MediaRing Lands Multiple Partnership Agreements
Last week alone, Delta Three, Mail.ru, Sina.com, Community Connect, GVC
Corporation, Conexant Systems, Legend Toshiba and Legend Computer Systems
announced plans to integrate MediaRing’s VoIP technology into their
Delta Three and MediaRing have teamed with Ericsson to develop a
proprietary VoIP platform that will enable users of MediaRing’s technology
to place calls from a traditional telephone to any PC in the
world over Delta Three’s global IP telephony network. Delta Three will also
integrate the technology into its service offerings to enable users to
place PC to Phone or PC to PC calls.
Russian email provider, Mail.ru, plans to integrate the MediaRing VoIP
application into its upcoming personalized news and web address directory
web site, Port.ru, to enable its users to transmit real-time voice and
voice-mail. The Port.ru web site will be introduced next month.
Sina.com, an Internet community operator, is planning to utilize
MediaRing technology with its community sites serving the U.S., China, and
Taiwan. The operator will implement technologies that will enable its users
to place PC to PC calls and place click n chat voice buttons on web sites.
Community Connect will use the IP telephony application with its Internet
community, AsianAvenue.com, to facilitate voice communications between its
members. AsianAvenue.com is aimed at the Asian American population. It
currently has over 200,000 registered members.
Conexant Systems is planning to develop OEM modem chipsets that will
support the MediaRing’s technology. Conexant will market the enhanced voice
modem chipsets to its modem and PC manufacturing customers.
GVC Corporation, another modem manufacturer, is co-developing a V.34/V.90
modem, dubbed MediaRing Modem Bridge, to enable calls to be placed or
received from a traditional telephone, including cordless models. The
companies expect the product to be integrated into computers or used as a
peripheral device connecting a telephone to a modem. It will have the
capability to differentiate between Internet calls and traditional calls –
VoIP calls will be routed over the Internet and traditional calls will be
routed over the PSTN.
Legend Computer Systems, a Chinese PC manufacturer, and Legend Toshiba
China, a Chinese distributor of notebook computers, will bundle the
MediaRing Talk 99, VoIP application with their computers.
Over the last six months, the company has negotiated similar deals with
Siemens, Innomedia, CompuServe, Mediacom and 3Com.
MediaRing Talk 99 runs in the background of a user’s PC. It monitors the
telephone line, enabling online or offline PC users to receive an Internet
call. When a call is received, the recipient’s MediaRing software notifies
the user of the call and automatically logs the PC onto the Internet. The
software in both machines then uses MediaRing’s directory server to locate
IP addresses, and establish a voice connection. When the call is completed,
the software automatically disconnects each PC from the Internet.
MediaRing Talk requires at least a 133MHz Pentium with 16MB RAM, 7MB free
disk space, a 14.4 Kbps modem, and a sound card. The application is
available for Windows 95 or 98 platforms. A beta release of the latest
version is available for download, at no charge, from the company’s web site.
Cape Saffron Releases V/FoIP Market Analysis Report
Cape Saffron, a telecom market analyst firm, has just released a V/FoIP
market report entitled, The Global IP Voice/Fax Market. The study
indicates that a total of 1.2 billion Internet telephony minutes
(approximately 373 minutes of fax traffic) were originated worldwide in
1998, with approximately 5.2 million end-users actually utilizing the
technology. The study also performs a global market comparison, which
indicates that the Asia-Pacific market is the most lucrative region in the
world for the technology. The study goes on to forecast that total industry
revenues will grow from $661 million in ’98 to $1.47 billion in ’99.
Cape Saffron based the report on a three-month study that examined the
operations of 440 IP telephony companies (240 providers and 200 vendors).
Merisel to Distribute Aplio’s VoIP Device
Merisel has announced that it will distribute Aplio’s Internet telephony
enabling device, the Aplio/Phone. The H.323 compliant Aplio/Phone enables
traditional telephones to be used for Internet telephony without the use of
a computer. It houses a 32-bit microprocessor, a dedicated DSP chip for
G.723.1 voice compression/decompression and a modem chip. The product sits
between a standard phone jack and the traditional phone enabling users to
dial a six-digit Aplio ID number to automatically connect with any other
user via the company’s IP address finder. In addition, the device can save
two ISP’s numbers to give users a choice of ISPs depending on the call
The unit is priced at US$199.
Innofone.com Teams with NetSpeak & PSINet for VoIP Network
APC Telecommunications has announced that, in conjunction with its company
name change to Innofone.com, it has launched a phone to phone and PC to
phone Internet Telephony service between Montreal and Toronto. The provider
has been testing the Toronto/Montreal network for the last six months, and
is now planning to expand the network across Canada and into the U.S. using
both NetSpeak’s and PSINet’s technologies. NetSpeak will provide the IP
telephony technology and PSINet will provide Internet connectivity.
Innofone.com is currently attempting to raise $1 Million in a public
offering to provide the capital necessary to complete the new IP
The provider also offers traditional long distance telephone services.
eGlobe to Deploy Nuera’s VoIP Technologies in Global Network
eGlobe has announced that it is planning to deploy Nuera’s IP telephony
gateways (the F200ip model) and billing technologies (NueraTalk) over its
global IP network. According to the terms of the deal, Nuera is extending a
$2 million credit line for the purchase of the products and technologies.
In return, eGlobe will enable Nuera’s customers to access the network at
eGlobe primarily provides telecommunications, billing and validation, and
information services to telcos and financial institutions.
Ericsson & BridgePoint Sign $100 Million Deployment Deal
Ericsson Communications has announced that it will be the primary vendor of
products and services to BridgePoint Enterprises. The five year deal has an
estimated value of $100 million (CAD). According to the terms of the
agreement, Ericsson will deliver and install IP Telephony Solutions, AXE
switching products, and data networking products. In return, BridgePoint
will solicit Ericsson’s customers.
BridgePoint Enterprises is an international operator of co-location
centers. The company provides neutral network bridging services, central
office facilities and technical support services.
ITXC Receives $3 Million Financing Commitment from Lucent
ITXC has announced that it has received a commitment from Lucent for up to
$3 million in vendor financing. These funds, along with the recently
received $15 million in second round financing, will be used to expand the
company’s termination footprint by building additional hubs in Los Angeles,
Miami and London as well as other select locations in Europe and Asia. The
company will also use the capital to further develop its QoS tools and to
increase its marketing activities.
ITXC’s wholesale VoIP service currently operates through a hub in New York
City with Lucent and VocalTec gateways and Excel switches. The company can
terminate calls globally using the 19 reseller switches connected to the
New York hub and via the 63 affiliate members carriers that have POPs
deployed in more than 56 international cities.
Net2Phone Adds Real-Time Account Info Center to its Web Site
Net2Phone has announced that it has added an interactive information and
account management section to its web site, dubbed My Account. The section
will enable its IP telephony customers to access real-time account
information regarding all billing and calling activities such as account
history and status, and the time, length, destination, and charge for each
call. Users will also be able to purchase new calling accounts or recharge