Monthly Archives: February 2005

Cisco and MCI to Collaborate on SMB IP Services

February 22, 2005


ciscoThe partners will link together technology solutions and sales channels to faciltate SMB adoption of all forms of IP.

Cisco Systems, Inc (NASDAQ:CSCO) and MCI, Inc (NASDAQ:MCIP) announced today a collaboration which will enhance Cisco channel partners’ ability to sell, deploy and support IP-based next generation services to small and medium businesses.

The products will include both hosted and premise-based IP solutions that combine MCI services and Cisco technology. Small and medium businesses will gain enhanced access to MCI network services based on Cisco technology, and MCI services will become available through Cisco channels.

Small and medium businesses that cannot afford to support advanced technologies are looking for competitive end-to-end support of IP applications, the companies say. By combining resources, both companies are able to offer them a larger selection of fully supported voice, data and security solutions.

Network and premise-based solutions to be offered will include MCI’s MCI Advantage VoIP service and Cisco’s Call Manager and Call Manager Express. MCI’s MPLS-based VPN service, Private IP, which just received Cisco Powered Network status, will also be available.

Packet8 Further Expands VoIP Coverage

February 18, 2005


packet8A significant increase in VoIP and videophone coverage, plus new features.

8×8, Inc(NASDAQ:EGHT) announced today the addition of 987 new U.S. rate centers for Local Inbound Service and 660 rate centers for E911 service to all Packet8 broadband calling plans.

This brings Packet8’s residential VoIP coverage to 3,883 US rate centers, while its optional E911 coverage increases to 1607 rate centers including newly added cities Dallas, Louisville, Memphis, Flagstaff and Spokane.

Packet8 also recently announced the addition of phone-based configuration, toll-free numbers, directory and reverse directory assistance to its feature lineup for VoIP service.

In June of 2004, Packet8 implemented an IP-based E911 service which automatically routes emergency calls and pops computer-based screens of caller information to emergency personnel at local PSAPs (Public Safety Answering Points). Packet8 says it is still the only VoIP residential provider to do this, making its service a true POTS replacement.

The underlying technical infrastructure for Packet8 is Level(3)‘s (3)VoIP Local Inbound Service.

Teleo Gives New Meaning to “Personal” Phone Service

February 17, 2005


teleoA personal, portable VoIP phone system for calling to or from any device, that travels anywhere, for $4.95 a month.

Teleo, Inc demonstrated today the 0.9 Beta release of its new, personal SIP-based VoIP phone service which lets users make or receive high quality voice calls on any Internet-connected device.

It also allows them, from their Internet connection, to redirect calls for handling on non-IP devices such as a convenient cell phone or landline, and it facilitates the processing of calls directly from e-mail clients and web browsers.

The product is targeted towards mobile professionals, and is initially downloaded onto a PC, where it is configured and a phone number assigned. Priced at $4.95 per month, PSTN calls within the USA and Canada are 2¢ a minute, inbound and Teleo-to-Teleo calls are free worldwide, and there is a 30-day free trial.

Teleo integrates fully into Outlook so that a person who sent an e-mail can be called immediately by clicking on their name, whereupon Teleo looks up their phone number in Outlook’s address book and places the call. It also integrates with Internet Explorer, so that any phone numbers appearing on any Web page can be dialled immediately by clicking on them.

Teleo’s principal patent technology resides in its use of SIP and its ability to traverse firewalls without need for special setup. Calls can be made over WiFi or inside corporate environments, working with enterprise VoIP systems and all VoIP networks.

Teleo’s voice quality is powered by Global IP Sound‘s VoiceEngine technology. Teleo is privately held and headquartered in San Francisco. In addition to its retail offering, all of its software and services are available for private label distribution.

Borderware Announces SIP Firewall

February 17, 2005


borderwareSIPassure will protect business and consumer VoIP infrastructure against VoIP hackers.

BorderWare Technologies, Inc this week announced and demonstrated its new SIP-based technology designed to protect VoIP communications from hackers, spoofers and malicious threats of all kinds.

