IP Telephony news wrap-up for May 15 – 2007

cPacket has introduced an unnamed chip that performs DPI and header classification at 20 Gbps (or 10 Gbps full duplex) at 6W. Profiles are provisioned to the chip and when matches occur, the packets are counted, tagged, redirected, replicated or dropped. The chip combines programmable general purpose header classification and payload pattern searching, including native support for wildcards, don’t cares, ignore case, and non-anchored searches.

The vendor will be offering the DPI solution as a stand-alone chip for OEMs or as a complete solution consisting of the chip, an API and reference designs with different physical interfaces.

Sprint is expanding its close ties with cable MSOs to launch business voice services to small businesses requiring up to 12 lines. The service will support standard calling features, directory listings, voicemail, auto-attendant, find me/follow me, voicemail to email, and 911.

Initially, Sprint will rollout VoCable business services over systems operated by Time Warner, Suddenlink, Baja Broadband, and Millennium Digital Media.

Sprint is a major wholesale provider of residential VoIP for cable companies, providing services to 14 MSOs that represent 34 million homes passed and 1.7 million VoCable subscribers. The mobile giant’s annual revenue from VoCable has grown to $400 million annually. In addition to the top MSOs, Sprint is also providing services to smaller cable operators such as Antietam Cable in Maryland (52,000 homes passed) and MTC Cable in New York (5,000 homes passed).

The Sprint VoIP network is based on a model of buying access to transport traffic from its mobile cell sites to its own backbone network.

Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, will be selling Skype prepaid calling cards ($20) and hardware peripherals at its 1,800 locations throughout the U.S. Wal-Mart will carry 9 hardware products including handsets, headsets, and webcams.

Primus Canada has launched a hosted PBX service throughout Canada that features network connectivity via a dedicated T-1. The flat fee service is targeted at the SMB market, but can scale to support large enterprises. Features include abbreviated calling, auto attendant, ACD, automated disaster recovery, dinstinctive ring, Do Not Disturb, Find Me/Follow Me, group call pickup, meet me conferencing, selective call blocking, selective call forwarding, urgent call, time of day routing, voicemail to email, and virtual ring.

The service includes all premises based equipment including multiple Cisco model phones.

Primus’ fully managed PBX service is currently available in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, London, Hamilton, and Kitchener.

Primus Canada
Samsung has introduced OfficeServ 7100, a small business phone system that supports up to 4 lines across 8 stations. The system supports both TDM and IP phones including Samsung’s iDCS 28/18, DS 5000, and ITP 5100 families of phones. Users are provided with 4 voicemail and auto-attendant ports. Stations and trunks can be added in 4-port increments. Wireless networking is supported.

The PBX system can be purchased in pre-packaged configurations or a la carte. The 7100 will become available within the next two months.

On the heels of news that AT&T would be testing out a fresh CallVantage campaign, last week CallVantage customers flocked to message boards to report that the provider had sent out notices advising that the service would be cancelled because it didn’t provide adequate e911 support. The scope of the cancellation has not been addressed by AT&T.

DSP Group will acquire a division of NXP for $270 million including $200 million in cash and $70 million in shares. An earn-out incentive in the deal provides NXP with the opportunity to get an additional $75 million in cash. The NXP unit develops and manufactures RF chipsets, basebands, and software and system solutions for DECT, DECT 6.0, WDCT 2.4, 5.8, Analog 900, 2.4, 5.8, VoIP/MTA, USB softphones, and VoIP gateways.

DSP Group
NXP Semiconductors

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