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March 2000

Quicknet Releases Linux Open Source Drivers For VoIP Cards
Quicknet has released the open source Linux device drivers for the company's Internet PhoneJACK, Internet LineJACK, and Internet PhoneCARD Telephone Cards. The device driver code is released under the GNU Public License (GPL) and has been accepted for inclusion in the latest Linux kernel distribution. The Quicknet Linux drivers include multi-card support, permitting developers to create multi-line Internet gateways and private inter-office Internet telephony phone systems. The drivers include license-free access to G.711, G.723, and TrueSpeech 4.1-8.5, enabling developers to create Internet telephony applications without licensing costs or royalties.
No. 501, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

GTE Completes Construction Of High-Speed Fiber Network
GTE announced the completion of its 17,000-mile, high-speed, high-capacity fiber backbone, the Global Network Infrastructure (GNI). The GNI is a fully activated network designed with a ring architecture that increases the network's reliability and decreases the risk of service outages. Designed to be the foundation for all data and advanced services provided by GTE business units, GTE has invested more than $1.3 billion in the development and engineering of the GNI. "We have built one of the biggest and most reliable networks in the industry with the potential to cost-effectively expand capacity to accommodate the most bandwidth-intensive applications," said Paul R. Gudonis, president of GTE Internetworking.
No. 502, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

Crystal Group Announces AOC
The Crystal Group's AOC (Audio Operator Console) voice board provide all the functions needed to use desktop computers as telephone operator consoles in a multi-line facility, such as a call center, eliminating the need for large communications servers. It also eliminates the need for individual telephones at each workstation. Instead, only a headset is required. The AOC card provides dual 4-wire analog transmit and receive lines for high audio quality, DTMF detection and wire transmission, and dual line inputs and outputs with crossbar switching. Operator and supervisor headset connections both have microphone and ear volume control, so that a supervisor can listen and train.
No. 503, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

Ziatech Intros New Power Supplies For CompactPCI
Ziatech has introduced two reliable, redundant, and modular power supplies for CompactPCI computers. Available in both AC and DC input models, the two new power supplies ache provide 150 watts of power in a rugged 3U format that plugs directly into a CompactPCI backplane. Both power supplies feature hot swap and load sharing capability, enabling their use in mission-critical applications that require 99.999 percent (five-nines) availability. The ZT 6301 Power Supply provides AC input, while the ZT 6311 Power Supply provides DC input. Both are compatible with the CompactPCI specification of the PCI Industrial Computers Manufacturers' Group (PICMG), and meet UL, CSA, IEC, TUV, and CE certification standards.
No. 504, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

Vertical Networks Releases InstantOffice 2.0
Vertical Networks announced a new software release that provides native multiprotocol voice over IP (VoIP) gateway functionality for its InstantOffice Integrated Communications Platform. With Release 2.0, Vertical Networks will offer packet switching, circuit switching, IP voice, traditional voice, secure Internet connectivity, and open applications support in a single, integrated solution. InstantOffice offers branch offices and small businesses a best-of-breed platform for today's communications needs and provides enduring support for their converged network plans of the future. The InstantOffice integrated VoIP gateway allows branch offices to create "virtual tie line" IP voice connectivity between sites to lower the cost of interoffice calling and to conserve bandwidth for other applications.
No. 505, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

Lucent Rolls Out WaveACCESS
Lucent Technologies Announced the availability of its new WaveACCESS high-speed (11 Mbps), point-to-point and point-to-multipoint outdoor wireless networking systems for large corporate complexes, campuses, and local Internet service providers (ISPs). WaveACCESS is a reliable and economical alternative to leasing phone lines or running cables between buildings. Operating in the unlicensed 2.4 GHz band, WaveACCESS provides a range of up to 10 miles and various levels of security encryption (64-bit WEP and 128-bit RC4). WaveACCESS provides both IP routing and bandwidth management that enables network managers to control their wireless networks and to easily add wireless technology to their campus-wide network infrastructure.
No. 506, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

