Monthly Archives: December 2004

Net2Phone Local Number Availability Exceeds 80% of US, Also Offers Canada and UK

December 29, 2004


net2phoneLocal phone numbers in more than 80% of the United States, as well as numbers in cities across Canada and local toll-free numbers in the UK, are now available to VoIP service providers worldwide from Net2Phone.

Net2Phone (NASDAQ:NTOP) today announced that the reach of its US local phone number inventory now exceeds 80% of the US, and that it now offers phone numbers in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver, and Hamilton in Canada, and toll free numbers in the United Kingdom, all for use anywhere in the world.

Net2Phone says it is the only provider of both SIP-based and DOCSIS-compliant VoIP solutions, with its SIP-based VoiceLine for DSL and DOCSIS-compliant CableLine for cable service providers. By supporting multiple platforms and architectures, Net2Phone can conform to any operator’s particular marketing, technical, financial and operational needs.

This expansion of number availability enhances service providers’ ability to deliver VoIP service in their regions with local phone numbers, as well as makes more options available to international service providers looking to offer a broader choice of phone numbers.

Net2Phone’s solutions embody features such as call waiting, caller ID and voicemail, and also seamlessly integrate front and back office systems and billing platforms into the operator’s infrastructure, enabling a unified bill for video, high-speed data, and voice services.

Level(3) and France Telecom Replace 2000 North American Fiber Contract

December 28, 2004


level3Level(3) and France Telecom have replaced their 2000 twenty-year leased dark fiber contract with a new transport and colocation services agreement expected to bring higher cash receipts to Level(3).

Level(3) Communications (NASDAQ:LVLT) today announced an agreement with France Telecom replacing a contract signed in 2000 under which France Telecom leased dark fiber from Level(3) for 20 years.

Under the new agreement, the previously leased fiber will revert to Level(3), which will become France Telecom’s primary contract provider of broadband transport and colocation services in North America. Level 3 will supply identified private line and wavelength circuits across its 19,400-mile fiber optic network in the US, which France Telecom Group will use, particularly though its Equant susidiary, as a platform to support its US customers.

France Telecom believes the new agreement will enable it to continue delivering the same services with the same levels of quality to customers in the retail and wholesale sectors, but at lower cost.

Level 3 expects to recognize approximately $40 million in deferred, non-cash termination revenue in the first quarter of 2005 when this transaction completes, and anticipates monthly cash receipts thereafter under the new contract to exceed those previously received under the prior one.

SIPquest Contributes to MapInfo E911 VoIP, VoWiFi Solution

December 22, 2004


SIPquest is a partner with MapInfo in the VoIP E911 solution, extensible to VoWiFi, just submitted for review by NENA.

SIPquest, Inc is a co-developer, along with Geocomm and others, of a next generation IP-based E911 solution by MapInfo which has just passed initial review by NENA, the National Emergency Number Association.

The IP-based solution will allow newer technologies, such as wireless and instant messaging, to function effectively and enhance emergency response services.

An important component of this is SIPquest’s breakthrough VoWiFi Fast Handover handset-based software technology to accomplish VoWiFi roaming handoffs in multivendor WiFi Access Point environments with less than 10 milliseconds handover latency.

This is important because current handover latency without the SIPquest solution is in the range of 400 to 600 milliseconds, which is not acceptable for voice service. A 10 millisecond handover time opens the door to widespread VoWiFi roaming acceptance, as well as to the migration of applications such as unified messaging and presence directly to WiFi handsets.

SIPquest’s Fast Handover software comprises latency-reducing algorithms that work independently of the manufacturer of APs used. SIPquest is currently working on WiFi to Cellular roaming, the next logical step.

SIPquest’s participation in the MapInfo solution ensures that future E911 development will incorporate the advances enabled by SIPquest’s technology.SOPQuest

Ecuity Partners with TeleSym to Deliver Residential Broadband VoIP and VoWiFi

December 22, 2004


ecuityStarting in January, Ecuity will roll out nationwide its V-Tone Home residential VoIP service, which will run on PCs and Pocket PCs over wireline broadband and WiFi.

