AT&T Dives Into VoIP Arena With Interconnectivity and VPN Services
AT&T has announced the introduction of its Internet telephony
interconnectivity service, AT&T Global Clearinghouse. Global Clearinghouse
provides a centrally managed solution that enables ISPs and telcos to
establish and operate phone to phone IP Telephony services with
connectivity to more than 140 countries. It enables ITSPs to initiate
termination contracts by providing the rates that each ITSP charges to
terminate calls in its region. Its care center enables members to receive
online account and settlement data, general network information and other
members’ rates. A network management center enables the monitoring of
service hubs, global termination points, IP access networks and AT&T’s IP
backbone network on a 24 x 7 basis. An operations center collects,
maintains and distributes operations and rate information as well as
tracking and coordinating the use of all software and hardware necessary to
enable the service to provide interconnectivity between members.
In a separate announcement, AT&T launched two separate trials of its VoIP
Virtual Private Network (VoIP VPN) service. The first trial is deployed on
AT&T’s internal network, linking corporate locations in six cities
worldwide. The second trial is with an unnamed international financial
institution. The trials feature dedicated connectivity with closed user
groups and network hop-off capabilities for global reach. The trials will
allow AT&T to test the implementation and scalability of the VoIP VPN
service, and determine the best approach for achieving QoS.
AT&T has also announced that it is opening a laboratory to test the
interoperability of Internet telephony equipment, networks and ISP
Access Power Launches VoIP POP in Toronto, Canada
Access Power has announced that it has launched APC Telecom, an IP
telephony POP in Toronto, Canada. To inaugurate its opening, APC Telecom
is offering phone to phone calls from any Access Power enabled US market to
Toronto for 7.5 cents per minute, with calls to other Canadian cities
priced at 12 cents per minute. Currently, Access Power markets include
Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Orlando, Jacksonville, Dallas, Ft.
Worth, Irving, Houston, Miami, Tucson, & Salt Lake City.
Access Power’s US service enables phone to phone calls to be placed within
and between the US service areas at 7 cents per minute. Callers outside of
the service areas can utilize the service to connect from any PC to any
phone within one of the service areas for 5 cents per minute.
Access Power has scheduled the completion of additional Canadian POPs in
Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa over the next few months.
WorldPort to Provide AlphaNet’s Voice Servie with Interconnectivity
AlphaNet Telecom has announced that WorldPort will provide its NextGen
voice packet service with voice termination services in the Americas,
Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East. AlphaNet’s NextGen service
provides international long distance to the wholesale market. It utilizes
its proprietary technology to convert traditional voice signals into data
packets for transmission over a data network.
WorldPort Communications is deploying a global network to provide least
cost interconnectivity and high capacity bandwidth to support products for
voice, data, video and Internet traffic.
InfoCom to Offer FaxSav’s Internet Fax Services
InfoCom Systems, a division of Nissho Iwai, has announced that it will
market FaxSav’s Internet fax services in the Japanese market. The
three-year marketing deal is valued at approximately $1.5 million and is
expected to generate over 150,000 Internet fax pages per month. According
to the terms of the deal, InfoCom will use FaxSav’s flagship FaxLauncher
Pro client software to enable its customers to create and send documents to
any fax machine in the world via FaxSav’s Internet fax network of servers.
InfoCom also plans to offer FaxSav’s ServerLink API to enable OEM
developers to build access to FaxSav’s Internet fax network into
Nortel’s Internet Conferencing Application Utilizes Voxware’s Technology
Voxware has announced that Nortel Networks’ Internet Conferencing
application is based on its Voice Conferencing Platform (VCP). VCP is a
software development kit comprised of Voxware’s proprietary speech coding
technology, network and packet management software, quality of transmission
technologies, PC sound system interface and management functions, and
multiple-voice-stream-integration and distribution software. The VCP
includes both client and server components designed to help developers
build voice conferencing systems utilizing the Internet and multi-media PCs.
Internet Conferencing is a web-based application that enables ISPs to offer
real-time audio conferencing and data collaboration from any web page. The
Internet Conferencing application is incorporated onto a service provider’s
web server to create a conference center that will enable the creation of
conference rooms. It enables users to share or collaborate on the creation
of documents, images, and applications in real time via a web browser. The
application features administrative controls including conference
scheduling via email, on-demand and permanent conference room support and
on-line voting and minutes taking. In addition to the Voxware technology,
the application also utilizes embedded data conferencing technology from
Nortel Networks Introduces Integrated Voice and Data Platform
Nortel Networks has announced the introduction of its MultiService Connect
platform. MultiService Connect is an integrated-access technology that
enables carriers to provide bundled services including local and
long-distance telephony as well as data communications over a packet based
infrastructure using a single connection. The solution is comprised of
Nortel’s Passport 8780 Packet Voice Gateway and the Passport 4740
MultiService Access Platform.
