IP Telephony News Wrap-up for May, 08 2002

1. Verio Introduces Global IP VPN Service
Verio has introduced NTT/Verio Global IP Security Gateway, a global IP VPN service run via gateways located in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. The service features end to end IPSec encryption; SLAs that guarantee 0.3% packet loss and 60ms latency in America, 90ms latency trans- Atlantic and 130ms latency trans-Pacific between gateways.

Bundled options include firewall services, Internet access, and monitoring and reporting.

The IP VPN service will initially be introduced in 22 cities in the U.S., as well as in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the UK, Indonesia, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Spain.

Pricing will be based on configuration, with the lowest level package starting at $400 per month.


3. ISC Releases White Paper on Wireless Networks
The International Softswitch Consortium has released Softswitch Applications in Wireless Core Networks, a white paper that provides an overview of relevant applications, current standards governing the wireless marketplace, and the benefits of a softswitch architecture. The 2G and 3G applications in the paper include packet backhaul for IMT and remote PSTN termination, routing gateway-MSC with a packet IMT network, 3GPP UMTS and 3GPP2 CDMA2000.

International Softswitch Consortium

5. Eiger Reports New VoIP PoPs Throughout Canada
Eiger Technology has reported that it has VoIP PoPs in place in Victoria BC, Vancouver BC, Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Winnipeg MB, London ON, Hamilton ON, Kitchener ON, Barrie ON, Toronto ON (416), Greater Toronto ON (905), Ottawa ON, Montreal PQ, Quebec City PQ, and Halifax NS. The provider will offer flat month, unlimited, on-net calling for $9.95.

Eiger Technology

7. KDDI Deploys Sonus’ VoIP Technology
KDDI has deployed Sonus’ VoIP solution to offer SIP-based VoB services in Japan. The gear includes Sonus’ GSX9000 Open Services Switch, the Insignius Softswitch, and an element management system. KDDI offer on-net calling services as well as IP to PSTN and PSTN to IP calling.


Sonus Networks

9. iBasis Interconnected with OTEnet in Greece
iBasis has announced that it has had its network interconnected with OTEnet, a Greece-based telecom provider, for more than a year.

iBasis operates a Cisco-driven network with 620 PoPs worldwide. Around 45 European carriers are interconnected with iBasis.



11. Comtest to Distribute Empirix’s VoIP Testing
Canada-based Comtest Test Solutions will resell Empirix’s Hammer family of testing gear including Empirix’s VoIP test systems. The Hammer product line emulates real world traffic and network conditions to assess the performance of network applications.


Comtest Test Solutions

13. Key3Media Releases Enterprise VoIP Market Study
Key3Media Group, producer of Networld+Interop and the VON shows, has released an enterprise VoIP market study based on correspondence with 500 IP professionals. Key3Media finds that 63% of its respondents, all registered attendees of Key3Media events, have deployed VoIP within the last year. 25% of VoIP users have the technology deployed across their entire organization. VoIP users were carrying 12% of their voice traffic over IP, with plans to increase to 24% over the next 12 months.

For a copy of the report, email a request to jennifer.clark@key3media.com

Key3Media Group

15. Global Crossing Carried 900M VoIP Minutes in Q’1
Global Crossing has reported carrying four billion minutes of voice traffic per month in the first quarter, including 900 million minutes of VoIP traffic, a 40% increase in VoIP traffic from the previous quarter.

Global Crossing’s private network spans 101,000 route miles, connecting four continents, 27 countries and more than 200 major cities.

Global Crossing

17. Multi-Tech Introduces Line of VoIP Gateways
Multi-Tech Systems has introduced the MultiVoIP line of VoIP gateways. The gateways feature programmable PBX ports that accommodate FXO, FXS, or E&M operation. They support both H.323, SIP, and T.38.

The MVP210 two port desktop gateway will sell for $1,099. The MVP410 four/eight port, 1U rack mountable gateway will go for $1999 for four ports and $3299 for eight ports. The MVP2410 twenty four and forty eight port 1U rack mountable gateway will sell for $7499 for twenty four ports, with the twenty four port TI/PRI expansion card offered at $6999. The MVP3010 thirty and sixty port EI/PRI 1U rack mountable gateway price is unpublished.

Multi-Tech Systems

19. StarVox Unveils IP Centrex with Hardphone Support
StarVox has released IP Centrex 1.1, an upgraded version of its Unix- based system that enables broadband providers to offer smaller firms and branch offices a set of services including virtual PBX, and long distance and private network calling. The solution offers station to station dialing, caller ID, call transfer, hunt groups, call forwarding, and attendant services. It interoperates with the PSTN, TDM-based VPNs, and leased lines.

The new version supports interoperability of MGCP IP hardphones from multiple major suppliers such as Cisco. StarVox 1.1 supports analog POTS phonesets connected to MGCP residential gateways.

The IP Centrex system is bundled with HP’s Opencall Multiservice Controller 1.2.


21. Radvision Introduces MGCP Toolkit
Radvision has released MGCP Toolkit version 2.0, a set of development tools designed for application developers building access gateways for communication between IP and ISDN or PSTN networks, residential gateways for analog phone connectivity to VoIP networks, softswitches, media servers and IP phones.

The new version supports ATM and IPv6 requirements. The IPv6 network support addresses key issues including data security, mobility, QoS, and IP address availability on the Internet.


23. NMS Introduces Analog CompactPCI Voice Processing
NMS Communications has introduced AG 2000C, an analog CompactPCI telephony platform with on-board DSP resources. The technology combines up to 24 analog loopstart connections with DSP features such as IVR, fax, conferencing, speech recognition, text-to-speech, and IP telephony functionality. The platform includes NMS’ Natural Access development and runtime environment, which provides a set of OS-independent APIs. With Natural Access’ Natural Call Control service, programmers can developo applications that run on multiple types of telecommunications interfaces by using a single, protocol independent API. The technology executes protocols on the AG 2000C’s control processor.

The AG 2000C is available with a 24 trunk configuration with call control and switching; a 16-trunk configuration with call control, switching, and IVR; and a 8-trunk configuration with call control, switching, IVR, conferencing, fax, and VoIP.

NMS Communications

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