WorldStar to Use Ascend’s Equipment to Provide Global Services
WorldStar Telecommunications has announced that it is deploying Ascend’s equipment to offer value added IP services
including IP telephony, VPNs, Internet access (dedicated, dial-up and wireless), web hosting, ecommerce and streaming
video on a global basis. Ascend will also provide WorldStar with lifecycle network services including network planning,
design, implementation and management.
WorldStar initially plans to deploy the equipment in 31 U.S. markets, with deployment already in process in Atlanta,
Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle. The provider also plans
to build at least 250 additional POPs throughout Asia, Canada and Europe.
Services to the initial U.S. markets are scheduled to be available next month, with services to all other markets
slated to begin in December.
YiTong to Offer NetMoves’ FoIP Services
NetMoves said that YiTong Telecom Service Enterprise Limited, a China Telecom subsidiary, will distribute its
Internet fax services throughout the Guangdong province in China. According to the terms of the agreement,
NetMoves will install an Internet fax node at YiTong’s facility in the city of Shenzhen, from which the
provider will offer the services.
Late last year, NetMoves released a version of its Internet fax client software that supported the
Chinese language (both simplified and traditional). The company currently has a plethora of other
distributors in the Chinese market that generate approximately 10 million minutes of fax traffic to and
from China each year, with the service increasing by 200 percent CAGR.
Globus to Use Lucent Gear to Offer VoIP in Chile
Globus has announced that it is planning to use Lucent’s PacketStar Internet Telephony Servers (ITS) to provide
VoIP services in the Chilean market.
The H.323 compliant ITS product is based on Lucent’s PortMaster 4 integrated access concentrator platform and ComOS
operating system. It supports both real-time voice and fax transmissions, and is scaleable up to 672 ports. In addition,
five gateways can be interconnected to provide port densities of up to 3,360. The product supports G.729a and G.711
codecs, and elemedia’s H.323 software and a gatekeeper toolkit. It is designed to interoperate with VocalTec’s
Ensemble Architecture VoIP equipment and it can utilize the iNOW! profile (developed by Lucent, VocalTec and ITXC)
to provide interoperability with other gateways, gatekeepers or providers.
Globus, which is the long distance provider of CTC, S.A., currently offers long distance, data, and other value-added
services in the Chilean market.
Startec to Use Gear from Ascend, Clarent and Nortel to Offer Services
Startec Global Communications has announced that it is deploying equipment from Ascend, Clarent and Nortel to
build a global ATM/IP based network that will interconnect its international gateway facilities and enable it
to offer co-location, Internet transport and VoIP services to providers outside of the U.S. The company has
already built Internet co-location/VoIP gateway facilities in Los Angeles and Miami to serve the Asia Pacific
and the Latin American markets, and plans to build similar infrastructures in New York, and throughout Europe
Ruhuna 2001 Teams with Lanka Bell to Offer Services in Sri Lanka
Ruhuna 2001 Multivision, a Rystar subsidiary, reports that it is teaming with Lanka Bell to develop a range of
wireless-based communications products and services for Internet telephony. The companies plan to market the
technologies throughout Sri Lanka.
Ascend VoIP Platforms to Interoperate with Microsoft’s VoIP Client
Ascend has announced that its MultiVoice for the MAX and MAX TNT VoIP platforms will be interoperable with
Microsoft’s soon to be released NetMeeting 3.0 VoIP conferencing software. The NetMeeting software enables
users to place calls over the Internet from PC to PC. Interoperability with Ascend’s IP telephony platforms
will enable users to place calls over the Internet from PC to phone or vice versa.
The MultiVoice for the MAX and MAX TNT platforms utilize Analog Devices’ ADSP-21mod870 Internet gateway
DSPs to provide support for up to 672 ports (48 ports per DSP slot card) of voice and fax communications.
The products support interoperability with other VoIP products via H.323 v2 protocols combined with MGCP
and SS7 technologies. The applications also feature traditional PSTN capabilities such as caller ID,
voicemail access and delivery, and global network call progress tone support (dial tone, alerting tone,
busy and fast busy signals) in more than 21 countries. A billing API can be used to develop both debit
and credit services via third party billing vendors. The product ships with gatekeeper functionality such
as the ability to centrally manage multiple VoIP networks, and the ability for gatekeepers to communicate
with other gatekeepers that manage multiple networks. In addition, Ascend has implemented its own QoS
technology in the offerings, which sets type of service bits in the voice packets to enable the packets
to be prioritized as high priority. The gateways are also capable of automatically re-routing traffic to
the PSTN, should the VoIP network fail or become too congested.
InterVoice to Develop VoIP Functionality for its Call Center Products
InterVoice has said that it is developing VoIP capabilities for its OneVoice, AgentConnect and IN*Control call
center and call processing platforms. Initially, the company plans to develop the products to be interoperable
based on H.323 protocols, and capable of handling IP infrastructures such as 100 Base-T Ethernet, ATM and frame
relay. The products are also expected to offer enhanced service capabilities such as calling and debit card
support, messaging applications and network IVR solutions. In addition, the products will be able to allocate
ports to be exclusively used for routing traffic over IP networks or the PSTN, or any combination of the two,
without an impact on existing services.
