Monthly Archives: January 2004

Data Connection releases MeetingServer v2.1 web conferencing solution

January 28, 2004


Data Connection releases MeetingServer v2.1 – the web conferencing solution for Service Providers


London, UK: January 23, 2004. Data Connection today announced the latest version of its MeetingServer web conferencing solution. MeetingServer gives Service Providers the capability to host their own self-branded web conferencing service, rather than reselling the services of a third-party provider, and is the result of Data Connection’s 10 years of experience at the heart of the conferencing industry.

“Service Providers – whether they are Audio Conferencing SPs, Enterprise Portal providers, general ISPs, or even ILECs and CLECs – desperately need to increase the value of their hosted service offerings,” said Graeme MacArthur, General Manager of Data Connection’s Internet Applications Group. “Web conferencing is an ideal way of doing this, but many SPs worry about the resource costs and time-to-market of deploying an in-house solution. MeetingServer is aimed squarely at addressing those concerns – by providing a high quality, competitive solution, packaged for rapid and easy customization and deployment, supported by an outstanding engineering team with a world-class reputation.”

Frank J. Michela, Vice President at Connect-Us, backs up these claims. “We wanted a web conferencing solution that we could host and manage ourselves, with our own branding and look-and-feel. MeetingServer gives us exactly what we were looking for, and the new V2.1 release will provide our end users with some great new services.”

MeetingServer provides highly featured, reliable conferencing capabilities for both small and large conferences. Its intuitive GUI, which has received praise throughout the industry for its simplicity and ease of use, presents access to a complete range of conferencing and application sharing capabilities, and with this latest release now includes voting and polling functions and high-performance presentation up/download. It is easily integrated with audio bridges, and the UI is fully customizable to allow rebranding.

Gary Anderson, President and CEO of Netbriefings, confirms that integration is straightforward. “Data Connection has been great to work with. Integrating MeetingServer with our existing meeting management software has been easy, and Data Connection’s superb support team has been very responsive in giving us all the help we need.”

MeetingServer uses a reservationless scheduling model, where participants are invited to the meeting using a simple click-to-invite function. This increases user take-up, because conferences can easily be set up on-demand without requiring pre-configuration.

Several other Service Providers, including British Telecom, have already licensed MeetingServer technology. It is also OEMed by equipment vendors and conferencing providers including Latitude Communications (now owned by Cisco), Spectel and Documentum.

Netrake Secures $20 Million in Series D Funding

January 20, 2004


Company’s Significant Customer Wins and Proven Performance Result in Total Funding of More Than $70 Million.

Dallas, January 20, 2004 – Netrake, the premier provider of session controllers for VoIP interconnection, today announced that it has secured $20 million in its fourth round of funding. Prism Venture Partners led the round with return funding support from existing investors TL Ventures, Austin Ventures and Trinity Ventures. Netrake has now raised more than $70 million in capital to date. This latest round of financing will allow Netrake to accelerate its business growth and product expansion plans.

Prism Venture Partners is a leading venture capital firm focused on early-stage and growth companies in communications, business infrastructure software and systems, and healthcare technology. William M. Seifert, general partner at Prism Venture Partners, has been named to Netrake’s board of directors. Mr. Seifert has more than 25 years of experience in managing, founding and financing technology companies.

“Prism Venture Partners was highly impressed with Netrake’s traction with Tier 1 service providers on three continents – a reflection of the superior ability of its nCiteä session controllers to support cost-effective interconnection between global VoIP networks,” said Seifert. “We’ve looked at many companies designed to fulfill the challenges posed by the IP marketplace, and Netrake stands out not only for the superior quality of its carrier-class product but also for the strength of its management team.”

Netrake is the leading provider of session controllers enabling IP-to-IP Gateway functionality for Tier 1 carriers and leads the market in carrier-class performance and reliability. Netrake’s customers range from next-generation enhanced service providers to Tier 1 incumbent carriers. Netrake’s nCite session controllers exceed the cost performance, security, management and reliability of network appliance-like session controllers and media gateway products that attempt to graft session controller functionality onto their existing platforms.

