PictureTel’s Technology Approved By ITU As G.722.1
PictureTel announced that its patented Siren wideband audio coding algorithm has been approved by the
ITU as the G.722.1 audio coding standard. The technology can be used to develop systems for audio and
video conferencing, VoIP and Internet streaming applications. It provides 7 kHz of audio bandwidth at bit
rates of 24 and 32 kbps. In addition, the technology ships with the vendor’s extension kit to enable
wideband audio solutions to be developed at 16 kbps.
The coder is currently available for licensing. Pricing was not disclosed.
Interoute Launches Spanish VoIP Based on Ericsson’s Gear
Interoute Telecomunicaciones SA has announced that it has launched a converged voice and data service
based on Ericsson’s IPT VoIP system. According to the terms of the $11 million contract, the gear has been
deployed at POPs in Barcelona, Bilbao, Cadiz, La Coruna, Malaga, Seville and Valencia, and a NOC in
Madrid. In addition, Ericsson Spain is also providing 24 x 7 network support, and the companies will
expand the network to include sub-area switching centers in an additional 42 markets to achieve the
nationwide coverage required by Spanish PTT regulations.
The latest version of Ericsson’s IPT system is designed for IP phone to phone, fax to fax, PC to phone and
PC to PC communications. The product can support up to 780 ports of simultaneous voice or fax
communications per chassis, with a maximum of six chassis per rack for a total port capacity of 4,680. The
company has added low bit-rate codecs, G729.A and G723.21. The gateway is designed to be compatible
with SS7 technologies to enhance its ability to transfer calls to both the PSTN and between multiple
applications. The system features technologies for LCR, multiple IP network management, both validated
and un-validated traffic, echo cancellation, real-time billing systems, itemized accounting, central CDR
collection, IVR, SNMP remote management and configuration, and supports both multiple languages and
foreign currency exchange.
In a separate announcement, Ericsson is integrating support for Solect Technology Group’s IP billing
software, IAF Horizon, into its IP telephony gateway and multiservice access concentrator products. IAF
Horizon is a platform for pre and post paid usage billing. Its customer care and management capabilities
enable providers to manage the services and customer segments of multiple ISP operations. Its modular
design can support the multiple services and subscriber bases while maintaining the individuality of each
ISP. The modular architecture also allows providers to launch and manage new services without disrupting
current services. In addition, it can be used to support several pricing and product package bundles based
on assessed usage patterns.
Nokia to Integrate MIND’s VoIP Billing Technologies
Nokia said that it is planning to integrate MIND CTI’s iPhonEX real time VoIP billing system into its VoIP
solutions. The Windows NT compliant iPhonEX system is a real-time billing and call management product
designed to provide billing and call traffic analysis for V/FoIP services. It provides fraud detection, traffic
analysis and call management reports. The product is capable of billing tens of millions of simultaneous
calls per month. It features real-time service cut-off when the call limit is reached, calling card
management, individualized customer rate tables and flexible fax charge options by page, duration or
NetSpeak & Portal Team to Offer End to End VoIP System
NetSpeak said that it is integrating Portal Software’s VoIP customer care and management software,
Infranet IPT, into its IP telephony systems to offer an end to end VoIP solution. Infranet is an end to end
customer management and billing solution for ITSPs. The software enables providers to develop Internet
telephony services that can support millions of users on a 24 x 7 basis. Its features include customer
registration, caller authentication, credit limit verification, tracking of prepaid usage and account
termination, LCR, and inter domain reconciliation and settlement capabilities.
NetSpeak’s VoIP equipment includes H.323v2 compliant gatekeepers, route servers, media servers, call
control software, event management servers and client software that cater to the vendor’s VoIP gateway, the
Gateway Exchange. The gateway enables users to implement real-time packet telephony over existing data
networks. The product can support up to 96/112 ports of simultaneous communications. It utilizes
NetSpeak’s Connection Server to provide gatekeeper functionality such as the ability to translate a user’s e-
mail address or telephone number into an IP address, provide authentication and verification, or to establish
communications between gateways or client phones. The gateway features interfaces for ISDN, MFC-R2
and Feature Group D PSTN. It also provides CDRs that can be used for the billing or monitoring of the
performance and activities of the system. The CDRs include call data such as date, start time, end time,
personal information on the call originator and called party as well as QoS statistics.
