IP Telephony News Wrap-up for May, 26 2005

1. MGE Introduces PoE Midspan and UPS Solution for VoIP
MGE has introduced a PoE midspan (power hub) that works in conjunction with a UPS to provide continuous power to remotely connected IP phones, wireless LANs, Bluetooth access points and IP powered video surveillance and security systems.

The PoE midspan is a 19 inch rack mount that is 1U high. It features auto sensing algorithms for non-powered device protection, front panel LEDs to indicate system status and supply to RJ45 ports, and power management software. The technology is available in an optional SNMP version that enables telemetry gathering as well as remote control over the midspan.

The 24-port, 10/100 Mbps midspan sits between an Ethernet switch and the connected equipment, providing 15.4 watts of 48-volt DC power per port.

The midspan is available for $1199. The SNMP version goes for $1499.


3. Northgate BPO Launches PC to PC/Phone Service
Hyderabad-based Northgate BPO has launched Globe7, a new prepaid PC to PC/phone VoIP service targeting consumers in the U.S. and Canada that distinguishes itself from other services by supporting follow me service, which can route incoming calls to a user’s mobile phone or home phone. In addition, the Globe7 softphone doubles as a MP3 player.

The service is available via 2 calling plans including one with 700 minutes of North American calling for $11.99 per month and a second with unlimited calling within the U.S. and Canada, as well as 15 other countries for 29.99 per month. Per minute calling rates for all other international destinations are accessible on the provider’s web site. Subscribers of either plan are assigned a free U.S. based phone number.

The 15 other countries included in the second calling plan include the UK, France, the Netherlands, Australia, Germany, Mexico (Mexico City only), Belgium, Italy, Russia (Moscow and St. Petersburg only), Belgium, China, Singpore, Argentina (only Buenos Aires), Denmark, Malaysia, and Chile. Of these, call must be made to landlines only, except for China and Singapore, where calls to mobile phones are included in the package.

The beta version of the softphone employs SIP, Java and the G.723 audio CODEC. Features include adaptive traffic engineering mechanisms, actual ring back tone support, and the capability to be deployed beyond any firewall, pending port 5060 is left open.

Bandwidth utilization per call ranges from 6 to 18 kbps.

The service requires Windows XP or 2000 along with a computer with a Pentium III 533 Mhz processor with 128 MB RAM and 60 MB disk space available, sound card, speakers, microphone, and a dialup or broadband Internet connection.

Since April, the beta version of the softphone has been downloaded more than 24,000 times. The first commercial version is scheduled to be released next month. A reseller program is also available.


5. Quintum Enhances Session Border Controller
Quintum Technologies has enhanced its Tenor Call Relay session border controller by increasing capacity to support up to 60 simultaneous calls. The device functions as a signaling gateway, media gateway, and gatekeeper. Security is provided by NATAccess and Remote NAT. The SBC is offered with optional multiplexing software that can reduce the bandwidth required by multiple calls between Tenor switches and Call Relays by up to 57%.

Pricing for the Tenor Call Relay 60 starts at $2,000.

In a separate announcement, the vendor said it has introduced the BX series of Tenor Multipath switches, a product family designed to provide VoIP switching for enterprises with ISDN BRI lines. The new technology can support 2, 4, or 8 BRI S/T lines.

The switches support a wide array of applications such as PBX extension, remote office connectivity, long distance consolidation, and call centers. Service providers can deploy the BX line as VoIP CPE.

Pricing for the Tenor BX switches start at $1,600.

Quintum Technologies

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