IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Sep, 04 2001

Vianet and Video-Tel To Develop Network of Video Payphones/Kiosks
Video-Tel has announced that it has reached an agreement with Vianet Technologies, in which Video-Tel will integrate Vianet’s video compression software into its own video payphones as well as distribute the software to Internet kiosk companies. The firms will also jointly market the solutions to manufacturers and service providers on a revenue sharing basis. The combined systems will enable users to send email based video postcards, streaming video and conduct peer to peer and multi-user video conferencing sessions between the video payphones and kiosk units as well as with anyone using a PC with a webcam. In addition, Video-Tel plans to rapidly deploy the video communications services using existing kiosks as a platform, and will install the kiosk video system at no charge to any Internet kiosk company that signs an agreement by Jan. 1, 2002.

Vianet Technologies


Synergy Reports VoIP Equipment Grows in Strong and Steady Trend
Synergy Research said that it has released Q2 and 1H reports which points out that VoIP equipment sales continued strong steady growth throughout the first half of this year. The studies indicate that VoIP equipment sales represented $784 million the first half of this year, an increase of over 40 percent over the same period a year ago, and that Q2 2001 sales of Enterprise VoIP equipment reached $203 million this year, an increase of 87 percent from the same quarter last year. The research also indicates that the markets for VoIP gateways, softswitches, SS7 IP gateways and ICD gateways are expected to remain consistent with previous growth trends, with sales for the equipment segments reaching $196 million in Q2 2001 and voice port shipments growing to 1.2 million ports, up 81 percent from the prior period. In addition, for the remainder of this year, Synergy expects consistency in the VoIP markets, with stable growth as major market players continue to aggressively compete, hone survival skills and seek market dominance in the market, which it forecasts will exceed $1.5 billion in revenues by year’s end.

Synergy Research

NEC Unveils New IP Gateway for Remote Office Connectivity
NEC America has announced the introduction of the Dterm IP Gateway System, its new IP gateway which converts traditional voice traffic and its accompanying signaling for call set-up and networking to IP for transport across a managed IP network. The system allows branch office workers or telecommuters to access the feature set of the company’s central site using its NEAX PBX or Electra Elite Key Telephone System, without loss of functionality. The gateway, which is an element of the NEC’s Enterprise Open Network (NEON) initiative announced earlier this year, supports up to 24 voice circuits (earlier models support 8 and 12 ports). Traditional voice traffic (plus call set-up and networking signaling) travel from the PBX to the gateway where it is converted to IP packets that are routed onto a 10/100 Ethernet LAN port, where it is picked up by the enterprise router and sent to the corporate WAN. At the branch office the local router receives the WAN signals and feeds them onto the local 10/100 LAN, where it is routed to the Dterm IP Branch unit (up to 12 voice ports) which converts the IP packets back to standard (TDM) voice signals for distribution to attached Dterm Series E Phone Sets, or a Dterm IP Adapter which interfaces directly with the E Phone Set.

The system is currently available. Pricing was not disclosed.

NEC America

Level 3 Signs International Voice Agreement with Belgacom
Level 3 Communications announced it has reached an agreement with Belgacom SA, a Belgium based telephony provider, in which the companies will terminate international VoIP traffic over each other’s respective networks. Level 3 already provides Belgacom with its (3)CrossRoads service in Europe, which is a global Internet access service designed to provide connectivity over Level 3’s MPLS backbone currently offering speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second. In addition, (3)CrossRoads also provides connectivity from Level 3’s data centers in a variety of locations throughout the world including Asia, Europe and the U.S.


Level 3 Communications

MonsterHut and directSynergy to Market MHL’s VoIP Enabling Device
MHL Communications said that it has reached agreements with both MonsterHut.com, an email based mailing list marketing firm, and directSynergy.com, an Internet based marketing firm, in which both marketing organizations will offer MHL’s VoIP enabling device, PhoneBridge, to their respective customers. The PhoneBridge unit, which connects between a PC’s or MAC’s speakers/microphone and full duplex soundcard, enables a user to plug in a traditional telephone, including cordless models, to place calls over the Internet. It is also interoperable with several other provider’s PC to PC, PC to phone, phone to phone and web based VoIP offerings.

MHL Communications



Array Technologies to Resell IsoSpace’s Collaboration Platform
IsoSpace announced that it has entered into a reseller agreement with Array Technologies, in which Array will be allowed to promote and resell its IsoSpace collaborative operating environment throughout the world. The IsoSpace enterprise platform can be installed either as a stand-alone system or a hosted service via the Internet. It enables companies to leverage existing IT enterprise infrastructure and dynamically interact in real time via the Internet. The system features co-browsing and co-editing functionalities and permanent, secure storage space, as well as features such as VoIP, instant text messaging, paging and email integration with LDAP platform authentication.


Array Technologies

Digiquant and Hewlett-Packard Team to Offer Next Gen Solutions
Digiquant said that it is teaming with Hewlett-Packard to jointly develop and deliver solutions for next gen services such as dial, broadband, VoIP and VPN services as well as for wireless operators and content providers. According to the terms of the deal, HP can resell, implement and provide support for Digiquant’s IMS CC&B software solutions to mutual customers, with the firms already planning to offer cooperative programs/solutions throughout Asia Pacific, Latin America, North America, and Europe.



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