Monthly Archives: June 2004

Bookham Technology Is Selected By Sumitomo Electric

June 17, 2004


Bookham Technology Is Selected By Sumitomo Electric To Supply Passive Optical Components For Broadband Access Systems

SANTA ROSA, CA, USA, JUNE 16 2004 – Bookham Technology plc, a leading provider of optical, components, modules and subsystems has been selected by Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. to supply critical passive optical components for the company’s fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) broadband systems.

SEI’s products are being used in next generation telecommunications access networks for two-way broadband residential video and telephony transport. These products consist of distribution hubs and access terminals that will integrate Bookham’s passive optical components into a suite of next generation optical line terminal equipment (OLT) and optical network unit interfaces (ONU).

“We are pleased to have been selected by SEI as the main vendor for their FTTP program,” said Conrad Burke, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Bookham Technology. “We have been working very closely with SEI to develop specific optical passive component solutions for their strategic next generation access platform,” he added.

SEI has long been an industry leader for the Japanese FTTP market and has recently been selected by one of the largest regional telephone companies in the US to supply a broad range of solutions for a large scale FTTP rollout.

“We are delighted to be working with an industry leader like Bookham Technology,” said Dr. Yoshi Suetsugu, for SEI. “We selected Bookham because of their industry leading thin film filter technology, which offers the best technology and cost solution available in the market,” he added.

“This is positive news for the optical components market to see two complementary leading vendors like Bookham and SEI working together,” said Karen Liu, Director of Optical Component Research at RHK, a leading industry research firm. “The combination of Bookham’s leading thin film filters and SEI’s FTTP systems history will create a strong presence in the growing FTTP market.”

BroadSoft and Atreus Partner to Provision VoIP

June 17, 2004


Broadsoft and Atreus announce a partnership.

Atreus Systems™, the IP service provisioning leader, today announced a partnership with BroadSoft®, to help accelerate the delivery of Voice Over IP (VoIP). The partnership integrates BroadSoft’s BroadWorks® network communications platform with Atreus xAuthority™, creating a pre-packaged solution that delivers superior time-to-revenue and lower operational costs by automating the activation and provisioning of VoIP services.

Paraxip and CYGCOM enter Distribution Agreement

June 15, 2004


Paraxip Technologies today announced an agreement with CYGCOM Integrated Technologies. Through this agreement CYGCOM will co-market, distribute and support Paraxip’s speech-optimized media gateway products to their extensive VAR and ISV distribution channels.

Montréal and Markham, Canada – June 14, 2004 – Paraxip Technologies, a leading developer of open and flexible VoIP gateway solutions, today announced an agreement with CYGCOM Integrated Technologies, a value added channel distributor of speech integration products and services for converged voice and data solutions. Through this agreement CYGCOM will co-market, distribute and support Paraxip’s speech-optimized media gateway products to their extensive VAR and ISV distribution channels. CYGCOM offers a number of high-value hardware, software and support bundles based on Paraxip’s software products specifically targeted at the speech and IVR markets.

“Paraxip is delighted to work with CYGCOM, an industry leader in the field of computer telephony integration and speech technologies” said Serge Forest, President and CEO at Paraxip. “CYGCOM brings tremendous value to our solutions by offering their world-class system integration and support services to our joint customers”.

With this agreement, CYGCOM is the channel source for complete integrated solutions including all the hardware, software and support services related to Paraxip’s products. “We are pleased to partner with Paraxip in offering this gateway product suite specifically designed for the speech and IVR markets” said Jeff Valliant, CYGCOM’s President and CEO. “We firmly believe that Paraxip’s approach of leveraging best-of-breed, building-block components is what this industry needs as it accelerates its transition to VoIP.” Products from Paraxip as well as complete Paraxip solution bundles are now available from CYGCOM.

VegaStream signs partnership with Vanquish

June 10, 2004


EMEA distribution agreement takes VoIP into new markets

London, UK, 10th June 2004VegaStream, the leading supplier of dedicated business VoIP (Voice over IP) Gateways, today announced a Europe-wide distribution agreement with Vanquish, a leading technology provider to the specialist IT marketplace. Under the terms of the agreement, Vanquish will re-sell and license VegaStream’s products directly to its customers throughout Europe.