The Passport 4740 unit is a multiservice access platform designed to
support a variety of standards-based user services including digital T1/E1
voice, FR, TDM/circuit emulation, and IP services. It features integrated
voice compression, echo cancellation, and delay management technologies.
The unit will route all data and voice traffic to a provider’s POP over a
single ATM link. The 8780 gateway, which is deployed within the POP,
consolidates all traffic from multiple Passport 4740s, routing end-user
data traffic to existing public data networks and/or the Internet and voice
traffic to the PSTN. The 8780 features high density DS-3/E3 channelized
interfaces and supports the interworking of both CAS and CCS signaling to
interoperate with most PSTN voice switches. Its DSP based architecture can
be configured with multiple DSP-based voice-processing server cards (each
capable of supporting more than 720 simultaneous voice channels) to support
up to 3000 simultaneous channels.
Both the Passport 4740 and 8780 systems also support AAL-2, an emerging
standard for voice telephony over ATM. AAL-2-based voice encoding provides
enhanced QoS and utilizes the binary characteristic of voice communications
to enable a system’s bandwidth to be available for data when there are no
The Passport 4740 and Passport 8780 are currently deployed in trials. The
products are expected to be commercially available in early ’99. Pricing
for MultiService Connect solution will start at US$10,000.
GRIC Teams With Seimens to Jointly Develop and Market VoIP Solutions
Siemens has announced that it will partner with GRIC to co-develop and
market IP telephony solutions based on the technologies of both companies.
Under the terms of the agreement, GRIC will market Siemens’ Hicom Xpress
Telephony Internet Server and related peripherals to its global alliance of
IP telephony and Internet fax providers. In return, Siemens will integrate
GRIC’s line of client/server software including the GRICphone API into the
Hicom Xpress solution.
The Hicom Xpress Telephony Internet Server enables end users to place voice
and real-time fax calls over a corporate intranet or the Internet. The
gateway is built on a NT 4.0 server and features a call processing server
capable of managing up to 4000 ports on a single domain, and a gatekeeper
server to ensure phone extension to IP-addressing interworking.
The API is based on Open Settlement Protocol (OSP), which has received
approval as a standard within the European Telecommunications Standards
Institute (ETSI) TIPHON. Customer services enabled by GRIC’s API include
global authentication, network management, policy-based termination
selection, and billing and settlement services.
Siemens Information and Communication Networks
Compaq’s AlphaServer Supporting Dialogic’s DM3 Technologies
Compaq has announced its 64-bit AlphaServer and Digital UNIX system will
support Dialogic DM3 mediastream boards. The integrated products will
support high-speed PCI bus architectures to increase signaling speed, which
will enable the product to support more telephone lines per system. It will
also enable OEM developers to create enhanced services based on DM3
The DM3 technology supports H.323-based IP telephony technologies. It
provides port capacities of up to 150 channels per PC chassis. The Windows
NT based product will support G.723.1, G.711, or GSM voice codecs. It is
software upgradeable to include support for the G.729a voice coder and the
T.38 coder for real-time fax over IP. It will also provide support for an
integrated high-speed Ethernet network interface controller and a H.323
Netrix Partners with Motorola to Develop and Market IP Solutions
Motorola has announced that its Internet and Networking Group (ING) is
teaming with Netrix to develop and distribute Netrix’s Network Exchange
series of multi-service switching platforms. Under the terms of the OEM
agreement, the companies will further develop the platform and Motorola
will market the Network Exchange as a high-speed networking solution.
Developments slated for the Network Exchange include the proposed addition
of voice switching protocols, IP router interface functionality, and
high-density packet voice termination.
Developed products from the combined effort are scheduled to be available
by the end of the year.
Motorola Internet and Networking Group
Prepaid Cellular Services Places $1 Million Order for Array Telecom Gateways
Prepaid Cellular Services has announced that it has placed an order for
Array Telecom’s VoIPgate carrier class IP telephony gateways, in a deal
valued at more than $1 million. Prepaid plans to use the units to build an
international network of gateways to support its prepaid phone card
business. Prepaid currently has five Array Telecom gateways deployed in
Atlanta, New York, Mexico, and Brazil. The company intends to deploy at
least three of the new units per week, beginning this winter.
Prepaid Cellular Services
E-Tech to Distribute 01 Communique’s Communications Software Products
E-Tech Research has announced that it will bundle 01 Communique’s
Communicate Lite and a 30-day trial version of Communicate Pro with its
Bullet and CyberBullet series of modems. The Communicate Lite and
Communicate Pro applications combine telephone answering/speaker phone,
Internet fax, email, and data communications functions with an integrated
contact manager. Both products are designed for SOHO users. The PRO series
includes H.323 compliant Internet phone technologies.
E-Tech will begin shipping the products with its modems next month.