1. ISN Telecom Launches Primary Line Consumer VoIP Service
ISN Telecom, a U.S. CLEC based in Florida, has launched ipFone, a primary line residential VoIP service offered throughout the U.S. to consumers with a broadband Internet connection and router. The service includes a variety of calling plans such as unlimited North American calling and calling to Sao Paolo, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Mexico City, Santiago, and Lima for $29.95 per month. For an additional $1.95 per month, consumers can add unlimited calling to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.
A terminal adapter is provided at no cost. There is no contract commitment. The first month of the service is free.
ipFone supports a wide variety of calling features such as voicemail, caller ID, call forwarding, and find me/follow me.
Lower-end calling plans are also offered including an option for $9.95 per month that provides unlimited local calling.
ISN’s service is driven by BroadSoft’s BroadWorks platform and Cisco’s gateways and IADs.
3. Multi-Tech Introduces Single Port ATA
Multi-Tech Systems has introduced MultiVoIP MVP130-FXS, a single- port analog phone/fax adapter that supports SIP and H.323. The device connects to an IP network via an auto sensing 10/100 Ethernet connector and to a phone or fax machine via a FXS interface. The ATA supports SPP, which allows the use of dymanic IP addresses and support for H.450 supplementary services, which provide for call transfer, call forwarding, call hold, call waiting, and caller ID. The product uses voice compression to 5.3 Kbps per call with support for multiple algorithms including G.723 and G.729. Support is also provided for T.38 fax.
The MultiVoIP MVP130-FXS is priced at $299.
In other news, Multi-Tech has said that Shellcomm, a business and residential VoIP service provider, is using its MultiVoIP gateways as part of its SIP based SOHO and SME service.
5. TI Introduces New VoCable Architecture
Texas Instruments has introduced a new VoCable architecture based on the single chip Puma IV. The new architecture integrates an applications processor and a DSP co-processor. Features include mobile communications functionality, lower bandwidth requirements for call services, and improved fax transmission. The solution meets PacketCable specifications.
7. AllStream Introduces Consumer VoIP Service Solution
AllStream, a Canadian outfit and a division of MTS, has introduced Network Resident IP Telephony, a residential VoIP service solution for service providers based on its nationwide QoS enabled MPLS infrastructure and Nortel Networks’ VoIP equipment. In addition to voice, the solution supports the delivery of unified messaging, conferencing and visual call management. Application development and systems integration is offered as an option through AllStream’s IT Services Group.
Network Resident IP Telephony supports primary line services such as e911 and 411 and meets all primary line regulatory requirements.
Mountain Cablevision, based in Hamilton, Ontario is the first service provider to use the solution.
9. Onit & OnRamp to Use PointOne to Deliver Business VoIP in Texas
Onit Communications and OnRamp Access, two Texas-based providers of VoIP services to SMBs have each partnered with PointOne to deliver their respective services. Onit will use PointOne’s nationwide (U.S.) VoIP network to offer managed IP VPNs. OnRamp will use PointOne for rolling out IP PBX services to businesses in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.