IP Telephony News Wrap-up for May, 22 2002

1. CableLabs Issues RFP for Codec for PacketCable
CableLabs, a R&D consortium for the cable industry, has issued a RFP for a royalty free codec to be used by manufacturers of MTAs, media gateways, and announcement players for the group’s PacketCable specification. Companies that intend to respond, should contact Venkatesh Sunkad at v.sunkad@cablelabs.com or at (303) 661-3887 by June 7. Final responses are due by June 28.

PacketCable already specifies three codecs including mandatory use of G.711, and optional use of G.728 and G.729E.


3. Synergy Releases VoIP Equipment Market Study
Synergy Research Group has released Worldwide Voice over IP Equipment Market Shares for Q1 2002, a market study that tracks the quarterly development in the IP enabled/converged PBX market and the LAN telephony market.

Worldwide LAN Telephony Market Share Q’1 2002
Source: Synergy Research Group

Cisco 68.1%
Mitel 14.3%
3Com 12.9%
Avaya 1.8%

Annual market growth: 37%

Worldwide IP Enabled/Converged PBX Market Share Q’1 2002
Source: Synergy Research Group

Nortel: 39.4%
Avaya: 21.5%
Alcatel: 15.4%
Vertical: 8.1%
Siemens: 7.4%

Annual market growth: 45%

Synergy Research Group

5. Sunrise Introduces VoIP Testing
Sunrise Telecom has introduced VoIP Blaster, a call and traffic generator that tests V/FoIP equipment such as media gateways, signaling gateways, IP-PBXs, softswitches, gatekeepers. The technology can be used for stress testing, service testing and voice quality analysis.

VoIP Blaster’s controller and PSTN & LAN modules allow the operator to originate and terminate calls through the different technologies and protocols under test. Both the PSTN and VoIP results can be viewed simultaneously in a single window. The MS Windows 2000 based controller incorporates an SQL database system to store results (including CDRs for long duration tests), generate fully customized reports, and perform correlation analysis across multiple results.

VoIP Blaster Features:

  • simultaneous call and traffic generation for SS7, ISDN, H.323, and SIP
  • QoS analysis with jitter, packet loss and delay measurements
  • wraparound testing of media gateways and PBXs
  • comprehensive analysis including statistics and protocol decodes
  • service testing with pre-recorded audio files
  • CDR for VoIP and PSTN protocols
  • voice quality analysis with PSQM/PESQ measurements
  • voice and fax pattern transmission/receiving
  • G.711, G.729, G.729A, G.723.2 voice coding
  • call generation with up to 300 calls per second and more than 1 million BHCA on both PSTN and VoIP networks
  • gatekeeper stress testing with up to 500 registration requests per second
  • call completion analysis
  • up to 4 LAN Ethernet ports at 10/100/1000 Mbps
  • up to 64 E1/T1 ports

Sunrise Telecom

7. Jazztel to Deploy Tdsoft’s Gateway
Jazztel, Spain’s first CLEC, will deploy TdSoft’s TdGate voice access gateway to support VoDSL services to business customers. Initial deployments will cover major regions in Spain and Portugal.



9. Siemens’ Surpass to Include PT’s Adapters
Siemens will use Performance Technologies’ IPnexus CPC388 T1/E1/J1 adapter and NexusWare communications protocol software for PSTN connectivity within Siemens’ Surpass hiQ softswitch platform. Performance Technologies already supplies Siemens with Ethernet switches for IP network connectivity within the system.

Performance Technologies


11. VCON & Starbak Team to Offer Videoconferencing
Starbak Communications has combined its Torrent VCG videoconferencing to streaming media gateway with VCON’s Media Xchange Manager to offer a videoconferencing solution that features ad-hoc streaming and storage of videoconferences, CDRs of all recorded and streamed conferences for billing and planning, remote initiation by the network admin of videoconference streaming and storage, and a conversation status monitor that identifies where the Starbak resources are being allocated at any given time.



13. Phonetime Expands VoIP Network in Canada
Phonetime has expanded it VoIP network in Canada to serve 21 cities, representing 70% of Canada’s population. The Cisco and VocalTec driven network processed nearly 60 million minutes of traffic last month. The provider expects to process a billion minutes through the network by the end of the year including carriage of near 2% of all voice traffic from Canada to the U.S.

Nine additional cities are currently in the planning stage. Newmarket and Kingston are expected to be added to the net in the third quarter.

Cities currently serviced by Phonetime include Halifax, Montreal, Sherbrooke, Ottawa, Barrie, Toronto, Oshawa, Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo, Hamilton, St. Catherines, Windsor, London, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Whistler, Banff, Vancouver, and Victoria.


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