Monthly Archives: November 2004

New Lucent Technology Lays Groundwork for VoIP-over-3G-Wireless

November 30, 2004

 

lucentLucent’s new high-speed downlink packet access technology will be deployed by Cingular Wireless, as a basis for future VoIP over 3G service, as part of its nationwide UMTS 3G rollout.

Lucent Technologies, Inc (NYSE:LU) today unveiled its High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) technology, software that will introduce ultra high-speed data capabilities to third-generation UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) networks. Cingular Wireless is including Lucent’s HSDPA in its nationwide UMTS deployment also announced today.

HSDPA will enable the fastest mobile high-speed data connections available – comparable to DSL or cable modem – on devices including 3G phones as well as laptop computers and PDAs equipped with specially designed wireless modem cards. Lucent is currently working with a variety of terminal partners to ensure the availability of HSDPA-capable devices.

Future upgrades of HSDPA will provide theoretical maximum peak data speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps, up from the 3.6 Mbps of today. The objective is to allow UMTS operators to support high-bandwidth data services such as DVD-quality streaming video, or fast downloads of very large files.

It will also enable operators to support up to six times more users than UMTS in the same spectrum, at substantially higher average data rates, maximizing the use of an operator’s available spectrum and laying the groundwork for operators to introduce VoIP over UMTS, and more advanced multimedia services.

VoIP over 3G gives operators the ability to support a greater number of voice users at a lower cost, in turn helping to ensure that voice can continue to be delivered profitably in the context of ever-declining rates chargeable for voice service.

HSDPA is a standardized upgrade of UMTS, also known as Wideband-CDMA, developed by 3GPP (the 3G Partnership Project), an industry body that is responsible for the establishment of standards for 3G UMTS networks. HSDPA is part of a series of upgrades collectively known as UMTS Release 5.

iQ NetSolutions Delivers Presence in Any-to-Any Communications

November 30, 2004

 

iQ NetSolutions’ VistaPoint Enterprise delivers enterprise-wide presence monitoring and telephony call control across heterogeneous (TDM and IP) communication systems.

iQ NetSolutions, Inc announced the addition of Avaya’s IP Office and MERLIN MAGIX to the list of major vendor PBX solutions with which its VistaPoint Enterprise version 4.0 is compatible.

IQ NetSolutions’ technology is designed to bridge the gap between legacy TDM-based PBXs and new technologies such as VoIP and SIP, to use presence and call control-based applications for real-time presence visibility of every user throughout an enterprise. This will make it possible to instantly connect callers with a requested party for improved customer service and support, says the company.

The VistaPoint Enterprise suite includes productivity applications designed for a variety of users. VistaPoint Console is used by system operators for presence-based call control, while the VistaPoint Companion series offers plug-in applications for Microsoft Outlook and Windows Messenger.

The application-level solution’s strength is that it can be transparently implemented across an enterprise, even in a mixed PBX vendor environment. VistaPoint Enterprise works with all major PBX platforms (TDM and IP) from vendors including Avaya, Cisco, Mitel, Nortel, Siemens and others.

iQ NetSolutions, Inc is a privately owned company headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts.,

Interstar Launches XMediusFAX Express 4.1 Software-Only Fax-over-IP

November 29, 2004

 

The shrink-wrapped, rapid-install 1 to 4-channel fax server for T.38 IP Fax can be bundled by telecom resellers and carriers for lower-traffic fax users or SMBs.

Interstar Technologies Inc announced the release of version 4.1 of its XMediusFAX Express T.38 Fax-over-IP boardless server software, designed to provide from 1 to 4 channels of centrally managed fax for converged IP networks.

By seamlessly integrating into IP-PBX and IP-voice mail systems, XMediusFAX is designed to offer centralized faxing from the desktop or a multifunction device (MFD), as well as automatic inbound routing, all without fax hardware or leased lines.

Long-distance charges are eliminated by routing the faxes over IP in TIFF or PDF format to a VoIP branch office closest to the destination area code, using VPN encryption for security.

The product supports 3Com, Cisco and Alcatel gateways, as well as Microsoft Exchange / Windows / Office 2003. It includes support for H.323 and SIP for compatibility, as well as SMTP-compliant email clients, G4 (Group 4) fax, and HTML email notification.

Interstar introduced its hardware-based LightningFAX fax server in 1996, and the first version of the boardless XMediusFAX in 2002. The company maintains technology partnerships with Microsoft, Cisco Systems, IBM, HP, Lotus, Pitney Bowes, Brooktrout, Groupe SAGEM, Artisoft, Bell Canada, SAP and Onset Technology.

