IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Mar, 31 2004

1. Forethought.Net to Offer Voice Services to SMBs in Denver
Forethought.Net, a Denver ISP, will launch IP based voice services to small to mid sized business based on MetaSwitch’s VP3500 Class 5 switch. The provider is capable of interconnecting its service with a company’s Centrex or PBX system.

MetaSwitch’s switch offers more than 100 Class 5 features and support from 400 to 250,000 subscribers per rack.



3. ECG Using Greenpath’s Application Server to Offer IP PBX Services
Enhanced Communications Group, an Oklahoma based nationwide provider of telecom services to small to mid sized businesses, has deployed Greenpath’s voice application server to deliver hosted IP PBX and residential VoIP services.

Greenpath Networks

Enhanced Communications Group

5. Altice One to Use Net2Phone to Offer VoCable in Europe
Altice One, a cable MSO, will use Net2Phone’s VoCable solution to provide primarily line residential VoIP services to its cable subscribers in Brussels, Belgium; Strasbourg and Mulhouse, France; and Luxembourg. Services are scheduled to be launched in the third quarter of this year.

Under the terms of the agreement, Altice will maintain ownership of the subscriber, service brand and Tier 1 technical and customer support. Net2Phone will provide back office infrastructure, switching and transport, ongoing operations, and Tier II tech support.


7. Sphere Releases Version 4 of its IP PBX
Sphere Communications has released Sphericall 4, a pure software based IP PBX that supports from 20 to 20,000 users. The system consists of three components including Manager, Desktop, and Voicemail.

Manager provides call control and can operate in a load balancing redundancy mode, increasing efficiency within a network and handling calls in the event of a server failure. Manager works with a mix of IP phones, analog phones, residential and branch office gateways, and Windows Messenger.

Enhancements to Manager in the latest release of Sphericall include the addition of performance monitoring and reporting tools, support for SIP, and the implementation of a PSTN failover solution.

Desktop provides advanced presence capabilities, on demand audio conferencing, softphone capabilities, text messaging, Outlook integration, unified messaging, and videoconferencing.

In addition to providing voicemail, the Voicemail element provides unified messaging capabilities that allow users to retrieve voicemail from email. Voicemail also includes IVR capabilities integrated into a programmable auto attendant.

Sphericall is interoperable with IP phones from multiple vendors such as Eutectics’ IP200T USB phone, a low end handset with a desktop stand that is available for $59, and Sayson’s new 480i IP phone, which features multiple call appearances, busy lamp fields, set paging and 6 softkeys. The 480i goes for $250.

One of Sphere’s IP PBX customers includes South Metro Fire and Rescue, based in Centennial, Colorado. The organization employs Sphericall to connect 240 staff members across ten locations.

Sphere Communications

9. Graybar to Resell Quintum’s Tenor Product Line
Graybar, a wholesale distributor of telecom equipment in North America, will resell Quintum’s line of Tenor products including MultiPath Switch, Call Routing Server and Call Relay. The products include unique features such as real-time PSTN failover and call routing across NAT firewalls.


Quintum Technologies

11. Brix Unveils Free Tool For Testing VoIP Connection Quality
Brix Networks has introduced TestYourVoIP.Com, a web site that provides a free tool for testing the quality of a consumer’s VoIP connection by initiating a SIP call from the consumer’s PC to a Brix verifier. The consumer can choose to test a connection to either San Jose or Boston.

After the initiation of the call, results are provided as a detailed report that indicate a Mean Opinion Score for call quality, as well as measurements of diagnostic latency, packet loss, and jitter metrics for each call. The test call is sent over the Internet, therefore the test results are largely influenced by the quality of the consumer’s connection by his or her ISP and the state of the Internet, which obviously vary.

Brix plans to deploy more verifiers, allowing consumers to test connections to a variety of locations.

Brix Networks

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