- Natural MicroSystems, Sun Target Markets With IP Solutions
- Arbinet Unveils LCR Ticker For Network Access
- Texas Instruments Offers New DSP Chips
- Delta Three Provides Real-Time Account Info
- Bell Atlantic, ITXC Enter RBOC Agreement
- I-Link Announces Multiline Prototypes
- Selsius, Symbol Offer H.323 IP Integration
- Motorola Creates Personal Networking Group
- SkyWave Releases Gateway Upgrade
- Vsys Provides SS7 Gatekeeper
- ICG Netcom Develops IP Network Management
- eFusion, Ameritech To Offer Internet Telephony
- Industry Leaders Support IP Standard
- Ascend, NetCentric Join In IP Fax Alliance
- Microcell Solutions Launches New Handset
- Trillium Plans H.323 Software For VoIP Market
- Tektronix Enables Solution for RVC
- VideoServer Intros Audio/Data Conferencing Server
- Array, TVS To Expand IP Network
- Qwest Announces Initiatives For Broadband
- HotHaus DSP Software Enables Voice/Fax/Data Exchange
- Korea Telecom, Clarent Use SS7 For Minutes Offering
- Portal Delivers Management/Billing For IP
- NETRIX, Packet Engines Enter Market Agreement
- dynamicsoft Offers Java-Based VoIP Framework
- VocalTec, Lucent, ITXC Realize IP Platform Interoperability
- iCall Releases Internet Software
- Sequel Announces Internet Resource Management
- Shoreline Teleworks System Targets Small/Mid Companies
- Andrea Electronics, Conversational Computing Jointly Package Products
- VocalTec, Amdocs Partner For IP Services
- Internet Magic Intros Internet Fax System
- Aplio Upgrades Internet Appliance For Call Savings
- Eicon, RYCOM Agree On Bell Canada Sale
- Sun Delivers Carrier-Grade Offerings
- Cisco Announces System for Voice/Fax
Natural MicroSystems, Sun Target Markets With IP Solutions
Natural MicroSystems has announced it will collaborate with Sun Microsystems to provide
high-performance, IP telephony OEM solutions for the network service and equipment
provider market. Natural MicroSystems' products, including the Fusion IP telephony
platform, will support current and future versions of Sun Microsystems' Solaris operating
environment and UltraSPARC processor-based PCI and CompactPCI CPU boards. The effort is
expected to enable developers of high-value telecommunications systems to leverage Natural
MicroSystems' DSP-based voice, fax, and IP telephony processing platforms on the Sun
platforms to offer highly scalable and innovative solutions for network-based, enhanced
services. The companies will also investigate joint co-sales and co-marketing initiatives
in an effort to provide IP telephony OEM solutions to targeted telco accounts. For more
information, visit Natural MicroSystems' Web site at www.nmss.com.
Arbinet Unveils LCR Ticker For Network Access
Arbinet Communications has unveiled its real-time LCR International Rate Ticker on its Web
site. The patent-pending ticker quotes Arbinet's lowest rate to destinations, which are
available to carriers connected to the Arbinet Global Clearing Network (AGCN), throughout
the world. The AGCN is designed to provide real-time authentication, authorization, LCR,
call placement, and settlement on a transaction-by-transaction basis, allowing carriers to
access the best rates and routing options without having to negotiate and contract
separately with each supplier. The AGCN is presently clearing and settling minutes for all
types of communications companies, including ITSPs and major carriers. For more
information, visit the company's Web site at www.arbinet.com.
Texas Instruments Offers New DSP Chips
Texas Instruments (TI) has announced two new DSP chips designed to quicken development of
products for wireless video conferencing, wireless e-mail, and super-fast Internet access.
TI's new TMS320C6202, one of the world's fastest DSPs at 2,000 MIPS, can accelerate the
development of highly efficient, multichannel communications systems, including the base
stations that will underlie the next generation of wireless networks. The 'C6202 is also
engineered to enable systems to provide voice communications over the Internet via VoIP
and accelerate development of faster remote access servers. In addition is the new
TMS320C6211, a DSP expected to enable companies to more affordably build technology
products for new and emerging markets. Products include consumer-based modems for ADSL
communications. For more information, contact the company at 800-477-8924.
