IP Telephony News Wrap-up for May, 03 2001

Global Crossing Selects Cisco for OC-192 Backbone Build-out
Global Crossing announced it is planning to deploy Cisco’s new 12410 and 12416 Internet routers to expand its IP backbone’s capacity. The firms intend to develop the network to support OC-192 speeds, and provide the bandwidth necessary to support next gen IP services such as MPLS-based VPNs, IP QoS, and VoIP. Deployment of the equipment and developing support for OC-192 will also serve as a stepping-stone to Global Crossing’s plans of eventually developing support for OC-768 speeds.

Global Crossing also recently reported that it has activated VoIP gateway centers in Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London and Paris, and is carrying traffic between the various European markets and the U.S. It also plans to expand the infrastructure to provide VoIP connectivity in additional markets throughout the rest of Europe, in both Central and South America, as well as throughout the Asia/Pacific region. In addition, Asia Global Crossing has just activated its 310 Mbps international IP services backbone between Hong Kong and Tokyo through its pan-Asian East Asia Crossing network. The network is designed to enable providers and corporations to seamlessly route IP transit, international private line circuits, IP VPNs, and VoIP traffic in and between Hong Kong and Japan as well as into various European markets.

Cisco
http://www.cisco.com

Global Crossing
http://www.globalcrossing.com

Asia Global Crossing
http://www.asiaglobalcrossing.com


SpectraLink Introduces Wireless LAN Phone Designed for VoIP
SpectraLink Corporation has announced the introduction of the NetLink IP Wireless Telephone, its wireless telephone handset designed specifically for enterprise IP telephony applications. The phone operates as a client device on wireless LANs utilizing 802.11b technologies, allowing converged mobile voice and data applications on a single wireless infrastructure. It offers support for H.323 protocols and various other proprietary technologies including Cisco’s Skinny Client Control protocol, and the vendor is in the process of further develop the unit to support a variety of evolving protocol technologies. In addition, it can interoperate with the vendor’s QoS mechanism, Voice Priority, to aid in enhancing voice quality with minimal impact on data throughput.

The handset is expected to be available sometime this fall. It will be priced at approximately $679.

SpectraLink Corporation
http://www.spectralink.com


Quicknet Introduces USB VoIP Phone
Quicknet Technologies has reported the introduction of My Internet Phone, its USB VoIP handset telephone. The product, which features a keypad, a microphone/speaker and the vendor’s Internet SwitchBoard 5.0 software, plugs directly into a Windows USB port to enable users to place and receive calls (ring notification of incoming call) without disrupting the Internet connection. It can also be configured to operate behind firewalls. It also offers automatic gain control, software volume control, as well as support for G.711, G.723.1, PCM, H.323 audio, and various International ring tones. The product is only available through the vendor’s reseller channels.

Quicknet Technologies
http://www.quicknet.net


GlobalNet to Deploy Cisco’s Technologies
GlobalNet has announced that it has reached an agreement with Cisco, in which Cisco will supply it with the technology to enhance and expand its VoIP capabilities and network. According to the terms of the agreement, Cisco will supply its switches and hardware to expand GlobalNet’s IP network capacity, and the firms will team to develop interoperability between the new equipment and the provider’s other various equipment, and to facilitate interoperability between the network and other various network configurations.

GlobalNet offers international voice, data and Internet services over a private, managed IP network, which has operations throughout and Latin American and U.S. markets, and interconnects with various affiliates to facilitate the termination of traffic to more than 240 countries. It also recently reported that it is planning to deploy VSYS’ softswitch technologies throughout its IP network and network access points to develop support for a variety of softswitch based services.

GlobalNet
http://www.gbne.net

Cisco
http://www.cisco.com

VSYS
http://www.vsys.com


ePhone Secures Calling Card Distribution Agreement
ePhone Telecom announced that it has reached an agreement with an undisclosed North American based marketing firm, in which the company will market and resell calling cards that will enable users to place calls over its infrastructure. The marketing firm has already placed an order for approximately 560,000 of the prepaid calling cards, and intends to begin marketing the cards primarily in various North American markets in later this month.

ePhone Telecom
http://www.ephonetelecom.com


MetaSwitch Establishes Interoperability Lab in U.S.
MetaSwitch reported that it has expanded its Interoperability Partner Program to include a test laboratory in Alameda (CA), in addition to its existing test facility in London. The program as well as both testing facilities will enable other vendor’s to develop interoperability between their own products and MetaSwitch’s VP3000 Broadband Voice Gateway platform. The facilities will include IADs, DSLAMs, voice gateways, softswitches, and ATM, IP and SS7 network infrastructures, and a range of terminal equipment including telephones, faxes and modems, enabling participants to perform a variety of tests from basic signaling protocol interactions to higher-level services such as caller ID and call waiting.

MetaSwitch
http://www.metaswitch.com


Juniper and Sonus Team For MPLS Based Voice/Data Solutions
Juniper Networks announced it has teamed with Sonus Networks to develop MPLS based integrated voice and data solutions. The companies have already landed a product deployment deal with Zephion Networks, in which Zephion has deployed the Juniper/Sonus solution to construct a IP MPLS based U.S. domestic backbone that it intends to leverage to offer packet telephony, various network based services as well as integrated corporate data centric solutions.

Zephion Networks
http://www.zephion.net

Sonus Networks
http://www.sonusnet.com

Juniper Networks
http://www.juniper.net


Vonage Secures $12 Million in Initial Round
Vonage reported that it has secured $12 million in an initial round of financing with various Angel investors. The entity plans to use the funding to complete the development and launch phases of its SIP-based, VoIP communications services and solutions.

Vonage
http://www.vonage.com


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