Vanquish provides best-of-breed technology and support for VoIP, thin client computing, network QoS, optimisation and e-policy. Using VegaStream’s Vega 50 and Vega 100 VoIP gateways, Vanquish is able to offer its customers the advantages of VoIP – flexibility, lower infrastructure and lower call costs – in a complete best-of-breed package.

“The word coming back from our reseller network is that they wanted a compelling VoIP solution that they could take to their customers,” said Peter Graham, Managing Director, Vanquish. “Most IT networks have large capacity bandwidth and so carrying voice over these networks makes perfect sense for business communications – what was missing was a VoIP solution that could be easily integrated with a wide range of legacy systems. We’re delighted to have signed this distribution agreement with VegaStream and are confident that our reseller network will see real market opportunities for VoIP.”

Richard Bayton, VegaStream’s EMEA Enterprise Channel Manager. “As businesses realize VoIP is about more than ‘cheap voice’ and start to understand that it goes to the heart of effective business communications, so the reseller community is starting to see tangible revenue in VoIP. This European distribution agreement with Vanquish is a significant milestone in VegaStream’s growing channel presence and we excited by prospect of working with them to target new vertical markets.”

VegaStream’s portfolio of business VoIP Gateways are designed to enable businesses to rapidly deploy VoIP solutions while avoiding the extensive reprogramming of the PBX traditionally associated with new VoIP deployments. Fully interoperable with all leading PBX industry and vendor standards, the Vega 50 and Vega 100 Gateways provide full inter-PBX feature transparency to deliver a seamless and consistent experience for the corporate user. VegaStream also provides extensive hands-on training for both sales and technical staff that, together with its experienced service and support experts, extends dedicated business VoIP capabilities to its channel partners.

Telappliant Chooses Jasomi Networks to Provide SecVoIP

June 10, 2004


jasomiTelappliant Chooses Jasomi Networks as Channel Partner to Provide Secure VoIP Solutions to Enterprise and Carrier Customers Leading VoIP vendor enters channel partner agreement with award-winning manufacturer

London, UK (June 7, 2004) – Telappliant, the UK-based VoIP solution provider, today announced a new partnership with Jasomi Networks, creators of the award-winning PeerPoint line of VoIP network boundary traversal and session controller products. The partnership is aimed at expanding the range of SIP-based communications products offered to the enterprise, enabling faster deployment and greater use of VoIP for business users.

Telappliant provides low-cost IP telephony solutions for a wide range of businesses, including IP PBXs, calling card platforms, and IP call termination services. The addition of Jasomi Networks’ network boundary traversal and session control technology to Telappliant’s offerings will enable a more cost-effective VoIP business model, increased user agent compatibility, and faster deployment.

“NAT traversal issues affect a significant percentage of customers using VoIP services, and, Jasomi Networks’ Peerpoint products offer a strategy for eradicating these problems and reducing support overhead,” said Tan Aksoy, Managing Director of Telappliant. “This relationship therefore has real value for our enterprise and carrier customers.”

“This partnership between Jasomi Networks and Telappliant has huge potential,”said Benjamin Freedman, Vice President of Marketing for Jasomi Networks. “VoIP is quickly moving into the mainstream, and companies that are able to implement the technology quickly and affordably without stumbling on network boundary roadblocks stand to reap substantial benefits.”

Telchemy releases new VQMON/EP Release 2.1

June 8, 2004


VQmon/EP 2.1 Software Supports RFC3611 and QoS Reporting Requirements for G.799.1, H.323 and Megaco

SUWANEE, Georgia –June 7, 2004 – Telchemy (R) Incorporated, the global leader in VoIP performance management technology, today announced VQmon (R) /EP (End Point) Release 2.1 which provides integrated call quality monitoring and reporting for IP phones and media/trunking gateways. As more service providers and enterprises deploy VoIP, real-time performance monitoring becomes critical for reliable service operation. VQmon/EP 2.1 supports RFC3611 (RTCP XR) and QoS reporting requirements for IP phones and gateways — including the new G.799.1 trunking gateway standard.