Delta Three Provides Real-Time Account Info
Delta Three, Inc., a subsidiary of RSL Communications, Ltd., has announced its customers
may obtain detailed, real-time information about their accounts in multiple formats,
simply by accessing Delta Three's Web site. The site is accessible 24 hours per day and is
designed to offer PC billing, or, detailed records, customer service, new product
offerings, and other relevant information. PC billing enables customers to immediately
access their account information online to determine the cost of an Internet telephony
call as soon as it is placed, see call details, call log, and transaction records, as well
as recharge their prepaid accounts. Delta Three's direct account access service can allow
customers to view call information in numerous formats such as bar graphs or pie charts.
For more information, visit RSL's Web site at www.rslcom.com.
Bell Atlantic, ITXC Enter RBOC Agreement
Bell Atlantic has entered the Internet telephony market in an agreement with ITXC Corp.
Traffic originated by ITXC affiliates worldwide are expected to benefit from carrier-class
termination on the East Coast of the United States. Under the agreement, Bell Atlantic
will accept calls from ITXC in IP format, becoming an ITSP and nonexclusive affiliate of
ITXC's WWeXchange service. As an affiliate in the service, Bell Atlantic is paid to
terminate calls routed to it by ITXC, just as it is paid to terminate traditional
long-distance and international calls by traditional carriers. For more information, visit
ITXC's Web site at www.itxc.com.
I-Link Announces Multiline Prototypes
I-Link Inc., has announced its subsidiary, ViaNet Technologies, has developed and is
demonstrating a working prototype of a multiline communications device, initially dubbed
C4 (Customer Communications Control Device). C4 is designed to provide home and small
business customers up to 24 phone lines, using the existing telephone wires connected to
their homes or offices today. In addition, it can offer around-the-clock Internet access
and access to I-Link's enhanced V-Link services, which include voice mail, fax, paging,
e-mail, conference calling, and "follow-me-anywhere, " one-number service. C4
will undergo field trials by year's end and will ship in 1999. For more information, visit
I-Link's Web site at www.i-link.net.
Selsius, Symbol Offer H.323 IP Integration
Selsius Systems has announced the successful integration of its H.323-based IP-PBX product
line with the Symbol Technologies wireless Spectrum24 NetVision IP phone. Both companies
have begun market trials of the integrated wired/wireless IP-PBX systems at numerous
Symbol national retail customers. Symbol will sell, service, and support the Selsius
products, including the 10Base-T, LAN-based IP-PSTN gateways and call management software.
Symbol's NetVision phone is designed to offer high-quality voice transmission over
corporate intranets or the Internet and employs built-in H.323 ITU-standard protocols for
real-time, multimedia teleconferencing to all standards-based IP telephony devices. With
the Selsius gateway, the phone allows users to tie directly to legacy phone systems. For
more information, contact Selsius at 972-855-8200.
Motorola Creates Personal Networking Group
Motorola has announced its Internet and Networking Group (ING), a critical unit of the
Communications Enterprise, which will focus on making networks more responsive to the
demand for integrated, personalized access. Core businesses within ING are corporate
networking, broadband communications, wireless content services, and platform software.
Through Smart Access technology, Motorola will take a unified approach toward both
wireless and wireline networking, addressing the rapidly changing market, as it moves from
regulated telecommunications to a new market driven by the Internet, deregulation, and
digital/packet networks. Expected results of a truly personal network's speed, mobility,
and integration are significant increases in individual productivity and performance. For
more information, visit the company's Web site at www.mot.com/ing.
