IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Oct, 11 1999

RBOCs Team With VoIP Firms to Develop Service

Ameritech and Bell Atlantic have announced partnerships with IP telephony vendors and providers, in which the RBOCs will develop VoIP termination services.

Ameritech will complete IP telephony calls for ITXC’s Internet telephony interconnectivity service, WWeXchange, throughout its markets. When a VoIP call reaches Ameritech’s network, the provider will switch the call into traditional circuit telephony for termination. The WWeXchange service, which has over 121 POPs in 75 countries, enables member providers to route VoIP traffic to any telephone in the world via ITXC’s other affiliate providers, the public Internet or the PSTN.

Bell Atlantic is teaming with Cisco, VocalTec and Mind CTI to design and launch a V/FoIP interconnectivity service. Cisco and VocalTec will design the network based on the Cicso’s AS5300 voice gateways, VocalTec’s gatekeeper technologies and Mind CTI’s iPhonEX billing and customer care system.

The H.323-compliant AS5300 gateway supports up to 2 T1/E1 digital trunks, delivering as many as 60 voice sessions or 120 concurrent analog modem calls and ISDN B channels over a single dial-in telephone number. It is able to connect with existing telephones and fax machines through the PSTN, key systems and PBXs. It can also interconnect with Cisco’s line of 2600 and 3600 VoIP capable modular access routers and the larger port capacity IP telephony gateway, the AccessPath VS3.

The H.323 compliant VocalTec Gatekeeper, which can support from several simultaneous lines and users to thousands of lines and millions of users, will serve as the management hub of the network/services. The Windows NT based product interoperates with VocalTec’s other H.323 compliant VoIP products including gateways, network management resources and communications software to support thousands of interacting multi- vendor gateways, gatekeepers and servers. It facilitates authenticated call initiation to provide IP telephony services with connectivity from phone to phone, PC to phone, PC to PC, Web to phone and fax to fax. — The gatekeeper software will serve as the “nerve center” of the voice network, performing authentication, authorization and accounting, allowing for flexible call routing and dialing plans, third-party billing/management, centralized provisioning of gateways and the addition of new/enhanced applications.

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 priority.

Bell Atlantic plans to launch the service in Boston, New York, northern New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC by the end of the year.

Earlier this year, Bell Atlantic partnered with Cybertel Communications to terminate Cybertel’s global VoIP traffic throughout its network.

In other news, Cisco and VocalTec are teaming to further develop interoperability between their respective IP telephony products to offer a carrier class VoIP system. The companies are further developing H.323 interoperability between Cisco’s gateways and VocalTec’s gatekeeper technologies, with plans to offer a pre-paid VoIP phone to phone platform this winter.

Bell Atlantic
http://www.ba.com

MindCTI
http://www.mindcti.com

VocalTec
http://www.vocaltec.com

Cisco
http://www.cisco.com

Cybertel Communications
http://www.cybertel.com.au

Ameritech
http://www.ameritech.com

ITXC
http://www.itxc.com

eGlobe Gearing Up to Offer Global V/FoIP

eGlobe reported that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Highpoint Telecommunications’ subsidiary, iGlobe. According to the terms of the transaction, eGlobe will trade approximately $9 million in convertible preferred stock and assume $1.5 million in liabilities to assume iGlobe’s assets and operations. iGlobe recently built an IP network throughout Latin America and deployed gateway switches in New York, Los Angeles and Denver to offer IP services with a focus on VoIP. In addition, iGlobe is licensed to offer services in four Latin American countries, has twelve reciprocal operating agreements with Latin American carriers and several long-term leases for international fiber optic cable.

Late last month, eGlobe signed a LOI to merge with Trans Global Communications to expand its ability to offer V/FoIP services on a global basis. In addition, it also intends to partner with TransNexus to develop an interconnectivity service that will enable other providers to terminate Internet and traditional telephony or fax calls anywhere in the world.

For more information on the clearinghouse services, contact Harold Solomon at Harold_Solomon@eglobe.net

eGlobe
http://www.etcard.com

TransNexus
http://www.transnexus.com

Trans Global
http://www.tgc.net

World Access to Terminate Inter-Tel Traffic

World Access has announced that it will terminate VoIP traffic in Latin America for Inter-Tel’s U.S. based IP telephony service. According to the terms of the agreement, Inter-Tel will provide World Access with the equipment to develop an Internet telephony network throughout Latin American markets, and Inter-Tel will expand the capacity of its VoIP POPs in Reno, Houston, New York, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale to handle the increase in traffic that is expected (up to 10 million minutes/month).

Inter-Tel provides IP telephony services over a managed public Internet network, with 26 U.S. POPs and 40 POPs located throughout Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, South Korea and Taiwan.

World Access offers proprietary network equipment and provides international long distance services. The provider can terminate traffic in more than 200 countries through a combination of owned and leased facilities, and various international termination and resale agreements.

