IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Oct, 16 2002

1. Global IP Sound Names New Customers
Global IP Sound (GIPS) has named 3 new customers of its embedded voice processing technologies including Brecis Communications, Marratech, and Pocket Presence.

Brecis will offer GIPS’ NetEQ network equalization and other sound processing software with its family of FastStart development platforms, solutions for developers of gateways ansd IP phones. Brecis’ modular development platform, priced at $25,000, includes and evaluation board based on its own processor, support for Linux, voice processing software, as well as application engineering support, training, and documentation.

Brecis markets four processors. The MSP2000 is designed for security appliances and Ethernet to Ethernet routers. The MSP3000 is designed for business class routers. The MSP4000 is designed for integrated voice and data traffic, and the MSP5000 is designed for multi-service access devices, IADs, and converged PBXs.

Marratech will integrate GIPS’ VoiceEngine software into its Work Environment, an application that supports instant messaging, videoconferencing, and interactive whiteboard capabilities. Specifically, Marratech will employ NetEQ, enhanced G.711, iPCM-wb modules.

VoiceEngine is a software plug-in that simplifies the integration of speech codecs, communication with sound cards, real-time performance, RTP protocol handling, and other voice related tasks.

Pocket Presence will integrate VoiceEngine into its wireless software applications for PDAs known as Running Voice IP.

In other company news, GIPS has said that it has teamed with Trinity Convergence to co-market Trinity’s VoIP development platform, which uses GIPS’ NetEQ and enhanced G.711. The VeriCall solution, which consists of a set of system controller, DSP and packet processor software, supports Motorola’s family of MSC810x Smart Networks processors.

Global IP Sound

Brecis Communications


Pocket Presence

Trinity Convergence

3. Kancharla Using VocalData to Offer IP Centrex
Kancharla will use VocalData’s VOISS to launch wholesale IP Centrex services to providers in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Mississippi. VOISS is a voice application server that rpovides virtual PBX and other enhanced capabilities over IP networks.

Kancharla’s first customer is GulfPines Communications, an ILEC subsidiary and integrated communications provider based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. GulfPines will initially use VOISS to deliver residential VoIP to apartment complexes. The provider eventually plans to use the technology to offer IP Centrex services to businesses.

In other news, Kancharla has said that it will resell TelStrat’s i2732 IP phone as part of UniVerse, its VoIP platform that targets SMEs. The phone features 16-line/speed keys, do-not-disturb, and parsing of soft features to fixed feature keys.



GulfPines Communications


5. NetCentrex Introduces Residential VoB Solution
NetCentrex has introduced MyCall, a residential voice over broadband solution based on the company’s CCS application softswitch and MCS media control server. The technology enables household, SOHO, pre-paid and primary line services to be centrally created, provisioned, and managed.

MyCall supports Class 5 services; advanced services such as follow-me, unified messaging, call forwarding, and conditional call handling; and regulatory services such as e911 and legal intercept.

The technology supports H.323, SIP, and MGCP.

Self subscription and account management are delivered via an intuitive web based portal.

FastWeb, an Italy-based telecom provider and the largest provider of residential VoIP services in the world with more than 100,000 customers, has deployed NetCentex’s technology over its optical fiber IP network. The provider’s offering supports local number portability, alternate call routing, least cost routing, call barring, emergency calls, multiple call forward, pre-call announcements, and self-provisioning.

FastWeb offers servies in Genoa, Turin, Rome, Naples, and Bologna. The company plans to expand to more cities within Italy including Milan.

HP is serving as the systems integrator.



7. Alcatel Introduces New IP Phones
Alcatel has added three new e-Reflexes IP phones and a XML- based web softphone to its OmniPCX 4400 IP PBX portfolio.

The 4035 IP phone features dial-by-name and text messages via an integrated alphabetic keyboard, 24 fixed programmable keys, 45 display based programmable keys aided by a navigator function, 5 dynamic soft keys to display call handling features in active communication mode, and a full duplex speakerphone. The phone is designed for intensive call handling and group telephony usage.

The 4020 IP phone features dial-by-name via an integrated alphabetic keyboard, 12 fixed programmable keys, and a full duplex speakerphone. The phone is designed for team workers.

The 4010 IP phone is a desk or wall mountable, dual line phone featuring 8 fixed programmable keys. The phone is intended for basic call handling applications and individual telephony usage.

All of the new phones are compliant with IEEE 802.3af Power over LAN. All include an integrated 10/100 Base-T switch, allowing the connection of a PC with priority management of the voice and data traffic.

Alcatel has also introduced WebSoftPhone, a softphone that features corporate phonebook directories, management of telephone features and forwarding options, and access to voicemail. The technology integrates with Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes, and directory servers.

Pricing for the e-Reflexes IP phones range from $285 to $495.


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