IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Oct, 27 2004

1. Zyxel Introduces 2 New VoIP ATAs
Zyxel Communications has introduced two new SIP based ATAs including the P-2002 and the P-2002L. Both feature two 10/100 Ethernet interfaces and two phone ports for converting traditional analog phone sets into IP phones.

The P-2002 supports multiple methods of configuration including web- based, Telnet, and TFTP auto provisioning. One or more SIP phone numbers can be configured with the ATA. Each number can be assigned to either phone port individually or to both ports at the same time. Ultimately, subscribers can use two phones with the same SIP number, if desired.

In addition to the interface and ports mentioned above, the P-2002L also includes one line port that allows users to maintain both PSTN and IP phone service at the same time. Users can place calls over the PSTN by dialing prefix numbers. The ATA is also capable of PSTN failover.

The P-2002 goes for $149 and the P-2002L is $169.

Zyxel Communications

3. Heavy Reading Releases Study on VoCable Market
Heavy Reading has released Cable Triple Play: The VoIP Card, a 108-page report that analyzes the strategies of the largest 37 cable MSOs in North America and their technology needs, as they begin rolling out VoIP services. The study includes profiles of the MSOs including their individual plans for VoIP deployment (including plans over the next 24 months) and their strategic partnerships for both equipment and service. The publication also provides profiles for nearly a dozen VoIP service wholesalers and 33 VoIP equipment vendors currently selling into the cable market.

The firm projects VoCable subscriptions will grow from 2.5 million at the end of 2003 to 4 million by the end of this year. As of the end of September, 30 of the top 37 MSOs have committed to voice as a mainstream service offering, and 22 of those operators already offer some voice service. MSOs are delivering voice services through various means such as partnering with traditional telecom network operators, CLECs, and next generation third party providers such as Net2Phone and Vonage.

The report is available in PDF format for $3,495.

Heavy Reading

5. NEC Unified Enhances IP Communications Platform Management
NEC Unified Solutions has introduced MA4000, a web based software suite that provides management tools for automating the administration for its Univerge IP communications platform. The module featues LDAP auto provisioning to directory servers, exchange servers or any LDAP version 3 enabled application that allows automatic adds, moves and changes and supports secure, encrypted connections. The technology also provides centralized authentication that can be integrated into the customer environment, along with flexible and granular authorization.

Users will have access to the MA4000 Assistant for customizing displays, forwarding and dialing preferences and changing personal information.

The Univerge IP communications platform is based on the company’s SV7000 server. Licensing for the product is based solely on the number of extensions supported.

NEC Unified Solutions

7. Net2Phone, Motorola & Cedar Point to Jointly Market VoCable
Net2Phone, Motorola and Cedar Point have agreed to jointly market a hosted VoCable solution that uses Net2Phone as a hosted VoIP provider, uses Motorola’s BSR 64000 CMTS/Router and SBV5120 cable modems, and Cedar Point’s Safari 3 switching system and element management system. Currently, the technology combination is being used by Liberty Cablevision in Puerto Rico.



Cedar Point Communications

9. Frost & Sullivan Release Study on European IP PBX Market
Frost & Sullivan has released European IP PBX Equipment Market – Moving Toward Converged Networks, a report that examines the IP PBX marketplace and provides forecasts for IP enables IP PBXs, IP PBXs, and hosted IP telephony services from 2003-2008.

The firm projects revenues from the total enterprise IP PBX market (including IP enabled IP PBX) will grow from EUR 589.35 million in 2003 to EUR 1.78 billion in 2008, with a CAGR of 30.3%.

In 2003, the firm projects revenue from IP enabled PBX line shipments will increase from 177.62 million in 2003 to EUR 428 million in 2008, with a CAGR of 19.23%. Shipments are expected to grow to 2.34 million lines. Growth of IP enabled PBX lines is expected to grow sharply in 2004 and 2005, especially in Germany and France. However, a reduction is expected in 2006, due to greater adoption of converged solutions and hosted IP telephony.

Revenue from IP PBX line shipments are projected to grow from EUR 411 million in 2003 to EUR 1.34 billion in 2008, with a CAGR of 26.73%. IP PBX line shipments are expected to increase from 2.96 million lines in 2003 to 11.96 million lines in 2008.

The firm projects by mid-2006, 50% of all PBX sales in Europe are likely to be IP PBX. However, the technology is expected to face stiff competition from hosted IP telephony from 2006 onward.

The UK and the Scandinavian market are identified as potential early adopters of IP telephony technology.

Frost & Sullivan

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