1. AT&T to Offer VoIP Option to Managed VPN Service
AT&T has plans to offer VoIP as an option on its managed VPN service in 2004. The service, to offered over its MPLS network, will initially target U.S. based multi-national companies and U.S. government agencies.
The new service will feature a service level guarantee for voice quality, dynamic real-time bandwidth allocation and prioritization between voice and data, on-net calling nationwide to more than 40 countries worldwide, and unified billing for customers’ voice and data services.
Earlier this year, AT&T launched an IP PBX service.
3. States Begin to Take Positions on VoIP Service Regulations
Pennsylvania Senator Jake Corman has introduced a bill that would put a five year statewide moratorium on regulations and taxes on VoIP services. The relief is being proposed in an effort to avoid stifling innovation.
Recently, Minnesota and Wisconsin regulators have taken a different position, requiring VoIP service providers be subject to the same regulations as traditional telephone companies.
The Wisconsin Public Service Commission issued a letter to 8×8 two weeks ago stating the company could not provide VoIP services in Wisconsin without the commission’s certification, which ultimately means the provider must agree to be meet the same regulations as traditional telephone companies. 8×8 plans to respond within the next 30 days.
Commissions in Minnesota and Michigan have placed similar requirements on Vonage. The Michigan Public Utilities Commission ordered the provider to immediately begin paying fees to support 911 services.
The national carriers in the U.S. are supporting VoIP service regulations.
The VoIP service providers are claiming that their services are data services because they travel over IP networks. The providers sent a petition to the FCC earlier this year that they be defined in a way that would allow them to avoid traditional telco regulations.
Vonage recently announced that it had activated more than 50,000 lines on its network, adding more than 2,000 new lines each week. The provider has carried 60 million calls over its SIP network.
Vonage also announced that it had added an itemized $1.50 regulatory recovery fee to its bills to make it more obvious to regulators that it was paying regulatory fees through partner telco agreements. As a result of the new item, service fees were adjusted. Service fees for local phone service customers were raised 50 cents per month, while long distance customer fees were lowered $2 per month.
Senator Jake Corman
5. Sipura Introduces 2-Port VoIP Phone Adapter
Sipura Technology has introduced SPA-2000, a 2-port SIP based VoIP phone adapter with an Ethernet interface. The device, which provides media gateway functionality, is installed by the end user and remotely provisioned, configured and maintained by the service provider.
The adapter will begin shipping in October at $120 per unit.
7. Telekom Malaysia Deploys MediaRing’s Session Controllers
Telekom Malaysia has deployed MediaRing’s VoizBridge session session controllers for peering and security connectivity between multiple VoIP networks.
9. Vietnam Data Deploys Mind’s Prepaid VoIP Platform
Vietnam Data Communications, a state owned company and the leading ISP in Vietnam, has deployed Mind’s VoIP prepaid calling card platform to introduce Call 1717, a VoIP long distance and international service provided to fixed telephone lines in 47 cities and provinces.
Mind’s solution provides real-time mediation, provisioning, and rating and features prepaid vouchers and calling card management.
Vietnam Data Communications
11. Trinity Introduces Platform for Developing Client Devices
Trinity Convergence has introduced VeriCall Edge, an edge device software development platform that provides media processing, packet handling, and call control. The solution does not require VoIP ASICs or DSPs, but instead employs a wide range of application processors and cores for computing power.
VeriCall Edge includes G.711, G.726, G.729 A/B, GSM/AMR, EVRC, and SMV voice coders; voice activity detect; packet loss concealment; acoustic and line echo cancellers; DTMF detect and generate; jitter buffer manager; RTP/RTCP/UDP/IP, and an embedded SIP stack for call control. The solution support from 1 to 8 channels of compressed VoIP for edge devices.
VeriCall Edge is written in portable C. Optimized versions of the solution will be made available for ARM9E, MIPS32 & MIPS64, Intel XScale, and Motorola PowerQUICC II and III processors and cores. The initial release of VeriCall will be under embedded LINUX. Future releases will support VxWorks, Symbian OS, and Microsoft CE .NET.
Trinity’s new platform will be available for beta testing in Q4 of this year. A commercial release is scheduled for Q1 of next year.
13. Global Crossing Deploys Acme Packet’s Session Controllers
Global Crossing is using Acme Packet’s Net Net session border controllers at the network edge to deliver the provider’s new VoIP termination service, which provides wholesale IP interconnection, transport and call completion.
The session controllers provide peering with other service providers to securely transport VoIP and integrated video and data services as well as provide security against denial of service attacks. Net Net integrates session admission control and routing with media control using layer 5 IP session layer signaling protocols such as SIP and H.323.
15. Kagoor Adds H.323 to SIP Interworking to Border Control Solution
Kagoor Networks has added H.323 to SIP protocol translation capabilities to its series of VoiceFlow border control products. The border controllers, which can function as gatekeeper/gateway proxies and B2BUAs, already support interworking for all H.323 versions.
17. Conexant Unveils VoIP Handset Adaptor Reference Design
Conexant has introduced a SIP reference design for the development of analog and cordless telephone handset adaptors that connect analog phones and fax machines to digital VoIP networks and enterprise or small office network. The design supports one voice port and one 10/100 Ethernet port.
The reference design includes a home network processor (CX82100), a voice coprocessor (CXP9168), a voice codec (CX20437), and an interface for Ethernet, ADSL, and cable modem connectivity.
The network processor connects through its host interface bus and provides a platform for implementing voice control functions and network or communications protocols. The voice codec provides digital to analog and analog to digital conversion. The voice coprocessor compresses and decompresses one channel of packet voice from a telephone line or handset and interfaces to the host network processor over a parallel interface bus.
19. TheGlobe.Com Using Intrado’s VoIP Emergency Calling Services
TheGlobe.Com is using Intrado’s VoIP emergency calling services to process 911 calls for its VoiceGlo VoIP service subscribers.
21. Zultys Launches Licensing Program for IP PBX
Zultys has launched a licensing program for its MX250 IP PBX, which supports 5 to 250 users. The offer is basically a financing option. Customers purchase the IP PBX and IP phones and pay a software licensing fee based on a 30, 60, or 90 day basis. After 36 months, the licensing fee no longer applies and the customer owns the system outright.
The IP PBX features:
- Compatibility with any SIP based phone or softphone
- Switches and routes voice, data, fax, and video
- 4 automated attendants
- 100 hours of voicemail with 12 simultaneous accesses
- 4 operator groups and 16 ACD groups
- 2 analog ports for connection to fax machines or speakerphones
- Internal fax termination and origination
- Call detail reports
- Instant Messaging and Chat
- Call handling rules
- Assignment of multiple devices per user
- Sharing of a single device for multiple users
- TAPI integration to Outlook, Goldmine, ACT!, and Maximizer
- Central address book
- 16 paging groups
- Encryption of voice using 128-bit AES
Zultys offers its technology via seven resellers.