Other key features of VQmon/EP Release 2.1 include:

• full extended E model (G.107 with TS 101 329-5 Annex E)

• real-time alert generation

• support for jitter buffers that discard fractional packets

• dynamic configuration of VQmon-based probes, including Telchemy’s new SQprobe (TM).

VQmon/EP 2.1 will be available July 31, 2004.

About VQmon/EP

A member of Telchemy’s VQmon family of software performance management products, VQmon/EP is used in IP endpoints, such as IP phones and media/trunking gateways, to monitor the quality of live calls and provide the call quality and diagnostic metrics needed to support management protocols and problem diagnosis. VQmon/EP supports real-time thresholding, generates and interprets RTCP XR payloads and provides the metrics for signaling-based QoS reports. The software is fast, efficient, scalable and highly portable which minimizes costly implementation time and reduces time to market. VQmon is fully compatible with VQmon(R) /SA (Stream Analysis) and a wide range of VoIP test equipment.

NetCentrex launch free access to VoiceXML

June 8, 2004


netcentrexNetCentrex™, leading enabler of converged voice-video-data networks and next-generation services, announces the launch of NetCentrex Interactive.

Lonodn, UK – 8 June 2004 – NetCentrex™, leading enabler of converged voice-video-data networks and next-generation services, announces the launch of NetCentrex Interactive, a demonstration and development web site, designed to promote VoiceXML voice services among service providers, enterprises, system integrators and web agencies.

Based on NetCentrex’ IP MCS Media Control Server and SVI®VoiceXML solution, NetCentrex Interactive offers free online access to NetCentrex’ VoiceXML technologies, enabling voice services to be developed and tested easily. It has been realised in partnership with AudioCodes for IP/PSTN voice gateways, Connection for the platform hosting, and ScanSoft for speech recognition and text-to-speech technologies.

NetCentrex’ SVI®VoiceXML solution enables service providers to develop new business models by hosting multi-tenant service platforms on which enterprises can develop and execute multiple applications. With this model, enterprises can reduce their investment and operational costs by outsourcing their voice service infrastructure, whilst keeping control of the applications and benefiting from secure access to data. Service providers benefit from a quick ROI by sharing the infrastructure between multiple customers.

NetCentrex Interactive illustrates the deployment of a VoiceXML platform in a service provider network. With SVI®VoiceXML, service providers can offer the same online environment as NetCentrex Interactive, enabling their business customers to : – have a voice services development and test environment, – experiment text-to-speech and ASR – have online access to VoiceXML demonstrations – benefit from VoIP technologies

“NetCentrex Interactive has been designed to boost the VoiceXML voice services market. Our goal is to facilitate the development of hosted solutions by service providers and multiply enterprise subscriptions for these solutions” Comments Carine Ziol, Business Solutions Marketing Manager, at NetCentrex. “The IP-based NetCentrex Interactive platform illustrates perfectly the advantages of a hosted VoiceXML platform, which enables companies to control their applications whilst benefiting from a fast deployment of voice services. Each service provider can build an environment equivalent to NetCentrex Interactive in order to increase its traffic and generate more revenues.”

“We are proud to expand on our collaboration with NetCentrex in developing their latest initiative of new VoIP applications and services” said Dr. Yossi Zilberfarb, Vice President for Business Development at AudioCodes“Our CPE and core VoIP platforms provide complete media gateway solutions for the rapidly evolving hosted services market.”

“Hosting NetCentrex interactive platform allows Connection to develop new business opportunities,” States David Bozio-Made, CTO at Connection. “With this platform, we can offer value-added services to customers willing to keep control on their voice application development and data accesses.”

“We are extremely pleased with NetCentrex Interactive online tool. This tool is simple to use and will be another business driver accelerating the use of voice technology. The new development and demonstration web site will help to build VoiceXML voice services based on best-of-breed SpeechWorks Solutions from ScanSoft”, said Peter Hauser, Sr Vice President and General Manager ScanSoft International.

For more information about NetCentrex Interactive, you can consult or visit us during VON tradeshow & conference, from June 7th to 10th, London.

TELCHEMY introduces VoIP perform. management apps.

