IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Nov, 16 2000

BreezeCOM and comMatch Team for Wireless VoIP Solution
BreezeCOM reported that it is planning to team with comMatch to develop a wireless IP telephony solution based on the integration of BreezeCOM’s broadband wireless access platform, BreezeACCESS, with ComMatch’s Duet 6001 VoIP gateway system.

The recently enhanced H.323 compliant (G.711, G.729 and G.723.1) Duet system can support up to 1,440 simultaneous voice calls per chassis, and offers the vendor’s patent pending adaptive jitter buffer technologies and DTMF detection and generation. The product can also be deployed between a Class 5 switch and a data network to provide Class functionality such as 3 way calling, call forward, busy tone, etc. within an IP infrastructure.

The BreezeACCESS solution includes a base station, multiple models of indoor and outdoor subscriber units for both data and voice, a variety of antennas and an array of other accessories. It is an IP-optimized BWA system specifically designed to support Internet based data and voice communications in bands ranging from 2.4 to 3.7 GHz, and burst rates of up to 3Mbps per subscriber. The vendor has also recently integrated AudioCodes’ VoIP processor technologies into the products to develop to support for packet based voice technologies.



IPirion and iBasis Reach Network Interconnect Agreement
IPirion AG, a Red Cube Group subsidiary, reported that it has reached an agreement with iBasis, in which the firms intend to interconnect their respective network to exchange voice and fax traffic.

iBasis’ primarily Cisco equipment based Internet telephony interconnectivity network has main switching operations in Amsterdam, Cambridge (Massachusetts), Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York and Vancouver, and smaller POPs in select markets throughout Asia, Europe, Korea, the Middle East and South America. It has also recently expressed intentions to expand its to include POPs in Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Stockholm and Zurich. The provider can terminate traffic on a global basis via its network, its affiliate’s networks, interconnection agreements or the PSTN. The company also offers SLAs for its services, which guarantee that the percentage of call completion rates will be equivalent to or better than that of the PSTN. In addition, it implements its proprietary Assured Quality Routing technology to monitor VoIP calls to ensure completion, or provide re-routing to the PSTN.

Earlier this year, IPirion teamed with Clarent and Cisco to deploy equipment to expand its existing Clarent equipment based IP telephony network in Germany and provide connectivity in additional markets throughout Europe, the Asia Pacific and the Middle East. It has also recently launched a commercial satellite based IP telephony service via the Gensats Atlantic and Indic satellite constellations. The company plans to use the satellite connectivity to provide global connectivity to its services, and it has already deployed earth station gateways in the Caribbean (Guadeloupe and Martinique) to offer the satellite services in Central and South American markets, with plans to install another gateway in Colombo, Sri Lanka to offer the services to South and East Asian markets.



Red Cube Group

Systex to Resell CosmoCom’s Products in Taiwan and China
CosmoCom has announced that it has signed a reseller agreement with Systex, a Taiwan based software and information technology firm, in which Systex will market and distribute its IP based contact center platform, CosmoCall Universe, throughout Taiwan and Mainland China. The call center solution converts incoming communications traffic (voice and video, text chat, IVR, email, voice mail and fax) into IP packets. It is capable of integrating IP based telephone communications into a web site or network-based application using an IP based ACD that routes calls to the proper customer service agent. The multi-server system can handle up to 8,000 agents, supporting up to 50,000 simultaneous calls/messages and 200 call arrivals per second. It features H.323 interoperability for VoIP calls and E1 and Euro ISDN interfaces. The vendor has also recently developed an enhanced software application, CosmoPhone 2000, for the system, which provides support for H.323 technologies and integrates into the system’s call agent GUI to enhance voice quality for both traditional telephone and PC to PC communications.



ZeroPlus Teams With Uniden to Develop VoIP Phones
ZeroPlus.com said that it is entered into a non-binding MoU with Uniden America Corporation to develop a line of telephones that can be used to access ZeroPlus’ array of services including VoIP, voice portal and unified messaging (voicemail, email and fax). The firms expect to sign a definitive agreement within 45 days, and intend to introduce the phones, in both traditional and cordless models, on a commercial basis early next year. The MoU also calls for the companies to participate in co-marketing activities.