World Access
http://www.waxs.com

Inter-Tel.net
http://www.inter-tel.net

Inter-Tel
http://www.inter-tel.com

Prism to Use Nortel’s VoIP Equipment

Prism Communication Services reported that it is planning to use Nortel Networks Internet telephony equipment to offer high-speed data, Internet access, VoIP and enhanced services in 33 U.S. markets over its existing network. The two year deal has an estimated value of up to US$460 million. The contract calls for Prism to deploy Nortel’s DMS 500 multi-service switches, Passport 15000 ATM-based multi-service switches, AccessNode Express products equipped with 1-Meg Modem line cards, and the Service Selection line of gateways. In addition to the high-speed voice and data offerings, Prism also intends to develop automatic data storage, recovery and web hosting services.

In other news, Nortel Networks has indicated that it is planning to integrate Symbol Technologies’ wireless LAN VoIP technology into its wireless and VoIP equipment to offer a wireless Internet telephony gateway. The companies expect to have the integrated solution ready for trials by early next year.

Prism Communications
http://www.prismcomm.com

Nortel Networks
http://www.nortelnetworks.com

Symbol Technologies
http://www.symbol.com

ZeroPlus to Develop Features for Service

e-Net announced that its provider subsidiary, ZeroPlus.com, is developing call waiting, forwarding, transfer and hold features for its VoIP service. Call waiting will enable users to be notified of an incoming call while in a call. Call forwarding will allow users to configure the software to redirect incoming calls to the destination number of choice. The transfer feature will allow users to send a call to another ZeroPlus.com user. Last, the call hold feature will allow users to mute what the other user hears.

ZeroPlus.com’s Internet telephony service provides users with VoIP software that enables anyone with Internet access to place and receive calls via a permanent phone number. All participants in a call must be logged onto the Internet before a call can be connected. The provider also offers an online white pages section that allows a user to list their phone number and search for other users’ phone numbers by name, city, state or nickname.

The provider intends to offer the new features as soon as possible. Users will receive a no charge 30 day trial, after which plans to bill for each service.

ZeroPlus.com
http://www.zeroplus.com

e-Net
http://www.datatelephony.com

China Unicom Depoys MIND’s VoIP Billing Product

China United Telecommunications Corporation (China Unicom) reported that is has deployed MIND’s iPhonEX Internet telephony billing and customer care system in its China based IP Telephony prepaid calling card service. The initial development phase of the service, which currently serves 12 markets, has approximately 1 million calling cards in circulation. The provider intends to offer the services in at least 90 markets by the end of the year, with plans to launch service in over 200 markets by 2001.

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 priority.

Earlier this year, China Unicom said that is was deploying Cisco’s IP telephony equipment in its network. The provider also partnered with iBasis’ (formerly VIP Calling), to provide international connectivity to the service. iBasis’ H.323 compliant, global Internet telephony network includes a NOC in Burlington, Massachusetts, regional operation centers in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, New York, London, and POPs throughout Asia, Europe, Korea, the Middle East and South America.

MIND CTI
http://www.mindcti.com

iBasis
http://www.ibasis.com

Cisco
http://www.cisco.com

Intel & eFusion to Develop Call Notification Product

Intel announced that it is teaming with eFusion to develop a call waiting product, Internet Call Assistant (ICA), based on its Internet phone software. The product will notify online users of an incoming call via a pop up window, which will allow users to accept the call via the PC, transfer the call to another number or voice mail, or disconnect from the Internet to accept the call via a traditional telephone.

The technology is expected to ship with eFusion’s eStream and eBridge ecommerce products this winter.

eFusion
http://www.efusion.com

Intel
http://www.intel.com

ipVerse Introduces Software Switch Product

ipVerse has announced the introduction of the ControlSwitch, its software switch that can support traditional telephony services as well as VoIP technologies. The product provides interoperability via SS7, Q.931, H.323, MGCP and SIP signaling technologies. It can scale to support more than one million busy hour call attempts, and it employs web based tools and an XML language to enable new enhanced services to be developed without interrupting existing services.

The product is scheduled for trials this winter, with commercial availability slated for early next year. Pricing is expected to start at $100,000.

In a related announcement, ipVerse has successful completed interoperability testing between the ControlSwitch and Lucent’s SoftSwitch product. The interoperability testing was based on the IETF’s recently proposed SIP-BCP technologies. During the test, SS7 calls were sent over an IP network using SIP-BCP from one switch to the other, and vice versa.

ipVerse
http://www.ipverse.com

Lucent
http://www.lucent.com

IETF’s SIP-BCP Draft
http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-zimmerer-mmusic-sip-bcp-t-00.txt

Global TeleSystems Group to Develop Services

Global TeleSystems Group reported that it has launched a division, the IP Services Group, that will specifically focus on developing and delivering Internet and IP based services in the European market. The provider currently offers global and European IP communications, dedicated and dial up Internet access, international private leased circuits and service collocation, with plans to develop services including IP call termination and VoIP, dedicated and shared web hosting, corporate IP VPNs, outsourced messaging and IP based remote LAN access.

Global TeleSystems Group
http://www.gtsgroup.net

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