SkyWave Releases Gateway Upgrade
SkyWave Inc., has announced immediate availability of SkyGate 99, the newest version of
the company's Internet telephony gateway, designed to seamlessly bridge H.323 IP networks
with SS7 intelligent networks. The latest level of interoperability can enable carriers to
integrate IP telephony into their current networks while protecting their investments in
existing legacy infrastructure. The new release supports several key gateway application
interfaces, including SkyWave's Gateway Control Interface (GCI), SGCP, and planned support
for TAPI and S.100. In addition, SkyGate 99 features the SmartWorks CTOS Media Server,
from TeleSoft, Inc., designed to provide interoperability across third-party telephony
hardware platforms, allowing the carrier to choose best-of-breed, heterogeneous
components. Other features include real-time faxing and a built-in SNMP agent for remote
access and gateway monitoring. For more information, contact SkyWave at 408-245-1771.
Vsys Provides SS7 Gatekeeper
Vsys has announced the commercial availability of its SS7 integrated gatekeeper, the
VSwitch. VSwitch, currently available for lab evaluation and network deployment, is a
carrier-grade software switch designed to provide Internet (H.323) and PSTN (SS7)
interfaces, enabling Vsys customers to offer full-featured voice, data, and fax solutions.
Its extensible architecture provides billing and provisioning support and enables timely
introduction of customer care services, as well as other advanced IN services such as
800/888 and VPN. An Internet telephony service using VSwitch is transparent to end users,
which means no extra digit dialing, pin numbers, or access codes. In addition, VSwitch is
currently interoperable with Dialogic-powered DM3 IPLink gateways. For more information,
visit the Vsys Web site at www.vsys.com.
ICG Netcom Develops IP Network Management
ICG Netcom has become one of the first integrated communications providers (ICPs) to
develop an integrated software tool to support its nationwide IP telephony network -
launched in 31 cities in August. The software is designed to give ICG Netcom the ability
to view its entire network and monitor each component of service, including voice
gateways, routers, and switches. This can allow ICG Netcom to manage the service at every
level and ensure a quality customer experience. ICG Netcom utilized portions of Micromuse,
Inc.'s, Netcool and Seagate Software, Inc.'s, Seagate NerveCenter version 3.01 software to
achieve the software for its network, expected to cover about 90 percent of the
long-distance traffic in the nation by year's end. For more information, visit Netcom's
Web site at www.netcom.com.
eFusion, Ameritech To Offer Internet Telephony
eFusion, Inc., and Ameritech have announced a co-marketing agreement, under which eFusion
will provide Internet telephony application gateways for Ameritech's enterprise customers.
The integration is designed to permit both companies to offer a complete Internet
solution, allowing businesses to close online transactions, reduce talk time, increase
customer satisfaction, and decrease costly customer churn. Sales and support teams from
both companies provide complete solutions to businesses looking to invite Internet-enabled
prospects into call centers. eFusion's eBridge Interactive Web Response (IWR) system is
designed to allow Internet-enabled consumers to browse the Web and, simultaneously, talk
directly with a customer service or sales representative to conduct business - all on a
single phone line. For more information, contact eFusion at 503-207-6300.
Industry Leaders Support IP Standard
3Com Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc., GRIC Communications, Inc., iPass, and TransNexus
all have agreed to promote interdomain authentication, authorization, and accounting
standards for IP telephony through the Open Settlement Protocol (OSP). OSP is designed to
allow a clearinghouse to provide call routing and authorization between carriers, as well
as offer usage reporting through call detail records. In addition to leaders' support, the
ETSI project TIPHON has defined OSP. Major benefits include confidentiality of all
information through SSL encryption; secure, mutual authentication of communicating
parties; nonrepudiation of all communications through digital signature technology;
support for operation through existing firewalls; and flexible, feature-rich information
exchange via XML. For more information, visit Cisco's Web site at www.cisco.com.
Ascend, NetCentric Join In IP Fax Alliance
Ascend Communications Inc., and NetCentric Corporation have announced a strategic alliance
to provide carriers and NSPs a powerful, scalable network architecture for deploying
Internet fax services. Under the joint development and marketing partnership, both
companies are integrating NetCentric's FaxStorm Internet fax technology with Ascend's
Remote Access MAX platform. The integration is intended to allow carriers and NSPs to
quickly expand their FaxStorm-based, enhanced IP services, utilizing their existing Ascend
internetworking infrastructure. The alliance is an initial step in NetCentric's announced
open gateway strategy. Joint marketing and sales programs to promote the carrier-class
solution to service providers worldwide will follow the integration. For more information,
contact Ascend at 800-272-3634.
