Tag Archives: IP telephony

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.

M5T Releases SAFE SIP Proxy Stack and RTP for Enhanced IP Security

February 8, 2005


m5tM5T has developed a complete suite of secure software solutions for multimedia over wired and wireless IP networks.

M5T, a spinoff from Mediatrix Telecom, has released its SAFE SIP Proxy stack version 4.0 as well as its SAFE SRTP (Secure Real-Time Protocol) stack, for enhanced security in IP networks.

The new version 4.0 of M5T SAFE SIP Proxy supports a set of modular services used for building SIP devices, servers and applications, and further strengthens the M5T security line that includes M5T SAFE SIP UA (including back-to-back features), M5T SAFE RTP, and M5T SAFE STUN.

The new product, M5T SAFE SRTP stack, is based on RFC3711 and provides secure transport of multimedia packets, and also addresses media encryption for devices. It can be used with M5T SAFE RTP or integrated with any RTP stack implementation. It uses AES encryption as well as message authentication and integrity checks.

M5T is a wholly owned entity of Media5 Corporation, which also owns Mediatrix Telecom from which M5T was spun off with several IP Telephony pioneers among its senior engineers.

It develops middleware components based on a common SIP framework layer, which forms the foundation for developing secure modular IP communications solutions.

SIPconnect Interface Specification Launched by Cbeyond and Others

February 8, 2005


SIPconnectRelease of a new draft “SIPconnect Interface Specification” provides standards-based direct IP peering between IP PBXs and VoIP service provider networks.

Cbeyond Communications and five other IP telephony vendors, Avaya, BroadSoft, Centrepoint Technologies, Cisco Systems, and Mitel, have developed a draft best practices specification to guide interoperability between IP PBXs and VoIP service provider networks.

The rapid deployment of IP PBXs in businesses and the transition to VoIP by service providers has created an opportunity for direct IP peering between IP PBXs and VoIP-enabled service providers which would lower costs, reduce voice latency, and provide for end-to-end SIP signaling for PSTN termination.

The newly released, publicly available SIPconnect Interface Specification leverages the SIP and other IETF VoIP protocols to provide the consistent, industry standards-based approach to interconnection essential to the future of packet-based communications.

Cbeyond Communications, Avaya, BroadSoft, Centrepoint Technologies, Cisco Systems, and Mitel have all indicated their intention to develop products and services that comply with the new draft specification, to the extent that any of their current product lines do not already do so.

They state that SIPconnect specifies a reference architecture, required protocols and features, and implementation rules necessary for seamless peering. It defines a clear and consistent architecture that enables IP PBX vendors and service providers to rapidly and cost effectively deploy VoIP services. They invite the rest of the industry to join and follow them.

3Com adds iVoice Speech Recognition to its NBX VoIP Products

January 4, 2005


3comThe iVoice speech engine is entirely software based, and brings speech-enabled auto attendant functionality to 3Com’s IP telephony products without additional hardware.

3Com Corporation today announced the incorporation of speech-enabling technology from iVoice, Inc into its NBX IP-PBX platform, entirely without additional hardware.

The iVoice, Inc (OTCBB:IVOC) speech-enabled auto attendant product is fully TAPI-based, eliminating the need for additional proprietary server hardware to deploy a speech interface.

The ease of use and hands-free input of speech-enabled auto attendants is designed to yield higher call completion rates, speeding up call handling and flattening IVR menus for shorter hold times.

iVoice was able to reach this integration with 3Com through 3Com’s Voice Solution Providers Program of independent interoperability testing and certification.

Telappliant Chooses Jasomi Networks to Provide SecVoIP

June 10, 2004


jasomiTelappliant Chooses Jasomi Networks as Channel Partner to Provide Secure VoIP Solutions to Enterprise and Carrier Customers Leading VoIP vendor enters channel partner agreement with award-winning manufacturer

London, UK (June 7, 2004) – Telappliant, the UK-based VoIP solution provider, today announced a new partnership with Jasomi Networks, creators of the award-winning PeerPoint line of VoIP network boundary traversal and session controller products. The partnership is aimed at expanding the range of SIP-based communications products offered to the enterprise, enabling faster deployment and greater use of VoIP for business users.

Telappliant provides low-cost IP telephony solutions for a wide range of businesses, including IP PBXs, calling card platforms, and IP call termination services. The addition of Jasomi Networks’ network boundary traversal and session control technology to Telappliant’s offerings will enable a more cost-effective VoIP business model, increased user agent compatibility, and faster deployment.

“NAT traversal issues affect a significant percentage of customers using VoIP services, and, Jasomi Networks’ Peerpoint products offer a strategy for eradicating these problems and reducing support overhead,” said Tan Aksoy, Managing Director of Telappliant. “This relationship therefore has real value for our enterprise and carrier customers.”

“This partnership between Jasomi Networks and Telappliant has huge potential,”said Benjamin Freedman, Vice President of Marketing for Jasomi Networks. “VoIP is quickly moving into the mainstream, and companies that are able to implement the technology quickly and affordably without stumbling on network boundary roadblocks stand to reap substantial benefits.”

