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March 2000


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GoDigital Adds Extended Range Remote Terminal To GDSL Family
GoDigital Networks has announced the GDSL RTU8E extended range remote terminal unit to allow network access providers to extend high-quality POTS, high-speed modem access, and value-added services to hard-to-reach customers. By increasing the resistance from 130 ohms to 770 ohms on each drop off the RTU8E, the reach of each drop increases from 2,000 feet to 12,000 feet, while GoDigital�s Configur8r Design Software leverages these capabilities to allow designation of short or long drops to maximize system reach and increase deployment flexibility. The RTU8E can be used for cross-box distribution point reinforcement, and is available in a compact, hardened cabinet that holds three RTU8Es and a choice of cross-connect configurations. Finally, the RTU8E can be equipped with a full TR-909 subscriber drop test system to allow for remote maintenance testing.
No. 500, www.comsolmag.com/freeinfo

Lucent Unveils ATM Uplink Modules For Cajun P550, P880
Lucent Technologies has unveiled two ATM uplink modules that can be used in both the Cajun P550 gigabit switch and the new Cajun P880 routing switch. These new two-port, OC-12 Cajun ATM uplinks provide LAN connectivity of 622 Mbps over each port across an ATM network, for a total aggregate bandwidth of 1.2 Gbps. The uplink modules are hot-swappable, and they also support fault tolerance and fail-over mode. By mapping the Ethernet priority to ATM service categories, the uplinks maintain end-to-end QoS in a multiservice network handling data, voice, and video. They also allow for easy management, supporting Web-based management on the switch and using SNMP through Lucent�s CajunView Suite.
No. 501, www.comsolmag.com/freeinfo

Net2Phone, 3Com To Develop VoIP Modems
Net2Phone and 3Com have announced an agreement to jointly develop VoIP modems using Net2Phone�s Internet telephony services and 3Com�s desktop and internal modems. The two companies expect the integration of Net2Phone�s software and 3Com�s hardware to increase modem usage and the usage of Internet telephony.
No. 502, www.comsolmag.com/freeinfo

IMA�s ChannelEDGE, CTEDGE Ready To Ship�20
IMA has announced the general availability of the first two components of its electronic customer relationship management (eCRM) suite, ChannelEDGE and CTEDGE. Together, ChannelEDGE and CTEDGE capture telephony, fax, e-mail, imaging, Internet, and other user-defined interaction channels and intelligently distribute them to the appropriate service representative within the enterprise. These solutions act as an open middleware that provides a consistent interface for all types of channel interactions. ChannelEDGE and CTEDGE are built on IMA�s Internet Component Architecture (iCA), which allows them a high degree of platform independence and facilitates quick integration with current contact center applications.
No. 503, www.comsolmag.com/freeinfo

eShare Announces Expressions 4.1
eShare Technologies has announced version 4.1 of its Expressions Interaction Suite, a real-time chat and threaded discussion solution designed for building dynamic online communities. Enhanced features in the 4.1 version include: integration with Verity search technology to allow more accurate message board searches; Microsoft IIS integration to allow site developers to take advantage of IIS�s improved security, scalability, and traffic analysis; and better diagnostic logging and querying tools. �The additional capabilities and enhancements of Expressions 4.1 redefine our strategy to provide mission-critical customer communication solutions for e-businesses,� said James Tito, president and vice chairman, eShare Technologies. �Additionally, our plans to support the Linux operating environment in future releases further cements our commitment to providing multi-platform, world-class community and collaboration tools for our customers.�
No. 504, www.comsolmag.com/freeinfo

Aspect And Siebel Ally For CRM, Workforce Management
Aspect Communications and Siebel Systems will integrate Aspect�s E-Workforce Management Portal with Siebel�s eBusiness applications. The first phase of the alliance involves the out-of-the-box integration of Aspect�s Customer Relationship Portal software platform and the Siebel Call Center and eService applications. The companies claim that the integration will enable the deployment of an e-business strategy that optimizes all customer relationships wherever the business meets the customer.
No. 505, www.comsolmag.com/freeinfo

Pinacor To Distribute MCK�s Solutions
Pinacor has signed a distribution agreement with MCK Communications which will allow Pinacor to distribute the complete line of MCK products, including single- and multi-user remote client EXTenders and PBXGateways. �We�re receiving more and more reseller requests for the latest convergence products, including MCK�s,� said Clay Sorensen, VP of CTI at Pinacor.
No. 506, www.comsolmag.com/freeinfo