White Pine Ships H.323 Conferencing Server For Linux
White Pine Software announced that it is shipping a new version of the MeetingPoint conference serer with support for RedHat Linux version 6.1. The new release, version 4.0.2 of MeetingPoint, also increases the number of ports that can be supported per server, solving scalability issues that have previously hampered large-scale deployments. MeetingPoint provides a scalable, robust, and feature-rich solution for Internet service providers (ISPs), application service providers (ASPs), and other telecommunications carriers that want to host real-time, Internet-based video communications services on the Linux platform.
No. 507, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

Database Systems Intros DSC Web Designer
Database Systems, a provider of call center software solutions, has recently announced its new Internet development product called DSC Web Designer. Integrated with Telemation, this tool can link a call center with the Internet. Features include complete database integration and data manipulation. Functions that once were performed by call center agents can now be invoked by Web browsers, thus improving the productivity and performance of existing call centers. But when the Web browser requires assistance from a call center agent, the system can either schedule an immediate or later call back, or link the browser with an agent using text or voice chat.
No. 508, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

Octave Intros New Entry Level System
Octave Communications announced the availability of a new audio conferencing system, OnSemble. The system is a small-scale version of the OCI 1000, Octave's carrier class conferencing solution, and shares common feature, such as high port capacity and small footprint. OnSemble is designed as an entry-level solution for customers who desire the reliability and scalability of the OCI 1000, but in a smaller package. OnSemble offers service providers and corporations a high-quality, feature-rich conferencing system, ideal for both attended or unattended conferencing applications. The systems can be equipped with a minimum of 24 ports to a maximum of 240 ports and comes with features that enable simple, clear, and affordable calls.
No. 509, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

SBS Intros Model ALM-200
SBS Technologies has announced the Model ALM-200 environmental status monitor and user interface panel for control of up to four systems and power segments. The model ALM-200 monitors fan speed, the system's internal temperature, the backplane input voltage, the dual power supplies, and the watchdog timer, providing audible alarm indication as well as buffered system status. It can be connected to standard, non-power segmented backplanes with SBS' new Model ALM-ISA-01. The Model ALM-ISA-01 enables software access to Models ALM-200 and ALM-100 alarm data within systems that do not require a power segmented backplane.
No. 510, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

iBasis's Announces iTrac Service
iBasis, has announced iTrac (Interactive Traffic Analysis Center), a Web-based service that provides customers with up-to-date information about the international voice and fax traffic they send and receive using the iBasis Network. iTrac enables communications service providers to improve their network planning, respond more quickly to market opportunities, and maximize revenues. iTrac provides customers with interactive analysis tools and critical data about their iBasis Network activity, including the total minutes of voice and fax traffic, total number of calls, call completion ratios, and average call duration. iTrac data is organized for analysis by country of origin and termination.
No. 511, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

RadiSys Announces Linux Operating System Support
RadiSys announced Linux Operating Software (OS) support and availability for its EPC-204, an Intel Mobile Pentium II processor-based CompactPCI CPU designed for telephony applications. RadiSys has already built a substantial amount of Linux expertise in-house, having routinely validated Linux compatibility on several of its embedded computer products, which are used in engineering and manufacturing. By adding Linux OS support to RadiSys's EPC-204 CPU, RadiSys enables customers to take advantage of the installed base for Linux and address new applications. Linux capability expands the total addressable market for both RadiSys's customers and the products.
No. 512, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

Integral Access Intros PurePacket
Integral Access has introduced the PurePacket platform. PurePacket is a packet-based access system that allows service providers to cost-effectively deliver a complete range of IP services, including voice over IP (VoIP), voice over DSL (VoDSL), and broadband data, as well as traditional voice services, over a single access line. This MPLS-enabled, IP-based platform provides a single access network for delivering multiple services and eliminates the need for competitive carriers to build separate voice and data networks between the customer premise and Central Office. PurePacket leverages the flexible bandwidth provisioning and operational efficiencies of packet-based networking to allow network operators to deliver more services, more quickly, and at less cost than traditional TDM and ATM-based solutions.
No. 513, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