SPIRIT Introduces Prosodic VoIP Conferencing Software

November 29, 2004

 

SPIRIT Corp introduced its new Multi-PASS embedded conferencing software designed for server-based and serverless peer-to-peer PC VoIP communication and conferencing.

SPIRIT Corp‘s Multi-PASS is a conferencing solution providing both server-based and serverless peer-to-peer and multipoint conferencing, based on SPIRIT’s Prosodic Active Speaker Selection (PASS) algorithm.

Prosody is the study of patterns of stress and intonation in language. By combining prosodic analysis with with dynamic utterance modeling, SPIRIT says it has made speaker activity estimation more accurate, enabling each speaker to get the best chance or time to speak, to be heard, and to hear all the meaningful speech of others.

The software enables any number of conferences and unlimited number of participants per conference, without degradation of speech quality and user experience, preserving clarity as in a face-to-face conversation, according to the company. The analysis is performed on each speaker’s side and does not load server CPU.

Controlled by the PASS software info, the conferencing engine optimally passes voice data from active speakers to the other participants. Broad bandwidth is not required, and due to smart traffic channeling, voice traffic and channel usage are optimized to reduce CPU load.

The company’s objective is to provide better-than-PSTN quality at low cost, thus enabling it to serve the exectutive conferencing market, as well as all other conferencing needs, all via VoIP.

SPIRIT communication software works within hardware solutions from clients including Agere, Atmel, Furuno, JRC, NEC, Nortel Networks, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Siemens, Tadiran, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba among 100+ other OEMs. Texas Instruments is shipping SPIRIT’s software ROM-ed into TI C54CST processor.

Dallas Cowboys Use 3Com to Go All-VoIP

November 26, 2004

 

3comThe Dallas Cowboys uses 3Com SuperStack 3 NBX IP and 3Com eXchange Call Center to leverage its WAN into a scalable, enterprise-wide phone infrastructure.

3Com IP Telephony, a division of 3Com Corporation (NASDAQ: COMS), announced that the Dallas Cowboys sports team has switched its business-critical voice services to an all-3Com VoIP solution.

Having reached the limits to expansion of its legacy PBX, and needing to add a call center to handle the volume of business generated by its ticket sales, suite sales, merchandise catalog sales and Internet catalog sales, the Cowboys decided that VoIP offered the most cost-effective scalability options.

The multi-site deployment networks 3Com SuperStack 3 NBX devices and more than 350 3Com IP phones at Texas Stadium, where home games are played, at Valley Ranch, where the team practices and coaches and the staff have offices, and at the Cowboys’ merchandising warehouse, all networked via a 3Com IP router network. The implementation is scalable up to 1,500 users.

Because VoIP converges voice and data, call center managers using the 3Com gear can readily monitor real-time graphical information about the operation’s call flows and calls-in-queue. Additionally, the call center platform is modular and scalable, allowing the team to incrementally expand its call center from the initial 15 up to 250 seats.

Telco Systems Partners with Phillips to Sell Carrier-Class IP Systems to ILECs

November 26, 2004

 

telcosystemsTelco Systems announced a distribution agreement with Phillips Communications & Equipment Company to deliver carrier-class copper and fiber-based transport and access equipment to the ILEC market.

Telco Systems, Inc is securing an early position in the move by ILECs (Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers) to deliver fiber services directly to end user customers by signing an agreement with Phillips Communications & Equipment Co, which will distribute Telco Systems’ end-to-end active Ethernet FTTx (Fiber-To-The-Home/Curb/Business) family of carrier-class IP aggregation and core routing switching platforms and VoIP media gateways nationwide.

Phillips will be offering Telco Systems’ VoIP, fiber-to-the-home/business and multi-service solutions, comprising its Access211 and 201, EdgeGate CPE and IP Switch platforms for VoIP and FTTx; as well as its multi-service EdgeLink OTM1000, EdgeLink Hub, and EdgeLink100 family of products which provide DS1, DS3, and Ethernet service delivery.

The Telco Systems FTTx end-to-end solution enables a service provider to connect end-users over fiber from their home or office throughout a community, metro area, campus environment, multi-dwelling unit or multi-tenant unit to an IP backbone and deliver VoIP Internet voice service, video, data and broadband Internet access. The company’s Access211 and Access 201 VoIP gateway connects to either a DSL or cable modem to enable service providers to offer VoIP service over a high-speed Internet connection.

Phillips Communications & Equipment Co was established in 1979 to decommission central offices and to restore and resell the equipment, but has since transitioned to become a distributor of new, and used central office and transmission equipment to the ILECs.

Telco Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of BATM Advanced Communications (London stock exchange ticker symbol: BVC) focuses on integrating transport, access, and packet technologies onto carrier-class IP packet-based platforms, such as high-capacity, self-routing switches with extensive QoS (Quality of Service).