“Netrake’s ability to deliver carrier-class VoIP and our track record of successful deployments with Tier 1 service providers has positioned Netrake well in the rapidly growing market for VoIP interconnection platforms. We are encouraged by recent announcements from VoIP leaders such as Level 3 and T-systems that confirms VoIP Interconnection is vital for continued growth and security of VoIP services. This has helped us attract prestigious investors such as Prism Venture Partners,” said Bruce Hill, president and CEO of Netrake. “We are thrilled to receive this latest endorsement of our market and technological leadership and are delighted to welcome a telecommunications veteran such as Bill Seifert to our board. His industry experience and acumen will contribute greatly to our next phase of growth.”

Intec signs mediation deal with UK’s Your Communications

January 20, 2004


Contract for unified convergent mediation platform valued at nearly $1 million.


Atlanta/London, January 20, 2004 – Intec Telecom Systems, a global provider of Operations Support Systems (OSS) for fixed, wireless, and IP/next generation networks, today announced an Inter-mediatE™ software deal with Manchester, UK-based telecommunications company Your Communications. The contract, valued at nearly $1 million, enhances Intec’s existing agreement with the company. Under the terms of the new contract, Intec will upgrade Your Communications’ mediation platform to create a more powerful multi-service network using Inter-mediatE’s fully convergent mediation technology.

“Intec’s mediation solution will provide us with one unified platform, providing the opportunity for cost of ownership savings while offering unparalleled innovation and service to our customers,” said Gary Clarkson, Operations Director from Your Communications. “Intec’s reputation for cutting-edge technology and superior delivery capability will help guarantee the success of the project, thereby offering us the possibility of seeking market advantages from the moment we go live with the Inter-mediatE solution.”

Your Communications offers voice, data and mobile services to businesses throughout the UK, both directly to end-users through its Business Communications channel and to selected resellers through its Wholesale channel. It is part of the United Utilities group, a FTSE100 company.

“Intec is very pleased to have secured another business agreement with Your Communications, one of the leading business to business telecom companies in Britain,” says Intec’s CEO Kevin Adams. “As the company rolls out new products and services Intec’s mediation system will be customized to reflect the changes, ensuring that Your Communications is able to quickly and accurately charge for all network traffic.”

Intec’s Inter-mediatE solution will be used to support Your Communications’ real-time. fixed billing and, potentially in the future, wireless and content billing. Inter-mediatE is considered one of the world’s most scalable, flexible and powerful convergent mediation systems, with proven ability to gather, process and distribute usage data from any kind or size of network. Its distributed, component-based architecture will adapt quickly to Your Communications’ business needs, thereby delivering the highest quality of information to its downstream systems.

Telstra Corp selects Brix Network service assurance solution.

January 20, 2004


Brix NetworksAustrailia’s largest telecommunications carrier selects Brix Networks’ service assurance solutions — Telstra Corporation Using Brix System To Measure And Verify Quality Of New Enterprise IP Telephony Service.


CHELMSFORD, Mass. — Brix Networks, the trusted provider of real-time service assurance solutions to operators of service-centric networks, today announced that Telstra Corporation Limited, Australia’s largest telecommunications carrier, has selected the Brix System to help measure and verify the quality of its new Telstra IP telephony service.

IP telephony is a technology that allows ordinary telephone calls to be transformed into packets of data and efficiently transmitted over IP networks, meaning users only have to manage a single, converged network.

Telstra is initially deploying a number of Brix 100 (TM) and Brix 1000 (TM) Verifiers, purpose-built hardware appliances, along with the scalable BrixWorx (TM) central site software system running the Brix Advanced VoIP Test Suite, to test, monitor, and substantiate the quality and performance of its IP telephony network and associated services being offered to large enterprise customers.

Brix Networks, utilizing the company’s South Pacific distributor, Maser Technology Group, is providing Telstra with a real-time IP telephony network performance system that will enable Australia’s telecommunications leader to monitor and report service performance.

“Brix is a service assurance offering that is capable of testing all aspects of our IP telephony network from a single, unified system,” said Ken Lock, Telstra’s director of data network solutions. “Telstra represents one of Australia’s best known brands, and, as the Asia-Pacific region’s foremost telecommunications company, has shown leadership in many market segments, including telephony, data, Internet telecommunications, and mobile,” said Tom Pincince, president and CEO of Brix Networks.

The award-winning Brix System improves the overall effectiveness of networks, and allows organizations to maximize their investment in — and increase the value of — all their business-critical IP services. It consists of a family of hardware platforms, including the Brix 100 Verifier, the Brix 1000 Verifier, and the Brix 2500 (TM) Verifier, which are tightly integrated with the BrixWorx software engine and related optional test suites.