IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Oct, 31 2001

1. Touch America to Deploy Sonus for VoIP Network
Touch America has announced that it will use Sonus’ softswitch and media gateway products for the new long-haul IP-based network it is building. TA is in the process of converting from circuit-switched to IP and expanding its fiber optic network, with an OC-level IP backbone on top, to roughly 26,000 route miles. The network expansion is slated for completion by the end of the year, with a full conversion to IP expected in 2003.

Sonus will provide TA with its GSX9000 Open Services Switch, the PSX6000 Softswitch, the SGX2000 SS7 Signaling Gateway and the Sonus Insight element management system.

TA will use Pactolus’ SIPware Prepaid Calling Card and SIPware Calling Card Applications as well as Voyant Technologies RadiVoice IP collaborative voice conferencing solution.

Touch America

Sonus Networks

3. 1st Quote to Use Better On-line’s Web-to-Phone
Better On-Line Solutions has said that 1st Quote, a UK insurance company, has implemented its e-TeleLynk web-to-phone product. The 4-port analog unit is linked to 1st Quote’s GoldStart PBX at the company’s call center in Chadwell Heath, Essex. The product, which requires only 4 to 6 Kbps, will allow the insurance company’s web site visitors to click and talk to a company sales representative.

Better On-Line’s product is also being used by several UK banks such as Abbey National, Barclays, and Smile UK.

Better On-Line Solutions

5. Connecting Teams Introduces VoIP Solution
Connecting Teams has introduced a SME VoIP solution that provides the technology to support PBX, integrated messaging, conferencing (up to 6 callers), and document sharing capabilities. The system supports Cisco IP phones or softphones.

The solution is currently being beta tested. The first release is scheduled for February 2001. The beta package includes 300 minutes of local and long distance calling, free calling between users, use of conference bridge services and document sharing for $49 a month.

Connecting Teams

7. VoiceCon2002 Scheduled for February in D.C.
VoiceCon2002 is scheduled for February 25-28 in Washington D.C. at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. The even will feature tutorials, debates, panel sessions, keynotes, and an exhibit hall. A large collection of VoIP related exhibitors are expected such as Cisco, Avaya, Nortel, Siemens ICN, NEC, Mitel Networks, 3Com, Alcatel, and Shoreline.

The last conference drew 2,500 attendees.


9. Mitel IP Phone Interoperable with Indigo’s SIP
Mitel Networks has said that its 5055 SIP is interoperable with Indigo’s SIP Proxy Server. Earlier this month, Indigo announced that Pingtel’s phone was interoperable with its technology.

Mitel Networks

Indigo Software

11. Asia Global Crossing Licensed to Offer VoIP in Korea
Asia Global Crossing has announced that it has been granted a Specific Service Provider license by the Ministry of Information and Communications to provide VoIP services and resell IPLC in Korea as well as provide value added services. The value added services allowed include Frame Relay, ATM, IP Transit, VPNs, Direct Internet Access, and other specified services. Asia Global will offer services to carriers, ISPs, and enterprises.

Asia Global Crossing

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