Global IP Sound iLBC Codec for VoIP Adopted by Infineon

November 23, 2004

 

Global IP Sound is delivering its iLBC (internet Low Bitrate Codec) code and algorithm to Infineon Technologies for incorpoation into is MTAs (multimedia terminal adapters) and media gateways, in response to new IETF and CableLabs mandates.

Global IP Sound has created an iLBC to meet a recent IETF standard, also adopted by CableLabs, for a speech coding system with a controlled response to packet loss. This standard is now a required component for all voice-over-cable telephony, and produces a reduced quality degradation from packet loss, and so crisper and more natural sound.

Infineon has licensed the Global IP Sound iLBC codec and will incorporate it in all its fixed point implementations. It is the first chip company to implement what is now the worldwide standard for narrowband speech communication, and believes this will give its customers a big lead in time to market.

The iLBC was recently selected to be the standard for narrowband speech implementations by the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force). The iLBC was also endorsed by CableLabs, a nonprofit research and development consortium dealing with cable access technologies, as mandatory for all VoIP applications in cable modems.

Eureka, Early CLEC, Survives and Thrives

November 16, 2004

 

Eureka Networks, an early CLEC, delivers toll-quality VoIP and “VoIP POTS” over managed IP networks to New York City office buildings.

Eureka Networks, Inc, a CLEC founded right around the time of the 1996 Telecom Act, has found a way to survive the meltdown of that business, and now thrives by offering integrated, ready-to-use IP voice and data connectivity to tenants in over 400 New York City metro area buidings.

By agreement with the landlords, Eureka has pre-wired these buildings with fiber cable connected back to a Broadsoft softswitch at the heart of its own managed network. Tenants can be immediately connected to voice and data without the usual setup times required to bring in services from the incumbent telco and / or ISPs, while still being free to choose services other than Eureka’s if they wish.

By having on-premise IADs (Integrated Access Devices) already installed in the buildings, Eureka is able to offer “Virtual POTS” service, or toll-quality IP voice over analog tip-and-ring circuits, to small business tenants, and virtual PBX functionality to larger businesses.

In a testament to foresight and determination, the early establishment of its own managed network and capitalization on emerging VoIP technology just when the technology industry was experiencing its worst times, allowed Eureka to continue to profitably service its “offnet” customers outside the pre-wired buildings, and survive the subsequent lean times.

Its 400-building network, in which 60 buildings are already lit, now allows Eureka to deliver turnkey instant-on telecom and Internet packages, and allows it to claim Eureka as the fastest, most reliable way to get a company up and running.

Corinex Introduces First Internet Video Phone for Under $99

November 16, 2004

 

corinexThe Corinex Internet VideoPhone delivers quality audio and video with speeds of up to 30 frames per second in an attractive compact design.

Corinex Communications Corp announced the immediate availability of its Internet VideoPhone with NAT Firewall support, the industry’s first implementation of MPEG4 in an IP video SoftPhone, and SIP support to ensure operation in any environment.

With minimal bandwidth requirements, at 128 kbps, the phone is capable of one-click videoconferencing with the included high-quality 320k pixel VGA CMOS sensor.

The VideoPhone’s software is customizable for users and operators, and has built-in support for several free service providers including AddaVoice, Free World Dialup, VoipTalk, SIP Phone and Ecuity. It is also compatible with all major VoIP providers.

Corinex’ focus is on networking products that transmit data over a premise’s already-existing cable infrastructure (electrical, coaxial and phone lines), and via wireless connections. It has a 48% share in the HomePlug (powerline networking) market, and its products are well-suited to the SOHO, enterprise, education, government, hospital, and hotel markets.

Mind CTI Partners with Veraz to Deliver End-to-end Billing for SIP

November 16, 2004

 

mindMIND CTI’s integrated SIP-based billing and customer care platform is to be combined with Veraz’s open softswitches and media gateways to provide an integrated billing solution for packet voice carriers.

MIND CTI Ltd (Nasdaq:MNDO) has joined the Veraz Open Systems Alliance program following completion of interoperability testing with Veraz’s carrier-class VoIP solution.

Veraz’s Packet Telephony solution includes its ControlSwitch distributed softswitch and its I-Gate gateway family, both of which feature their own in-house DSP technology for quick response to carrier needs as well as validated third-party voice quality testing. Also, Veraz’s Network’s support of different country variations of SS7 and PRI protocols allows rapid deployment network-wide in multiple cities and countries.

Delivering SIP-based enhanced services and open interfaces to multi-vendor SIP-based networks is crucial to the worldwide expansion of packet telephony, both companies said. MIND’s scalable, open and modular architecture is intended to enable unlimited growth and seamless integration with other systems and applications, supporting any network and service expansion.