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April 2000


AudioTalk Launches Internet Voice Service For E-Business
AudioTalk Networks announced the availability of a full duplex Internet voice service for e-businesses looking to add live voice chat, moderated conferencing, or click-to-talk customer service applications to the Web. AudioTalk's Internet voice service can be integrated into any Web site to add voice communications for live chat, e-commerce, customer service, distance learning, e-mail, greeting cards, and other Web-based applications. The addition of live voice communication to Web sites enables e-businesses to enhanced customer satisfaction, improve customer retention, and increase overall site straffic. E-businesses simply add a click-to-talk button to their Web site to integrate the AudioTalk Internet voice service, which is powered by an advanced VoIP infrastructure managed by AudioTalk Networks.
No. 501, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

Cisco Systems And iBasis Deliver IP-Based Unified Communications
Cisco Systems and iBasis announced that they are joining forces to deliver carrier-class, IP-based unified communications services. The Cisco Unifified Communications (UC) solution uses the open IP standard to unify communication methods that were previously disjointed - e-mail, fax, voice mail, and the Web. The Cisco Open Network Exchange (uOne) application, a pivotal component of Cisco's overall UC solution, enables users to initiate and return voice calls, and send and receive faxes, e-mail, and voice messagegs, - independent of location, time, or device. iBasis will deploy the uOne application on its global IP network and make UC services available to service providers worldwide. EffectNet will be the first iBasis partner to provide the Cisco uOne solution to its custoemrs.
No. 502, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

XACCT, Comptel Bring IP Mediatation To GSM/GPRS Voice/Data Markets
XACCT Technologies and Comptel plc announced that the companies have formed an agreement, under which Comptel will integrate XACCTusage with its Mediation Deveice Solutions (MDS) to provide complete GSM/GPRS and IP mediation solutions to wireless operators worldwide for Internet, voice, and data markets. As value-added enhanced services emerge on the GPRS-based wireless networks with "always on" Internet access, the current flat-fee pricing models used for basic data services need a major overhaul. Service providers are realizing that they must design and execute flexible pricing models for these services based on a variety of parameters beyond simple "time on line."
No. 503, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

Portal, HP Deliver Billing For Mobile E-Services Market
Portal Software and Hewlett-Packard have announced plans to extend HP's existing mobile e-services program offerings, targeted at mobile service providersto encompass billing services. The two companies have signed a strategic memorandum of understanding to jointly deliver business infrastructure solutions that support emerging mobile Internet services worldwide. Under the terms of the agreement, Portal and HP will jointly develop, market, and sell a real-time, usage-based billing solution for mobile Internet services based on Portal's Infranet 6.0 software and HP's Smart Internet Usage (SIU) product.
No. 504, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

Vsys, HP To Deliver Advanced Carrier-Class Packet Telephony Product
Vsys and Hewlett-Packard have announced an agreement to provide next-generation communications companies with an advanced, turnkey, carrier-grade platform for VoIP telephony services. The companies will create a switching solution that will allow next-gen service providers to provide carrier-grade services and reliability throught IP or ATM protocols. The Vsys and HP agreement will enable ITSPs and other communications companies to offer voice, data, and other services over packet switched networks with the same quality and features as the PSTN. This new platform will allow users to roll out new enhanced features more quickly at lower costs than with conventional carrier-grade platforms.
No. 505, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

MCK Unveils Remote Voice PC Client
MCK Communications has announced the EXTender 100. MCK's new software client solution is designed for a broad cross section of teleworkers, including call center remote agents running CTI applications that don't require a handset; part-time teleworkers; mobile office workers; and road warriors relying on next generation wireless terminals, personal digital assistants, or laptops. "Delivering software-based remote voice clients that extend the corporation's investment in the PBX and its applications to a broader segment of remote workers is another evolutionary step for MCK," said Woody Benson, president and CEO of MCK. "Building on our remote voice platform made up of our PBXgateway and multiple clients, we can extend the power of the PBX to any type of remote users, whether it's for a branch office, a full-time teleworkers, or a solution for remote PC-telephony clients."
No. 506, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

Nexcen Technologies Intros Envoy
NexCen Technologies has introduced its flagship product, Envoy. A packaged e-process solution, Envoy enables businesses to migrate traditional front office and back-office business processes online. Envoy integrates billing, trouble management, network management, and order management information through the blended e-commerce communications channels, including the Internet, e-mail, telephone, and fax. Designed for the telecommunications and energy markets, Envoy unifies all customer information to enable these service providers to identify, acquire, and retain valued customers. Envoy's architecture supports a unified view of consolidated customer information; manages Web, e-mail, and telephone interactions; and provides a centralized customer database with a sophisticated decision support engine.
No. 507, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