Addressing the concerns of VOIPSA, the VoIP Security Alliance, that the next target for spammers will be voice mail and all forms of IP communications, Borderware is testing and demonstrating SIPassure, a hardware and software SIP-based firewall, with ISPs and telcos.

Among the exploits SIPassure will defend against are: DoS (Denial-of-Service) and DDoS (Distributed Denial-of-Service) attacks, Eavesdropping and “Man-in-the-Middle” attacks, Call Redirection, Malicious Calling, Voice Mail Bombing, VoIP Spam, Spoofing, Phishing, and Fake Caller ID.

The industry is working to secure voice communications at the transport layer with VPN-type encryption, but there is concern that hackers are working to attack Internet calls at the application layer. Borderware says that its SIP firewall is able to authenticate user connections and to allow systems administrators to set and enforce VoIP security policies to address all of these exploits.

BorderWare was founded in 1994, and is a private company headquartered in Toronto, with offices in London, Frankfurt, Stockholm, Dubai, Ottawa, Dallas, San Jose, New York, and Washington DC. It provides messaging security for carriers, enterprises, government and small businesses.

Alcatel and Intel to Partner on WiMAX

February 16, 2005


intelAlcatel’s infrastructure and Intel’s client chipsets will be interoperable.

Intel Corporation and Alcatel SA announced that they have expanded their strategic alliance on WiMAX, entering into a new joint development agreement.

Under the agreement, the companies will share engineering and customer lab resources to develop, integrate and ensure interoperability between Alcatel’s WiMAX network infrastructure and Intel’s next-generation WiMAX client silicon meant for wireless devices.

The companies will also actively cooperate to influence and accelerate the standardization, development, implementation and promotion of the IEEE 802.16e WiMAX standard.

The alliance is meant to correct the the broadband wireless industry’s past dependence on incompatible solutions from multiple vendors, and the lack of sponsorship from leading silicon and infrastructure suppliers.

WiMAX is an emerging set of broadband connectivity standards for wireless networks. WiMAX based on the 802.16e standard will support nomadic usages – similar to how users connect via a single Wi-Fi hot spot today – as well as full mobility, which allows users to remain connected while travelling between WiMAX “hot zones” like when using a cell phone.

Novatel Wireless Announces Its First 3G Wireless IP Devices

February 16, 2005


novatelIt will release a suite of HSDPA/UMTS/EDGE broadband wireless products in the second half of 2005.

Novatel Wireless, Inc (Nasdaq:NVTL) announced today the selection of QUALCOMM chipsets and system software for high speed broadband wireless data devices Novatel Wireless is developing for release later this year.

These devices will support wide-area multimode, multi-band wireless data access in markets around the world. The new UMTS/HSDPA wireless standards enable speeds of up to 1.8 Mbps, and these devices will also be backward compatible with existing GPRS, EDGE, and GSM wireless data networks.

HSPDA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) is an enhancement to the UMTS worldwide wireless telephony standard, designed to enable packet data transmission at theoretical speeds of up to 10 Mbps, or five times faster than UMTS. It can be implemented as an upgrade to existing infrastructure, without overlaying an entirely new radio network.

HSDPA is an element of the 3GPP Release 5 WCDMA specification, and provides a two-fold improvement in network capacity to provide the higher data speeds. With initial speeds of up to 1.8 Mbps, HSDPA becomes a viable alternative to landline cable and DSL connections, supporting packet-based multimedia services like video conferencing, and improving the performance of time-dependent applications like live video streaming and multi-player gaming.

Earlier this month, Novatel Wireless released the Expedite EV620 PC Card modem for laptops, designed to deliver access speeds up to a theoretical 2.4 Mbps on EVDO broadband data networks which are just beginning to be rolled out by carriers. That card also auto-selects for 800 or 1900 MHz band CDMA2000 1xEV-DO and CDMA2000 1X networks.

Intec Global VoIP to be Supplied by SBC and NTT

February 14, 2005


intecSBC will supply domestic, and NTT international networking and data, both for five years.

