1. Lucent to Acquire Telica; Wins Vendor Contract from BellSouth
Lucent Technologies has agreed to acquire Telica, supplier of a softswitch solution for approximately $295 million in stock and options, plus additional employee related cash payments. Lucent will exchange 92.7 million shares of common stock and options for all of Telica’s equity. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year.
Telica’s softswitch solution consists of its Plexus 9000 media gateway, Plus signaling gateway, and Plus media gateway controller. These products will be marketed and sold as part of Lucent’s Accelerate portfolio.
Telica has about 250 employees, mostly based in Massachusetts.
In other news, Lucent has said BellSouth will deploy its Accelerate VoIP portfolio to provide IP Centrex services to businesses within its coverage area, which includes nine states in the southeast U.S. Specifically, BellSouth will deploy Lucent’s EBS Communications Manager and iMerge Centrex Feature Gateway. The technology delivers Class 5 features and functionality.
3. Oki Introduces 2 New VoIP Gateways
Oki Network Technologies has introduced 2 new VoIP gateways including the BV7100 and the BV7060. Both gateways support H.323 v4, SIP, T.38, G.711, G.723, and G.729. The gateways employ advanced jitter buffers, silence suppression, echo cancellation, VLAN tagging, DiffServ, ToS, and NAT traversal features.
The BV7100, designed for digital telephony environments, supports either a T1 or E1 inteface. It hosts up to 60 VoIP channels. The gateway can simultaneously connect PBX and PSTN systems. Other features include QSIG Feature Transparency (H.323), CAS signaling, and RADIUS accounting. Oki also offers a gateway that operates in dual T1/E1 mode, known as the BV7200.
The BV7060, designed for analog telephony environments, is a 10- channel multi-port FXO VoIP gateway that can be configured to connect standard analog lines or PBX extensions to an IP network, or route calls from an IP network to the PSTN. It provides 8 FXS and 2 FXO lines, with a hard wired bypass feature for PSTN failover, in the event of a power failure.
Oki Network Technologies
5. AT&T’s CallVantage Service Expanded in Western U.S.
AT&T has expanded its VoIP based CallVantage primary line residential service to include Phoenix, Boulder-Longmont, Denver, Fort Collins, Portland-Vancouver, Salem, Bellingham, Bremerton, Olympia, Seattle, Tacoma, Sacramento, Santa Cruz- Watsonville, Santa Rosa, Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa, and the Ventura areas of California.
7. Selta Telematica to introduce IP PBX
Italy based Selta Telematica is using Performance Technologies’ IPnexus MTN41000 media and packet processing subsystem and UniPorte media and packet processing software to develop an IP PBX system.
9. Performance Technologies Unveils Media & Packet Processing
Performance Technologies (PT) has introduced MTN2300, a media and packet processing subsystem that functions as a VoIP solution in a PCI form factor. The technology, which as 240 ports, supports functionality that enables IP based applications such as auto-attendant, voicemail, IVR, conferencing, and unified messaging.
nPlusOne, a UK based ITSP, is using MTN2300 and the PT’s UniPorte software to provide the underlying media processing functionality in its vXML media server platform.
11. Bresnan to Use Net2Phone’s Hosted Service to Offer VoCable
Bresnan Communications, the 13th largest MSO in the U.S., will use Net2Phone’s hosted VoIP solution to offer primary line residential VoIP services to its cable customers. The service will include local, long distance and international calling. Net2Phone will serve as the systems integrator. Deployments are scheduled to begin immediately.
Bresnan has more than 300,000 video subscribers and its network passes more than 500,000 homes.
13. Information Gatekeepers to Host VoIP Forum in Boston in June
Information Gatekeepers will host VoIP Market Forum on June 11th at the Burlington Marriott in Boston. The event will cover the current state of the market, emerging technologies, regulatory and policy issues, deployment challenges and strategies for both phone and cable companies.
The one-day event will include presentations by representatives of IGI Consulting, Boston University, Johnson & Fiedler Associates, i2Telecom, OneUnited Bank, Brix Networks, Concord Communications, and Veraz Networks.
Registration is $295. Briefing notes will be available for $395 on paper or for $795 on a CD.
VoIP Market Forum
15. Level3 to Expand Wholesale VoIP Service to 300 U.S. Markets
Level3 will expand its VoIP Local Inbound service to 300 U.S. markets by the end of June, offering conversion to IP and termination to more than 80% of the U.S. population. The service will be offered over the provider’s MPLS-enabled backbone. Currently, Level3 offers the service in 73 markets.
In other news, Level3 has announced the establishment of its VoIP Technology Alliance Program, VoIP TAP. The initiative will allow vendors to test equipment interoperability with the provider’s softswitch platform and VoIP services. Participants will be able to test call flows, architectures, and applications.
17. Rockwell Firstpoint Unveils CallManager Add-On for Contact Centers
Rockwell Firstpoint has introduced an extension to Cisco’s CallManager that extends the technology’s capability within call center environments. The product features priority queuing, which establishes priorities for the most valuable customer segments; real- time intelligent announcements that offers callers information on position in queue or wait time; simulation/modeling tools to test integrity of routing sequences and troubleshoot configurations; reports that have more than 1,800 data elements and 180 standard report templates; and dynamic business rules administration to respond to conditions such as time of day, average speed of answer, and auto adjust for those conditions.
The CallManager extension is $1,950 per user.
19. Verizon Launches Long Haul IP VPN Service
Verizon has launched long haul IP VPN service to support its large business, education and government customers. The service is immediately available in select mid- Atlantic and Northeast areas and will be expanded to the South and West over the summer.
The IP VPN service will be offered with two service quality options. The provider’s offering includes SLAs for both local and long haul portions. Protocol support is provided for Cisco’s proprietary EIGRP and an unnamed standard industry routing protocol.