Monthly Archives: February 2005

TeleSym and Active Voice Partner on SymPhone

February 28, 2005

telesymTeleSym, Inc announced today a production and distribution partnership with Active Voice, LLC, to deliver a turnkey, mobile enterprise VoIP solution.

Active Voice will manufacture assemble and ship SymPhone Call Registry and SymPhone Call Connector servers to TeleSym customers worldwide.

Incorporating both call quality and RSA security technology, SymPhone extends an enterprise or service provider PBX to mobile users.  It works with digital and analog PBXs, wireless LANs, and SIP.

A significant player in the telecom reseller channel, Active Voice’s expertise in configurable solutions for both resellers and enterprises will help TeleSym deliver its enterprise VoIP solution, according to the companies.

Active Voice is a subsidiary of NEC Unified Solutions, Inc, and makes unified messaging, computer telephony and voice messaging solutions.  Based in Seattle, it has offices in the US, Australia, and the Netherlands.  Over 150,000 Active Voice systems have been installed in more than 60 countries.

TeleSym’s SymPhone enterprise mobile VoIP solution will be made and distributed by Active Voice.

Skype Pilots SMS Messaging to Wireless

February 28, 2005

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Skype SA is running a beta test with UK SMS-to-Email provider Connectotel in which SMS messages can be sent to GSM mobile users by starting a Skype Chat with a user called ‘smsgateway.’

‘smsgateway’ is provided by Connectotel’s new Skype-to-SMS service, which started up three weeks ago in the reverse direction, i.e. SMS-to-Skype.

Following positive alpha tester response, the beta test is being opened up to the public, currently at no charge.  However testers/users have to become authorized by Connectotel first.

Skype is getting the jump on its VoIP competitors by delivering text messaging to mobiles, another communication avenue from the service provider that meets the user demands, according to insustry experts.

SMS already has proven itself as a moneymaker for wireless carriers, and VoIP providers see it as another source of revenue and differentiation. Businesses, in particular, value the concept of presence and the ability to contact workers quickly through messaging, these experts added.

e164.info Rolls Out “Carrier” ENUM

February 25, 2005

e164New ENUM-style peering system will accelerate advent of worldwide free calling.

[netzquadrat] GmbH announced the launch of a settlement-free traffic exchange for carriers under the name e164.info based on the technologies of DNS and ENUM.

Its objective is to eventually allow all telephone traffic to be routed over the public internet, thus eliminating the need for physical interconnects to the PSTN at any point in the call route.

The new peering service works via an international database created by e164.info, through which carriers can designate which phone service would deliver which calls to which destination phone numbers.

At launch time, 14 connected service providers have submitted more than 100 million phone numbers to the e164.info database. These phone numbers are spread over more than 160,000 different dialling prefixes covering 8 countries, including Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Luxembourg, Austria, Germany, the UK, and the USA.

The original ENUM concept, currently being evaluated under the auspices of the ITU, gives the end-user control over registration with the central database. But e164.info’s carrier version just uses ENUM for routing purposes, with end-users unaware that a DNS-lookup is made to reach their target called party.

Member companies have signed an MoU that ensures the non-profit character of the venture, making clear that they disclose bilateral agreements about charging for the interconnection. Some have said they will interconnect with every provider for free.

A big advantage of e164.info for carriers is that it allows them to stay in full control of a well-defined peering policy. Through a single mouse click, they can arrange and modify peering arrangements with all carriers connected.

e164.info is but one of several ENUM challengers that have sprung up recently, including xConnectDUNDi, and the Australian-based e164.org.

[netzquadrat] GmbH was founded in 1998 by Tim Mois and Thilo Salmon, who founded the German VoIP provider sipgate/nufone, and is based out of Duesseldorf, Germany. Its main focus has been providing consumer information on the web. It has a European IP network of 5,000 km through which it offers a range of low level connectivity services such as IP, PSTN, SMS and VoIP to carrier customers. Carrier connection to e.164.info is free.

UT Starcom IP-DSLAM Deal for India Net Backbone

February 24, 2005

utstarcomCompany signs expansion contract for 75,000 ports of IP-DSLAM platforms and related equipment in India.

