IP Telephony News Wrap-up for May, 24 2005

1. Veraz Introduces Hosted IP Centrex Solution
Veraz Networks has introduced Group Centrex Enhanced Subscriber Services Solution, a hosted IP Centrex service solution that allows service providers to offer standard IP Centrex, messaging, and conferencing to mid-sized businesses and enterprise branch offices.

The Centrex system supports extension dialing, speed dial, call return, last number redial, consultation hold, call transfer, 3-way calling, call waiting, calling line ID, call forwarding, do not disturb, voice messaging, calling plans, device inventory, series completion, hunt groups, and web-based moves, adds, and changes.

Integrated billing is supported for both on and off net calls. Security and NAT traversal are provided by the border gateway.

The solution consists of Veraz’s softswitch, I-Gate 4000 media gateways, and 3rd party application servers, IADs, SIP phones, and border gateways.

Veraz Networks

3. IDC Releases Study on Microsoft’s VoIP Initiatives
IDC has released Microsoft Puts LCS and VoIP Center Stage, a report that examines the emergence of the Live Communications Server as well as other products to be released by the company for VoIP applications such as the Connected Services Framework. The study also tracks service provider partnerships such as the vendor’s alliance with British Telecom, MCI, BT, Bell Canada and Celcom Malaysia.


5. Broadcom Sues Qualcomm over Patent Infringement
Broadcom has filed lawsuits against Qualcomm, claiming the company has infringed upon 10 of its patents related to wired and wireless communications and multimedia processing technology.

In two complaints filed yesterday in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Broadcom is seeking unspecified monetary damages from Qualcomm as well as a permanent injunction barring the manufacture and sale of Qualcomm’s core suite of baseband and RF integrated circuits, including its multimedia, enhanced and convergence platform chips and its QChat VoIP technology for cellular phones, which Broadcom alleges infringe its patents.

Additionally, today Broadcom filed a complaint with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) alleging that Qualcomm has engaged in unfair trade practices by importing integrated circuits and other products that infringe five Broadcom patents. Broadcom requested that the ITC institute an investigation into Qualcomm’s infringing imports and ultimately issue an Exclusion Order to bar importation of those Qualcomm devices into the United States. Broadcom also seeks a Cease and Desist Order to bar further sales of infringing Qualcomm products that have already been imported.

Broadcom expects that the ITC investigation will commence in late June and that the case will be tried early next year.

Broadcom’s intellectual property portfolio today includes 955 issued U.S. patents and over 3,200 additional U.S. patent applications.



7. Mix Networks Launches U.S. Consumer VoIP Service
Mix Networks has launched a PC to phone and primary line phone to phone consumer VoIP service in the U.S., with an unlimited North American calling plan offered at $21.95 per month. The service features voicemail, caller ID, call waiting, call forwarding, call return, repeat dialing, and 3-way calling.

Not only is Mix’s service loaded with hidden fees, the provider doesn’t even disclose its terms of service on its web site. Some hidden fees revealed by a company rep over the phone include a $36 activation fee, a $80 ATA fee, a hardware shipping fee, and a $40 service cancellation fee. Directory assistance is charged at 89 cents per call.

Mix Networks

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