IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Oct, 29 2004

1. Blue Lava Software Introduces IP PBX
Blue Lava Software, a startup headed by Jeff Pulver, has introduced VoIP PBX in a Box, a SIP based IP PBX system that supports up to 50 users. The IP PBX consists of an Intel based computer, system software, 2 hardware SIP phones (Grandstream BudgeTone 101), an Ethernet hub and cables. The computer runs on the Linux OS and is pre- configured as an Aserisk server capable of supporting connections with multiple VoIP service providers (Vonage, Free World Dialup, and BroadVoice), calling features (auto-attendant, music hold, call transfer, call pickup, voicemail with directory, call conferencing, IVR and caller ID), and 8 SIP Internet extensions. The computer also has a pre-configured analog line/FXO card for POTS/ PSTN Network connection. The system comes with a NAT gateway option including second Ethernet port (LAN & WAN) or NAT gateway software & DHCP server.

In the aforementioned configuration, the system is priced at $999.

The system is also available with 8 Grandstream BudgeTone 101 hardware SIP phones for $1339 or as a wireless IP PBX. As a wireless system, the IP PBX comes with six WiSIP Grandstream BudgeTone 101 phones and is priced at $2,199.

Blue Lava Software

3. Micrel Introduces VoIP Router Reference Design
Micrel has introduced a VoIP Router reference design that combines Micrel’s KS8695PX multi-port gateway on a chip with LSI Logic’s LSI403LC voice processor and Arcturus Networks’ RG software. The solution is available in 2, 4, or 8 VoIP port configurations for SOHO to SMB applications. The technology is software upgradeable to support Voice over Wi-Fi.

Micrel’s Ethernet chip features an ARM9 processor that handles routing functions and call processing. It has a built-in, managed 5-port Ethernet switch with MACs and PHYs to accommodate network interfaces. The chip includes a PCI interface for wireless LAN support.

LSI Logic’s voice processor provides voice compression, G.168 echo cancellation, and multiple CODECs (including G.711, G.723.1, G.726 and G.729A) with up to 4 low bit rate voice ports.

Arcturus’ software provides management, routing and control functionality, and SIPstream, wich provides voice and functionality for supporting calling features such as caller ID, call waiting, and conference calling. The software delivers full SIP signaling and conforms to telephony RFCs.


LSI Logic

Arcturus Networks

5. Radcom Adds Bi-Directional Trunk Testing to VoIP Test Solution
Radcom has added direct inward dialing (DID) and direct outward dialing (DOD) trunk testing to its Omni-Q VoIP testing solution. The cProbe element of the test system can now originate bi- directional 105 test calls to remote responders. Call quality results are stored in the QManager element of Omni-Q.


7. HomeNet to Launch Residential VoFTTH Service in Provo
HomeNet Communications plans to launch primary line residential VoIP services over its FTTH in Provo, Utah, in comination with video and high speed data services. The VoIP segment of HomeNet’s triple play offering will be driven by NetCentrex’s MyCall VoIP solution.

HomeNet Communications


9. Avaya to Purchase Tenovis; Completes Acquisition of Spectel
Avaya has announced plans to purchase Tenovis GmbH & Co. KG, a European enterprise communications systems provider, for $370 million in cash. As part of the deal, Avaya will assume approximately $265 million of Tenovis’ debts.

After the acquisition, Avaya expects its annual revenues to increase by $1 billion per year and that it will increase its international revenues to represent about 40% of its total revenues. Today, 25% of Avaya’s total revenues are international.

Tenovis, founded in 1899, provides communications solutions including telephony, call and contact centers, CRMs, messaging, networking and services to companies and public authorities across Europe. the company has more than 5,400 employees and has offices in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.

Avaya has recently completed the purchase of Spectel, an audio and web conferencing solutions provider, for $103 million in cash. Avaya will integrate Spectel’s conferencing technology with its own to create a new portfolio, to be known as Avaya Meeting Exchange.

Spectel has 210 employees in Dublin and Andover.

The new announcements follow a string of acquisitions by Avaya including its purchase of Expanets and its acquisition of a majority interest in Tata Telecom, now named Avaya GlobalConnect Ltd.




11. Global Crossing Launches New Inbound Portfolio
Global Crossing introduced a new inbound service portfolio plus new global connectivity options. The new inbound portfolio consists of Global Crossing VoIP DID, a new VoIP direct inward dial service and a new VoIP Toll Free Transport service. VoIP DID provides carriers with local origination for nationwide local numbers through a single IP point of interconnection as an alternative to traditional toll-free applications. This service eliminates traditional TDM, private line and foreign exchange service fees by providing a single IP connection alternative.

The VoIP Toll Free Transport provides carriers with interconnection, transport and termination of 800 packet-based voice traffic for calls originating as TDM, thereby eliminating the need for IP to TDM conversion gear. VoIP DID service is generally available now in all major U.S. markets, while VoIP Toll Free Transport is available throughout North America.

New enhancements to existing VoIP outbound service enable IP transit, public Internet and fully meshed IP VPN connectivity, which provides carriers with unlimited VoIP DID and VoIP Toll Free connection options. VoIP Outbound service and the latest enhancements are currently available worldwide with any public Internet connection for termination of traffic to any phone.

Incoming DID and toll free calls originate as TDM calls and are converted to IP when they reach the Global Crossing voice network, and then are routed directly to the carriers’ IP network through a SIP-based IP interconnection. DID numbers can be purchased directly from Global Crossing or can be ported from third party providers to Global Crossing.

carriers now have a choice for domestic and international voice traffic termination through uncompressed audio (G.711) for highest quality voice traffic, or compressed audio (G.729a) that increases voice traffic capacity by 60 percent. In addition, Global Crossing is now able to support the international standards for compression with silence suppression (G.729ab).

BroadVoice, a primary line residential VoIP service provider, is using the Outbound Service and DID Service to provide its customers iwth local and long distance calling.

Global Crossing


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