IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Oct, 30 2000

Global Crossing to Deploy Micromuse’s Network Management Solution
Global Crossing (GC) has announced that it is planning to deploy Micromuse’s Netcool application to manage its global IP, VoIP, ATM, Frame Relay, SONET and SDH based network services. GC intends to implement the solution to consolidate the management of its North American, U.K., and IXnet infrastructures to provide real time fault management capabilities. The provider recently reported that it is the process of deploying Sonus Networks’ VoIP technologies in its existing IP based optic networks to develop global VoIP connectivity. It has just deployed Sonus’ Packet Telephony suite of technologies including the GSX9000 Open Services Switch, the PSX6000 SoftSwitch and the SGX2000 SS7 Signaling Gateway in seven U.S. POPs (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Rochester (NY) and Seattle), with plans to deploy similar Sonus technologies in an additional 15 U.S. markets, and in several international markets including Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, London, Paris and Tokyo by the end of the year. Ultimately, the company is in the process of deploying a global IP/optic network that will consist of more than 101,000 route miles, serving five continents, 27 countries and more than 200 metropolitan markets.

Global Crossing


Actiontec Unveils SDK for Interfacing With VoIP Device
Actiontec Electronics has reported the introduction of an SDK that will enable IP telephony providers to interface its VoIP enabling device, InternetPhoneWizard, with VoIP clients and services. The SDK consists of a detailed description of the InternetPhoneWizard API, a sample application and source code for interfacing with the device.

The plug and play InternetPhoneWizard plugs into a PC’s USB or PCI interface, and provides a direct RJ-11 connection for a traditional phone (including cordless models) to support VoIP calls via traditions equipment. The H.323 compliant unit implements echo canceling technologies and linear audio support to improve call quality. It provides connectivity over 28.8, DSL, cable and ISDN Internet connections, and it interoperates with other H.323 compliant clients. In addition, it implements the company’s I-Phone Switch technology to offer users the option of switching between traditional and VoIP calling methods. The product requires that users have at least a Pentium PC with 16 MB RAM, a CD ROM, and an analog telephone.

In other news, Actiontec said that four ITSPs including 4ecalls.com, FreeWebCall.com, Go2Call and WowRing.com have configured the InternetPhoneWizard solution to operate with their respective European based services. Subscriber can use the product to place calls to select European markets throughout Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and the UK.







Telewest to Trial Motorola/Marconi VoIP Solution in Cable System
Telewest Communications said that it is planning to trial an end to end VoIP solution, which was developed by both Motorola’s Broadband Communications Sector and Marconi, in its cable system. The trial solution is expected to be based on Motorola’s CMTS and cable modems combined with Marconi’s softswitch calling agent and SDH optic network.

TeleWest Communications is a CATV and telephony operator offering multi-channel television, telephone and Internet services to more than 1.6 million UK households, and voice and data telecommunications services to over 60,000 business customers.



Sage Research Releases Corporate VoIP Deployment Data
Sage Research said that it has just released the results of a recent VoIP survey, which indicates that VoIP services and technologies are gaining acceptance in several corporate market segments. The study is based on interviews with more than 250 US based network managers exploring the current usage of IP telephony services and/or future plans. It found that over the next year, more than 50 percent of large enterprise organizations (more than 500 employees) have or plan to deploy VoIP products or services, and approximately 50 percent small and medium organizations (fewer than 500 employees) have or will deploy VoIP products or services during the same time frame. It goes on to report that across all segments, the lack of technological maturity is the biggest deterrent for not implementing the technology.

The findings are offered as a part of the company’s OnTarget research service, which provides ongoing coverage for a variety of technologies and markets. Pricing was not disclosed.

OnTarget Research

Sage Research

FreeClub.com to Offer Go2Call’s PC to Phone VoIP Service
FreeClub.com has announced that it is planning to offer Go2Call’s PC to phone VoIP service to its members. The operator intends to integrate Go2Call’s technology directly into its web site to enable visitors to place an unlimited amount of calls from any PC to any traditional phone throughout the Canada and select European markets and the U.S.

Go2Call’s unlimited no charge web based PC to phone service, which enables users to place calls from any PC in the world to any traditional phone in Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, the UK and the U.S. In addition, it has just launched a flat rate calling plan, EuropeSelect, that enables users to place an unlimited amount of calls from any Internet connected PC to any traditional phone throughout Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland for US$18 per month (US$45 per 3 months).



Dialogic Introduces H.323 Compliant Internet Phone SDK
Dialogic, an Intel subsidiary, has announced the introduction of the Intel Internet Phone SDK, its technology for developing VoIP calling solutions. The solution can be used to develop an array H.323 compliant client phone applications and systems, web based VoIP applications and/or services, or to further develop gateway and gatekeeper equipment.

The product is currently available. Pricing is based on a licensing model.

In a similar announcement, Dialogic has entered into an agreement with VxTel, in which the firms intend to develop media gateway and media server modules that will enable OEMs to develop VoIP, VoATM, VoDSL and VoCable equipment.




STM and Netergy Team to Co-Develop IC Solutions for IP Phones
STMicroelectronics reported that it is teaming with Netergy Networks to develop and market VoIP enabled integrated circuits for the development and production of IP based phones. According to the terms of the deal, the firms intend to port Netergy’s Audacity-T2 chip to STM’s manufacturing process, and STM will private brand and market the chip bundled with Netergy’s Veracity VoIP software. In addition, Netergy will market STM’s Stradivarius chip set under its own brand, bundled with STM’s own vocoder software and its H.323 stack.

Netergy Networks


New Zealand’s Ministry of Social Policy Deploys Cisco VoIP Network
New Zealand’s Ministry of Social Policy reported that it has teamed with Cisco to deploy an IP telephony network in New Zealand that interconnects three government agencies including the Ministry of Social Policy, the Department of Work and Income and the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services. The deployment is the third an final stage of a NZ$9.4 (US$3.7) million infrastructure upgrade. The IP phone system is based on Cisco’s AVVID (Architecture for Voice, Video and Integrated Data) solution, with Cisco’s model 1700, 2600 and 3600 routers deployed at branch offices to connect 8000 endpoints in over 200 government offices, and support over 150,000 calls per day. New Zealand based Logical Networks (a systems integrator) aided in deploying the system, which uses CLEAR Communications’ ATM backbone for service transport.


netGuru Deploys IP Network in India
netGuru has reported that it has successfully deployed its initial IP based network infrastructure in India, with POPs located in Calcutta, Delhi and Mumbai. The provider intends to use the infrastructure to offer an array of ISP services, and develop other enhanced offerings such as call center, VOIP store and forward messaging, and a variety of corporate access and telephony offerings.


Radware Introduces VoIP Module for Web Server
Radware has announced that it has added a VoIP module to its Web Server Director (WSD) product. The H.323 compliant component can support up from 200 to 100,000 simultaneous calls, and it can distribute traffic to any locally or remotely connected H.323 entity. It also features fault tolerance and load balancing technologies.


Polycom and Jetstream Team for Corporate VoDSL Solution
Polycom has reported that it has teamed with Jetstream Communications to develop small to medium sized corporate VoDSL solutions based on Polycom’s NetEngine IADs combined with Jetstream’s broadband voice services platform.



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