IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Nov, 19 2002

1. Fusion Using LongBoard’s Platform to Offer VoB
Fusion Communications has launched new VoB services in Japan using LongBoard’s Multimedia Application Platform. The residential and SOHO service is an expansion of the provider’s existing IP VPN service. Fusion is offering local and long distance calling with features such as click to talk. Subscribers are required to maintain their existing local telephone numbers.

NextGen is serving as the systems integrator.

Fusion Communications


3. Sony, NTT Communications, & Nifty to Test VoIP
Last week, NTT Communications, Nifty, and ISP units of Sony announced plans to launch a trial VoIP service in January. Two days later, 4 members of the 54-member Mega Consortium, said that it would launch an IP phone trial next month, with plans to launch a commercial service next April. The group includes Japan Telecom Holdings, KDDI, Matsushita Electric Industrial, and NEC.

5. Welltech Computer to Resell Sonus in Taiwan
Welltech Computer will resell Sonus’ IP telephony networking gear in Taiwan, per a non-exclusive agreement. Welltech will resell Sonus’ GSX9000 Open Services Switch, Insignius Softswitch, and Insight Element Management System. To promote Sonus’ solution, Welltech will hold a seminar on the benefits of VoIP in Taipei on November 21.

In other news, Sonus has said that NTT Communications is using its Open Services Architecture and VoIP infrastructure to offload modem generated Internet traffic from its circuit switched network. NTT has also launched a field trial of enterprise VoIP services using Sonus’ platform.

Welltech Computer

Sonus Networks


7. Cedar Point Enhances VoCable Switching Solution
Cedar Point Communications has released an enhanced version of its Safari C Media Switching Solution that includes IP security, dynamic QoS, and an integrated element that generates detailed call records. Safari is a PacketCable compliant system designed exclusively for VoCable deployments.

Cedar Point Communications

9. T-Systems Interconnects with Netia & RomTelecom
T-Systems will exchange VoIP traffic with Netia Telekom, Poland’s largest CLEC and with RomTelecom, Romania’s ILEC. The carriers are connecting to T-Systems using VocalTec’s gear.


Netia Telekom


11. NetEffect Introduces Managed IP Service
NetEffect has introduced IP.mgr, a managed IP service that monitors and validates network performance for dedicated IP and IP VPN services. The technology consolidates information across multiple service providers into a view of the network. It proactively measures availability, latency, and packet loss. IP.mgr monitors services such as web, DNS, ping, and email. It identifies and troubleshoots performance issues.

The managed service is based Visual Networks’ Visual IP inSight Dedicated Suite, a public IP performance management solution.


13. TelcoBlue to Use SysMaster’s Calling Card Billing
TelcoBlue, a VoIP network operator, will use SysMaster’s calling card billing platform known as VoiceMaster. The system supports H.323 gatreways with Radius /AAA authentication, such as those supplied by Cisco and Quintum. The technology includes Radius, SQL database, and web servers on a Linux UNIX platform.


15. FastWeb Deploying Radvision’s Videoconferencing
FastWeb is in the process of deploying Radvision’s viaIP 400 videoconferencing systems throughout Italy to support business and residential point-to-point and multipoint video telephony services. FastWeb’s service was launched last month in limited areas. A full roll-out of the service is expected by the end of next year.



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