The company expects to deploy the products in beta trials this June, with commercial availability slated for the
end of the year.
In a separate announcement, an undisclosed carrier has submitted an order for $3 million in InterVoice’s
products and services. The order consists of upgrades to the carrier’s installed base of InterVoice
products, and will enable the provider to implement plans to migrate its current circuit switched
voice traffic to IP networks.
Analogic To Offer CompactPCI Based NAC Boards for VoIP Products
Analogic has announced the introduction of three CompactPCI based network access cards, the 120, the 240 and the
672, designed for VoIP Trunking, VoIP Gateways, remote access servers, call centers or ISDN router applications.
All three cards are 6U, hot-swap compliant and include a H.110 protocol telephony bus. The 120 and 240 cards feature
software selectable interfaces for T1s/E1s or PR ISDN, and can support port capacities of up to 120 or 240,
respectively. The 672 can support up to 672 simultaneous channels via a DS-3 interface. All boards ship with
a 10 Mbit Ethernet interface and a Motorola MPC860 processor with VxWorks OS for data networking applications.
The boards are expected to be commercially available by fall. The 120 is priced at $4495, the 240 at $6995, and
the 672 at $17,995. OEM quantity discounts are available.
Mitel’s VoIP Gateway Integrated Into Symbol’s Wireless Technology
Symbol Technologies said that it has integrated Mitel’s H.323-compliant VoIP gateway into its wireless Spectrum24
wireless LAN and NetVision VoIP mobile phone system. The gateway will be located at the hub of the wireless network
system, where calls will be routed through a PBX to the gateway, and then on to the Spectrum24 wireless LAN, which
can forward the calls to mobile phones, PCs, or other data devices. The system will also be able to route calls from
wireless LAN devices to the gateway and then on to the destination.
Franklin to Use TEK Digitel’s VoIP Technology to Develop SOHO VoIP Products
Franklin Telecom has announced that it will integrate TEK Digitel’s SOHO VoIP technology into its backoffice Internet
telephony software to develop an IP based voice, video and data communications offering for the small businesses
TEK DigiTel’s SOHO VoIP platform, the V-Server iGATE, consolidates multiple solutions and devices for voice, data
and Internet communications into one application. It is equipped as a WAN router with an Ethernet port, a serial
port, an ISDN BRI, and two V/FoIP ports. The company recently integrated Telogy Network’s H.323 Golden Gateway
V/FoIP embedded software into the unit to enable it to interoperate with equipment from various vendors. So far,
it has passed interoperability testing with gatekeepers from Cisco, VocalTec and Radvision, and Microsoft’s
In a separate announcement, Franklin Telecom has said that it will integrate support for the iNOW!
(interoperability NOW!) profile into its Internet telephony platforms. The profile, developed by Lucent,
VocalTec and ITXC, is based on H.323v2 protocols and the H.225.0 Annex G to enable gateways and gatekeepers
from different vendors to interoperate.
iNow! participants include 3Com, Alcatel, Analogic, Ascend, AudioCodes, Cisco, Clarent, Dialogic, ECI Telecom,
Ericsson, Franklin Telecom, ITXC, Linkon, Lucent, OzEmail Interline, Mier Communications, Motorola, Natural
MicroSystems, Netrix, Netrue, NetSpeak, QuesCom, Siemens, Tundo and VocalTec.
Waverider & Voice Mobility Team to Develop Wireless VoIP Gear
WaveRider Communications, a provider of wireless Internet products, has announced that it is teaming with
Voice Mobility, a unified messaging firm, to develop wireless VoIP products. The initial products are not
expected to be commercially available until the end of 2000.
Hitachi Teams With elemedia to Develop VoIP Products
Hitachi Semiconductor has announced that it is teaming with elemedia to develop and market IP telephony
technologies and reference platforms. According to the terms of the agreement, the companies will share
embedded CPU design technologies, and embedded signal processing and communications protocols to develop
products such as commercial and residential gateways, and portable consumer appliances.
TTC Introduces H.323 VoIP System Analysis Software
TTC has announced the introduction of its H.323 VoIP system analysis tool, the FIREBERD DNA-323 Analyzer. It enables
users to monitor and maintain a H.323 compliant network by providing statistical data on both the upper layer and
the physical protocol decoding layer of the network. The application presents data analysis on the full duplex
voice drop, play back and decoding problems present in the network, and it allows users to specify a set of
information for the application to capture.
The software ships on a CD-ROM for Windows 95, 98 or NT platforms. It is expected to be commercially available
in July, at a price of US$3,995.
MIL 3 Introduces Network QoS Testing Software
MIL 3 has announced the availability of its network development and QoS testing software, the IT DecisionGuru. The
application is designed to evaluate the real world performance of QoS technologies such as available bit rate, type
of service or weighted fair queuing that will be implemented in planned ATM, frame relay or IP networks used to
route voice and multimedia services.
The software is currently available. It is priced at $19,000.