IP Telephony news wrap-up for May 25 – 2006

GL Communications has introduced PacketScan and RTP Toolbox, 2 new VoIP testing solutions. PacketScan is a packet analyzer and probe that monitors, reports, analyzes, and captures VoIP calls. The product measures call quality (MOS and R-factor), packet loss, latency, and provides CDRs.

RTP Toolbox tests gateways, ATAs, and other voice signal processing functions in VoIP networks. It automatically scans for incoming RTP voice streams or generates RTP streams and provides oscilloscope and spectral analysis on any CODEC stream.

The Toolbox also features generation and analyzation of voice files and test tones (DTMF, MF, R2, etc); record/playback of user defined files; VOMon based R-factor and MOS scoring; call control; a TCL client applications for remote connectivity; client server operation; and echo cancellation testing.

Both testing systems support a wide array of CODECs such as G.711, GSM, G.729a, G.729b, G.726, AMR, EVRC, SMV, iLBC, and SPEEX.

GL Communications
Vonage Holdings, trading under the symbol VG on the NYSE, started its first day of trading down nearly 13% from its morning price per share of $17. Most of the day, the stock traded at less than $15 a share. The weak performance made Vonage the worst IPO debut in 2 years.

Vonage’s IPO values the company at $2.6 billion. However, the company has never posted a profit and has even stated that it doesn’t expect to be profitable in the foreseeable future. The service provider posted a net loss of $85.2 million in the first quarter of this year.

The IPO is bad timing for Vonage – as the company is daunted by telco and cable competitors emerging with equal or better service offerings, by a rising customer churn rate, reports of awful customer service, and the baggage that comes with Chairman Jeffrey Citron’s history with the SEC (settled fraud allegations for $22.5 million and an agreement never to work with a security broker or dealer again).

Comverse acquired NetCentrex S.A. for approximately $159 million in cash plus a potential earnout of $16 million more if the company meets certain financial milestones. The deal has been consumated as Comverse’s board of directors faces a criminal investigation for issuing stock option grants so that they corresponded with certain dates in the past when the company’s stock price was low. Comverse was among several companies identified by the Wall Street Journal for potentially engaging
in this illegal activity.

In a separate announcement, NetCentrex introduced IPCentrex One, a turnkey solution for the deployment of hosted telephony services. The offering is designed to support businesses with 20 or less employees. IPCentrex One is touted for pre-provisioned CPE, which speeds and simplifies installation.

On World has released Consumer Mobile VOIP: Industries Collide, a study that explores the landscapes for both the Wi Fi and VoIP and cell and VoIP markets. The 141-page report includes a discussion of market drivers and growth inhibitors as well as providing global 5-year forecasts.

The firm projects that 100 million consumers will use a mobile VoIP service in 2011 and that more than half of the VoIP devices will be shipped by the PC industry rather than the telecom industry. Wi Fi enabled mobile entertainment devices are projected to make up 36% of all mobile VoIP devices sold in 2011. In the same year, On World expects Skype to achieve a 25% share of the global mobile VoIP market, generating $1.2 billion in revenue alone.

The publication is available for $999.

On World
Mera has released MVTS II, an enhanced softswitch version with a plethora of new features. The fully distributed modular platform includes native support for SIP, H.323 and variants, as well as transcoding capabilites. The updated product also includes an advanced call routing capability that uses not only includes least cost as a parameter but also best quality, route capacity, gateway and route load, along with other criteria. Providers have the option for the system to choose the most profitable path for each call, blocking routes generating low or no profit.

Other features include operational analysis and reporting, softswitch partitioning and mobile number portability (MNP). MNP allows call termination to a user’s cell phone provider, regardless of the number prefix.

Ultimately, all of the new features and capabilities are designed to cut costs. The MVTS II will be available next month. It is currently being field tested.

Mera Systems
Linksys has introduced WIP 300 and WIP 330, two new 802.11g-based wireless phones. Both models use SIP for VoIP, include a LCD display, and support a suite of calling features.

The WIP 300 features a 1.8 inch color display, a backlit keypad, a RF and battery level indication, and a connection status button. It has a Wi-Fi survey tool and a USB charger interface. Calling features supported include call forwarding, call transfer and call history. The phone is available for $220.

The WIP 330 features a 2.2 inch color display, QoS support, accelerated hotspot authentication, a built in Internet browser, support for Internet activities (email retrieval, web site access, Internet video display) and auto-provisioning using HTTP or HTTPS for configuration. Calling features supported include 3-way conferencing, call hold, and caller ID. The phone is priced at $370.

Both phones require a broadband Internet connection, a wireless router or access point with DHCP server and activated VoIP service.

The IMS Evolution Summit is scheduled to be held at the Catamaran Resort Hotel in San Diego June 26-28. The event will include 9 panel sessions with 35 speakers covering topics such as market drivers, new revenue streams, IMS capabilities, deployment considerations, legacy integration challenges, the value chain, a vendor roadmap, and implementation timelines. Sponsors and exhibitors include IBM, Intel, HP, Amdocs, NewHeights, and Ditech Communications.

IMS Evolution Summit

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