In a related announcement, MessageClick, formerly .comfax, has deployed Portal’s Infranet IP billing
technology to bill for its unified services. The service enables users to receive voice mail and facsimile
transmissions as email attachments via existing email accounts. For a fee, service users can also send fax
and voice messages.
In other news, Motorola has announced that it has canceled its contract to be the exclusive user of
NetSpeak’s products and services in cable and wireless markets, in exchange for NetSpeak reducing its
$27.3 million equipment purchasing commitment to $14 million. The amended agreement still calls for
Motorola to use NetSpeak’s technology in its new wireless networks, and to integrate NetSpeak’s Internet
telephony software with its network equipment used in corporate environments.
Broadmedia Launches Trial VoIP Service
Broadmedia, a San Francisco ITSP, reported that it has launched a trial VoIP service, freeTone, between
the Bay Area and select Taiwanese markets. The provider will not charge any access fees or CPM for calls
during the 30 day trial. Once the trial is completed, the provider is planning to charge a flat rate for
unlimited usage. In addition, the company expects to extend the service offering throughout the Asian
marketplace, with ultimate plans for global expansion.
The service is based on the companies own technologies.
freeTone Trial Offer
Transtema Integrates XACCT’s IP Billing Technology
Transtema AB, a European telecommunications solutions and consulting firm, reported that it is planning
to integrate XACCT Technology’s billing and customer care system, XACCTusage, into its IP Broadband
Customer Care and Billing platform.
XACCTusage enables providers to define the exact IP session information that they would like to be
captured. The application collects usage transaction details, in real-time, from a range of network elements
and application servers and performs policy-based filtering, aggregation and merging to produce records
similar to CDRs. The integrated product will enable providers to create usage-based bills using a wide
range of parameters.
Cahners In-Stat Releases VoIP Market Report
The Cahners In-Stat Group has just released a VoIP market report entitled, Voice Over IP (VoIP): The
Promises and Challenges of Internet Telephony. The study examines the market and technological
challenges facing VoIP implementation, the major vendors and platforms, and provides market share
forecasts for VoIP Routers and RAC gateways. It projects that with future application quality and
interoperability improvements, VoIP gateway sales will increase by at least 280 percent to reach $3.8
billion in 2003.
The report is currently available. It is priced at US$2995.
Voice Over IP (VoIP): The Promises and Challenges of Internet Telephony
Cahners In-Stat Group
Airtel, NET-tel & Ursus to Deploy Nortel’s Equipment
Nortel Networks said that Net-tel Communications and Airtel Movil S.A. plan to use its equipment to add
Internet telephony capabilities to their respective networks, and Ursus Telecom is deploying its gear to
expand its VoIP network’s capacity. The three year Net-tel deal has an estimated value of US$100 million,
and the two year Airtel contract is valued at approximately US$50 million. Financial details of the Ursus
agreement were not disclosed.
Net-tel will use the gear throughout its U.S. domestic voice and data network to offer local, long distance
and Internet services throughout the U.S. The provider will initially deploy the equipment in its U.S.
switching centers located in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and Washington DC, with
plans to expand the offering into at least 50 additional markets next year.
Airtel Movil S.A. is planning to transform its Spain based circuit network into a converged
wireless/wireline packet network to offer Internet telephony and wireless Internet services. The provider
also plans to add second and third generation mobile services, which use GPRS (General Packet Radio
Service) and UMTS (Universal Mobile Telephony Service) technologies, to its offerings. The company
began offering Internet and fixed telephony services to its over 3 million subs earlier this year.
Ursus Telecom has just deployed Nortel’s gear in Argentina to expand its network’s capacity to handle the
traffic of its recently launched V/FoIP service named theSTREAM.com. The company also plans to deploy
Nortel’s gear to expand the network’s capacity in its other international markets.
dynamicsoft Raises $6 Million in Investments
dynamicsoft said that it has raised $6 million in equity investments from ComVentures and VantagePoint
Venture Partners. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The company plans to use the funds to
further market and develop its converged voice and data products.
Trooper Technologies Acquires Controlling Interest in Polvoice
Trooper Technologies said that it paid US$30,000 to acquire an 80 percent controlling interest in Polvoice,
a service provider in the process of building a VoIP system throughout Poland. The company is currently
testing services with private user groups, with plans to offer commercial services by early next year. In
addition to offering VoIP services, Polvoice also plans to offer Internet access and data services.