ZeroPlus offers a variety of IP based services that provide connectivity from PC to PC, PC to phone, phone to PC and phone to phone. The company has teamed with Broadwing Communications to co-market the services, and to expand the service’s reach throughout Broadwing’s U.S. domestic infrastructure. In addition, earlier this year, it also launched services in select European markets, offering PC to PC, PC to phone and phone to phone VoIP services in Western Europe (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK), with plans to expand the offering throughout the European market.

In other developments, ZeroPlus reported that it has entered into an agreement with an undisclosed global carrier, in which it will use the capacity on the carrier’s networks to route traffic. It has already committed $1.8 million to the three year deal, which is expected to immediately provide it with an additional 10 million minutes per month of capacity for ANI based phone to phone traffic.

Uniden America Corporation


IP Communications to Deploy Lucent’s Equipment
IP Communications (IPC) said that it is planning to deploy Lucent’s equipment to develop a network in select U.S. markets that will support a variety of services including voice, data and Internet access. According to the terms of the three-year, approximately $200 million agreement, Lucent will supply its Stinger DSL Access Concentrators, PacketStar Access Concentrators models 1250 and 2300, and CBX 500 Multiservice WAN switches. In addition, Lucent’s Worldwide Services organization will provide network design, installation, maintenance and monitoring services.

The provider intends to initially launch services in select Texas markets sometime next year, with plans to expand the offerings into select markets throughout California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

In related news, IP Communications announced it has secured $312 million in a second round of financing ($130 in equity financing, $182 in long term debt) from VantagePoint Venture Partners, CIBC Capital Partners, GE Equity, DLJ Global Communications Partners, Desai Capital Management, Creative Technology, Prudential Capital Group–Direct Private Equity, and Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill and Company, as well as several other private firms. The firm intends to use the funding to accelerate the deployment of its networks, and to develop a variety of broadband products and applications for the small and medium size business and residential markets.

IP Communications


TrulyGlobal Introduces Personal Communications Service
TrulyGlobal, a VocalTec subsidiary, reported that it has launched a personal communications service that combines voice, video and text messaging capabilities. The service is based on the provider’s web based client, which enables users to pre-screen calls and forward select calls to any location or communication device in the U.S. The service can also be configured to receive/forward messages in the format (text, voice and/or video) that the user’s device can support. In addition, the product also features instant messaging capabilities, and a personal contact book that stores a history of calls and messages.

The service/product is currently available.


Elthe Signs Agreement to License G.729 From Sipro Lab
Elthe Corporation, which just changed its corporate name from FreeWebTel, reported that it has reached an agreement with Sipro Lab Telecom to license the G.729 protocol technology for integration into its Internet telephony applications.

Elthe recently launched a no charge VoIP service that provides PC to PC, phone to PC and PC to phone connectivity for calls placed throughout the U.S. and Canada. The service is based on the provider’s VoIP client, which offers caller ID, voicemail and real time text chat capabilities, and an address book (phone number) storage application. Users of the software will need at least a Pentium 200 running Windows 95, 98, 2000 or NT, 64 MB RAM, a full duplex sound card, a 28.8 Internet connection and a mike and speakers. In addition, the firm also recently teamed with Globix to provide international connectivity to the services by collocating VoIP gateways throughout Globix’s optic network, which has NOCs in Amsterdam, Boston, Frankfurt, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Santa Clara and Seattle, and POPs in Chicago, Madrid, Milan, Paris and Washington DC.

Late last year, Sipro was authorized by France Telecom, NTT, and the University of Sherbrooke, Canada to serve as a central licensing point for the intellectual property associated with the G.729 voice compression technology.

Sipro Lab Telecom

Elthe Corporation


TeleNova Closes $12 Million Round of Financing
TeleNova Corporation said that it has closed a $12 million round of financing with GE Equity, Bank of America Securities LLC and J.P. Morgan Latin America Capital Partners. The provider plans to use the funds to continue expanding its IP based convergent services network. The company recently deployed NetSpeak’s iTEL VoIP equipment at its Miami and Sao Paulo NOCs to route traffic in and between its Latin American based POPs, which are based on Cisco’s model 5300 gateways, and its U.S. operations. It offers services such as PC to phone and phone to phone IP telephony, and it has also recently teamed with Telematrix to interconnect networks and exchange traffic.


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