Microcell Solutions Launches New Handset
Microcell Solutions Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Microcell Telecommunications Inc.,
has launched the Fido Nokia 5190, a new lightweight, compact handset designed to offer
attractive features in a simple, easy-to-use format. The Fido Nokia 5190 can offer
superior voice quality, fast one-touch access to handset functions, and compatibility with
the Fido Nokia 6190 dual-mode handset accessories. The handset is being sold both as a PCS
handset, operating on the latest digital technology, and as a dual mode, providing
national coverage through access to an analog network. It is available at all Fido points
of sale and authorized distributors. Fido operates on GSM. For more information, visit
Microcell Telecommunications' Web site at www.microcell.ca.
Trillium Plans H.323 Software For VoIP Market
Trillium Digital Systems, Inc., is planning to offer H.323 software products for the
rapidly emerging VoIP market. Trillium expects its new H.323 products to offer higher
performance, smaller memory footprints, portability, and greater reliability, modularity,
and scalability than current solutions. Initially, products will include H.225.0 Call
Signaling, H.225.0 RAS, H.245 Control Signaling, RTP, RTCP, and H.323 Call Manager.
Trillium's H.323 products will be based on TAPA (Trillium Advanced Portability
Architecture) software to ensure they are independent of the compiler, operating system,
processor, and hardware architecture. For more information, visit the company's Web site
Tektronix Enables Solution for RVC
Tektronix, Inc., has announced a next-generation RVC technology, which couples critical
interactive video components for a compelling remote communications solution for business.
The solution is designed to provide video conferencing quality that is virtually
indiscernible from face-to-face communication. The RVC solution is designed to leverage
bandwidth efficiency of MPEG-2 to ensure exceptional video quality and utilize existing
ATM networks to reduce capital costs associated with deploying and maintaining a separate
overlay network. Both end users and service providers can benefit from the easy-to-use
scheduling component for ensured administrative integrity, efficiency, and control. For
more information, contact Tektronix at 503-627-7111.
VideoServer Intros Audio/Data Conferencing Server
VideoServer, Inc., has announced the Encounter NetServer ADX 1000, an integrated audio and
data conferencing server designed to accommodate both traditional phone/POTS users and IP
telephony/VoIP users for multiparty conferencing with an easy upgrade path to video. The
Encounter NetServer ADX 1000 is engineered to allow corporations to leverage their
investments in existing network infrastructure and H.323 endpoints to conduct multiparty
audio and data conference calls while reducing overall communications costs. The product
allows up to 48 geographically distributed POTS and IP users to participate in a single,
multipoint audio conference. End users can easily schedule and control their own
conference via a Web interface. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.videoserver.com.
Array, TVS To Expand IP Network
Comdial Corporation has announced its wholly owned subsidiary, Array Telecom Corp., and
Tokyo-based Telecommunications with Valuable Services (TVS), Inc., have signed an
agreement to move forward with phase two of TVSNET. TVSNET, a nationwide IP network, is
designed to provide international long-distance service and CTI-PBX solutions to Japanese
businesses, and Japanese-based Internet services. The quantity and commitment purchase
agreement plans to expand the TVS gateway network from 36 Array Telecom gateways to more
than 150 gateways, providing total geographic coverage of Japan. In addition, TVS can
establish TVSNET as the premier provider of CTI-PBX business solutions, including IP-based
call centers, to the emerging Internet market. For more information, visit Comdial's Web
site at www.comdial.com.
Qwest Announces Initiatives For Broadband
Qwest Communications is planning several efforts designed to accelerate its leadership in
broadband multimedia services. The company will launch a broadscale deployment and
activation of a massive IP nationwide network to give customers access to unprecedented
bandwidth for multimedia applications. Other Qwest initiatives are scheduled to include
acquiring Icon CMT, a leading Internet solutions company; establishing 10 hosting
CyberCenters; creating a National Accounts division to sell IP services to multinational
customers; and a $36 million agreement with Rudin Management Company Inc., for OC-48 IP
services. The nationwide 0C-48 IP network is expected to offer aggressive service-level
agreements, including 100-percent network availability. Qwest's new IP services include
high-speed, dedicated Internet access, IP-based VPN services, and an expansion of its
Q.Talk VoIP network service. For more information, visit Qwest's Web site at www.qwest.net.