June 8, 2004


New SQprobe and SQmediator Are Flexible, Real-Time Service Quality Monitoring, Analysis and Mediation Applications for VoIP Equipment Vendors

SUWANEE, Georgia – June 7, 2004 – Telchemy (R) Incorporated, the global leader in VoIP performance management technology, today announced its new SQmon (TM) family of software products for end-to-end VoIP service quality monitoring. Building on the strength of its widely deployed VQmon (R) VoIP call quality monitoring technology, SQmon represents the next step towards Telchemy’s long term goal of providing the performance management infrastructure needed to support the growing range of real-time applications and services.

SQmon is a family of modular OEM software applications that includes sophisticated probe and mediation/aggregation functions. These functions provide network equipment and performance management system vendors with a scalable, flexible “leading edge” solution that integrates quickly and easily with both reporting applications and VQmon enabled IP phones and gateways. Initial SQmon product family applications include SQprobe (TM) and SQmediator (TM).

SQprobe is an advanced VoIP probe that monitors high speed packet streams, automatically detects and monitors active VoIP calls and produces real-time call quality metrics in the form of call quality records. SQprobe can handle approximately 2,000-5,000 simultaneous calls on a typical open architecture hardware platform. The product will be available as a software application for selected versions of Linux, Windows and Solaris during the fourth quarter of 2004.

SQmediator is an advanced VoIP call quality correlation and aggregation function designed for use with the SQprobe. SQmediator provides the ability to monitor service across a network, summarize call quality metrics derived from call quality records, generate real-time alerts and integrate with SNMP-based reporting applications. SQmediator will be available as a software product for selected versions of Linux, Windows and Solaris during the first quarter of 2005.

“SQmon broadens the range of leading-edge performance management solutions that we can provide to our OEM partners in the Voice over IP market,” said Alan Clark, President and CEO of Telchemy. “With the addition of SQprobe and SQmediator, Telchemy is providing more of the essential management infrastructure for VoIP and delivering a more comprehensive solution to the industry. This, in turn, will contribute to continued growth and reliable operation of VoIP and real-time multimedia services.”

Pricing for SQprobe and SQmediator will be disclosed at product availability time, and the products will be sold via OEM channels.

Primus Canada deploys Pactolus

June 7, 2004


Post Paid and Prepaid Calling Card Services Expand Service Offerings of Canada’s Largest Alternative Communications Carrier

Westborough, MA, June 7, 2004 — Pactolus Communications Software Corporation, a leading provider of SIP-based voice services, today announced that Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc. (Primus Canada), a wholly-owned subsidiary of McLean, Virginia-based Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated (Nasdaq: PRTL), has deployed Pactolus SIPware Post Paid and Prepaid Calling Card services in its extensive Canadian converged network. These service offerings provide TDM-based consumer and business subscribers with prepaid and post paid long distance calling capabilities through the Telica® Plexus™ 9000 media gateway and softswitch.

“Primus Canada has been making a steady investment in converged network elements over the last year and wanted a way to leverage this investment with a commercially proven, industry recognized, SIP-based services architecture that could deliver proven revenue-generating services to our network,” said Matt Stein, Vice President, New Technology and Services of Primus Canada. “The Pactolus solution readily integrated with our Telica network elements using SIP, and proved to be highly scalable and customizable to keep pace with our aggressive business model expansion.”

Pactolus utilizes SIP, the emerging standard for IP voice services, to deliver IP-based solutions that allow telecommunications carriers and service providers to drive down the cost and accelerate time-to-market of high-value services.

“Primus Canada, one of Canada’s premier service providers, went through an in depth evaluation of various SIP-based approaches and we are pleased they have selected Pactolus as their partner for the deployment of multiple service offerings in their network,” said Paul Blondin, Chairman and CEO of Pactolus. “By taking this strategic step with us, they will be able to leverage a highly extensible services architecture that will meet their needs beyond calling card services well into the future.”

Pactolus offers a suite of IP voice services for deployment in wireline and wireless carrier networks called SIPware™ Services, built upon the RapidFLEX™ software platform. These services include broadband IP telephony, prepaid calling card, post paid calling card, conference calling (all available with an integrated operator assistance module), voice mail, unified messaging, and SCE-built applications. The RapidFLEX software platform includes an application server, service creation environment (SCE), software-based IP media server, NAT traversal server, element management system, subscriber self-service portals, high availability features, and other components in an open, extensible software framework.