IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Nov, 02 2000

Nortel and Symbol Team For Wireless VoIP Solutions
Nortel Networks has announced that it has reached an agreement with Symbol Technologies, in which the firms are co developing converged, high-speed wireless Internet voice and data solutions that can support VoIP technologies. The solutions are expected to be based on Symbol’s wireless LAN infrastructure combined with Nortel’s telephony and data networking, enhanced security and management, and integrated voice and data applications. The companies have already introduced an initial product, Nortel’s e-mobility 802.11 IP Gateway, which supports 802.11 Frequency Hopping (FHSS) and 802.1b Direct Sequence (DSSS) technologies, security for data protection and transmission integrity, seamless roaming, a variety of antenna options, and H.323 protocols for voice over wireless IP with voice packet prioritization.

The initial product is currently involved in customer trials, with commercial availability slated for later this year.

In other news, FastComm reported that it is teaming with Nortel to develop interoperability between its SignalPath model 230 unit and Nortel’s line of Passport Packet Voice Gateways, and to develop software based support for E911 calling capabilities.

Symbol
http://www.symbol.com

Nortel Networks
http://www.nortelnetworks.com

FastComm
http://www.fastcomm.com


Quicknet Introduces VoIP Application Development Solution
Quicknet Technologies has reported the introduction of the Quicknet H.323 Voice Over IP COM API, its programming interface technology for developing IP telephony applications based on the vendor’s PC based telephony hardware products or its recently acquired Open H.323 protocol stack technology. The solution, which is based on Microsoft’s Component Object Model (COM) technology, enables users to develop applications that can communicate directly with a hardware device or an H.323 compliant protocol stack via programming languages such as COM, C, C++, visual basic, Java and/or various other COM compliant applications. In addition, developers that have or are in the process of developing an H.323 application to Microsoft’s NetMeeting API can use the solution to add support for Quicknet’s line of VoIP products.

The system is currently available for licensing. Pricing was not disclosed. For more information or to license the technology, contact Robert Brakeman at rbrakeman@quicknet.net or 415-864-5225.

Quicknet Technologies
http://www.quicknet.net


IR Introduces Management Application For Cisco’s AVVID Architecture
Integrated Research (IR) has announced the introduction of the PROGNOSIS IP Telephony Manager, its IP telephony management application for Cisco’s AVVID (Architecture for Voice, Video and Integrated Data) technology. The solution is designed to specifically optimize the performance and availability of IP telephony within Cisco’s AVVID based infrastructures. It can be used to manage an entire enterprise infrastructure from a single point, providing a visual representation of Cisco’s CallManager application, the underlying infrastructure, as well as associated applications. It also highlights potential problems in the system, and displays detailed information about core components such as the Windows OS, the Internet Information Server (IIS), the SQL Server, the DNS and Media Convergence Servers, IP telephones, etc. In addition, it offers a report application that can provide pre configured HTML based reports that provide detailed information about service levels and summaries by enterprise, local or individual components.

The solution is currently available. Pricing begins at US$7,500.

Integrated Research
http://www.ir.com


NorthVoice Licensed in Singapore
NorthVoice Communications announced that the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore has awarded it a service based operator license to offer and resell long distance services in Singapore. The licensing will enable NorthVoice to carry out plans to offer both pre and post paid voice, fax and unified communications services. The company is in the process of deploying a private IP telephony network throughout Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and the U.S. based on both Lucent’s and FastComm Communications’ VoIP equipment. It has existing operations in select markets throughout Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, South Korea and the U.S., and it has also recently entered into a trial with TransNexus to test and develop a clearinghouse service.

NorthVoice Communications
http://www.northvoice.com


Zama Networks Secures CLEC Status in Washington State
Seattle based Zama Networks reported that it has been awarded CLEC status from the Washington Public Utilities Commission. The licensing will enable the company to implement plans to operate as both a facilities based provider and reseller of enhance CLEC services in the state of Washington, and carry out additional plans to develop a variety of services for VoIP carriers, ASPs, ISPs, ICPs and private network users in the market. The company is in the process of developing a next gen Internet backbone using owned hubs and nodes interconnected via leased transport links. It initially intends to focus on offering services in and between the U.S. and the Asia Pacific region.

Zama Networks
http://www.zama.net


IP Services to Deploy Cisco’s Equipment
IP Services reported that it has secured a $2.5 million lease facility from Cisco for the purchase of Cisco’s IP+ATM equipment, which it intends to use to develop an IP telephony network to offer services in U.S. markets that have populations of less than a half million residents. The provider intends to deploy Cisco’s AS5300 Voice Gateways, BPX 8680-IP+ATM core switches, 6160 IP DSL Switches, 7200 series multi-function routers and 6400 series carrier class broadband aggregators. It also plans to offer the equipment to corporations to enable the corporations to interconnect with its networks to route traffic. The Denver based company currently offers a variety of services including Internet access, fax, email, fax and voice mail, VPN, as well as local toll, intrastate and interstate long distance voice services

IP Services
http://www.ipserv.net

Cisco
http://www.cisco.com


Startec Develops Interoperability With VocalTec’s Equipment
Startec Global Communications reported that it has developed interoperability between its VoIP networks and VocalTec’s equipment. The provider is in the process of developing a global IP network based on IP, ATM and traditional platforms. It has recently reached agreements with several undisclosed providers to expand its VoIP operations throughout Eastern European and Asian markets, and now has over 85 gateways deployed in more than 43 countries, which when combined with its existing international termination agreements and ownership interests in 15 undersea optic cables enable it to offer a variety of IP based services with connectivity throughout the world.

Startec Global Communications
http://www.startec.com


eStara Secures $15 Million in Second Round
eStara announced it has secured $15 million in second round funding with Banc One Venture Partners, a Texas Pacific Group affiliate and J Net Venture Partners I. The vendor intends to use the financing to expand its marketing and sales activities, and for addition technology development. The company recently introduced OneClick Contact, its web based eCommerce VoIP technology that enables users to embed a button on a web site or email that can be clicked by visitors/recipients to initiate VoIP communications. When the button/link is clicked, an SIP compliant client automatically downloads to the user’s PC as a thin Java client, then automatically connects the call. In addition, the company has configured the technology to interoperate with its Cisco voice gateways.

eStara
http://www.estara.com

Cisco
http://www.cisco.com


Net2Phone Integrates dynamicsoft’s SIP Technology
Net2Phone said that it is planning to integrate dynamicsoft’s SIP technologies into its global network to provide interoperability between its networks and the broad array of SIP based voice clients. The company also plans to use the SIP technology to develop a variety of addition calling features for its services.

dynamicsoft
http://www.dynamicsoft.com

Net2Phone
http://www.net2phone.com

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