China Unicom Teams With deltathree for Service
China United Telecommunications Corporation (China Unicom) reported that is planning to offer deltathree.com’s IP telephony services to its traditional and cellular phone subs in China. China Unicom will initially offer VoIP calling cards that will enable users to access its network to place calls. Domestic calls will be routed over China Unicom’s network, and international calls will be transferred to deltathree’s global network, at an H.323 compliant Shanghai hub, for termination. To maintain QoS, deltathree has connected a managed network link directly from its Los Angeles POP to the Shanghai hub.
Last month, China Unicom said that it had contracted with AsiaInfo Holdings, a provider of Internet infrastructure solutions and software products in China, to design and build a VoIP network throughout China. The network is expected to be deployed in more that 311 Chinese cities, and have the capacity to handle 8 billion minutes of traffic per year. In addition, it will be designed to provide connectivity via both wireline and wireless technologies.
China Unicom also unveiled plans early this year to deploy 3Com’s CommWorks IP telephony solution. Initially, it intends to deploy 155 of 3Com’s Total Control model 1000 media gateways (28,000 ports) to interconnect its IP backbone with its global system for mobile communication (GSM) network, which has operations in 130 markets and more than 5.2 million subs. Earlier this year, China Unicom also signed a contract to install 26,000 ports of 3Com’s Total Control multi- service access platform to provide dial-up Internet access to its customers.
AudioCodes Introduces 120 Port PCI Board
AudioCodes has announced the introduction of the TP-240, a PCI based VoIP communications board. The board can provide support for up to four T1/E1 lines (120 channels) of voice, fax and data. It offers H.323 compliant technologies including as G.723.1, G.729A, G.711, and T.38 fax relay. In addition, it supports CAS or PRI signaling protocols for PSTN interface, as well as media streaming over its on board 100Base-T interface. The product can also be configured using AudioCodes software API library, which includes MGCP technologies. The product is signaling compliant with North American NI2 (National ISDN 2), Lucent 4ESS and 5ESS and Nortel DMS100, and it has received certification for pan European ETSI EuroISDN.
In other news, Buffalo International is planning to integrate AudioCodes TP-200 VoIP board into its Object Telephony Server (OTS) call center platform to provide VoIP functionality. The OTS product provides voice and data convergence for call centers. It can route both voice and data traffic to a CSR over an IP based LAN or WAN. It can also be used to create virtual call centers that span multiple connected via IP networks.
The TP-200 incorporates E1/T1 trunk interfaces to provide up to 60 channels of simultaneous communications. The product can support coders including G.723.1, G.729A, G.726/G.727, G.711 PCM, NetCoder and G3 fax, or T.38 (real time) fax on a channel by channel user selectable basis. In addition, it offers a 100 Base-T Ethernet port for LAN connections, and PSTN interfaces that support ISDN PRI and various CAS protocols. The product can be controlled via MGCP technologies or AudioCodes’ proprietary API library.
Saratoga & Latcom Launch VoIP Services
Saratoga International Holdings said that it is teaming with Latcom.Net to offer a phone to phone IP telephony service in Argentina, Peru and Venezuela. Both companies are selling prepaid phone cards that allow users to access Latcom’s infrastructure to place calls. The calling traffic is routed to Latcom’s U.S. based facilities, where it is transferred to a traditional telephony infrastructure for termination at its destination. The firms are developing similar services in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Ecuador and further into Venezuela. In addition, the companies ultimately plan to develop the services to provide connectivity throughout Central and South America, the Pacific Rim and Europe.
Last month, the companies teamed to develop a trial phone to phone IP telephony service between South America and select Pacific Rim markets for an undisclosed Oil firm. The trial is based on Latcom’s VoIP network, which consists of POPs in Miami, Lima, San Juan, Buenos Aires, with operations in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Venezuela under development.
Saratoga is in the process of developing partnerships with telecommunications carriers to offer services in low to mid level penetration markets.
Saratoga International Holdings
Mail.com Launches Web Based Fax Service
Mail.com reported that it has launched a web based Internet fax service. The service allows users to access its web site to compose a fax and send it to an email account or fax machine. A coversheet is automatically generated. Users can also attach any document to the message and it will automatically be sent as a fax document.
The service is currently available. It is priced at $1 per 20 pages. Mail.com also offers other Internet fax services with email to fax and fax to email connectivity as well as free web based email.
