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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.

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.

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.

Broadcom Automates Security Setup for WiFi Networks

January 6, 2005


A new Broadcom chipset allows an entire WiFi network to be fully configured for WPA security in a single step not requiring PC access or control.

Broadcom, Inc aanounced today the immediate availability of a developer’s kit for the SecureEasySetup embedded software running on its new 54g chipsets that automatically establishes a WiFi network’s WPA passphrase keys while it configures the network and installs those keys on each new device added to the network.

This is all accomplished at the touch of a single button without the need for the expert user involvement currently required for secure WiFi network configuration. Because of the intricacies of the current process, as many as 75% of all WiFi networks installed are estimated to lack any security configuration at all.

Also, this automated PC-free installation dramatically accelerates the secure installation of non-PC-based IP devices such as consumer electronics without screens or keypads (e.g. printers and digital cameras), VoIP phones, and digital video equipment.

First to market implementations of Broadcom’s technology will come from Linksys wireless LAN products in Q1 2005 and selected HP notebook and desktop PCs and future networked printers.

Products configured with SecureEasySetup are fully interoperable with any recent WiFi CERTIFIED products, regardless of whether they feature SecureEasySetup, opening the possibility that the new technology will be integrated into peripheral devices and consumer electronics as a new standard.

DSP Group to Release Cordless VoIP Chip

January 3, 2005


DSP Group’s Cordless VoIP chip will combine VoIP, traditional TDMA, and digital cordless functionality on single silicon die.

DSP Group, Inc (NASDAQ:DSPG) announced the release of its Cordless VoIP chip this week. Designed to support digital cordless multi-handset applications with multiple VoIP lines and traditional telephony without additional costs, the chip is expected by DSP to create a new residential application for VoIP.

DSP Group is a fabless semiconductor company specializing in chipset solutions for the residential convergence of voice, data & video over broadband and wireless.

Its in-house technologies include DSPs, a portfolio of wireless communication protocols including DECT, Bluetooth and WiFi, and advanced radio frequency CMOS and SiGe ICs, as well as VoIP ICs.

DSP Group ICs are also widely used in MP3 players, VoIP phones, gateways, and IADs and DVRs (Digital Voice Recorders).

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).

Brix Announces Version 3 of Free VoIP Testing Portal

November 15, 2004


Brix NetworksTestYourVoIP.com v. 3.0 enables independent measurement and comparisons of the quality of broadband VoIP connections and providers via self-initiated test calls.

Brix Networks, Inc has also included in this release “Golden Phone” test points at which hardware verifiers are configured to answer calls just like a real phone, and measure the quality of the conversation. These test points can be called from any phone, mobile, Wi-Fi, traditional, or VoIP, serving those who do not yet have broadband and existing VoIP users.

Available now at www.TestYourVoIP.com, Version 3.0 of TestYourVoIP.com also lets registered users:

— View the detailed network path of test calls and use Brix’ VoIP Traceroute Analysis to pinpoint and troubleshoot problems,

— Observe real-time VoIP quality across the entire TestYourVoIP.com network via Brix’ VoIP Weather Report, and

— Save, view, and compare personal test reports over time.

Also as part of Version 3.0, Brix has established a new TestYourVoIP.com test point in Sydney, Australia. This latest site joins other established TestYourVoIP.com testing locations in Boston, Helsinki, London, Montreal, and San Jose.

TestYourVoIP.com has had more than four million visitors to this site since its inception earlier this year.

Freescale Processor Enables V2IP — Video and Voice over IP

November 9, 2004


Freescale Semiconductor announced the availability of a new Video and Voice over-IP (V2IP) platform based on its i.MX21 processor optimized for WiFi and wired devices.

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) is delivering a new video and voice over-IP (V2IP) platform to enable rapid development of devices supporting emerging multimedia services over the Internet Protocol. Freescale, Trinity Convergence, RADVISION and Metrowerks have collaborated to design, port and optimize a complete V2IP solution for the Freescale i.MX21 multimedia applications processor using the Linux operating system.

This platform will, for example, allow a video phone call in progress over a WiFi over-IP handheld to be converted into a videoconference on demand, which can then be extended to a local television set for sharing with a wider audience.

Video and audio is processed, encoded, decoded and processed again based on the Freescale multimedia features portfolio. This includes H.263 and MPEG-4 video, JPEG imaging, audio codecs, mirroring, zooming, rotation and more. The VeriCall Edge modular framework from Trinity Convergence provides voice processing for G.711, G.729, G.723 and AMR codecs, voice and video synchronization, SIP call control, and integrates the latest RADVISION H.323 v.4 call control stack with a full suite of H.450 supplementary services that provides stable protocol management and efficient two-way communication over IP.

The Freescale platform incorporates video encode and decode hardware acceleration and low-power, high-quality, real-time videoconferencing. The i.MX21 30 frames-per-second CIF resolution has very few rivals in the low-power mobile market, according to the company.

Freescale believes its customers can create and launch a new V2IP wired or wireless device in just a few months. The beta release of the V2IP platform is available for lead customers and partners. Interoperability testing (IOT) is due to be completed before end of the year and the first customer device based on the V2IP platform is expected to be commercially available in the first half of 2005.

Freescale became a publicly traded company in July 2004 after more than 50 years as part of Motorola, Inc (NYSE:MOT). The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 30 countries. Freescale Semiconductor’s 2003 sales were $4.9 billion (US).

Redback Wins Phase Two of South Korean Broadband Network Rollout

November 4, 2004


redbackRedback Networks has built upon its successful implementation of Phase One of KT Corporation’s next-generation broadband network by also winning Phase Two.

Redback Networks, Inc announced that its SmartEdge Service Gateway will serve as the primary platform for value-added broadband services and the integration point for WiFi, xDSL, VDSL and Ethernet deployment, as part of Phase Two of KT Corporation’s next-generation broadband network.

KT, formerly Korea Telecom, is the largest provider of ADSL broadband services in the world, and it selected Redback’s SmartEdge Service Gateway platform and NetOp Policy Manager as the primary Phase Two platform and policy intelligence infrastructure. SmartEdge was was the exclusive system for the first phase of deployment at KT, and now it is expected to serve the majority of all deploying provinces.

The second phase was awarded to Redback after extensive testing and detailed technical evaluations against other platforms. KT makes use of Redback’s Dynamic Subscriber Identification technology for seamless identification and authentication of subscribers and broadband-enabled devices, ranging from home PCs to mobile computers, game consoles, set-top boxes and IP telephones, across all modes of access, including KT’s existing ADSL, VDSL, Metro Ethernet and WiFi. Dynamic Subscriber Identification utilizes PPP, DHCP and other means to identify subscribers and devices.

KT also utilizes the Session Level Reliability feature now fully integrated into the SmartEdge Service Gateway platform. Reliability to the session-level, allows KT to offer uninterrupted service for online games, video streams, VoIP and other high-value applications.

Redback’s carrier-class platforms for Consumer IP combine subscriber management systems and edge routing, enabling carriers and service providers to build third-generation broadband networks that can deliver simplified, personalized, portable subscriber services to consumers and businesses.