IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Nov, 30 2004

1. Pronexus & Intel Unveil Enterprise VoIP Application Development Kit
Pronexus, Intel, and Cygcom have partnered to introduce an enterprise VoIP application development kit known as ReadiVoIP that enables developers to create, test, and deploy hardware free IP telephony applications. The solution consists of a 90-day evaluation version of Pronexus’ VBVoice 5.2 application development environment for speech and telephony solutions; four Intel NetStructure Host Media Processing Resources, technology for building software based IP media servers; a Uniden UIP 200 SIP phone for testing; and 90-days of Internet based support provided by Cygcom.

Pronexus’ development platform includes fully programmable controls and supports multiple languages such as VB.Net, C#, and other languages supported by Microsoft’s Visual Studio .Net. Four runtime licenses are included in the bundle. Intel’s HMP software is supported in a visual call flow environment integrated into Visual Studio.Net.

ReadiVoIP is available for $1750 as a full development platform with one year of Cygcom support. A scaled down version is available for $495.

More information on ReadiVoIP will be provided via a webcast to be held on December 1 from 1:00-2:00pm EST. To register to watch the webcast, go to http://seminar2.techonline.com/s/intelco_dec0104

The ReadiVoIP starter kit is available from Cygcom.




3. Corinex Introduces Videophone and Two Softphones
Corinex Communications has introduced a videophone, a SIP/H.323 USB softphone, and an IP phone with a headset. The SIP-based videophone supports up to 30 fps of audio and video. The phone features a NAT firewall and a 320k pixel VGA CMOS sensor. The device is capable of operating at a minimum of 128 kbps of bandwidth. The USB phone also supports SIP and H.323 and includes a NAT firewall. The other softphone is a low-end option that includes a headset. All of the phones work with multiple VoIP services, such as free services offered by AddaVoice, Free World Dialup, VoIPTalk, SIP Phone, and Ecuity.

The videophone is $99. The USB phone is $39 and the Internet phone with headset is $29.

Corinex Communications

5. Ecuity Introduces Small Office IP PBX
Ecuity has introduced V-Tone Small Office, an IP PBX system that provides traditional PBX calling features in conjunction with phone service that provides unlimited long distance calls within the U.S. for $50 per month. Calling features of the system include caller ID, call waiting, call hold, 3-way calling, call forwarding, simultaneous ring, ACT, auto-attendant, 4-digit dialing, voicemail to email, Outlook integration, nationwide area code selection, and on-screen keypad dialing and volume control directly from a PC.

For an additional $9.95 per month, the IP PBX will support Wi-Fi calling from laptops and Pocket PC compatible cell phone and PDAs.


7. Verizon Adds Calling Features to Consumer VoIP Service
Verizon has added a suite of calling features to its VoiceWing consumer VoIP service. The new features can be controlled by the subscriber via online management tools. The features include: do not disturb, simultaneous ring, permanent caller ID block, and voicemail forwarding.


9. Whistler Investments Acquires Trade Winds Telecom
Whistler Investments, a vendor of Lithium based products, has acquired Trade Winds Telecom, an Internet telephony service provider, offering SIP based services in North America, Central America, Latin America, and Europe. Whistler plans to use the acquisition to target rural and developing Latin American and Asian communities such as Guatemala, Honduras, and China.

Whistler Investments

Trade Winds Telecom

11. Dell’Oro Releases Quarterly Study of PBX Market
The Dell’Oro Group has released its IP Telephony Enterprise Quarterly Report for Q3. The study provides vendor market shares for analog lines, digital lines, IP lines, and units for IP PBXs, large and small traditional PBXs, and traditional Key systems, as well as providing units for IP phones.

The firm finds the number of VoIP lines shipped grew to more than 2.1 million, a 14% growth over the quarter and a 39% increase over the year. Traditional lines totaled 9.6 million, representing a 4% growth over the quarter. The total PBX line shipments totaled 11.8 million, increasing 6% over the quarter.

According to Steve Rabb, Director of the research initiave for Dell’Oro, considering the total installed base of PBX lines, cumulative VoIP shipments represent 2% of lines in use today.

The market leaders for PBX lines shipped worldwide in Q3 include Nortel (12% growth over the quarter), Avaya (17% growth), Siemens (9% growth), Alcatel (4% decline), NEC (30% growth), and Cisco (8% growth).

Dell’Oro Group

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