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Johanne Torres[October 20, 2004]

Netrake and Camiant Partner to Aid Cable VoIP

BY JOHANNE TORRES


Further developing residential VoIP (define - news - alert)-enabled communication technologies for cable operators, Plano, TX-based Netrake, a provider of session controllers for VoIP interconnection, announced a partnership with Camiant, a provider of intelligent policy servers (define - news - alert) for the broadband industry. Under the new agreement, both companies will work together to provide a solution for MSOs (define - news - alert) offering SIP (define - news - alert) -based residential VoIP services using PCMM (news - alert) to enable Quality of Service (QoS). Netrake will integrate Camiant's PCMM Policy Server Platform with its own session controller technology in order to securely allow MSOs to provide residential VoIP services.

The Camiant QBUS Multimedia Service Controller (QBUS MSC) and Netrake nCite bundle will allow cable operators to solve Firewall/Network Address Translation (FW/NAT) traversal issues at the customer premise by hosting the capability in the operator's network, while providing QoS for calls using CableLabs PCMM specifications. With the bundle in place, cable operators will be able to offer VoIP-enabled calling services without the need to use separate, dedicated voice and data bandwidth, thereby increasing network utilization.

According to the agreement, once the endpoints register, the nCite will auto-provision the SIP devices with all the necessary settings to enable inbound calls (signaling and media) to traverse the residential FW/NAT device. When calls are made and received, nCite then issues requests to Camiant's QBUS MSC to provide QoS. The QBUS MSC then evaluates subscriber and network status, and follows by directing the CMTS to provide service according to the operator's policies. After calls terminate, the nCite/QBUS MSC integration then alters and releases network resources for other services to use.

"Netrake's product excellence made partnering an easy choice for Camiant," said Ed Delaney, vice president of business development for Camiant. "Our joint solution introduces the capability to dynamically and intelligently control the flow of information over the network to identify and mitigate the effects of harmful traffic."

Netrake and Camiant expect to begin MSO trials of the bundled solution during this year’s last quarter.

Camiant, Inc.
www.camiant.com

Netrake
www.netrake.com

Johanne Torres is contributing editor for TMCnet.com and Internet Telephony magazine. Previously, she was assistant editor for EContent magazine in Connecticut. She can be reached by e-mail at jtorres@tmcnet.com.

 

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