IP Telephony News Wrap-up for May, 20 2004

1. Frost & Sullivan Release Study on North American Consumer VoIP Market
Frost & Sullivan has released North American Residential VoIP Market: Everbody’s Talkin’ at Me, a 94-page analytical study that explores the market drivers, restraints, and trends as well as provides vendor and service provider profiles and forecasts for the number of subscribers, and revenues from subscriptions and CPE (ATAs/residential gateways, headsets, and IP/SIP phones) for 2003-2008. The report separates U.S. and Canada forecasts. The publication includes market analysis such as the implications and strategies for each type of service provider.

The service providers profiled in the study include Broadvoice, Free World Dialup, Net2Phone, Packet8, Primus Canada, Skype, Voiceglo, Voicepulse, and Vonage. The endpoint vendors profiled include i3Micro, Arcturus, Cisco, D-Link, GN Netcom, Grandstream, Linksys, Motorola, Plantronics, Sipura, and Telco Systems.

For 2003, Frost & Sullivan finds that there were 100,000 residential VoIP subscribers in North America and $9 million worth of endpoints sold in the year.

The report does not provide profiles of major telecom service providers such as IXCs, RBOCs, and cable MSOs, but does provide analysis on the impact these providers will have on the marketplace. The firm suggests detailed analysis on these providers is covered in other Frost & Sullivan publications.

In addition to this study, the firm has also published North American IP Cable Telephony Market, AT&T CallVantage, RBOC Migration to Packet Telephony, and Timeframe and Characteristics of Carrier Deployment of VoIP and IP Telephony.

The publication on the North American residential VoIP market goes for $4000.

Frost & Sullivan

3. Intervoice Unveils Media Server with HMP Capabilities
Intervoice has introduced Omvia, a media server that supports VoIP and host media processing (HMP) as well as speech recognition and media processing capabilities. HMP allows the media server to be deployed as a software only configuration, eliminating the need for signal processing hardware.

The media server also optionally supports TDM connectivity, supporting CAS, ISDN, and SS7 signaling capabilities. For VoIP, Omvia supports SIP and RTP protocols.


5. Pike & Fischer Launch New VoIP Market Publication
Pike & Fischer has launched VoIP Monitor, a weekly e-publication that tracks the VoIP marketplace. Unlike the IP Pulse or publishers that simply provide listings of the full copy of market related press announcements, the VoIP-Monitor includes feature articles and more in-depth coverage of market developments. The publication is spearheaded by Cynthia Brumfield, publisher of Broadband Daily, a newsletter that tracks the cable and DSL marketplaces.

A subscription to VoIP-Monitor will set you back $595 per year. Subscribers to Broadband Daily will receive a discount. The newsletter is being offered at no cost for 30 days up until July 28th.

Other good resources for news that exclusively cover VoIP include TMCnet’s Internet Telephony Magazine and Pulver’s VON Magazine.

VoIP Monitor

Internet Telephony Magazine

VON Magazine

7. Motorola to Resell Worldgate’s SIP Based Video Phone
Motorola will resell Worldgate’s Ojo, a SIP based video phone, based on an agreement that includes a joint product development initiative and a prepayment by Motorola against future product purchases. Motorola will distribute the phone to broadband service providers, retailers, and telecom distributors. Field testing of the phone is scheduled for this quarter. Availability is planned for Q3 of this year.

The videophone, compliant with DOCSIS and PacketCable standards, supports 30 fps of full motion video that can be transmitted at data rates as low as 110 Kbps. The phone employs an enhanced version of H.264 digital compression and high fidelity full duplex speakerphone technology.



9. Siemens Introduces IP Platform for Large Enterprises
Siemens has introduced HiPath 8000, an IP platform for large enterprises that consists of two Linux-based IBM servers, and RTP middleware. The platform includes built in SIP, SOAP, and SIMPLE. It can support up to 100,000 users per node and unlimited user per network.

The platform features centralized IT management; system partitioning, for supporting multiple small and medium sized businnesses; remote access; a self care toolkit that allows users to add capabilities and services and manage traffic and costs; and a SDK that allows users to develop customized web portals.

HiPath 8000 supports a variety of media rich applications such as Siemens’ own ComAssistant 8000, which is a web based application that delivers desktop call control as well as filtering and routing of incoming calls to destinations such as voice calls, emails, and voicemail. The platform supports multiple third party SIP applications as well such as IP Unity’s IP PBX apps, which support voicemail, auto attendant, and multimedia web conferencing.

HiPath 8000 will be available on pay as you go licensing basis. The product is scheduled for availability in the U.S. in Q4 of this year.


11. WildPackets Introduces Voice & Data Quality Measurement Tool
WildPackets has introduced EtherPeek VX, a software solution for analyzing both voice and data traffic on Ethernet networks, providing measurements for QoS, video and voice quality as well as isolating every level of the signaling and media planes to detailed views of VoIP activity and call quality. The technology detects problems such as inefficient bandwidth utilization, inefficient packet loss recovery, poor compression, sub-optimal jitter buffer length, quality degredation, inadequate voice activity detection and long signaling setups.

EtherPeek VX can analyze up to 100 open calls simultaneously. It provides per call analytics and metrics and supports multiple protocols such as SIP, H.323, MGCP, and SCS.

The signaling analysis provides visual flow of messages between participating endpoints in a call. The media plane analysis looks at packet level details of RTP and RTCP streams and evaluates packet delay variations, packet loss, and jitter, as well as providing a passive MOS value for each call.

EtherPeek VX includes a differentiated call playback feature that subjectively measures call quality. User can playback calls with varying jitter, and employ the tool to gauge the impact of changing network resources on call quality.

The product will be available in July.


13. Click4Talk Introduces Click-To-Talk Solution
Click4Talk has introduced a click to talk solution that enables PC to phone calls to be initiated via embedded phone links within web sites, emails, web banners, and search results.

Pricing is based on minute package plans, similar to those used by cell phone service providers.


15. Infonet Launches Managed Videoconferencing over an MPLS IP VPN
Infonet has launched IP Video VPN, a managed videoconferencing service run over its MPLS-enabled IP infrastructure. The service features connectivity ranging from 128 Kbps to 45 Mbps, SLAs, and the option to use the service as a stand-alone videoconferencing solution or within a converged voice and data network. In conjunction with Polycom, Infonet optionally offers equipment procurement, installation, and consulting.

Infonet’s World Network is driven by Cisco’s technology. The company provides networking services to more than 3,000 companies.


17. Nortel to Resell Nuera’s VoIP Gateways
Nortel Networks has entered into a strategic partnership with Nuera Communications that calls for Nortel to integrate, sell and support Nuera’s Orca BTX-21 and BTX-8 VoIP gateways. The media gateways are the only gateways currently qualified by CableLabs for TGCP PacketCable, a VoCable specification.

In other news, Nortel has said that Belgium based Telenet will use the vendor’s technology for its planned VoCable deployment. Charter, a U.S. based MSO, has extended its commitment to deploy Nortel’s VoCable solution, for VoIP service launchings planned in the MSO’s Great Lakes and Midwest divisions.

Nortel Networks

Nuera Communications


19. Storm3 Plans VoIP Service for Alberta Before the End of 2004
Storm3, a Canadian dialup ISP, will launch business and residential VoIP services to 80% of Alberta within the next 6 months, beginning with an initial service launch in July. The company plans to extend the service to cover all of Canada within the next 18 months.

Storm3 Communications

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