1. Cisco Enhances CallManager with Greater Security
Cisco has released version 4.1 of CallManager with added security support for its 7940G and 7960G IP phones and its media gateways associated with its Integrated Services Router line. The voice media and signaling encryption has been improved for these devices based on the implementation of new, wide range of Q.SIG enhancements. Other improvements of the new release include features related to call routing functionality, and those that will have an impact on cost control and call tracking.
Cisco has also introduced encryption for messaging via Unity.
Cisco CallManager 4.1 software with a Cisco Media Convergence Server starts at $5,995. Cisco CallManager 4.1 software is now available as a no-cost upgrade for Cisco CallManager 4.0 customers. Media encryption software on Cisco Media Gateways is a standard option in the recently introduced Cisco Integrated Services Router. The new secure voice messaging feature in Cisco Unity 4.04 is a no-cost enhancement for Unity customers.
In other company news, Cisco recently announced that it led the business VoIP market in Australia and had shipped more than 170,000 IP phones to more than 500 companies in the country.
3. Rural West to Use Net2Phone to Provide VoCable
Rural West, a MSO that provides video and cable modem services in Hawaii, Arizona, Colorado, and California, as well as to domestic and international military bases, will launch VoCable services to its subscriber base. The cable operator will offer services using Net2Phone’s hosted VoIP solution. The solution provides operators with provisioning and billing integration, a Class 5 switching platform, calling feature support, network management tools, PSTN interconnections, and operator services/directory assistance. Rural will be responsible for customer service and tech support.
5. WisperTel Launches VoWireless to SMBs in Colorado
WhisperTel, a wireless ISP providing data services to consumers in 5 Colorado counties, has launched wisperTel-e-phone, a VoWireless service targeted at SMBs and SOHO operations. The service will feature a bundle of 400 North American calling minutes for $29.95 per line per month. Service features include call transfer, find me/follow me, voicemail, caller ID, audio conferencing, and web based user management.
WisperTel-e-phone will be driven by CommPartners’ turnkey hosted VoIP service solution.
7. FCC Rules Vonage Free From State Phone Regulations
The FCC has ruled that Vonage’s primary line residential VoIP service is interstate in nature and as a result, individual states will not be allowed to regulate the rates, terms and conditions of Vonage’s service. The vote was 3 in favor, with 2 concurring votes. The ruling follows a statement made by FCC Chairman Michael Powell at the recent VON Conference that indicated he would continue to support the initiative of placing all VoIP regulations under the power of the FCC.