UTStarcom, Inc (NASDAQ:UTSI) today announced that its AN-2000 B820 and AN-2000 B100 IP-DSLAMs will continue to support Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.’s National Internet Backbone project in its second phase.

This contract extends the initial $9.2 million contract signed with BSNL in August 2004. BSNL is the incumbent and largest telecommunications services provider in India, with a presence in the fixed-line, cellular mobile, long distance and data markets.

UTStarcom’s IP-DSLAM solution will enable BSNL to offer new broadband-based triple play services, such as high-speed Internet access, interactive gaming and multimedia entertainment services like video on demand to its customers.

BSNL’s National Internet Backbone is a TCP/IP-based network currently comprising around 400 nodes distributed across India and supporting over one million subscribers — of a total five million Internet subscribers in a country of over one billion people — with PSTN and ISDN Internet Access Services.

The second phase of the project includes rollout of a broadband access network across 198 cities in India to provide reliable high-speed Internet connectivity and other value-added services and applications.

VoIP, Inc. to Promote as 1-800-TALKTIME

February 24, 2005

voipincAggressive player aspires to dominate VoIP mindshare with vanity toll-free numbers and matching domain names.

VoIP, Inc (OTCBB:VOII) announced today that it has acquired the three vanity telephone numbers, 1-800-TALKTIME, 1-888-TALKTIME and 1-877-TALKTIME, along with the domain names 800TALKTIME.COM, 1800TALKTIME.COM and 1-800-TALKTIME.COM, and a US trademark for 1-800-TALKTIME.

The company views the acquisition and promotion of these brands as giving it a substantial marketing edge with consumers in the retail VoIP, subscriber-based telephony market throughout the US and Canada, and eventually beyond, which are its targets.

It believes 1-800-TALKTIME can become synonymous with VOIP services, against competition from the likes of VonageAT&T’s CallVantage, Deltathree’s iConnectHere,Packet8, and Primus Telecom.

Received marketing wisdom is that memorable phone numbers can generate up to twice the TV and ten times the radio direct response sales compared to generic phone numbers. The industry will watch to see how that plays out here.

Mobile Voice over WiFi Tested at Over 80 MPH

February 23, 2005

roamadAccording to New Zealand based RoamAD, they have successfully tested the first high speed mobile,WiFi, voice, and data network on Interstate 19 in the United States.

The company demonstrated live to users the ability to make multiparty voice over internet protocol (VoIP) conference calls, while travelling at over 80 mph down the highway.

The network is being constructed by Wi-VOD Corporation, through a grant fron the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, utilizing RoamAD’s mesh technology, and is scalable for metropolitan areas and WiFi networks.

As given by the fact that grant is from the Department of Homeland Security, the initial intent of this literal high-speed network is meant for emergency services, and law enforcement agencies; however it will eventually be rolled out for community agencies, schools, businesses and the public at large.

The demonstration area covered a little less than five miles, and will be expanded to 32 miles by the end of this year, and continue to grow from there.  According to RoamAD the network is, and will be composed of nodes space at 1.2 miles apart and of course interconnected wirelessly.

Click here for more on RoamAD.

Click here for more on Wi-VOD.

Voxeo Launches Integrated Turnkey VOIP Platform

February 23, 2005

voxeoSIP based technology and VoiceCenter Fusion Server consolidates seven previously separate platforms into one.

Voxeo Corporation announced its new VoiceCenter Fusion Server that combines VoiceXML IVR, CCXML call control, conferencing, call recording, speech recognition, speech synthesis, and a SIP VoIP gateway, all in a single rack-mount server.

Conformance to the SIP standard ensures interoperability and rapid integration with both existing and new PSTN, PBX, and VOIP deployments. Included technology comes from Voxeo, Nuance, ScanSoft, Paraxip, and Intel/Dialogic.

