IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Oct, 31 2003

1. BellSouth to Offer IP Services to SMBs; Aborts Merger Talks with AT&T
Regional Telecom operator BellSouth will offer packaged voice and data solutions to small to mid sized businesses including both traditional and IP based services. The provider plans to introduce IP Centrex and VoIP options in 2004. The offering will include a combination of gear from Nortel and Cisco.

BellSouth has changed its network from SONET to a Multiservice Provisioning Platform (MSPP). The network includes integrated MPLS in the network core and edge.

Nortel will provide BellSouth a digital phone system that includes Nortstar Integrated Communications Systems and Networks Business Communications Manager. The system will provide a converged voice and data platform that can be either IP enabled or pure IP. In addition to voice services, the solution will deliver unified messaging, multimedia contact center options, integrated security, firewall measures, wireless capabilities, universal Internet access, intra- site VPNs, full redundancy, and browser based management.

In other news, BellSouth reportedly aborted merger talks with AT&T. The Wall Street Journal said BellSouth was not willing to meet AT&T’s asking price of approximately $19 billion in cash and stock. The two companies had met earlier in the past 12 months to discuss a merger.

Last week, AT&T posted its 15th consecutive quarter of declining revenue. The company claimed that it was enduring significant losses in its consumer business. Ma Bell has not been able to effectively respond to the emergence of competition from baby bells, cable companies, and wireless providers. VoIP providers such as Vonage and 8×8 promise to make the market even more competitive.

BellSouth
http://www.bellsouth.com

Nortel Networks
http://www.nortelnetworks.com

Cisco Systems
http://www.cisco.com

AT&T
http://www.att.com

3. Covad to Deploy VoIP over its SDSL Network
Covad Communications has announced plans to deploy VoIP services over its SDSL network in mid-2004. The carrier will trail a VoIP network with a partner throughout the first half of next year. After, Covad will begin a systematic rollout across its nationwide network, using a voice carrier partner for termination and switching. Vendors to be used will be announced later this year.

Covad Communications
http://www.covad.com

5. California Attempting to Regulate VoIP Service Providers
California is the latest state to insist that VoIP service providers meet the same regulations as other state telcos. The California Public Utilities Commission sent six VoIP service providers a statement insisting they apply for a license to operate as a telecom carrier in the state by October 22. Each service provider responded with a letter arguing that VoIP services are data services and exempt from state phone regulations.

The CPUC is expected to address the letters at its next meeting scheduled for November 13.

VoIP service providers such as Vonage, 8×8, and Net2Phone are urging the FCC to issue a moratorium on VoIP regulations.

California Public Utilities Commission
http://www.cpuc.ca.gov

7. AudioCodes Unveils Line of Media Gateway Boards with PSTN/IP Support
AudioCodes has introduced the Ardito line of media gateway boards, a series of products that support PSTN infrastructure. The boards are offered with optional software to VoIP enable the technology.

The Ardito boards provide firmware based media processing capabilities including low bit rate message record/playback, real time multi-party conferencing, IVR support, G.168 echo cancellation, fax processing, DTMF detection and generation and call progress tone detection. The board permit each channel to operate independently and perform full media processing functions.

The boards support a wide range of PSTN protocols including CAS, ISDN, PRI and SS7 MTP3 termination. When designing cPCI and PCI form factor servers, AudioCodes API supports Windows XP, 2000, and NT; Linux; and Solaris operating systems.

The Ardito 260 E1/T1 PCI PSTN media processing board is available in 1, 2 and 4-trunk interface configurations, enabling the implementation of up to 120 independent channels.

The Ardito 1610 cPCI board is available in 2, 4, 8, and 16-trunk interface configurations, enabling up to 480 channel capacity servers. The product offers full hot swap support and cPSB Ethernet on the backplane according to PICMAG 2.16.

AudioCodes’ new boards are based on the company’s VoIPerfect architecture, a proprietary technology platform.

In other news, AudioCodes said that the Centre of Development of Telematics (CDOT) of India will co-develop and market VoIP solutions that include AudioCodes’ products.

