IP and/or ATM gateways to perform call control functions and deliver services, now offers support for the 5 9s and the capacity for 200,000 lines. It also offers CLASS functionality such as call waiting, caller ID and call forward, and regulatory features including 411, 911, Wiretap/Calea and telecommunications relay, and features a built in billing gateway and interface, and an announcement server.

The enhanced product is expected to commercially available sometime next month.


Netergy Releases Hosted-iPBX Solution On Commercial Basis
Netergy Networks has announced the commercial availability of its Hosted iPBX solution. The system is an IP-based software solution that can support a variety of dedicated, carrier-class hosted iPBX services from a data center (Central Office) for small and medium-size businesses via IP connections.

Netergy Networks

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