General Bandwidth Assures Delivery Of Lifeline Service, Sets New Standards For VoDSL
General Bandwidth announced a technology that makes widespread implementation of packetized voice service viable for the residential market. The company's patent-pending Packetized Residential Lifeline technology ensures POTS-like availability of lifeline services over DSL networks, even in the event of a power failure at the customer premise. They also have announced a platform-independent, mass deployable voice over broadband (VoBroadband) gateway. Regardless of protocol - ATM, IP, Frame Relay, or legacy TDM - General Bandwidth's G6 voice gateway delivers toll quality voice services over "last mile" broadband access networks such as DSL, cable, and wireless. The G6 voice gateway provides more than 200 independent voice lines over a single broadband connection.
No. 508, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

Siemens Unveils HiPath Architecture
Siemens Information and Communication Networks has unveiled its strategy for next-generation enterprise IP communications. The Siemens Enterprise Convergence Architecture, called HiPath, strengthens business communications by enabling a company's existing voice and data infrastructures and applications to interoperate globally over all networks. This innovative approach is based on open standards and distributed architectures. HiPath is an enterprise convergence architecture that provides a flexible, affordable, and rational migration path to the IP world of highly integrated communications and applications. It provides customers choices regarding when and how they implement applications while protecting and evolving their current intrastructure and application investments.
No. 509, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

Shunra Releases The Cloud Version 2.0 WAN Emulator
Shunra Software has released the newest version of its software, The Cloud. This software degrades network traffic on any LAN, emulating a WAN, in order to evaluate any application, product, or technology on any WAN configuration. The Cloud 2.0 enables the user to import simple text files which are instantly converted into custom latency profiles and packet loss settings. In addition, The Cloud 2.0 offers upgrades to its latency, packet loss and bandwidth emulation features: emulation jitter is now even simpler thanks to the addition of linear dynamic latency; granularity of degratation can be pre-set down to .01 percent, a hundred times finer than the previous version of The Cloud. Users can now add multi-byte overhead to packets in order to emulate different data link layers such as PPP and DSL.
No. 510, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

Unisphere Solutions Announces Subscriber Management Strategy
Unisphere Solutions has announced its three-phase data strategy for cable operators. Unisphere's strategy is designed to enable multiple systems operators (MSOs) to generate incremental revenue by deploying new pay-per-use, IP-based services with simplified subscriber management and configuration. Using Unisphere's Edge Routing Switch (ERX) and Service Selection Center (SSC), MSOs are able to leverage the strengths of an IP-based network while preserving their investment in the existing cable infrastructure. "Unisphere's strategy focuses on providing the tools MSOs need to develop a next-generation cable infrastructure with the capability to deploy new IP-based services easy and quickly," said Dana Rasmussen, vice president of product management, Unisphere Solutions. "Unisphere's cable strategy will provide point and click access to high quality, pay-per-use data service, much like the pay-per-view model utilized in cable TV today."
No. 511, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

Bowthorpe Announces Formation Of New Company
Bowthorpe plc has announced the formation of a new multi-million dollar communications test and measurement company named SPIRENT Communications. SPIRENT Communications is comprised of five Bowthorpe companies: Netcom Systems, Adtech, Telecom Analysis Systems, DSL TestWorks, and Global Simulation Systems. The new SPIRENT Communications company will create a single, worldwide authority on communications test and measurement for Network and communications equipment manufacturers, service providers, and enterprises. "The new company's combination of first-to-market products and industry standard test methodologies make its solutions indispensable to developers and evaluators of next-generation packet-based networks," said My Chung, group president, SPRIENT Communications.
No. 512, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

Fujitsu Announces IP Framework
Fujitsu Business Communication Systems has announced an advance in its drive to make the advantages of IP available to the enterprise network. Fujitsu announced the IP readiness of its popular F9600 line of PBXs. With the next software release, the F9600 product line will provide internal IP functionality and call handling capabilities. This provides Fujitsu customers a choice for their IP communication needs. This includes the internal IP trunking, the previously announced external gateway with Motorola or Cisco, and IP networking and telephony solutions developed through its relationship with NetSpeak. This relationship is the latest in Fujitsu's Super Value Added Reseller/System Integrator strategy of partnering with Industry leaders to offer complete communications solutions.
No. 513, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

Lucent Brings VoIP To The Desktop With Definity IP Solutions
Lucent Technologies has announced the availability of Phase Two of Definity IP Solutions, bringing customers VoIP to the desktop via Lucent's Definity business communications servers, and further extending Lucent's support for business applications over packet networks. Together with Lucent's messaging, mobility, and customer relationship management applications, Lucent's robust IP capabilities provide a full set of communication options to help businesses improve efficiency and lower costs while evolving to meet the demand of e-business. Definity IP Solutions joins a number of products Lucent has developed to help businesses enhance their networks to take advantage of IP applications, including IP Exchange Systems, Intuity Voice Messaging, Cajun Campus LAN Solutions, CenterVu Internet Solutions, and CenterVu IP Agent.
No. 514, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