AudioCodes
http://www.audiocodes.com

CDOT
http://www.cdot.com

9. Empirix Releases New Version of VoIP Test Tool
Emprix has released version 1.3 of its Hammer Call Analyzer, a tool for testing and monitoring VoIP media and signaling. The new release features G.723 and G.729 CODECs, jitter buffer emulation, batch capture mode, a watch window for debugging, and text search.

The analyzer monitors and decodes VoIP and TDM protocols and displays signaling and media interactions in a call flow display. It automatically associates messages into call contexts.

Hammer Call Analyzer is immediately available. Existing customers will be able to upgrade at no cost. The technology is available in an IP only configuration or as a TDM/IP system.

Empirix
http://www.empirix.com

October 31, 2003





1. BellSouth to Offer IP Services to SMBs; Aborts Merger Talks with AT&T
2. Yankee Group Releases Study on Hosted IP Telephony Marketplace
3. Covad to Deploy VoIP over its SDSL Network
4. Net2Phone Teams with IDT to Offer VoCable Solution
5. California Attempting to Regulate VoIP Service Providers
6. Sprint Providing Taiyo Yuden with Managed IP VPN
7. AudioCodes Unveils Line of Media Gateway Boards with PSTN/IP Support
8. BroadSoft Names 8 New Customers of its Hosted IP Applications
9. Empirix Releases New Version of VoIP Test Tool
10. ITXC Interconnects with CTBC Telecom in Brazil

2. Yankee Group Releases Study on Hosted IP Telephony Marketplace
The Yankee Group has released Hosted IP Telephony Offers a Path to Convergence, a report that examines the evolution of the VoIP market, the value of the convergence, as well as implementation and management challenges. The study also describes enterprise deployment options and includes a case study demonstrating how a hosted IP telephony solution can meet enterprise needs.

Yankee Group
http://www.yankeegroup.com

4. Net2Phone Teams with IDT to Offer VoCable Solution
Net2Phone has signed a binding memorandum of understanding with IDT that calls for IDT to exclusively provide Net2Phone with a bundle of services that will be used with the company’s VoCable solution. IDT will provide local and inter-exchange network access, termination, origination and other services such as 911, CALEA, operated assisted services, and procurement of inbound telephone numbers. IDT will also support Net2Phone VoCable sales by presenting an outsourced managed replacement telecom service that cable ops can sell to their subscribers.

Net2Phone will co-locate its equipment and interconnect with IDT at IDT’s switching facilities, located in more than 20 U.S. cities, and at its PoPs, located in more than 10 countries.

In exchange for an exclusive contract that includes modest pricing, IDT will receive shares of Net2Phone’s Class A common stock, which will vest at the rate of 1.38 million shares per year for five years. The shares will be placed in an escrow.

Net2Phone’s VoCable solution supports the back office platform, switching and transport, ongoing operations and Tier II+ technical support.

Net2Phone
http://www.net2phone.com

IDT
http://www.idt.com

6. Sprint Providing Taiyo Yuden with Managed IP VPN
Sprint is providing Taiyo Yuden, a manufacturer of electronic components, with a managed IP VPN service that includes VoIP services, international frame relay, and equipment. The network will connect Taiyo Yuden’s headquarters in Tokyo with its offices in the U.S. Sprint will be deploying Cisco’s gear.

Taiyo Yuden
http://www.t-yuden.com

Sprint
http://www.sprint.com

8. BroadSoft Names 8 New Customers of its Hosted IP Applications
BroadSoft has named 8 new companies scheduled to use its BroadWorks hosted communications platform including ACC Telecom, CyberSouth Networks, Fox Communications, MetTel, Reynwood Communications, Tiogan Networks, Virtual IP, and Who’s Calling.

The BroadWorks platform delivers hosted PBX, IP Centrex, Voice VPN, and collaborative conferencing functionality.

BroadSoft
http://www.broadsoft.com

10. ITXC Interconnects with CTBC Telecom in Brazil
ITXC has interconnected its international network with CTBC Telecom in Brazil. CTBC will use ITXC’s network for international mobile call completion.

ITXC
http://www.itxc.com

CTBC Telecom
http://www4.ctbctelecom.com.br/index.jsp


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