Primus Canada deploys Pactolus

June 7, 2004


Post Paid and Prepaid Calling Card Services Expand Service Offerings of Canada’s Largest Alternative Communications Carrier

Westborough, MA, June 7, 2004 — Pactolus Communications Software Corporation, a leading provider of SIP-based voice services, today announced that Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc. (Primus Canada), a wholly-owned subsidiary of McLean, Virginia-based Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated (Nasdaq: PRTL), has deployed Pactolus SIPware Post Paid and Prepaid Calling Card services in its extensive Canadian converged network. These service offerings provide TDM-based consumer and business subscribers with prepaid and post paid long distance calling capabilities through the Telica® Plexus™ 9000 media gateway and softswitch.

“Primus Canada has been making a steady investment in converged network elements over the last year and wanted a way to leverage this investment with a commercially proven, industry recognized, SIP-based services architecture that could deliver proven revenue-generating services to our network,” said Matt Stein, Vice President, New Technology and Services of Primus Canada. “The Pactolus solution readily integrated with our Telica network elements using SIP, and proved to be highly scalable and customizable to keep pace with our aggressive business model expansion.”

Pactolus utilizes SIP, the emerging standard for IP voice services, to deliver IP-based solutions that allow telecommunications carriers and service providers to drive down the cost and accelerate time-to-market of high-value services.

“Primus Canada, one of Canada’s premier service providers, went through an in depth evaluation of various SIP-based approaches and we are pleased they have selected Pactolus as their partner for the deployment of multiple service offerings in their network,” said Paul Blondin, Chairman and CEO of Pactolus. “By taking this strategic step with us, they will be able to leverage a highly extensible services architecture that will meet their needs beyond calling card services well into the future.”

Pactolus offers a suite of IP voice services for deployment in wireline and wireless carrier networks called SIPware™ Services, built upon the RapidFLEX™ software platform. These services include broadband IP telephony, prepaid calling card, post paid calling card, conference calling (all available with an integrated operator assistance module), voice mail, unified messaging, and SCE-built applications. The RapidFLEX software platform includes an application server, service creation environment (SCE), software-based IP media server, NAT traversal server, element management system, subscriber self-service portals, high availability features, and other components in an open, extensible software framework.

Popular Telephony Launches Peerio 444

May 26, 2004


Company will be the first to integrate true peer-to-peer technology in a free Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) product for consumers; expects to introduce competitively priced peer-to-peer telephony product for the enterprise based on this technology later this year.

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 26, 2004 Popular Telephony Inc., a telecommunications middleware company, today announced Peerio444(TM) — the first Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) application powered by true serverless peer-to-peer technology. Peerio444 marks the company’s introduction of a consumer application for serverless peer-to-peer telephony, with plans to introduce a separate enterprise application based on this technology at SuperComm 2004, Chicago, IL, June 22-24, 2004. Expected to completely transform traditional telecommunication infrastructures by eliminating the need for servers and associated hardware, the patent-pending technology behind both applications will also address previous scalability, security, redundancy and system issues inherent in a peer-to-peer network.

Currently in beta testing on a limited basis and expected to be generally available via free download at www.peerio.com in the coming weeks, Peerio444 turns a PC into a fully functioning telephone that allows users to make unlimited, free calls via the Internet to other PCs, as well as low-cost PC-to-phone calls. Inspired by the principles of peer-to-peer computing, the forthcoming enterprise application will enable companies to create and deploy a wide-scale serverless IP telephony network. Popular Telephony’s groundbreaking technology will enable application developers to create VoIP-enabled applications to bring peer-to-peer telephony to a wide audience.

“We anticipate that within ten years there will only be peer-to-peer calls placed over the telephony network, making it the de-facto standard for next generation telecommunications,” said Dmitry Goroshevsky, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Popular Telephony Inc. “Built on open standards and inspired by the principles of true peer-to-peer computing, we expect the enabling technology behind Peerio444 to become a basic platform for peer-to-peer telecommunications. Peerio444 will be forever free to consumers and is phase one of Popular Telephony’s plan to become the leader in peer-to-peer telephony.”

Calls placed using Peerio444 technology will be connected to any PC or telephone number — including mobile phones, 800 and international numbers — via a built-in telephony interface. The technology is currently compatible with Windows and Linux operating systems, with plans to add Macintosh compatibility later this year, and provides users with more free features than a traditional landline phone, including voicemail, call waiting, call hold, call transfer, contact management and filters. Unlike existing peer-to-peer VoIP technology, Peerio444 is not monitored by switchboards or Spyware, does not contain Adware or other backdoor profit tools and does not restrict users to call only other standard VoIP applications.

Compatible with industry standards for VoIP, including H.323 and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), Peerio444 is relevant to both consumers and application developers:

— For consumers, the technology can be applied as ready-to-use, downloadable, standards-based, feature-rich client software for peer-to-peer communication.

— For developers, the open source application and the proprietary Peerio444 core library will enable them to create an enhanced peer-to-peer application for voice communications. The highly portable core library will be supported by a dedicated team at Popular Telephony, ensuring a high level of technical support, product updates, roadmaps and documentation.

“With VoIP services gaining significant momentum in today’s markets, evidenced by the number of legacy telecommunications firms that have recently launched VoIP divisions, Popular Telephony is helping to bring a cutting-edge technology to a wider audience,” said Stanley Blau, Managing Director of PS Capital, a member of the Board of Directors of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and Vice Chair of the Enterprise Communications Association (www.encomm.org). Blau, who is also a member of Popular Telephony’s advisory board, added, “This move, coupled with additional growth plans in 2004, strongly positions Popular Telephony as a leader in the peer-to-peer telephony market.”