Monthly Archives: December 2004

deltathree Launches New VoIP and Calling Features

December 14, 2004


New features include Web call, inbound calling, voice mail, call forwarding, SMS callback, and a choice of US, European or Israeli telephone numbers.

deltathree, Inc (NASDAQ:DDDC) today announced the launch of new features and services for its VoIP Reseller Program, expanded the range of devices certified as interoperable with its service, and incorporated the recently announced new pricing plans and an enhanced look and feel for its VoIP service.

Among the new features is an expanded choice of inbound local phone numbers available to end users irrespective of location. Customers can choose to receive calls via these phone numbers as local calls in the US, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel and the UK.

deltathree’s reseller platform enables end users to manage and control a variety of VoIP services and account activities, and gives resellers a wide range of back-office tools to analyze, control and manage their customer base.

The new customizable Web-based and SMS-based callback features allow users to decide if the call should occur immediately or at a later time, new to deltathree’s IP voice service.

Through the Reseller Program, calling centers/shops, Internet Cafes, local hardware and software distributors, local ISPs, calling card and callback companies, telecom consultants, Web portal and entrepreneurs can all participate in the business of VoIP.

IP Unity and Atreus Systems Partner to Automate VoIP Provisioning

December 14, 2004


ipunityIP Unity and Atreus have completed a joint marketing agreement to automate the provisioning of advanced IP features tier one carriers.

IP Unity and Atreus Systems’ partnership agreement will help carriers increase revenue per customer by extending their existing systems to support VoIP and other advanced IP applications, the companies said. The combined solution allows providers to bundle everything from VoIP and messaging to access and desktop applications.

By using Atreus to automate the provisioning of IP Unity’s media/applications server system, service providers can quickly deploy advanced communications features on demand, further enhancing IP Unity’s ‘many services, one system’ value proposition.

The company is successfully deploying volume shipments at ILECs, MSOs and hybrid carriers. One of these is TELUS, the largest telecommunications company in Western Canada and second largest in Canada overall, which has deployed IP Unity’s unified messaging features and will soon implement the joint solution of IP Unity features with Atreus’ service fulfillment solution in its production network.

Sylantro and Leapstone Announce Service Delivery Partnership

December 14, 2004


sylantroThe combination of Sylantro hosted IP solutions and Leapstone content management systems will offer carriers new service delivery options.

Sylantro Systems Corp and Leapstone Systems today announced a partnership to deliver fully integrated business and consumer VoIP offerings for telecommunications service providers worldwide.

Sylantro Systems delivers hosted IP-PBX and IP Centrex applications, voice VPNs and consumer broadband applications via its carrier-grade feature server, which has telco-grade scalability, reliability, operability and regulatory compliance required for massively scalable carrier deployments up to millions of users.

Leapstone Systems delivers intelligent service delivery and content management solutions to network operators through its Communications Convergence Engine product suite, which enables operators to accelerate revenues via rapid service introduction and reduce costs via simplified integration and better management of network resources.

The companies already have deployments together in a large-scale U.S. RBOC network, and are currently in trials with other incumbent service providers. Their interoperability and partnership is expected to allow carriers to provide their own differentiated applications to end customers.

Ecuity and Ottawa Wireless to Offer Metro Wi-Fi VoIP

December 13, 2004


ecuityOttawa Wireless will private label Ecuity’s V-Tone VoIP service for Metro-Wide Wi-Fi VoIP calling in Rio Rancho, NM, and Grand Haven, MI.

Ecuity, Inc (OTCBB: ECUI.OB) announced an agreement with the Azulstar subsidiary of Ottawa Wireless in which Ecuity will be the exclusive private label mobile VoIP service provider to Azulstar’s WiFi wireless broadband customers, both business and residential.

Initial deployments will include Rio Rancho, New Mexico and Grand Haven, Michigan, where city-wide WiFi deployments are already in place. Azulstar expects to launch the Rio Rancho Wi-Fi based VoIP services at the beginning of 2005, and Grand Haven, where Azulstar already has over 1,000 business and residential customers, will be offered Ecuity’s VoIP services later in the year.

Rio Rancho, NM, often referred to as the Silicon Mesa, will be the nation’s largest and most advanced city- wide Wi-Fi network.

Users in both cities will be able to make and receive calls via laptop, portable PC or handheld PC from anywhere in the two cities, and businesses will be able to use Ecuity’s V-Tone Office for business class IP PBX over a wireless network.

Ecuity is a facilities-based carrier which has operated as a traditional telephone company for 17 years, with offices in offices in Bellevue and Seattle, Washington. It claims to be the first such carrier to offer complete business-class VoIP and VoWiFi both nationwide and internationally with quality equal to or better than traditional phone service.

EyeBill Flexibility Allows VIVOphone to Differentiate End-Users and Carriers

December 13, 2004


EyeBill’s VoIP billing platform allows VIVOphone to implement its fast growth plan of free unlimited VoIP phone calls to end-customers and a competitive fee to carriers in Latin America

EyeBill Interactive Solutions’ Enterprise Edition of its VoIP billing platform is being used in Latin America by VIVOphone to advance its penetration of that market.

The Latin American market is still characterized by big communication companies behaving like oligopolies who skim the local market with relatively high prices, while small start-ups are unable to compete by offering traditional communications services.

With the EyeBill billing platform, VIVOphone is competing by successfully targeting both end-customers and wholesale traffic businesses, offering zero charge long distance to callers using VIVOphone’s IP devices to connect to IP devices within the company’s network, and charging low fees for termination services to local carriers via an IP-to-PSTN connection.

It also achieves a tariff differentiation between IP-to-IP and IP-to-PSTN connection as well as differentiation between long-distance and short-distance communication services, which are the basics of the company’s business model.