HotHaus DSP Software Enables Voice/Fax/Data Exchange
HotHaus Technologies Inc., has announced the HausWare xChange DSP software solution, which
is designed to allow seamless exchange of voice, fax, and data modem signals between
circuit-switched and packet networks. The turnkey solution is also designed to reduce
OEMs' time-to-market and development risk. Available for all Texas Instruments' C5000
family processors, xChange can enable four-channel VoIP solutions on a 'C549 device.
HausWare xChange is built on HotHaus' proven software framework, HausFrame, which enables
OEMs to tailor xChange with their own algorithms to create differentiable features for
their products. For more information, contact HotHaus at 604-278-4300.
Korea Telecom, Clarent Use SS7 For Minutes Offering
Korea Telecom (KT) has announced it is launching global partnership initiatives with large
telcos and ITSP partners, ideally from Asia, North America, Latin America, and Europe, for
exchanging IP telephony international calling minutes - specifically where KT does not
have a major presence. KT is anticipating large call volumes due to its recent, successful
implementation and deployment of one of the first SS7/C7 integrations, provided by Clarent
Corporation, between traditional circuit-switched networks and IP networks, allowing
seamless, single-stage dialing. Also along with Clarent's SS7/C7 system, KT is offering KT
Card for IP network calling and merged billing, Worldphone+, a prepaid calling card
service for instant, anywhere access to fixed IP calling minutes, and KT Express, a
leased-line service for directly connecting the PBX to the IP network. For more
information, visit Clarent's Web site at www.clarent.com.
Portal Delivers Management/Billing For IP
Portal Software, Inc., has announced Infranet IPT, a complete, end-to-end customer
management and billing solution for businesses offering IP telephony service. Infranet IPT
is designed to provide specific customer management and billing features essential to
ITSPs such as real-time architecture, support for unlimited services and pricing plans,
out-of-the-box gateway integration, prepaid calling card support, and zone-based rating.
The solution also can allow ITSPs increased revenue, reduced costs, and improved customer
satisfaction with scalability, along with the unlimited services and pricing plans and
gateway support. Infranet IPT is available in Q4 '98 for the Sun Solaris, HP UNIX, and
Microsoft Windows NT systems. For more information, contact Portal at 408-343-4400.
NETRIX, Packet Engines Enter Market Agreement
NETRIX Corporation and Packet Engines have announced a distribution agreement, which
allows Packet Engines to market and sell NETRIX's range of voice over data products for
special projects such as integrated services MANs. Under the nonexclusive, three-year
contract, Packet Engines gains worldwide rights to sell NETRIX's entire product line.
Packet Engines has already placed the first order. NETRIX's Network Exchange Gateway
family with Vodex VoIP/FR software is designed to seamlessly interoperate with Packet
Engines' PowerRail family of enterprise routing switches to support voice over routed GB
Ethernet - demonstrating viability of high-speed transport of voice and data for
enterprise users. For more information, contact NETRIX at 703-742-6000.
dynamicsoft Offers Java-Based VoIP Framework
dynamicsoft has designed its new jVoIP Framework to enable communications equipment
manufacturers and service providers the ability to rapidly build services for transmitting
voice/fax over IP networks. Based on industry-standard protocols, the jVoIP Framework is a
comprehensive set of "plug-and-play" software modules, providing customers a
reliable, large-scale solution to meet service providers' needs and offering the
flexibility to add new software solutions and upgrades as needed. The framework is
designed to run on open standard computing platforms, specifically, including those from
Sun Microsystems, with whom dynamicsoft is working to bring its products to market. For
more information, contact dynamicsoft at 732-741-7244.
