1. Kagoor Introduces SBC for Carriers and Large Service Providers
Kagoor Networks has introduced VoiceFlow 4000, a session border controller (SBC) designed to support carrier to carrier peering and line side services such as IP Centrex and hosted IP telephony services with thousands of endpoints. The product is targeted at Tier 1 carriers, Tier 1 and 2 service providers, large MSOs, mobile carriers, and ISPs. The SBC is capable of carrying more than 100,000 concurrent calls and deliver 750 calls per second.
VoiceFlow is capable of providing network protection, hosted NAT traversal, carrier peering and hosted VPN/VLAN address translation. Features include six slots for signaling or media cards, intra and inter system redundancy, distributed signaling, topology hiding, DOS protection, media firewall, media routing, SLA reporting, and firewall pinhole maintenace. The prodct provides bandwidth utilization management, concurrent call limiting, e911, protocol translation, admission control, call routing, load balancing, lawful intercept and regulatory compliance applications.
The SBC will be available in Q1 of 2005 as a four rack unit high device.
In addition to the new product release, Kagoor has released a series of other announcements in the past two weeks. The vendor has said that BtNAccess and Commwave have deployed its SBCs. Comwave Telecom, a Canadian CLEC, has deployed VoiceFlow 1000 and 3000 to provide NAT traversal and network protection between carrier and customer, in conjunction with the provider’s new VoIP service to be known as I-Phone. BtNAccess has deployed VoiceFlow 1000 to provide security, network protection and hosted NAT traversal for its IP Centrex service.
In other news, Kagoor has said that it has teamed with MetaSwitch to co-market a carrier VoIP solution that combines Kagoor’s SBCs and MetaSwitch’s VP3500 softswitch. In another announcement, Kagoor reported that Lucent will be reselling its VoiceFlow 3000 as part of Lucent’s Accelerate portfolio. As mentioned in the last newsletter, Lucent chose Kagoor’s SBC for deployment in Hot Telecom’s network in Isreal, where a consortium of three cable operators are now offering VoCable services.
3. NEC to Use AudioCodes’ Media Gateway
NEC has integrated its softswitch with AudioCodes’ Mediant 2000 digital media gateway for wireline applications to deliver VoIP solutions for carriers and service providers. The gateway will connect to a PBX at the customer site, allowing carriers and service providers to offer hosted services and IP Centrex and applications.
5. GlobalTouch Telecom Launches Consumer & Business VoIP Service
GlobalTouch Telecom, a telecom service provider, has launched SIPTalk, a primary line VoIP service that provides both residential and business plans. The service, offered to broadband users throughout the U.S., includes a set of plans such as a $19.95 per month package that provides unlimited North American calling. Features include voicemail, voicemail to email, caller ID, call waiting, call forwarding, call blocking, 3-way calling, and find me/follow me. The business plan with unlimited North American calling is $49.95 per month. It includes all of the features of the residential plan plus auto attendant.
With any plan, there is a $29.95 setup fee, a $34.95 ATA fee, and a $9.95 ATA shipping fee. There is no fee for incoming minutes and no service cancellation fee.
GlobalTouch offers a reseller program. For more information on this opportunity, contact Ron LaRoe at 800-218-2431.
7. Arbinet Deploys NexTone’s Session Controller
Arbinet, a voice traffic broker, has deployed NexTone’s Multiprotocol Session Controller to expand its VoIP service offerings, route and manage traffic for its VoIP service provider members, and to add softswitch partitioning capabilites for VoIP carrier members.
Arbinet anonymously buys and sells voice calls based on route quality and price. Members place orders through a web interface and are matched with partners. More than 335 service providers use Arbinet’s TheExchange, including 8 of the world’s top ten largest international carriers.
In other NexTone news, the company said that NextGen, a Japan- based VoIP systems integrator, will market and distribute its session controller and signaling switch.