3Com Sets Trajectory For Enterprise Voice Communications
3Com has unveiled its worldwide e-Networking voice strategy and supporting roadmap to give enterprises of all sizes new voice over IP (VoIP) functionality for today's e-businesses. The strategy is centered on scaling 3Com's leading small and medium enterprise NBX technology to large enterprise systems. This will create new non-proprietary phone functionality that will deliver a new generation of reliable and flexible voice applications for e-Networks. "3Com is fundamentally and radically changing the way enterprises can use telephones and therefore deploy e-business applications for its customer and partner relationship management."
No. 514, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

Trenton Offers Choice Of Intel Processors
Trenton Technology has announced the addition of Intel Pentium Flip Chip Pin Grid Array (FC-PGA) processors to Trenton's CBI product line. The low-profile Pentium III FC-PGA processors, using Intel's new 256K Level 2 Advanced Transfer Cache technology, support the higher data bandwidth requirements of today's telecommunications and Internet environments, while freeing up slots on the system backplane. All CBI SBCs include the 440 AGPset, on-board Intel video and Ethernet interfaces, supported by Intel's Applied Computing Products Division, maximizing long life-cycle requirements.
No. 515, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

TI, Clarent Provide IP Telephony Solutions For Customer Premise
Texas Instruments (TI) and Clarent announced that they have signed an IP telephony product development agreement. The agreement is intended to bring IP telephony broadband access capabilities to the remote access market with a new family of customer premise equipment (CPE), which brings IP telephony service over the new "local loop" of broadband access technologies, including DSL, cable, and wireless. The new devices will be designed to work with business customers' regular telephones. The CPE devices are designed to communicate with Clarent-based IP telephony technology installed in carriers' central offices and IP telephony clearinghouse providers' networks around the world.
No. 516, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

MiTAC Intros New 2U 19"-Rackmout Chassis
MiTAC Industrial has introduced the MCH-224-ATX and MCH-218 series of 2U high, 19"-rackmount chassis. Designed to provide high computing power in limited space, the chassis package has a powerful assembly of components for both ISP and CTI industries. The MCHk-224-ATX features an ATX or Micro ATX form factor compatible with motherboard base plate and accommodates eight disk drives: one 5.25" and one half-height 3.5" disk drives accessible from the front, and six internal half-height 3.5" disk drives. The MCH-218 version delivers space for six full-size (ISA or PICMG) cards and one 5.25" and one half-height 3.5" front accessible disk drives and one internally mounted 3.5" disk drive. Both chassis drive bays are shock-resistant and have lockable front panel doors.
No. 517, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

TelePacific Chooses Tachion For Next-Gen Voice/Data COs
Tachion Networks announced that its Fusion 5000 has been selected by TelePacific Communications to power the company's introduction of voice and data services in a multi-city rollout over the next three years. In a deal valued at up to $35 million, TelePacific will use the Tachion Fusion 5000 as part of its network plan to provide integrated local and long-distance voice, data, Internet, and multimedia services to corporate customers. The Fusion 5000 provides integrated transport, switching, routing, and signaling in a single platform, instead of the more traditional multi-device system architecture where a Class 5 central office switch is mated with a variety of data and access switches.
No. 518, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

Lucent Enhances Cable Offer
Lucent Technologies announced enhancements to its cable offer that include new hardware, software, and services designed to help cable operators quickly deploy, manage, and bill for high-speed data and cable telephony services that use IP. Have successfully deployed the offer, referred to as CableConnect Solutions, in trials on existing cable networks, Lucent is moving to streamline the deployment process by lowering the start-up costs and making the process modular. Using this approach, cable operators can start with targeted deployments and build on them as demand grows.
No. 519, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

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