1. Global Crossing Enhances VoIP Service Portfolio
Global Crossing has launched new services within its
VoIP portfolio as well as enhancing existing services
and its network. The provider has recently introduced
Carrier VoIP Enterprise Connect, a service that
provides IP connections directly to carriers’ end-user
locations. Enterprises are able to connect through
the Internet or a dedicated connection per one of
Global Crossing’s other services such as IP VPN or IP
Enhancements have been made to both Global Crossing’s
IP VPN service and Carrier VoIP Local service. The
IP VPN offering now enables enterprises to route all
IP and TDM voice traffic over the IP VPN for on-net
toll bypass and outbound termination to the PSTN, with
Global Crossing providing management of the on-net
dial plan in the router.
The service also now supports remote VPN access
including managed network support and dynamic routing.
Service options that are available include a managed
solution with managed network and security, hosted
RADIUS, pricing and billing, SLAs, and a MLPPP
The provider’s Carrier VoIP Local service now enables
carriers to provide TDM interconnections for legacy
voice switches. This enhancement allows carrier
customers to connect and terminate all their calls
through a single port connected to Global Crossing’s
IP core. For interconnection, TDM voice interface
signaling support is provided for SS7, CAS and PRI on
North American customers can now use the service to
acquire DID numbers in France, the Netherlands,
Ireland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The numbers can
be purchased directly from the provider or ported from
third party providers.
In addition to the new services and service enhancements,
Global Crossing has also announced that it has deployed
IPv6 natively across its network and that its IP VPN
infrastructure will be fully IPv6 enabled by the end of
In other news, the company said that the Mexican
Ministry of Communications and Transportation has granted
Global Crossing Landig Mexicana s. de R.L. permission to
sell voice services directly to Mexican-based businesses
and carriers. The provider’s operations in Mexico are
based in Mexico City. The company has a terrestrial
network connecting its headquaters and Monterrey,
Guadalajara and Mazatlan. Through its subsea system,
Global Crossing connects Tijuana to the rest of its
GlobeTel has said that it will use Global Crossing’s
IP Transit, VoIP Local service and Outbound service to
offer international service providers with end to end
VoIP from anywhere in the U.S. to Argentina, Brazil,
Bolivia, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and the entire
Caribbean. GlobeTe’s customers will be assigned local
numbers in the U.S. that end-users can dial with no
3. MCI Launches IP PBX, IP Trunking, and SIP Gateway Services
MCI has launched a series of new IP services including
managed IP PBX, IP trunking, carrier IP termination, and
SIP gateway services.
MCI’s IP PBX and IP trunking services can be hosted within
MCI’s network, located at the customer’s premise or a hybrid
of the two. The IP PBX service consists of Cisco’s
CallManager. NEC Unified Solutions will provide systems
integration. MCI will provide management and assist in
planning, designing, and implementation.
The IP trunking service carries traffic and converts and
terminates VoIP calls via MCI’s network based IP gateways.
The service eliminates the need for premise based IP to PSTN
gateways. The service is currently interoperable with
CallManager. Interoperability with other platforms is
expected in 2006.
Within its wholesale VoIP product division, MCI has
launched 2 services including carrier IP termination and
SIP gateway services. Carrier IP termination eliminates
the need for customers to convert IP traffic to TDM prior
to handing traffic off to MCI’s network. The service,
which uses a SIP interface, will be widely available in the
U.S. next year.
MCI’s SIP gateway service provides the media gateway to
the PSTN, local number portability, e911 (for outbound
configurations), directory listings, and web based order
submission. The service is available in 3 configurations
including inbound complete, 2-way local, and 2-way complete.
5. Telemar to Interconnect with iBasis’ Network
Telemar, a carrier based in Brazil, will interconnect with
the iBasis network and exchange traffic.
iBasis has approximately 350 carrier affiliates. In the
first half of this year, the iBasis network carried 3.6
billion minutes of international voice traffic.
7. Sprint Nextel Sues Vonage, Voiceglo, and theglobe.com
Sprint Nextel has filed lawsuits against Vonage, Voiceglo,
and theglobe.com, claiming the companies infringed on 7
of its patents, which define a process for delivering
Sprint is seeking an injunction to prevent the companies
from continuing to operate along with unspecified
Sprint announced last month that it would offer enterprise
VoIP services using Avaya’s portfolio of voice solutions.
Sprint Hosted Messaging is scheduled to be launched this
quarter followed by Hosted IP Telephony and Wireless
Integration in Q1 of next year.