VocalTec, Lucent, ITXC Realize IP Platform Interoperability
VocalTec Communications and Lucent Technologies have developed a solution demonstrating
true interoperability between IP telephony gateways over ITXC Corp.'s network. Users can
place voice calls seamlessly between the Lucent PacketStar Internet Telephony System and
the VocalTec Ensemble Architecture over ITXC's WWeXchange Service. The newly realized
interoperability, based on the ITU's H.323 RAS Version 2 international standard, is
allow callers to make inexpensive calls to more locations than traditionally permitted by
uninteroperable gateways by using the VocalTec and Lucent gateways. Also with the
solution, carriers are expected to deploy truly interoperable, IP telephony solutions. For
more information, visit VocalTec's Web site at www.vocaltec.com.
iCall Releases Internet Software
iCall Inc., has released iCallSignal, a new "unattended Internet-access"
software designed to allow two computers to dynamically connect to the Internet, exchange
information, then disconnect - all without human assistance. iCallSignal is expected to
save remote control and mobile users hundreds to thousands of dollars in long-distance and
international phone charges when accessing distant computers. The product's technology is
application-independent and handles both fixed and dynamic IP addresses, designed to be an
ideal enhancement for all types of existing Internet communications software, including
file transfer, remote control, telephony, video conferencing, point-of-sale reporting,
EDI, and remote collaboration. For more information, contact the company at 864-654-4322.
Sequel Announces Internet Resource Management
Sequel Technology Corporation has announced its Internet Resource Manager (IRM), a
second-generation IRM solution optimized for large enterprises. IRM is designed to help IT
managers identify, understand, and control Internet and intranet activity on an
individual, group, or company basis. The product features enhanced monitoring, access
control, and reporting facilities. It can identify and log all Internet activity flowing
across critical network access points such as firewalls, proxy servers, and routers and
consolidates this information to produce clear, easy-to-understand reports. Running on
Windows NT 3.51 or 4.0, IRM is designed to provide an extensive suite of reports
addressing every aspect of IP traffic flow through an organization. For more information,
contact the company at 425-556-4000.
Shoreline Teleworks System Targets Small/Mid Companies
Shoreline Teleworks, Inc., has introduced CrystaLAN, a network-based voice communication
system designed to meet telephony needs of small to mid-sized businesses. The product is
built to provide a complete, cost-effective solution and a scalable replacement for
costly, proprietary PBX systems, key telephone systems, and Centrex services. It combines
top PBX system capabilities with "point-and-click" ease of PCs. CrystaLAN
architecture is built around IP and, thus, can easily scale to accommodate new users and
future generations of VoIP technology and computer-based telecommunications applications.
The system features CrystaLAN IPBX, CrystaLAN Server, CrystaLAN Voice Services, and
CrystaLAN Desktop components. For more information, contact the company at 650-937-1300.
Andrea Electronics, Conversational Computing Jointly Package
Andrea Electronics Corporation and Conversational Computing Corporation have announced
they will jointly package and sell Andrea Electronics' Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and
Andrea Anti-Noise headsets with Conversational Computing's Conversa Web voice-enabled,
Internet browser software through combined retail channels. Bringing together the Conversa
Web proprietary search engine and Andrea Electronics headsets is expected to allow
computer users at home and at work to speak naturally to the PC and instantaneously
"surf" from hot link to hot link. The companies intend to offer a variety of
packaging options. Conversational Computing has begun including Andrea NC-80 Noise
Cancellation headsets as the sole microphone choice for sale with its Conversa Web
software through Conversational Computing's retail distribution channels. For more
information, contact Andrea Electronics at 800-442-7787.
VocalTec, Amdocs Partner For IP Services
VocalTec Communications Ltd. and Amdocs have agreed to integrate Amdocs' Ensemble system
with the VocalTec Ensemble Architecture (VEA) to offer carriers and service providers a
fully integrated, comprehensive solution for customer care, billing, and IP telephony
operations. The solution is designed to support advanced, high-volume IP telephony
services for both major and emerging telecommunications carriers, as well as leading ISPs.
