IP Telephony News Wrap-up for May, 13 1998

GRIC to Use Open Port & NetXchange Servers for Internet Fax Service

Open Port has announced that it will make its Harmony NSP Internet fax server software
available for GRIC to use as part of its GRICfax service software. The GRICfax
service software is intended to enable ISPs or Telcos to offer Internet communications
such as fax to fax and PC to fax.

The Harmony NSP software enables an ISP’s existing infrastructure to deliver
faxes over the Internet. The system is scaleable which will allow GRIC to install
it at large or small ISPs in its network of providers. Harmony NSP’s system design
enables a systems functionality to be distrubuted between modules at Hub or Pop
sites to meet performance demands efficiently. The software also reduces the use
of network resources by providing complete message tracking and limiting the storage
and administration functions needed on the network.

The GRICfax service will provide user authentication, routing, and settlement
service for all ISP and telco members of the network. Originating and terminating
fax transmissions will be enabled using fax over IP software servers installed at
the ISP’s site. The facsimiles will be routed to the destination fax machine via
a local PSTN call; therefore, receiving fax machines do not need to have any special
software or hardware installed. GRIC will monitor the network on a 24×7 basis.
Providers of the GRICfax service can use either Open Port or NetXchange software

GRIC’s strategy is to be an open solution for ISPs and telcos worldwide. Its routing,
authentication, network management, billing and settlement services for Internet
fax and telephony solutions can be used with the software from multiple vendors.



Open Port


IDT & Internet 800 Directory Offer e-Commerce Capability

IDT has announced that its Click2Talk e-commerce application has been integrated
into the online Internet 800 Directory to enable web surfers to place direct phone
calls from the directory.

The Internet 800 Directory, which is directly linked with WhoWhere?, Excite,
InfoSpace and WorldPages, provides free 800 number listings and searches by company
name, business category, state and by 800/888 number.

Click2Talk is a plug-in application that enables web surfers to initiate voice
communications with a sales rep by clicking an icon on a corporation’s website.
The voice connection will use the existing Internet connection. Click2Talk works
in conjunction with IDT’s PC to phone service, Net2Phone. It does not require the
purchase or installation of any hardware or infrastructure. It only requires
consumers to have the Net2Phone software installed on a multimedia computer and
corporations to add the Click2Talk icon to its website.





Internet 800 Directory


NetSpeak Unveils New Version of WebPhone

NetSpeak has announced the release of WebPhone 4.0, the latest version of its Internet
telephony software. The company has licensed elemedia’s G.723.1 speech coder
implementation for use in all of its client applications. It has also licensed
DSP Group’s patent rights for the protocol. The G.723.1 speech technology is a
part of the H.323 protocols and will enable the WebPhone to interoperate with
other H.323 compliant products and applications.

WebPhone 4.0 is an IP telephony software package that enables PC-to-PC communications.
It is capable of combining voice, video and text. In addition to its G.723.1
interoperability support, the product features a redesigned user interface, an
audio setup wizard, easier installation, inbound and outbound Activity logging
of calls, and recall for the last five parties called. The software will also
include account information and dialing parameters for use with NetSpeak gateway

Pricing for the WebPhone 4.0 software is $49.95. A lite version of the phone,
WebPhone Home, is priced at $19.95. Both products are currently available for
download from the NetSpeak Web site. Upgrades are free of charge.





DSP Group


Motorola Unveils IP Telephony Technology for Cable Systems

Motorola’s Multimedia Group has announced that its series of Vanguard multi-service
access router platforms and the CyberSURFR Wave cable modem can transmit IP telephony
over a cable network. Both products will support H.323 and G.723 standards.

The Vanguard series of platforms utilize WAN and LAN cards to enable remote users to
switch transmission between VoFR and VoIP technologies. The products will enable
the switching, routing, and bridging of remote traffic using the same cards that
Motorola routers use. They will support analog voice, video, DSU/CSU functions and
ISDN over a LAN. In addition, the solutions will also support frame relay and ISDN
over a WAN as well as the routing of IP, IPX and Apple Talk traffic from a LAN.

The CyberSURFR Wave cable modem utilizes 16 QAM for upstream modulation. The
addition of 16-QAM enables up to 1.5 Mbps throughput of upstream channels. In
addition to eliminating the need for separate voice and data lines, all voice
traffic from Motorola’s CyberSURFR cable modem is encrypted for security and
privacy. The modem also features bandwidth allocation functions.

Motorola Multimedia Group


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