IP Telephony News Wrap-up for May, 25 1998

AT&T Upgrades its Network with IP Telephony Gear from Linkon and Syrinx

Linkon has announced that AT&T will purchase $1.89 million in LinkNet
Internet Telephony Gateways and Syrinx speech systems software. The
purchase will be used to upgrade AT&T’s existing customer service network
which deploys the Linkon Escape VRU platforms.

The LinkNet PCI-based gateway uses Linkon’s Maestro system switching cards
for the Sun PCI bus. The Maestro system is a DSP based communications
board. It suppports an array of applications including VoIP, Internet fax,
and call center automation. The Maestro card is engineered to provide
features such as an SCBus connector for linking SCSA compliant boards
together on the bus plane, a data transfer rate of 8 Mbps, and support for
up to 48 voice channels per PCI slot.

Syrinx Speech Sytems recognizer is a speech recognition technology that
offers high performance speaker independent recognition of continuously
spoken telephone speech in almost any language or accent. It offers
features including word spotting, isolated word recognition, barge-in and
speaker dependent recognition.

Syrinx focuses on the voice processing and CT markets. The company has
developed speech technologies with features that support both speaker independent and
dependent recognition of continuously spoken words.





Syrinx Speech Systems


InTrek Chooses eFusion’s IP telephony E-Commerce Solution

InTrek Corporation, an Internet payment solutions provider, has announced
that it will offer voice enabled web pages using eFusion’s Push-to-Talk
(PtT) technology.





Franklin Telecom Adds Settlement Services to Its Tempest Gateways

Franklin Telecom has announced the addition of a billing & authorization
server to its Tempest IP telephony gateway system. The server will provide
a centralized, managed invoicing facility for a network of Tempest
Data/Voice Gateways and will track and manage a database of subscribers.
The server will support credit, debit, pre-paid and other account types.
Network owners and their customers will be able to view reports generated
by the server through the customer support workstation or a web browser.
The customer support user interface is a point-and-click application for
creating and maintaining the network, which includes rate tables,
subscriber rights, subscriber billing options and network management. In
addition, a sophisticated invoicing application will support additional
features such as batching, reprints and fixed charges.

When a call is placed, the B&A server will authenticate the user code and
verify that the account has sufficient credit. Next, it will route the
call to its destination. Once a call is completed, the Gateway will send
CDR information to the B&A server and enable it to make the necessary
changes to the database to reflect a new account balance.

In a separate announcement, LDNet has beta tested the Tempest gateways and
the Billing & Authorization Server in eight mid-western cities. LDNet’s
service provides unlimited phone to phone or PC to phone Internet telephony
calls for $19.95 per month. The service uses Megsinet’s backbone.

Franklin Telecom






Intel Purchases Equity Stake in HotOffice

Intel has announced that it has placed an equity investment in HotOffice
Technologies. Financial details were not disclosed. HotOffice owns and
operates the Virtual Office, a service that utilizes a suite of
communications and collaboration applications to enable telecommuting over
the Internet. It features web-based e-mail, online conferencing,
document sharing and publishing, bulletin boards, Internet telephony,
travel planning, and business research services.

HotOffice Technologies




Glocalnet and Interfon Team to Provide Internet Telephony

Glocalnet AB has announced an agreement with Interfon AG to provide IP
telephony solutions to end customers. According to the terms of the
agreement, Interfon will bundle Glocalnet’s global VoIP termination service
with equipment that it is installing and maintaining for customers. The two
companies have launched a trial service with corporate customers in
Switzerland, with plans to offer the service commercially by summer.

Glocalnet is deploying a pan-European VoIP network. The network has POPs in
Stockholm, London and Amsterdam, with plans for POPs in Frankfurt, Paris,
Zurich, Brussels and Milan. By the end of the year, Glocalnet intends to
have more than 2800 voice ports installed. The company is connecting its
POPs via VPN technology.

Interfon provides VoIP solutions and services to corporations, ISPs, and
end users. The services include inter-lata, inter-continental and
international telephone/fax calls over IP networks such as the Internet.



Interfon AG


Mericom AG


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