IP Telephony news wrap-up for May 31 – 2006

PMC-Sierra has introduced a new residential gateway platform consisting of SoCs based on MIPS’ 34K hardware multi-threaded core. The platform, featuring 180k packets per second IP forwarding and QoS support, includes a reference design with ADSL2+, VDSL2 and EOPN WAN interface options and software.

The solution can provide traffic management, routing, bridging, and firewall tasks as well as functioning as a terminal adapter. Security is delivered via hardware IPsec acceleration. The SoCs have PCI, USB 2.0 host/client interfaces and a TDM interface for connection to external SLIC/SLAC devices.

The company will be offering a SDK with the plaform based on Linux 2.6. It will include a multi-threaded networking SSP, a management framework SSP, and optionally, a VoIP gateway SSP.

The MSP7100 family of processors will begin sampling this quarter. A support package including a programmers’ guide, reference designs, and development boards are available upon request. Detailed information about PMC-Sierra technological approach can be accessed in a white paper on the company’s web site entitled Next Generation Residential Gateways.

WebPoint Communications has launched FreeDigits, a PC to phone or phone to phone service that provides subscribers with free, unlimited inbound calling but yet charges 3 cents per minute for outbound calling within North America. Subscribers must have a broadband connection and for phone to phone support, they must purchase a terminal adapter. The service features assignment of a U.S. based phone number, voicemail, voicemail forwarding to another phone or to email, caller ID, speed dial, message waiting indicator, and 3-way calling. LNP is supported in some markets.

All outbound calls made through the service are private – with subscribers’ numbers not appearing on caller IDs or being traceable in any way.

The company is marketing the service as a way for teens to expand Internet communications to include phone calls without having to reveal their phone number. However, the anonymity features are likely to be more attractive to scam artists.

Comdasys has introduced Convergence 4600, a session border controller for deployment by either enterprises or service providers. The device features QoS functionality, session admission control and policy enforcement, TLS and SRTP termination, bandwidth consumption monitoring, and CALEA support. The SBC can handle 10,000 users and up to 2,000 concurrent calls. It can also support up to 750 calls per second with enabled SRTP termination.

The 4600 is available in a single 19 chassis.

Verizon Business has launched an aggressive international initiative offering IP trunking, hosted IP Centrex, managed IP PBX, IP access for BRI and PRI-based PBXs, and wholesale VoIP gateway services. By the end of the year, the services are expected to be available in the U.S., UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, and South Africa.

The IP Trunking service was rolled out with Cisco’s CallManager 4.1.3, but will eventually be available for CallManager Express and Avaya’s Communication Manager 3.

The wholesale VoIP gateway service enables wholesale customers to offer SIP-based VoIP to PSTN trunking services and global termination of calls through a single solution. The service features metered outbound local calling and directory or operator services, available in 23 languages. Other features include LNP, e911 and web-based order submission.

The company’s managed IP PBX service features a SLA that issues will be resolved within 3.5 hours, notification of issues within 15 minutes, an average MOS of 4.0 and up to 100% credit for missed metrics.

Verizon has also announced that it is offering application aware network tools to its private IP customers. The tools will provide network assessment, reporting, dynamic bandwidth and application and packet marking.

Verizon Business
Tekelec has introduced the 3300 Convergence Gateway, a multi-purpose, multi-application gateway for emerging IMS networks that supports FMC capability via support for voice call continuity, 2G SCIM, transitional SCIM (SIP/SS7), and IMS SCIM. The gateway can be deployed as a stand alone element or in combination with other Tekelec solutions such as the Eagle ISS, the 9000 switching solution, or the 6000 VoIP application server.

The 3300 can be configured as the mobility manager, providing interaction between the HLR and the S-CSCF registrar in the IMS domain and ultimately supporting roaming between Wi Fi and mobile networks.

In a SCIM configuration, the gateway provides IN to IN and IN to IMS service interaction. For IN/AIN, the devices provides service interaction through the use of IM service switching function and IM service control function building blocks.

When deployed with the Eagle ISS, the new technology provides SIP/SS7 capabilities. The transitional SCIM function provides service continuity between 2G and IMS services. When deployed with the 6000 application server, the combination delivers an enterprise hosted Centrex and PBX solution for mobile subscribers.

Some configuations of the gateway will not be available until Q’3.

Recent customer win announcements for Tekelec include Burlington Telecom, Crocker Telecommunications, and Vortex Broadband Communications

Boingo, a wholesale Wi-Fi aggregator, has introduced the Boingo Embedded Wi-Fi Toolkit, an open source software package that enables developers to integrate Wi-Fi connection management to any Wi-Fi hotspot into small form factor devices such as dual mode phones, VoIP handsets, mobile gaming consoles and other portable devices.

The toolkit enables detection, association, and authentication to public Wi-Fi signals and incorporates power-saving logic for recognizing known signals to minimize unnecessary connections that waste battery power. It employs a modular architecture to simplify porting and adapting to the manufacturerís application needs. In a nutshell, the software provides an alternative to cellular data networks in handsets and other mobile devices. The product line works with the Boingo Embedded Configuration Server, which allows service providers to remotely provision devices and update configuration files and policies over the air.

The source code for the toolkit is available under both open source and commercial licensing. Under the Lesser General Public License (LGPL) open source license, developers are required to republish modifications back to the open source community. The Application Abstraction Layer and Platform Abstraction Layers are licensed under the Apache 2.0 open source license, which doesnít require republishing and allows hardware manufacturers to retain the proprietary nature of their hardware interfaces and GUI frameworks.

The open source software can be integrated into handsets without incurring a license fee. A commercial license is also available for those handset vendors or service providers that want proprietary features that are unique to their devices or require a closed source option. Under the commercial licenses, changes to the code are not required to be republished to the open source community.

The toolkit along with supporting documentation can be downloaded from Sourceforge.net in BREW, Linux, Windows Mobile 2003 and Windows Mobile 5 versions. Further documentation and testing tools are accessible for download from the Boingo web site.

Participants of the program include Accton, BridgePort, Broadcom, Devicescape, E28, Ganag, iBahn, Kineto, Kyocera, Microsoft, Priority, StayOnline, and Taproot.

Boingo networks 45,000 Wi-Fi locations from more than 130 operators into one worldwide network. Boingo users can connect to any of these locations with a single Boingo account using Boingo’s free Wi-Fi client software, which combines nearly 500 network names into one network.

Boingo also partners with service providers to allow their users to access these hot spots through its Boingo Platform Services program. The program provides partners with access to this network, customized client software, and a suite of back-office billing, roaming, mediation and clearinghouse services to allow them to offer their own Wi-Fi service. To date, Boingo has announced Platform Services partnerships with BT Infonet, Earthlink, Fiberlink, Sprint, Verizon Business, Skype and Telecom Italia.

Boingo Wireless

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