Amdocs' Ensemble system supports convergent customer care and billing activities in
multiservice fixed-line and mobile environments. VEA is an open, standards-compliant IP
telephony platform designed to route traffic between thousands of gateways and servers and
millions of end user devices for both the corporate and carrier markets. For more
information, visit VocalTec's Web site at www.vocaltec.com.
Internet Magic Intros Internet Fax System
Internet Magic, Inc., has introduced two versions for its new Internet fax server - a
compact, stand-alone device designed to convert any fax machine into an Internet fax
server and facilitate electronic distribution of incoming/outgoing faxes via a user's
e-mail account. For $499, the server, featuring the Legacy 2000 for the dial-up version
and the Legacy 3000 for the LAN version, can cost-effectively send information anywhere in
the world, providing a system for Internet fax distribution within a fully scalable
device. The server is designed to allow customers to move fax traffic off the PSTN and
onto the Internet, Intranet, LAN, or WAN. In addition, the server can enable organizations
to send fax documents to as many as 100 destinations with a single transmission. The
product supports a full suite of protocols and IETF and ITU standards. For more
information, contact the company at 619-824-0500.
Aplio Upgrades Internet Appliance For Call Savings
Aplio, Inc., has announced the current availability of Aplio/Phone 1.5, an Internet
telephony appliance upgraded to allow users as much as 100-percent savings on their
long-distance phone bills. Aplio/Phone 1.5 extends Aplio's Internet telephony technology
by offering several enhancements, including easier setup, greater savings, improved voice
interface (available in seven languages), enhanced ease of use for travelers, and greater
security. Aplio/Phone 1.5 is a small device, which connects to a regular telephone - as
does an answering machine - to provide significant long-distance savings, when using the
Internet, without incurring any additional charges, except for the cost of the ISP. For
more information, contact the company at 888-642-7546.
Eicon, RYCOM Agree On Bell Canada Sale
Eicon Technology has announced a distribution agreement with Canadian-based RYCOM Inc., to
provide its DIVA T/A ISDN modem to Bell Canada. Under agreement terms, RYCOM will sell and
distribute Eicon's modem to Bell Canada. The DIVA T/A is designed to offer Bell Canada's
customers fast, reliable remote access connections to corporate LANs and the Internet.
Michel Doyle, RYCOM's executive vice president and general manager, said, "The
addition of Eicon's DIVA T/A would further strengthen the company's offerings to the
telephone companies and Internet service providers." RYCOM has been working with a
number of telcos in Canada on standardizing their communication solutions using RYCOM's
line of networking hardware and software products. For more information, visit Eicon's Web
site at www.eicon.com.
Sun Delivers Carrier-Grade Offerings
Sun Microsystems, Inc., has announced its full support of VoIP by offering carrier-grade
solutions to telco OEMs. Companies such as Dialogic, dynamicsoft, and Natural MicroSystems
have developed telephony/VoIP technologies for the UltraSPARC platform. Telco equipment
manufacturers, system integrators, and service providers can integrate these technologies
into their next-generation IP services and products for faster time-to-market and improved
ability to address emerging telco requirements. Sun offers a range of products to provide
the appropriate level of integration and performance required to meet diverse needs of the
Internet telephony market. Some products include NEBS-compliant, CompactPCI, and Embedded
MP boards to high-performance, Solaris-based Sun Enterprise servers supporting high-volume
VoIP applications. For more information, visit Sun's Web site at www.sun.com.
Cisco Announces System for Voice/Fax
Cisco Systems, Inc., has announced Cisco AccessPath-VS3, an enhancement to the AccessPath
product family, designed to offer leading-edge voice and fax over IP services. Targeted
for service provider and large-scale enterprise applications, the product extension is a
fully integrated, dial access system that merges universal VoIP access, industry-leading
switching, and high-speed backhaul routing capabilities into a single, scalable
architecture. In conjunction with Cisco IOS software functionalities, AccessPath-VS3 is
engineered to enable quick deployment of toll-quality voice and fax services over data
networks with new levels of system reliability, availability, and scalability. For more
information, visit the company's Web site at www.cisco.com.