1. Nortel Networks Unveils Converged Solution for SMEs
Nortel Networks has introduced a new converged voice and data solution for SMEs that includes the company’s Business Communications Manager software 3.5, a Norstar IP telephony gateway, the CallPilot unified messaging platform, and the Contivity Secure IP Services Gateway.
The Business Communications Manager serves as the platform for the system, integrating voice features, network access, unified messaging and call routing, IVR, and support for applications, networking, security, and management.
The Norstar IP telephony gateway is a browser based gateway that supports up to 4 H.323 IP trunks. It features QoS, and extension dialing capabilities. The gateway IP enables existing Norstar telephone systems.
The CallPilot 100/150 2.0 unified messaging platform combines voice, fax, and email into a point and click interface on user desktops. The latest platform release, which supports up to 300 subscriber mailboxes, features centralized voicemail and unified messaging as well as auto-attendant.
The Contivity 1740 Secure IP Services Gateways provide IP routing, VPN, integrated firewalls, and QoS and bandwidth management capabilities. The gateways handle up to 500 VPN tunnels. They can accommodate a mix of WAN interfaces, LAN interfaces, and encryption acceleration cards.
3. NTT and ITXC Granted Permission to Offer VoIP in Japan
NTT East Corp and NTT West Corp have been granted permission by Japan’s Posts and Telecommunications Ministry to begin offering VoIP services in Japan. Services are scheduled to be launched October 23.
ITXC has obtained a General Type 2 telecommunications license by the Japanese Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications to deliver international voice services to telecom carriers in Japan.
5. Staples Carrying i2’s SOHO VoIP Device
Staples, a large office supply retailer in the U.S., is carrying i2 Telecom’s InternetTalker device at its Business Expo locations in the northeast. The product, which connects a regular phone to an Internet connection and converts calls to IP, is the hardware component required for i2’s VoIP service.
InternetTalker supports wireless routers within 150 feet of an Internet connection. i2 has teamed with NetGear to offer consumers purchasing both InternetTalker and NetGear’s MR814 wireless router, a $20 rebate and 300 free voice minutes.
i2’s service provides U.S. domestic long distance packages beginning at $9.99 per month. Calls between i2 subscribers are free.
7. Microsoft to Develop End to End IP Television Solution
Microsoft’s TV Division is in the process of developing an end to end IP video solution that would enable cable operators and telecom providers to offer television over IP. The technology will be based on Microsoft’s Media 9 Series.
Features planned for the technology include instant channel changing, multimedia programming guides with integrated video, and multiple picture in picture capability on standard television sets. The technology will also support high definition television, next generation digital video recording and VOD functionality.
Bell Canada and Reliance Infocomm have announced plans to jointly create and test television over IP services based on Microsoft’s solution.
9. WorldTeq Seeking VoIP Acquisitions
WorldTeq, a provider of affinity telecommunication and financial services, has hired Aero Financial to seek out acquisition candidates in multiple telecom sectors including VoIP, long distance, ISPs, and web hosting firms.
11. Sunrise Telecom Introduces Handheld VoIP Testing
Sunrise Telecom has introduced Voice Analysis Module, a handheld tool for installing and troubleshooting VoIP systems. The module allows field engineers to place and receive H.323 calls and collect diagnostic information, check and troubleshoot IP connectivity and routing, and conduct IP throughput tests. The module is part of Sunrise’s Modular Test Toolkit platform.