IP Telephony news wrap-up for May 23 – 2006

The FCC has issued an order requiring CALEA compliance by facilities-based broadband Internet access providers and providers of interconnected VoIP by May 14, 2007. In addition, affected providers must submit a system security manual to the FCC within 90 days of the order being published in the Federal Register. The manual, along with on-going reports, must explain, in detail, how CALEA compliance is being met.

The FCC order has left some issues unresolved. For instance, the agency has not clearly defined what call identifying information will be required for law enforcement and what the agency considers reasonably available to be. The FCC has stated that providers will be able to recover costs associated with CALEA compliance, but has not detailed how.

The new order has been left ambiguous enough to allow the FCC to make regulatory adjustments as the market matures.

FCC
Spider (Service Provider ID E.164 Record Registry), a non-profit organization, has established a managed registry of service provider controlled interconnect addressing information for the VoIP marketplace, in accordance with the ITU’s E.164 standard for international phone numbers. The shared database tools will facilitate worldwide VoIP peering between service providers and VoIP communities. Services will be provided via a set of competing registrars using SOAP/XML APIs to provide account validation, customer support and billing.

Users of Spider can create accounts, provision numbers for the accounts, and specify interconnect/routing address records for their partners to download into their respective EMUM/SIP addressing servers for call routing. Spider pushes interconnect/addressing data to downstream addressing servers operated by individual service providers, VoIP communities, and interconnect intermediaries. Service providers will query their own addressing servers on a call by call basis to discover trusted interconnect routing options. The solution will reduce the number of unnecessary VoIP/TDM conversions, as well as reduce termination costs by facilitating the direct routing of voice traffic.

Registrars will only pay Spider a fee for successful queries that use Spider’s data. There will be no additional fees such as charges to create, administer or provision numbers or interconnect addresses within a Spider account.

Registrars will be able to set their own pricing as well as offer value added interconnection services such as hosted address resolution, transport and signaling services.

NetNumber has been commissioned by the Spider Registry to develop and operate its database. The first certified registrar of the service is Arbinet.

Spider’s 7-person board of directors will be responsible for the organization’s pricing and policies.

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NetNumber
Arbinet
Freescale Semiconductor has introduced MSC8144, a StarCore-based, programmable, multicore DSP to be offered in 800 MHz and 1 GHz versions. The DSP is designed for use in VoIP media gateways, trunking solutions, and video conference servers in wireline networks and for wireless implementations, the DSP is optimized for voice transcoding and IMS gateways, video MCUs, Layer 2 processing (in RNCs) and bandband cards for 3G, Super 3G, and WiMax basestations.

The DSP consists of 4 DSP cores, propelled by the SC3400. The SC3400 includes SIMD instructions, precise exception, branch prediction as well as a higher clock rate than previous generation DSPs. The core also supports specialized instructions for Viterbi and video algorithms, boosting performance. Each core is surrounded by a 16 KB instruction cache, 32 KB data cache and a MMU for memory and task protection.

The MSC8144 features:

* Dual Gigabit Ethernet interfaces supporting SGMII and RGMII
* 16-bit Utopia interface for ATM support
* 4X/1X serial Rapid IO interface for packet transfer
* 66 MHz, 32-bit PCI bus interface for additional connectivity
* DDR-I/II controller serving as a memory interface
* 10.5 MB of internal memory
* 2,048 TDM DS0 channels for PSTN connectivity
* Dual RISC core implementation of QUICC Engine that offloads tasks from the DSP
* Fully binary software
* Compatibility with company’s existing line of other StarCore based DSPs

The processor, based on Freescale’s 90nm silicon on insulator technology, will be shipped in 783 pin, 29 x 29 mm FC PBGA packaging. Pricing in quantities of 10,000 is expected to be $180 per unit. Availability is scheduled for Q3 of this year.

Along with the MSC8144, the company is offering CodeWarrior, an IDE that includes C/C++ compilers, profiling tools, cycle and instruction accurate simulators, device drivers and operating systems. The tool set also includes a hardware development platform and reference board design. Other offerings to accelerate development time include licensing multimedia CODECs and software frameworks from FreeScale or from its partners.

Freescale Semiconductor
Atlas Telecom has launched residential VoIP services over its fixed wireless network in Romania. The service is driven by DECT infrastructure (nodes, cordless phones, and 802.11 technology) and BroadSoft’s application server. DECT base stations are deployed atop lamp posts.

Altas Telecom
Telefonica Deutschland is upgrading its network to support residential and business FMC services as well as 25 Mbps ADSL2+ services. To drive the new services, the provider will deploy Cisco’s PGW 2200 softswitch and AS5350 and AS 5400 media gateways.

Data Dimension will serve as the systems integrator.

Telefonica provides services in Germany to 30 national carriers and 160 ISPs.

TDC, a cable and DSL service provider based in Denmark, has launched residential VoIP using Cisco’s BTS 10200 and PGW 2200 softswitches and AS 5000 gateways. For CPE, TDC will deploy Linksys’ residential gateways for ADSL subscribers and Scientific Atlanta’s WebStar DPX2203 cable modems for cable subs.

Telefonica Deutschland
Cisco Systems
TDC DSL
TDC Cable
The DSL Forum has published TR-122, Base Requirements for Consumer Oriented ATA Functionality, a new standard defining the functionality and management of terminal adapters in DSL networks. The specification also addresses the QoE and the technology’s ease of use.

DSL Forum
DSL Forum’s TR Specifications
AudioCodes has entered into a definite agreement to acquire Nuera Communications in a deal that calls for Nuera stockholders to receive $85 million in cash (subject to reduction for certain expenses) plus an additional $5 million if Nuera meets certain revenue milestones over the upcoming year. Nuera offers a line of VoIP gear including softswitches, media gateways, and management systems. AudioCodes expects the acquisition to give the company a stronger presence in North America and Asia as well as improve its VoCable and VoB offerings.

AudioCodes
Nuera Communications
AT&T has expanded the reach of its Network Integration Services to include Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Japan. The service division offers network and vendor consolidation, WAN/LAN infrastructure design and construction, security policy compliance checks and remediation, data center management, interoperability design and testing, help desk support, VoIP/network convergence assessment, application design and management, telecom aggregation, customized servicing and maintenance contracts, and private network design and construction.

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