Ecuity, Inc (OTC BB: ECUI.OB) announced that its partnership with TeleSym, Inc will result in the nationwide rollout of its V-Tone Home and Smart Call service for residential broadband users, starting January 3, 2005.

Customers will be able to keep their current phone numbers, or choose a number within specific area codes, and make and receive calls from PC or Pocket PC-compatible devices such as laptops and PDA’s with a broadband or wireless (Smart Call) connection.

Features of Ecuity’s service include:

– Caller ID, call blocking, call forwarding and three way calling

– Free voicemail

– Low international rates

– Unlimited calls anywhere in the continental US

– Free in-network calling

– Automatic call forwarding

– No contract

– Optional addition of Ecuity’s Smart Call software to extend V-Tone services to laptops or Pocket PC-compatible cell phones and PDAs for making mobile VoWiFi (Voice over Wi-Fi) calls.

The combination of the Ecuity and SymPhone systems makes telephoning possible over private WiFi, public HotSpot or Broadband networks, and supports all current key telephony standards such as SIP (Session Initiation Protocol).

Cirilium Develops VoWiFi-over-Satellite with Honeywell for Business Jets

December 22, 2004


Cirilium’s VoWiFi solution will interface with Honeywell’s air-to-ground satellite communications avionics to deliver VoIP to onboard VoWiFi handsets.

Cirilium, Inc (OTCBB:CRLU) today announced its cooperation with Honeywell (NYSE:HON) to provide Honeywell with a WiFi technology-enabled VoIP phone system for their Business Jet customers.

The new system will interface with the Honeywell onboard ARINC 746-compliant SATCOM avionics components that provide air-to-ground satellite communications, allowing passengers to interface with the system via a Cirilium WiFi VoIP handset.

Cirilium will also be providing the core VoIP and IP data communication gateway software that will integrate with the avionics platform designed, tested and certified per FAA specification by Honeywell.

The resulting product product will in effect be a Cirilium WiFi-enabled IP-PBX on Honeywell’s platform. The companies believe that a WiFi-enabled VoIP cabin telephony system for the corporate business jet market will be a significant improvement over any of the proprietary hard wired telephony systems currently in the market.

CallWave Gets Patent for Call-Return to Caller ID-Blocked Numbers

December 20, 2004


callwaveCalled parties can return a missed call, even if the caller’s number is private or blocked.

CallWave, Inc announced the award of US Patent 6,738,461 for another VoIP technology software enhancement to mainstream telecom technology.

The ability to return a missed call from a private or blocked number is a new element of CallWave’s services that integrate landline, mobile and IP technology by adding software-based call-handling features and by bridging all three networks to help subscribers communicate more effectively.

Since its founding in 1998, CallWave has grown to over 800,000 paying subscribers, focusing on delivering VoIP-enabled call-handling innovations to mainstream consumers and small businesses.

Ingate Releases New Tools for SIP Real Time Communications Through Firewalls

December 17,2004


Ingate’s new Firewall 1600 and SIParator 60 high-capacity products enable SIP-based VoIP, IM, presence, and other realtime person-to-person IP communications in large enterprises.

Ingate Systems AB announced two new products for organizations with high demands for capacity, throughput and reliability of SIP-based IP communications: the Firewall 1600 and SIParator 60.

SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) traversal of firewalls is an ongoing hurdle for the rapid adoption of this protocol for realtime communications in enterprises, and one which all of Ingate’s security products address.

Both of these products deliver IP-PBX functionality, SIP-enabling technology, and support for Microsoft Office LCS (Live Communications Server) 2005, combined with network security. Both are 1 U high and feature six interfaces, two of which can be used at Gigabit speed, and each supports up to 360 simultaneous RTP sessions (e.g. VoIP calls). Both are managed via an HTML-based graphical user interface.