VoIP Telecom to Acquire 49 Percent Interest in NEX Telecom
VoIP Telecom reported that it has signed a purchase agreement with JAEIL Engineering, in which it has agreed to pay $4.9 million to acquire a 49 percent interest in JAEIL’s provider subsidiary, NEX Telecom. According to the terms of the deal, JAEIL will purchase 2.9 million common shares in VOIP Telecom, and JAEIL will gain representation on VoIP Telecom’s BOD. VoIP and JAEIL will jointly provide working capital for NEX Telecom to expand its services into the Asia Pacific market. NEX Telecom will also enter into termination agreements and joint venture projects with two of VoIP Telecom’s provider subsidiaries: Access Network Limited in Singapore, and ICE GmbH in Europe.
NEX Telecom provides VoIP, fax and data services over its own network, as well as enhanced Internet multimedia services via a variety of transmission media including leased fiber optic cable, satellite and wireless networks. It has operations in Korea, and controls is subsidiary’s (Pacific Asia Telecom Group) network, which has been interconnected with NEX’s partners in the U.S. (Bitro Communications, Cosmobridge, and iBasis), Japan (Telematrix), China (China Unicom), Hong Kong (oriental Telecom Services), the Philippines (Mainstream), Malaysia (Next Telecom), Australia (Nexcell) and New Zealand (Cosmobridge New Zealand).
VoIP Telecom is planning to deploy a global digital VoIP network that will provide connectivity via IP, optic, Internet circuit, satellite and the PSTN to offer voice and data services.
ASCOM to Integrate XACCT’s CC&B Technologies
ASCOM, an international Swiss telecommunications and service automation company, reported that it is planning to integrate XACCT’s IP based customer care and billing solution, XACCTusage, into its integrated customer care and convergent billing solution, OneToBill.
XACCTusage enables providers to define the exact IP session information that they would like to be captured. It collects usage transaction details, in real-time, from a range of network elements and application servers and performs policy-based filtering, aggregation and merging to produce records similar to CDRs. It can also create usage-based bills via a range of parameters. OneToBill is designed to address business expansion via new products and services, business process flow improvement, and enhanced customer orientation. The integrated solution will offer an end to end solution for usage-based billing as well as automated service provisioning of IP-based services.
Telecom New Zealand & Concert to Interconnect Networks
Telecom New Zealand International (TNZI) announced that it is planning to interconnect its networks with Concert’s Internet telephony Global Clearinghouse service to both route traffic on a global basis and terminate clearinghouse traffic in select markets throughout New Zealand and Australia.
The Global Clearinghouse service enables participating members to offer an array of Internet communications including phone to phone, fax and value added applications. It enables the affiliates to terminate voice traffic in over 220 countries via the networks of its more than 95 participating members, or Concert’s IP network, which provides direct connections in 21 cities and 17 countries. Concert is also working to interconnect its network with the IP backbone network that AT&T is planning to acquire from IBM, which will provide it with direct connections in more than 40 additional markets.
TNZI manages Telecom New Zealand’s wholesale international telecommunications business, which provides global termination capabilities via network and service interconnect arrangements. Its services can be routed to 260 countries with direct connection to 60 countries through its POPs in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, the UK and the U.S.
Both TNZI and Concert have recently announced plans to deploy Clarent’s VoIP technologies.
Global Clearinghouse Service
Telecom New Zealand International
e-tel Integrates RADVision’s H.323 Technology into IP Phones
e-tel said that is has integrated RADVision’s H.323 technology into its line of FreeRide VoIP telephones. 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. Each model can be configured remotely or locally via web, SNMP and/or CTI device management interfaces. The products support H.323 protocols including G.711, G.723.1A, G.729A and G.729AB, with support for MGCP and SIP optional.
SS8 Networks Offers Free SIP Technology
SS8 Networks has announced that it is offering its SIP client and protocol stacks to developers on a no charge basis. The product provides the infrastructure for developing and delivering IP AIN services. It has been designed to seamlessly interface with a variety of signaling protocols including SS7, SIP and H.323. In addition, SS8’s protocol stacks have been successfully tested for interoperability with other vendor’s SIP products at the recently held SIP Bake-Off event.
The client and protocol stacks are expected to be available for beta testing this July.