IP Telephony news wrap-up for Sep 29 – 2006

Skype has been banned from use on campus at San Jose State, UC-Santa Barbara, and California State University-Dominguez Hills by network administrators who claim the service consumes too much bandwidth and makes its networks vulnerable to worms.

The primary problem is that Skype makes supernodes from a user’s network, relaying calls made by other customers. Bandwidth consumption can be as high as 1 GB per month per user. The supernode functionality can be turned off by the user but it is so tricky that the schools have opted to ban the entire service instead. In the case of San Jose State, across town from Skype’s parent company eBay, eBay has planned a meeting with network administrators to appeal the decision.

Skype calls are allowed at SJSU’s dorms, where network resources are self-funded.

Other VoIP services and applications such as those offered by Gizmo and Wengo, which do not use a supernode architecture, are still allowed at the aforementioned schools.

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T-Mobile, the fourth largest cell phone service provider in the U.S., has announced plans to introduce dual-mode Wi-Fi/cell phones next month, a progressive move for a major mobile company that still hasn’t provided support for high-speed web connectivity to phones or laptops.

Cingular has plans to unveils dual-mode phones next year. The second and third top cell phone service providers, Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel are expected to follow the competition.

France Telecom SA’s mobile unit known as Orange, a service that supports dual-mode calling from a home Wi-Fi network. Subscribers must deploy a Livebox in the home to support the service, which operates much like a FMC network. Call connectivity can seamlessly be supported as a user roams in and out of the Wi-Fi network. Users must use a Motorola A910, Nokia 6136, or Samsung P200 phone. Also, Orange allows six phones on one account but the dual mode functionality will only support 3 simultaneous calls.

Also, France Telecom is likely still to be working on billing problems, as any subscriber call initiated in the home Wi-Fi network is billed as a VoIP call even if the call later moves onto the cellular network.

Orange plans that include Wi-Fi support include a 600 minute calling package for $94 and a 1200 minute calling package for $122.

For extensive information on the fixed mobile convergence marketplace visit FMC Business News at http://www.fixedmobileconvergence.net It is a great resource for FMC news, white papers and articles

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FMC Business News
Oracle has introduced Virtual PBX, a hosted IP PBX solution that is offered as element with the company’s service delivery platform (SDP). The solution enables providers to offer a PBX service to small, medium and large enterprises with support for a wide range of features such as queues and attendant functionality, hunt groups, and auto attendant.

The PBX supports SIP, SIP servlets, and Parlay/Parlay X.

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Nortel has announced a new set of customers including a couple of telcos in South Dakota and Videotron, a cable company in Canada that has 1.5 million video subs. For the telcos, Golden West and Venture Communications Cooperative, the vendor will be supplying its CS-1500 softswitch.

Videotron will deploy Nortel’s CS-2000 softswitch. The provider was already offering VoCable to 74% of its customer footprint and reported 283,000 VoCable subs at the end of June. The announcement did not indicate if Nortel’s gear would support VoCable across the cable company’s entire network or only a region.

In addition to equipment, Videotron will also be using a full suite of Nortel’s professional services including project management, testing, service assurement, installation, tech support, emergency recovery and repair.

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Evolving Systems has introduced NumeriTrack, a number management system that stores, assigns, manages, analyzes and provides reporting for VoIP services.

The system is designed to work alongside billing, activation and number portability systems. It compliments these systems by providing a dashboard for viewing a service provider’s entire number inventory including utilization, net additions and history.

Other features include automated alarms to detect number inventory shortages, number assignment, and automated reporting and tracking that enables providers to meet individual country regulations for number portability and utilization.

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Codima has introduced autoVoIP, a traffic simulator, designed for pre-deployment network assessmnet, that uses real RTP frames sent as standard frame rates over UDP with RTP ports to simulate VoIP calls.

The simulator features jitter and frame loss measurement; an automated correlation engine (via the history chart) to identify root causes of network problems; the ability to simultaneously simulate calls using multiple codecs; and user control of target address, DiffServ, phone jitter buffer, and codec.

Codima Technologies
The second chapter to a free ebook on VoIP has been released. The ebook entitled The Definitive Guide to Successful Deployment of VoIP and IP Telephony, provides steps to deployment as well as tips on optimizing voice within a packet network. The book is authored by Jim Cavanagh and is being released on a chapter by chapter basis over the next few monhts.

Highlights from each chapter are accessible via an audio podcast.

The publication covers the IP telephony lifecycle, planning and assessment, design and pre-deployment testing, implmentation and migration, ongoing operations, and network optimization.

The Definitive Guide to Successful Deployment of VoIP and IP Telephony
Microeconomic Consulting and Research Associates (MICRA) has released Consumer Benefits from Cable-Telco Competition, a study commissioned by the NCTA (National Cable Telecommunications Association) that identifies the approximate savings involved with using VoCable rather than the PSTN for phone service. The study is based on the U.S. business and residential markets.

The firm finds consumers can save an average $135 each year, with the total U.S. consumer market potentially saving $70 billion over the next 5 years. VoCable subscriptions are projected to grow from 10 million in 2007 to 23.7 million by 2011.

MICRA finds that collectively, small businesses can save 70% on their phone services, resulting in savings of over $2 billion annually.

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