ADC to Provide Professional Services for Sonus VoIP Deployments

December 13, 2004


sonusADC will partner with Sonus to deliver professional and installation services for Sonus VoIP customers worldwide.

Sonus Networks (NASDAQ: SONS) announced today a global services alliance with ADC Telecommunications (NASDAQ: ADCT) in which ADC will support Sonus VoIP solutions worldwide.

For several Sonus VoIP deployments, ADC has effectively provided engineering, furnishing and installation (EF&I) services, rack-and-stack services, commissioning, integration, and installation-related materials. Now this will be formalized into a routine option for customers to select.

ADC has experience in installation services to customers in many market areas, including wireless service providers, multiple system/cable operators, local exchange carriers, interexchange/global carriers, alternative carriers, and original equipment manufacturers. Sonus has worked with ADC on a number of customer deployments, and believes in the quality of ADC’s professional services.

Sonus, founded in 1997, delivers VoIP infrastructure solutions for wireline and wireless service providers.

Cybertel Communications Set to Launch VoIP Cphone Through Military PXs

December 10, 2004


The Cybertel Cphone VoIP phone will be distributed though the worldwide network of military exchange stores, lowering troop costs calling home by 90%.

Cybertel Communications Corporation announced the launch of its own branded Cphone through military exchanges, initially to the approximately 140,000 troops serving in the middle east, through the worldwide network of military exchange stores.

The Cphone, which attaches to a USB port on a computer, will be free to the troops when they purchase 500 minutes at 10 cents per minute. This compares to their current average cost of calling home from Iraq of about 50 cents per minute. Subsequent minutes can be purchased at 4.9 cents per minute. The Cphone will eliminate the need for phone banks and make it very easy both physically and economically for the troops to call back home.

Cybertel Communications is a subsidiary of Cybertel Capital Corporation (OTCBB:CYBT), which acquires interests in privately held companies and also acts as an incubator for profitable companies that would like to go public in the near future

Covad Completes Nationwide Rollout of Business-Class VoIP

December 10, 2004


CovadCovad’s business-class VoIP service is now available in over 900 US cities, with its Dashboard management system accessible from anywhere over the Internet.

Covad Communications Group (OTCBB:COVD) announced the completion of nationwide rollout of its business-class Covad VoIP, now available in 125 major metropolitan markets including over 900 cities.

Positioned as an alternative to traditional local phone company service for businesses, Covad VoIP uses Covad’s nationwide DSL network to deliver a business-class managed voice service.

Covad VoIP comes in two flavors: Covad vPBX and Covad PBXi. Covad PBXi is designed to work seamlessly with existing PBX equipment. Covad vPBX is designed as a full PBX alternative. Covad and Covad’s dealer network install the service, train users and provide customer support.

All services include: local and long distance with nationwide coverage; Voice Optimized Access (prioritization of voice traffic over the network); automated provisioning; comprehensive SLAs (service level agreements); call logging; Find Me, Follow Me functionality that lets users receive calls on multiple devices from one VoIP phone number; unified visual voice and fax mail; voice and Web conferencing; auto attendant; and Covad Dashboard.

Covad Dashboard brings all of the above features together into one common user interface, allowing them all to be managed from one place using one phone number — but that place can be anywhere on the Internet.

Covad is headquartered in San Jose, and its broadband services are currently available in 44 states and 235 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), where they are accessible by more than 50 percent of all US homes and businesses.

Epygi Quadro IP PBX 2.4 Lets Users Mix IP and Analog Phones

December 8, 2004


Epygi’s new IP PBX 2.4 softrware allows analog users easy migration to a VoIP PBX by allowing both to work on the same network.

Epygi Technologies, Ltd announced the 2.4 upgrade of its Quadro All-In-One-Box IP PBX, gateway and stand alone voice router, which combines analog lines and phones with IP phones and VoIP carriers in one product with no moving parts.

Existing analog phones gain IP capabilities and IP phones work seamlessly with Quadro IP PBXs, allowing small businesses, SOHOs and teleworkers to to grow using IP phones while still being able to derive value from their analog equipment. Supported IP phones include Cisco, Polycom, Snom, IP Dialog, Swissvoice and Aastra.

Quadro 2.4 features include a streamlined GUI, least cost routing, SIP server support, H.323 signaling, G.723 and iLBC CODECs and RADIUS billing (for service operators). The all-solid-state solution makes the product highly robust and cost effective, according to the company.

Epygi is building a world-wide network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Plano, Texas (North Dallas), it has sales and development offices in the US, Canada, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, UK, Armenia and Japan. The company uses a sales organization of distributors and resellers. Its products include IP PBXs, conference servers, and gateways.

Qwest Expands Nationwide VoIP for Business

December 8, 2004


q-lQwest has added 100 more cities where its OneFlex VoIP solution is available for businesses.

Qwest Communications International, Inc (NYSE: Q) announced today the continuing expansion of its OneFlex nationwide VoIP service for business, initially launched in August 2004.

OneFlex is a proprietary Qwest solution initially available to business customers in 26 key metropolitan areas, including 14 cities within the company’s local service region, and 12 major national markets. Now, Qwest offers the service in more than 100 additional cities across the US, including Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Miami, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Orlando, St. Louis, and Tampa, Fla.

The OneFlex service comprises three options: OneFlex Integrated Access, OneFlex Hosted VoIP, and IP Centrex Prime, offering respectively, variable bandwidth, integrated local and long-distance voice service and high-speed Internet access, and an IP-enabled interface allowing current tradional Centrex customers to migrate to a VoIP version.

Qwest is one of the four RBOCs remaining after the breakup of AT&T in 1984 and subsequent mergers, which, following the Telecom Act of 1996 are now referred to as ILECs (see VoIP Acronym Dictionary at this site for definitions).