Feature details include:

VoiceXML IVR – enables enterprises to create and deploy web-integrated telephony applications

Call Control XML (CCXML) – delivers capabilities to intelligently screen, transfer, and initiate traditional and SIP telephony calls

Speech Recognition and Synthesis – allows callers to speak commands to the Fusion platform, and hear responses from it

Call conferencing – lets up to 48 callers meet in conference and create custom conferencing applications

Call recording – provides call logging / recording capabilities on all or a portion of all calls

PSTN-to-SIP VOIP Gateway – connects the Fusion Server’s SIP-based features – and external SIP-based telephones or platforms – to any PBX, call center, local phone company, or long distance carrier.

The new product includes four models with varying telephone port types and densities:

• VoiceCenter IVR Fusion Server 4 – 4 analog ports starting at $4,495

• VoiceCenter IVR Fusion Server 12 – 12 analog ports starting at $9,995

• VoiceCenter IVR Fusion Server 24 – 24 digital T1/PRI ports starting at $16,995

• VoiceCenter IVR Fusion Server 48 – 48 digital T1/PRI ports starting at $26,995

Voxeo’s VoiceCenter Fusion Servers complement Voxeo’s existing VoiceCenter IVR Software and VoiceCenter IVR hosting solutions, and are available immediately.

 

Nortel SIP-Based VoIP Selected by Adelphia

February 23, 2005
nortelNortel’s PacketCable VoIP and Global Services will support Adelphia’s residential IP telephony.

Nortel (NYSE:NT) announced the selection of its PacketCable VoIP and Global professional services by the cable company Adelphia Communications (OTC:ADELQ) to deliver telephony services to residential customers in selected Adelphia markets.

Adelphia is deploying Nortel’s Communication Server 2000-Compact, a superclass softswitch that uses SIP to provide direct packet connectivity to other softswitches.

SIP will be used to allow the CS 2000-Compact to cost effectively connect to PSTN and also to manage voice and video sessions across Adelphia’s packet network.

Nortel Global Services will plan, build, operate and maintain Adelphia’s VoIP network, for which Nortel is acting as the network integrator to bring together solutions from multiple vendors.

Among the required solutions are the CMTS, MTA, flow-through provisioning, and interconnect components. Nortel will also operate and monitor the network with on-site resources, and act as the single point of contact for trouble resolution.

XConnect Interconnects VoIP Networks Without the PSTN

February 22, 2005

 

xconnectThe XConnect Alliance offers multilateral settlement-free interconnection between VoIP networks.

The XConnect Global Alliance announced the launch of its service to interconnect disparate VoIP networks without going through gateways to the PSTN and incurring settlement charges.

Founding members include European IP telephony providers Gossiptel (UK), Telio (Scandinavia), and VozTelecom (Spain). It is XConnect’s intention to have enterprises as well as next-generation voice operators also join.

IP telephony providers who join the Alliance also avoid the need to negotiate multiple bilateral technical and commercial agreements whose numbers grow exponentially with the number of interconnections.

XConnect provides privacy and security for commercially sensitive member data, and include these key interconnection features:

– directory number resource

– interoperability management

– commercial relationships (settlement or settlement-free)

– VoIP security systems, and

– identity services.

XConnect uses interconnection technology, from Kayote Networks, which provides all members with single points of connection to the network and the most direct route to as many IP endpoints and IP communications services as possible.

Founding members have been trialling the service since 2004. Globally, XConnect already provides access to hundreds of thousands of end users and it will be extending its reach to US ITSPs in February 2005.

Pingtel Launches Channel Program for SIPxchange

February 22, 2005

 

pingtelPingtel wants to accelerate SMB adoption of its open-source, native-SIP enterprise platform.

Pingtel Corp announced today its Solution Provider Program designed to extend the reach of its enterprise SIP PBX for Linux into the small and medium business and enterprise markets around the world.

Over 20 solution providers have signed on to the Pingtel program to date. The modular structure of SIPxchange is said to be an advantage in assembling solutions for smaller and medium-size business customers.

The program offers participants direct support from Pingtel, with training, application-specific development, and professional services.

Pingtel’s open source Linux-based subscription model delivers PC-like pricing, whose cost does not grow with number of seats as the business grows, to the enterprise voice communications market.

This approach provides IT resellers with a natural extension to their existing datacenter business, enabling them to deliver pre-integrated solutions.