Intec Telecom Systems announced that it has contracted withSBC Communications, Inc and NTT America, Inc for a new global VoIP voice and data network.

Intec’s US headquarters are in Atlanta. SBC will provide an MPLS-based VPN, dedicated Internet access, and CPE support services for all Intec US locations, while NTT will host Intec on its Arcstar MPLS global IP-VPN service across Canada, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.

Intec’s aim is to establish a platform for future VoIP and video applications and capabilities through a managed network solution.

Intec’s business is as a provider of billing, multi-service mediation, and real-time mobile service charging software, through which it already had familiarity and working relationships with the two suppliers.


Nokia: New SIP App Server for Fixed-Mobile Convergence

February 11, 2005


nokiaA SIP application server will converge legacy voice and SIP-driven VoIP.

Nokia Corporation announced the launch next week of its Telecommunications Application Server (TAS) which will allow mobile operators to deliver standard mobile telephony services to customers independent of fixed VoIP or mobile cellular access.

These features would include Caller ID and SMS, as well as Intelligent Network features such as Prepaid. A part of the Nokia IMS solution portfolio, the Nokia TAS is built upon the 3GPP Rel 4 compliant Nokia MSC Server system.

Its functionality can be added to any existing Nokia MSC Server with a software upgrade, providing a cost-efficient implementation of VoIP that meets carrier-grade requirements.

Nokia also announced the second quarter release of its Presence Solution 2.0, adding SIP support which allows operators to apply Presence to SIP-based applications, such as its Push-to-talk-overCellular (PoC). Then PoC users will be able to detect the presence of another mobile before initiating the PoC call.

Skype Partners with Hutchinson for VoIP in Hong Kong

February 9, 2005


skypeHutchinson and Skype will co-brand a VoIP service in Hong Kong that takes advantage of Hutchinson’s extensive fiber-to-the-building fixed infrastructure.

Skype Technologies SA and Hutchison Global Communications Limited (HGC) announced the creation of a “HGC-Skype Portal” to be operational next month in Hong Kong, through which customers can download Skype software and make Skype calls.

The HGC-Skype portal will offer Hong Kong users free and unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls worldwide, and the pre-paid SkypeOut service which enables users to call any fixed or mobile phone anywhere at special rates. Skype calls are end-to-end encrypted for privacy.

This co-branding extends Hutchinson’s partnership strategy for its broadband infrastructure, and follows a recent broadband / pay-TV collaboration. HGC is the first fixed telecom network operator to have reached a co-branding agreement with Luxembourg-based Skype.

Skype’s P2P technology delivers the following features to HGC users: a user-built global contact directory; instant messaging with cross platform messaging ability; conference calling; presence; loging; customization of image display, ring tones, and call alert options; file transfer; the ability to sign in to a Skype account anywhere in the world; and multiple Skype accounts on one computer.

Blackberry Partners with Nortel, 3Com for VoIP over WiFi

February 9, 2005


blackberryThe BlackBerry 7270 supports IP telephony to extend enterprise desktop phone functionality to a BlackBerry wireless handheld.

Research in Motion Limited has partnered separately with both Nortel Networks and 3Com Corporation to deliver SIP-enabled VoIP over Wi-Fi LANs to a new Blackberry handheld.

RIM and Nortel are focusing on interoperability and integration between RIM’s BlackBerry enterprise platform and Nortel’s MCS 1500 multimedia communications server, while RIM and 3Com are integrating 3Com’s IP PBX and wireless WLAN switch with RIM’s BlackBerry wireless solution for WLAN networks.

The objective in both cases is to allow seamless roaming of office-based VoIP calls within internal WiFi domains, top enahance the mobility of enterprise voice and data.

Both approaches rely on standards-based interoperability based on SIP. The Internet orientation of SIP readily allows always-on BlackBerry applications such as email, VoIP, browser, organizer, push-based services, security and back-end integration to be tied in to existing office PBX functionality.

The products are being demonstrated now, with general release expected soon.