Philips And Preferred Voice Speech Rec Receives NEBS Certification
Preferred Voice�s Voice Integrated Platform System (VIPS), which integrates Philips� SpeechPearl 99 natural dialogue speech recognition software, has been certified as NEBS compliant, making it an especially suitable platform for carriers who would like to add speech rec capabilities to their existing and next-gen services. VIPS runs on a Windows NT-based server. �Since our VIPS are installed in the wireless and wireline carrier�s central office, it was imperative that we add the NEBS certification,� said Ray Miller, chairman and CEO of Preferred Voice. �We are now in an ideal position to offer speech recognition enhanced services such as voice dialing, 411 information, Internet content access, auto receptionist, etc., to all carriers.�
No. 507, www.comsolmag.com/freeinfo

Brooktrout, Sun Deliver Service Provider Solutions
Brooktrout Technology and Sun Microsystems announced an initiative in which the companies will work together to make their products compatible. The combination of their products will provide OEM developers in the communications service market the ability to create carrier-grade open systems platforms. These carrier-grade systems platforms will allow OEM developers the compatibility necessary to meet the challenging requirements of this demanding market segment.
No. 508, www.comsolmag.com/freeinfo

ObjectSwitch And NetToll Provide End-To-End Billing Solution
ObjectSwitch and NetToll have announced an alliance in which ObjectSwitch will interface with NetToll�s Credit Gateway software using the ObjectSwitch Call Detail Mediation (OSCDM) platform. NetToll�s Credit Gateway is part of an IP-centric payment system that lets consumers purchase goods and services and be billed for them via their ISP or phone bill. The OSCDM will pass toll detail records (TDRs) to operator billing systems in batch or real-time mode, supporting the rapid launch of carrier-grade IP-based billing systems for converged services.
No. 509, www.comsolmag.com/freeinfo

Coyote To Develop On Ericsson�s IP Telephony Platform
Coyote Technologies has signed a three-year contract and license agreement with Ericsson to develop North American signaling protocols and new applications to provide enhanced services on Ericsson�s IP telephony platform. �By focusing our development efforts on voice over IP and next-gen IP-based softswitch products and applications, our customers will enjoy the benefits of both IP as well as circuit-switched networks,� said James J. Fiedler, chairman and CEO, Coyote.
No. 510, www.comsolmag.com/freeinfo

BroadLogic, StarBurst To Guarantee Simultaneous Content Distribution
BroadLogic and StarBurst Software have formed an alliance that will facilitate the simultaneous distribution of large data, video, and audio files to multiple remote receivers across any broadband IP network. The integration of StarBurst�s OmniCast software with BroadLogic�s Satellite Express 2030 PCI Satellite Receivers will provide corporations, satellite service providers, and content providers with the high-speed content distribution necessary to develop broadband-networked multimedia broadcast and interactive services.
No. 511, www.comsolmag.com/freeinfo

White Pine Ships IP Conferencing Server For Linux
White Pine Software is now shipping version 4.0.2 of its MeetingPoint conference server with support for RedHat Linux version 6.1. The new release of MeetingPoint is H.323 compliant and also dramatically increases the number of ports that can be supported per server, increasing the product's scalability for use by ISPs, ASPs, and carriers wanting to host Linux-based, real-time video services over IP. An individual server can now support up to 50 H.323 users or up to 200 CU-SeeMe Pro or CU-SeeMe Web users. Version 4.0.2 with the increased port counts is available for Sun Solaris and Windows NT, as well as for Linux.
No. 512, www.comsolmag.com/freeinfo

DTI Networks Intros Next-Gen Office Solution
DTI Networks has announced the first set of products based on its feature creation architecture platform, using Web technology to allow carriers to offer real-time voice services over current and next-gen networks. Together, DTI�s Telecommunications Services Portal (TSP) and CSX 2100 allow service providers to create new services as easily as creating a Web page. Service creation time is reduced to hours, and subscribers can customize their services through a standard Web browser interface. The TSP is a call control server for circuit-switched and packet-based networks that breaks the service provider�s dependence on switch vendors by decoupling call processing from switching. The TSP uses Call Policy Markup Language (CPML), an extension language of standard XML created by DTI to open the telecom network to Internet-based tools. The CSX 2100 is a switching platform designed specifically for the CLEC market that supports both Class 4 and 5 applications and as many as 40,000 subscribers in a single rack. Both products will be in beta testing in Q1 2000, with general availability in Q2 2000.
No. 513, www.comsolmag.com/freeinfo

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