Siemens to Provide USA Global Link With VoIP Network Infrastructure
USA Global Link has announced that it will purchase Siemens Telecom Network’s
equipment for its SS7/IP based telecom network, dubbed Global InterNetwork. The
initial $12 million contract covers the purchase,financing, design and deployment
of Siemens’ EWSD central office switches, Siemens/Newbridge’s MainStreetXpress 36170
Multiservices switches for ATM transport, and the InterXpress 2000 carrier-grade
IP telephony solution. Siemens’ products will serve as the hardware and software
technology core of the Global InterNetwork’s five International Switching Centers
in Denver, New York, London, Seattle and Tokyo.
The Siemens InterXpress 2000 platform, which is based on 3Com’s Total Control
platform, will enable USA Global Link to offer voice and fax over IP services.
The InterXpress solution supports PC to PC, PC to phone and phone to phone IP
communications. The solution includes gateways and gatekeepers, and back-end
network equipment to uthorize/authenticate, route and rate IP telephony calls.
Siemens will also provide a database server, the Fast Feature Platform (FFP), to enable USA Global
Link to support advanced intelligent network (AIN) services such as prepaid debit card,
international call back and one number service. The FFP server is scaleable and can
be expanded as the demand for AIN services increases.
USA Global Link
IBM to Use Databeam and IDT for VoIP Solution
IBM has announced the introduction of an end to end, carrier grade solution for
providing IP telephony services based on its gateway, Databeam’s gatekeeper product
and IDT’s software and services.
This carrier-grade IBM gateway is based on the IBM RS/6000 server, which is packaged
for the central office and compatible with Bellcore’s Network Equipment Building
System (NEBS) requirements. The gateway supports codecs for audio, and video
streams including G.711 and G.723 as well as the IBM GSM codec. It can handle
multiple network interfaces including ISDN, T1, E1, ATM, Ethernet, and token ring.
It enables IVR functionality for both paid calling cards and account debit operations.
In addition, the gateway is compatible with IBM’s voice recognition software,
eliminating the need for a telephone keypad.
Databeam’s H.323 Version 2 compliant gatekeeper works in conjunction with the IBM
gateway to manage calls over private IP networks, the Internet, and the PSTN. The
gatekeeper will operate in both unix and Windows NT environments. It features RAS
support, endpoint registration capabilities, gatekeeper to gatekeeper discovery and
communications, bandwidth control and transaction logs, and load balancing across
multiple gatekeepers within a single zone. Its administrative user
interface enables the populating of routing tables, bandwidth control settings,
zone management parameters, reporting, and call management capabilities.
IBM also plans to offer IDT’s PC to phone software and phone to phone services.
Amdocs to Use XACCT for Billing and Network Management
Amdocs has announced that it will integrate XACCT Technologies’ XACCTusage application,
a network usage metering and mediation solution, into its Ensemble system customer
care and billing platform.
The XACCTusage product captures Internet usage transaction details, in real time,
from a range of network elements and application servers. It then performs policy-
based filtering, aggregation and merging to produce records
similar to telephone switch CDRs.
Amdocs’ Ensemble system supports convergent customer care and billing activities
in multi-service fixed-line and mobile environments including local, cellular,
paging, long distance, international, cable, Internet and VoIP. The product
features flexible customer hierarchy facilities and a multi-service rating engine.
The system utilizes a scaleable, client-server UNIX platform.
The integration of XACCTusage with Amdocs’ Ensemble will enable ISPs to obtain the
comprehensive network usage information needed to price and bill for IP services
based on actual usage, instead of relying on best-guess or
flat-rate billing models.
In a separate announcement, Delta Three will use the Amdocs Ensemble customer
care and billing applications for its VoIP services.
Fortress Teams With Clarent to Offer IP VPN Solutions
Clarent has announced that it will integrate its VPN technology into Fortress
Technologies’ NetFortress Virtual Private Networks (VPN) offerings to provide
solutions that combine Internet telephony and fully encrypted VPNs. The NetFortress
VPN technology will operate in conjunction with
Clarent’s VPN telephony suite to encrypt all voice, fax and data traffic without
compromising voice quality within an enterprise VPN. The integrated product will
employ Fortress’ secure packet sheild (SPS) technology to implement all VPN elements
including encryption, authentication, key exchange, data integrity checking and
IP spoof prevention. The SPS’s
network layer system streamlines VPN implementation and enhances security by
eliminating potential human error. Clarent will enable the integrated VPN
solution to be centrally managed via a command center application.
NetPhone Unveils VoIP Intranet Gateway/PBX Solution
NetPhone has announced the introduction of its Connect IP Telephony Gateway and
Intranet Private Branch Exchange (IPBX) application. The NetPhone Connect gateway
integrates with existing PBXs using T1 or E1 digital trunks or analog four-wire
E&M interfaces to route VoIP calls from the main office to branch offices via an
intranet. The NetPhone IPBX, which includes full PBX functionality including call
control, ACD, security, accounting and LCR capabilites, connects branch offices to
the NetPhone Connect gateway. Both the connect and IPBX solutions provide support for
up to 24 simultaneous calls. The DSP based devices are compliant with H.323 protocols to
interoperate with H.323-based client software such as NetMeeting or Conference.
The products will reroute calls to the PSTN if
the network operating system fails.
NetPhone Connect and the NetPhone IPBX will be available on Windows NT servers in
ACS Innovations Introduces VoIP Card for PCs
ACS Innovations has announced the introduction of its Internet telephony card,
the Compro Ezfone. The Compro Ezfone card plugs into an available ISA slot of a
user’s PC to enable calls to be placed over the Internet. The card
uses 40 MIPS of power to implement G.723 codecs for communications.
The card is expected to be available this month. It will be priced at $149.
Cisco Unveils AccessPath VS3 VoIP Gateway Product
Cisco has announced the introduction of its AccessPath VS3, a voice and fax over
IP gateway product. The VS3 incorporates Cisco’s high-density AS5300 platform with
voice/fax feature cards, the 3640 gatekeeper, and routing and switching technology
to ensure carrier-class performance. It scales from 48- to 1,260-port densities in
T1/E1 configurations, and is designed to operate with next-generation AccessPath
systems to scale beyond 5,000 port capacities. The gateway utilizes Cisco IOS
software to support a wide range of voice applications including toll bypass,
universally accessible voice-and fax-mail services, aggregation for intracompany
phone calling and faxing, phone to phone through PBXs and key systems, real-time
fax to fax,
and PC to phone connectivity.