USA Talks.Com to Offer Unlimited IP Telephony For a Flat Rate
USA Talks.Com has announced that it is planning to offer an IP telephony
service with unlimited calling time for a flat rate. The company plans to
build a VoIP network across the US to offer the service. The service is
scheduled to be introduced throughout California by the end of this month.
USA Talks.Com plans to expand its VoIP offering to 34 major U.S. markets by
the end of October, with definite plans to enter international markets in
the near future.
SouthNet Telecom & Deutsche Telecom to Use Ascend Gear for VoIP Service
SouthNet Telecom has announced that it will use Ascend’s gateways to
support its VoIP services. The provider will utilize Ascend’s series 4000
and 6000 MultiVoice on the Max gateways, which support 16 and 48
simultaneous calls, respectively. Features of the gateway software
include authentication of user names and PINs, translation of phone numbers
to IP addresses, and voice call routing over an IP network.
SouthNet also reports that it will run calls over WorldCom’s frame relay
network. SouthNet will dedicate its own IP backbone for voice traffic, and
will upgrade network segments from T-1 lines to T-3s as traffic increases.
SouthNet will commercially launch VoIP services to 20 markets this week.
It plans to expand to 100 markets by the end of the month, with plans to
service 250 domestic and international locales by the end of 1999.
In a separate announcement, Deutsche Telekom has reported that it also has
plans to use Ascend’s MultiVoice on the MAX platform for a VoIP service.
The provider will use the equipment along with VocalTec’s Ensemble solution
to offer PC to phone Internet telephony between markets in Germany and
Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan,
the Netherlands, Switzerland, Singapore and the US.
A pilot service is currently being offered to Deutsche Telekom’s T-Online
Internet service customers.
ICG Netcom Launches IP Telephony Service in 31 US Markets
ICG Netcom has announced the launch of its IP telephony service in 31 US
markets for 5.9 cents per minute. The service enables voice and facsimile
communications in and between Aurora, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver and
Englewood, Colorado; Alameda, Berkeley, Canoga Park, Corona, Cupertino, Del
Mar, Hayward, Irvine, La Puente, Los Angeles, Oakland, Ontario, Palo Alto,
Pasadena, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, San Mateo,
Santa Rosa, Sunnyvale and Thousand Oaks, California; and Akron, Cleveland,
Columbus and Dayton, Ohio.
The service is priced at 5.9 cents per minute for customers who make calls
that originate and terminate on ICG Netcom’s IP network. Calls made that
terminate outside of ICG’s network will be priced at 8.9 cents per minute.
The company expects to expand the service to include at least 166 US
markets by the end of ’98, with international plans for next year.
In a separate announcement, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO)
has ruled that Ameritech, the RBOC in Ohio, must pay ICG for the
termination of local calls to ISPs. The decision upholds the
interconnection agreement between the two companies and makes PUCO the 21st
state commission to order RBOCs to honor interconnection contracts signed
Forward Concepts Offers DSP Chipset Market Projections
Forward Concepts has just released a DSP chipset market report entitled
“DSP Strategies 2002.” The study projects the market for programmable
DSP chips will grow 20% in 1998 to the $3.9 billion level, and see
continued growth resulting in a $13.4 billion industry by 2002. Optimistic
forecasts are based on projected demand for products that use the
technology including digital cameras, VoIP networking equipment, satellite
phones, smart antennas, AC motor controls and digital TVs.
Indonesian Providers Team with Digitcom to Offer IP Telephony Service
Digitcom has announced that PT Duta Pertiwi Santosa (Wisma StarPage,
Jakarta) will offer its IP telephony service, DigitcomNet, in five
Indonesian markets including Jakarta, Bandung, Medan, Surabaya, and Denpasar.
Digitcom will begin marketing the service within 90 days.
Killen & Associates to Release Report with VoIP Market Projections
Killen & Associates has announced that it will release a VoIP market report
Internet Protocol Telephony: The Fortune 1000 Market, based on a survey of
Fortune 1000 companies in the retail, manufacturing, and insurance
Killen has indicated the report will reveal that less than 1% of Fortune
1000 companies currently utilize VoIP technology. The research firm
projects that, by 2002, 18% of these companies will use VoIP, and by 2005,
utilization of the technology will grow to 33%.
Availability of the full report is expected by the end of this month.
Preliminaries on the report are available at
Killen & Associates
Compuserve Enter Co-Marketing Agreement with MediaRing
Compuserve/Europe and MediaRing have entered into a co-marketing agreement,
in which Compuserve will promote MediaRing’s Talk, its IP telephony
software, within its service. As part of the promotion, MediaRing will
offer customers two months of free calling. In exchange, MediaRing will
bundle Compuserve software with its Talk software package.
MediaRing Talk runs in the background of a user’s PC. It monitors the
telephone line, enabling online or offline PC users to receive an Internet
call. When a call is received, the recipient’s MediaRing software notifies
the user of the call and automatically logs the PC onto the Internet. The
software in both machines will then use Mediacom’s directory server to
locate IP addresses, and establish a voice connection. When the call
is completed, the software will automatically disconnect each PC from the
Optus to Integrate CallManage’s LCR Technology into FACSys Fax Server
Optus Software has announced that it is integrating CallManage’s LCR
technology into its Windows NT based FACSys Fax Messaging gateway. The LCR
technology will calculate which carrier has the lowest rate for each call
based on its destination, the time of day, special carrier offerings and
other optional parameters. It will then route the fax transmission to that
carrier’s network. The LCR solution also provides consolidated billing for
all fax calls made to each carrier.
Data Race Sues Lucent for Remote IP Telephony Patent Infringement
Data Race has announced that it has filed a lawsuit against Lucent in
Federal District Court, citing a patent infringement along with related
charges. Data Race is seeking unspecified damages and a permanent
injunction prohibiting Lucent from marketing and selling its Virtual
Data Race claims the Virtual Telephone system and Internet Telephony server
products infringe upon its patent entitled System and Method for Providing
a Remote User with a Virtual Presence to an Office, number 5,764,639.