IP Telephony News Wrap-up for May, 04 2000

China Telecom to Use Clarent’s Gear to Build Domestic Network
China Telecom said that it is expanding a purchase agreement with Clarent to include additional equipment that it will use to build a VoIP network throughout China. The companies reached an initial agreement last year, in which China Telecom’s IDD division is deploying Clarent’s gear to develop an international VoIP service that is based on prepaid calling cards. The new agreement calls for China Telecom’s Data Communications division to deploy equipment to develop two domestic IP telephony services. One service is expected to be a prepaid offering that will use a prefix (17900) to enable users to access the network, with second service scheduled to offer single stage dialing. The provider is currently configuring its operations to enable its existing 150 million subscribers to dial the prefix to access the network, and add calling charges to the caller’s traditional phone bill. The companies plan to design the networks to support more than 100 million minutes of traffic per month. China Telecom is also using Clarent’s technologies to develop a multi-level, domain-based accounting and settlement architecture to support the services. Both domestic services will be connected with its international network.

The initial system is scheduled to be deployed in China Telecom’s 16 largest markets. It is slated to be operational this summer.

China Telecom also recently reported that it is planning to license RADVision’s H.323 enabling software toolkit to develop Internet telephony connectivity throughout China, by migrating China’s TDN telephony system to an IP based infrastructure that can interoperate with other platforms. In addition, it plans to use the RADVision technology to create a VoIP communications solution that can be used by call center developers, ISPs, and enterprise clients to connect with the network.


China Telecom


Broadmedia Introduces VoIP Enables Telephone & Service
Broadmedia has reported the introduction of the G-Phone DLX IP-phone. The product connects directly to an RJ-11 phone jack to enable users to place calls over the PSTN or the Internet (phone to phone VoIP calls can only be connected with other users, or via the Broadmedia infrastructure). The product ships with the company’s G-Phone gateway technology built in to provide VoIP functionality. It features capabilities such as redial, call hold, tone/pulse dialing and it can store up to 10 numbers for one number dialing, and a button on its front panel that can be pushed to implement VoIP communications. To use the product to place an IP telephony call, a user will need to dial another user’s phone number, when the other users pick up, both parties will push the VoIP button. Both products will then establish a connection with each user’s ISP, and the VoIP connection is set up. In addition, Broadmedia has just launched a VoIP service, freeTone-DLX, that will enable G-Phone users to place calls to any phone in the world. The service is priced at $19.95 per month, and includes an undisclosed amount of free calling time. Additional calls will be billed at the provider’s existing CPM rates.

The phone product is expected to be available this month. It has a list price of $349, which includes an established calling account and $19 in calling time.


IDC Releases Web Based VoIP Market Report
IDC said that it has just released an Internet telephony market report entitled, Web Talk 2000: Market Forecast and Analysis. The report explores the global market for web based VoIP communications services, which it defines as applications that leverage browsers, web portals, and existing Internet network infrastructures to provide services. The study forecasts that web talk service revenues will increase from $208 million this year to $16.5 billion by the end of 2004. The study breaks revenue projections down into four categories: advertising, ecommerce, premium services, and hosted services. It also projects that users will generate more than 3 trillion minutes of traffic per year by 2004. In addition, the report offers profiles of select web talk service providers, and discusses investment, marketing and channel strategies.

The research is currently available. It is priced at US$4,500. To order a copy of the report, contact Bruce Atlas at 1-800-343-4952, ext. 4053 or batlas@idc.com

Web Talk 2000: Market Forecast and Analysis

International Data Corporation

PointOne to Deploy Amdocs CC&B Technology
PointOne Telecommunications reported that it is planning to implement Amdocs’ customer care, billing and order management technology, IAF Horizon (a product recently acquired from Solect), to manage its IP/ATM packet voice services. Amdocs’ Solect division (formerly Solect) will install the solution for PointOne.

IAF Horizon is a platform for both pre and post paid usage billing. Its customer care and management capabilities enable providers to manage the services and customer segments of multiple operations. Its modular design can support the multiple services and subscriber bases while maintaining the individuality of each. The product also allows providers to launch and manage new services without disrupting current services. In addition, it can be used to support several pricing and product package bundles based on assessed usage patterns.

PointOne is in the process of deploying an IP/ATM packet based network throughout the continental U.S. and in select international markets. The operator plans to leverage the network to offer wholesale phone to phone connectivity to other providers and/or corporations. It expects that by this summer, it will have over 90 U.S. markets connected to the network, providing access to an estimated 75 percent of all U.S. telephone lines.

PointOne Telecommunications

freeinternet to offer visitalk.com’s Services
freeinternet.com, a no fee based ISP, reported that it is planning to offer visitalk.com’s line of free communications services to its users. According to the terms of the agreement, freeinternet will offer the services from its web site and bundle access to the services into a CD that it distributes to market the services. freeinternet’s free services include access to email, instant messaging, chat, 50mb of web storage space, as well as a maintained web community. visitalk communications services include PC to PC calling, voice messaging, video conferencing, data collaboration and a directory service that enables its over 800,000 members to look up other members. The provider also recently teamed with MediaRing.com and deltathree.com to launch a PC to phone VoIP offering, which is expected to be available next month.



Ceicer to Offer FastComm’s Products in Mexico
Ceicer SA de CV reported that it will distribute FastComm Communications’ line of multi-media access routers in Mexico. The FastComm line of products includes the GlobalStack and MetroLAN VoIP and VoFR networking devices, the WebRouter Internet access device, the EtherFRAD and RingFRAD line of products, and the GUI-based network management system, GlobalView. In addition to distributing the products, Ceicer will provide integration services (including sales, service, installation and maintenance).


TelePacific Communications Receives $125 Million in Funding
TelePacific Communications, an integrated communications provider, reported that it has received a $125 million equity investment from Investcorp. Details were not disclosed. TelePacific plans to use the funding to expand its network infrastructure into additional U.S. metropolitan markets, better develop its customer-support organization, and accelerate the development of its proprietary web-enabled solutions. The company currently has a network deployed in the Western U.S. that enables it to offer a variety of services including VoDSL, local and long distance voice, data, Internet access, and web hosting and design.

TelePacific Communications

2Wire Receives $53.5 Million in Mezzanine Financing
2Wire reported that it has completed a $53.5 million mezzanine round of financing with Meritech Capital, DCM (Doll Capital Management), INVESCO Private Capital Group, Venrock Associates, Accel Partners and Oak Investment Partners. The company plans to use the funding to further develop and market its line of DSL products and services that support broadband content such as Internet, telephony, entertainment, etc. delivered to computers and phones.


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