The Firewall 1600 includes 10 SIP user licenses and five SIP traversal licenses, while the SIParator 60 has 50 SIP user licenses and 25 SIP traversal licenses. The SIP user licenses can be used for the registration of SIP user agents such as phones and soft clients, while the SIP traversal licenses allow one call per license to traverse related firewalls at the same time. Additional licenses are available optionally.

The 1600 and 60 are designed complement an IP-PBX, and support functions such as call transfer, call hold and voicemail. Their compatibility with Office LCS 2005 allow voice, video, IM and presence applications to work outside the LAN.

Ingate Systems is based in Stockholm and Linköping, Sweden, with a wholly-owned subsidiary, Ingate Systems Inc, in Hollis, New Hampshire. Ingate Firewalls solve the NAT traversal issues inherent in using SIP.

Avaya Acquires RouteScience

December 16, 2004


Avaya has enhanced its capabilities to monitor, assess and automatically adjust the network environment to optimize data traffic flow for VoIP.

Avaya, Inc announced its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of RouteScience Technologies, Inc., a maker of adaptive networking software (ANS) for enterprises and service providers. Based in California, most of RouteScience’s employees have now joined Avaya.

RouteScience’s adaptive networking software helps companies monitor and manage VoIP and other latency-sensitive traffic over wide area networks. The acquisition expands Avaya’s network management offerings and enhances its software development team in application-based network assessment, monitoring and intelligent route adjustment.

Based on open industry standards, RouteScience solutions can operate with technology from a wide variety of vendors, and work with data routers from multiple vendors. Avaya will continue to support RouteScience customers and offer ANS, while using RouteScience technology to expand the choices available to customers for enhancing reliability when connecting branch offices using VoIP.

Avaya, an early 21st-century spinoff from Lucent Technologies, Inc, designs, builds and manages communications networks for more than 1 million businesses worldwide, including over 90 percent of the FORTUNE 500.

Sonus Selected by NetVision for International VoIP Calling

December 16, 2004


sonusIsraeli ISP NetVision will deploy Sonus infrastructure for new international VoIP services network.

Sonus Networks (NASDAQ: SONS) announced that NetVision, Israel’s largest ISP, had selected Sonus’ GSX9000 Open Services Switch and its Insignus Softswitch to deliver VoIP services that would enable any owner of a telephone in Israel to make VoIP international calls using the prefix 017. The program was launched on 15 November 2004.

NetVision was established in 1994 and is co-owned by Elron Electronic Industries and Discount Investment Corporation. It was a pioneer of Internet use in Israel, and in expanding its business to international calling over IP, anticipates toll-quality voice and high call volume capacity from the Sonus packet voice infrastructure.

Sonus’ Open Services Architecture (OSA) has achieved wide interoperability throughout the VoIP industry. It addresses carrier applications including trunking, residential access and Centrex, tandem switching, IP voice termination, andenhanced services, and its harware platforms include media gateways, softswitches and network management systems.

Czech Company Introduces 2-way SIP-to-GSM Fixed Cellular Gateway

December 15, 2004


The new device, VoiceBlue, offers inexpensive two-way exchange of SIP-based VoIP with GSM, least cost routing, and linked SMS messaging.

2N Telekomunikace a.s., a 13-year old Czech business known for its Ateus products, has introduced VoiceBlue, a VoIP-GSM gateway that complements a SIP-based IP-PBX.

With built-in least cost routing, VoiceBlue chooses the cheapest route to any GSM network used, and retains full control over all outgoing GSM calls. It also combines voice prompts with caller ID to route incoming GSM calls to the right IP phone.

VoiceBlue’s features include:

* Gateway for up to 4 GSM channels

* Standard SIP client

* Least Cost Routing according to free minutes

* Intelligent incoming call routing with callback

* Enhanced Full Rate codec

* Worldwide use (GSM 900/1800 MHz)

* DISA with voice navigation

* Auto-attendant

* AT command-based administration

* Compact flash CDR buffer for up to 500,000 records

* LOG and statistics saving

* RJ-45 Ethernet connection * Integrated antenna splitter

VoiceBlue also allows connection to a corporate SMS server, to provide an additional communication channel to users over IP.