IP Telephony News Wrap-up for Sep, 09 2003

1. ECI Telecom Introduces Multi Service Access Gateway Platform
ECI Telecom has introduced Hi-Focus 4, a multi service access gateway platform that supports thousands of subscriber lines for multiple line types including ADSL, ADSL2+, G.SHDSL, VDSL, Fiber, POTS, and ISDN.

Hi Focus provides a port density of 960 lines per shelf and 3,840 lines per rack and can be deployed with optional functionality of multi- direction test access and line card redundancy. The non-blocking backplane architecture supports more than 20,000 simultaneous users with an aggregated capacity of more than 500Gbps and with multiple connections to each user.

The solution supports a wide range of network interfaces including mutliple STM-4, STM-1, Gigabit Ethernet, T3/E3 and E1/T1 interfaces. The system supports dual homing, which allows operators to co-exist and migrate from ATM to IP.

Hi Focus can deliver over 500 video channels, in addition to video on demand, video telephony, and peer to peer services. The system supports multiple level multicasting.

ECI’s new solution supports advanced aggregation capabilities for local and remote broadband platforms including Hi Focus MiniRAMs and enables thousands of users to be connected via a single interface to the network. The platform can be used as a network aggregator across any existing network infrastructure; copper, fiber or SDH/SONET networks and can aggregate over different transmission rates.

Full voice functionality support is provided for direct POTS interfaces, VoDSL, VoIP and integrated voice gateway functionality.

ECI Telecom
http://www.ecitele.com

3. Volo to Offer VoCable Services in Florida
Volo Communications, a next gen provider of voice, video, and data services, will be offering a trial service of residential local and long distance VoIP, Internet access, corporate and residential video streaming, VPNs and storage and data recovery over cable in Florida. The unnamed cable company will connect to Volo’s IP national IP network, which offers MPLS services between switches.

Unlimited residential and long distance VoIP services will be offered at a flat rate of $25 per month. The service will feature voicemail, call waiting, call forwarding, Caller ID, 3-way calling, repeat dialing, call transfer, Caller ID block, virtual phone numbers, and web-based voicemail retrieval. Customers will be able to select their own area code or keep their current number.

Volo Communications
http://www.volocommunications.com

5. Cantv Signs Interconnection Agreements with iBasis & ITXC
Cantv (Compania Anonima Nacional Telefonos De Venezuela), Venezuela’s largest telecom carrier, has signed separate interconnection agreements with iBasis and ITXC.

As of June 30, 2003, Cantv claimed 2.7 million access lines in service, 2.5 million cellular subscribers and 1.0 million Internet users.

Also this week, iBasis announced that it had signed an interconnection agreement with CAT (Communications Authority of Thailand) Telecom Public Company Limited.

iBasis
http://www.ibasis.net

ITXC
http://www.itxc.net

Cantv
http://www.cantv.com.ve

CAT Telecom Public Company Limited
http://www.cat.or.th

7. Bell Canada to Use Nortel’s Gear to Offer Managed Voice & Data
Bell Canada plans to invest $146 million in Nortel equipment over the next three years to provide hosted VoIP and multimedia services to businesses. Initially, services will be offered to large enterprises, but the provider plans to quickly expand to include small to mid sized businesses. As part of the joint deal, Bell Canada and Nortel plan to create an Innovation Centre in Ottawa for developing technology to deliver new VoIP and multimedia services. R&D satellite labs are scheduled to be setup in Quebec and in areas served by Aliant, another member of Bell’s Next Generation Network Program.

Bell will deploy Nortel’s Multimedia Communication Server 5200, SIP media server, and Succession Communication Server softswitch to deliver a new wide range of telephony services such as instant video calling, hot desking, unified messaging, single directory, and collaboration tools.

Initial commercial service availability is scheduled for mid-2004.

In June of last year, Bell Canada announced that it would be offering Cisco’s managed IP telephony service based on the vendor’s AVVID system.

Bell Canada
http://www.bell.ca

Nortel Networks
http://www.nortelnetworks.com

9. Nettel Launches SIP Services
Nettel Holdings has completed its SIP network and has launched SIP hosted services to service providers and consumers. The residential service is offered to consumers with a broadband connection that deploy a Cisco ATA or other SIP enabled device to connect a regular telephone to an broadband connection.

The broadband VoIP service features integrated phone book, call history functionality, multi-line support, call hold, call transfer, call waiting, and three way calling. Nettel currently offers unlimited calling to anywhere in the U.S. for $29.95 per month.

Nettel
http://www.nettelholdings.com

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