Force Announces PowerCore CPCI-680
Force Computers has announced the PowerCore CPCI-680, which features SENTINEL, Force's universal PCI-to-PCI bridge chip. Combined with the latest generation PowerPC G4 "supercomputer" processor, the PowerCore CPCI-680 product offers a high performance and functionality level for the Compact PCI market. The SENTINEL bridge allows the product to automatically switch the operating modes between a system slot function and a peripheral slot function and a peripheral slot function without any software or hardware changes and makes the board a "true" universal mode single board computer solution.
No. 515, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

star*home Selects NMS's VoIP Technology
Natural MicroSystems has announced that Comverse star*home has selected Natural MicroSystems' Fusion 3.0 technology as the basis for its IntelliGate platform. Connected IntelliGate platforms form star*home's IP-based global "network of mobile networks" to allow wireless carriers worldwide who offer to their roaming, wireless customers a wide range of services. Now, using star*home's network, wireless carriers are able to offer their roaming subscribers easy access to the same enhanced voice and data services as when they are in their home network, by using familiar home short codes, user interfaces and numbers, thus opening the door to new revenue-generating opportunities for carriers across the globe.
No. 516, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

Increased Performance From RadiSys's CompactPCI Telecom CPU
RadiSys has upgraded its popular CompactPCI CPU for the telecom and Internet OEM markets with the Intel Mobile Pentium III BGA processor. This CompactPCI CPU solution is designed for OEMs who manufacture a variety of telecom equipment, including telco billing systems, carrier class equipment, voice and data gateways, voice messaging systems, PBXs, network routers, etc. RadiSys's latest CPU features increased speeds (500 MHz), performance, and power, all of which increases the OEM's productivity in all aspects of developing embedded, telecom, and Internet applications.
No. 517, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

Inter-Tel Annouces InterPrise IP 3200N
Inter-Tel has announced that its Inter-Tel InterPrise IP3200N voice and data router has entered full production and is available immediately. The InterPrise IP3200N allows companies to network multiple telephone systems and combine their separte voice and data networks into one cost-saving, efficient voice and data networks into one cost-saving, efficient voice and data network, such as Virtual Private Network, whichuses IP technology. According to Inter-Tel, the InterPrise IP3200N router, connected to the company's AXXESS PBX, lets one switchboard use a voice and data VPN to handle telephone calls to and from offices in distant locations, as if all offices were in one place.
No. 518, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

Promatory, Jetstream Book Network Reliability Benchmark For DSL
Promatory Communications and Jetstream Communications have announced a new level of networking capability that further accelerates the deployment of Voice over DSL (VoDSL). Promatory and Jetstream focused testing in two areas: easy provisioning and network reliability. Using Promatory's IMAS Easy Provisioning software, the two companies were able to provision 24 voice circuits on Jetstream's CPX-1000 voice services platform in a matter of minutes. The AutoDSL module's point-and-click functionality and embedded Soft-PVC technology were critical components for such quick provisioning. The testing process demonstrated and proved that service providers can quickly ramp users to their DSL access networks, yet still reduce customer provisioning cycle time.
No. 519, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

Motorola, Nortel Networks Team On Internet Equipment
Motorola and Nortel Networks have announced that they are collaborating to jointly enable manufacturers to develop advanced Internet products using a comprehensive, modular software platform incorporating Nortel Networks' Open IP Environment routing software. The objective is to provide an open, programmable environment for manufacturers to build next-generation equipment based on Motorola semiconductor families such as the PowerQUICC communications processors, and on Motorola PowerPC CPUs such as the MPC750. Developers will be able to take advantage of Nortel Networks' Open IP Environment and Motorola's leading-edge communication processors to build high-performance Internet Solutions that are faster, more secure, more reliable, higher quality, and more profitable.
No. 520, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

Dialogic Announces Call Information Manager 2.0
Dialogic, an Intel Company, has announced an enhanced version of the CT Connect Call Information Manager that manages large amounts of call-related data faster and across multiple switches and remote locations. By managing call related data in a standard and automated manner, Call Information Manager allows business applications to handle calls more easily and effectively, leading to better quality customer service. Call Information Manager utilizes Dialogic's CT Connect CTI integration software to provide interfaces to telephone systems and real-time call status information. Call Information Manager is designed as a building block component that can be easily integrated into a variety of applications. Version 2.0 addresses the needs of application developers who require real-time access to caller data by adding the capability of storing caller data directly in memory via a C-language API.
No. 521, www.itmag.com/freeinfo

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