Second Quarter 1998
Qwest To Buy LCI For $4.4 Billion In Stock
Qwest Communications International, Inc., announced that it has agreed to buy LCI
International, Inc., in a $4.4 billion stock deal, creating the No. 4 long-distance phone
company in the United States. The combined companies will have about 2.3 million
customers, annual sales of $2.3 billion, and 5,800 employees. They will rank fourth behind
AT&T Corp., the largest long-distance carrier, the combined WorldCom-MCI, and Sprint
Corp. The deal is subject to approval by regulators and Qwest and LCI shareholders. Qwest
said its majority shareholder had agreed to vote for the deal. The companies expect to
complete the deal in the third quarter.
"Qwests ability to sell next-generation data services is greatly enhanced by
the LCI sales, marketing, and distribution strengths," Qwest President Joseph Nacchio
said in a statement. "This merger accelerates both Qwests and LCIs
business plans by several years." Qwest, a relatively small but fast-growing company
based in Denver, has been building a high-tech network to transmit voice, data, and video.
It had sales of $697 million last year. The $2 billion network will link 125 cities that
generate 80 percent of the voice and data traffic in the United States, Qwest officials
say. LCI, based in McLean, Va., had sales of about $1.6 billion last year, and has a
widespread service network, with about six times the number of locations Qwest has in the
United States. For more information, visit the companys Web site at www.qwest.com.
Aspect Integrates Internet Commerce
Into Call Centers
Aspect Telecommunications has unveiled its Web Agent interactive contact solution.
Aspects Web Agent software connects consumers on the Internet with call center
agents for interactive Internet commerce and customer support.
The software combines verbal and visual interaction with real-time information in a
visually rich, shared browsing environment. Aspects solution aims to speed the
adoption of Internet commerce by helping consumers obtain more immediate answers to their
questions and become more comfortable with using the Internet.
Web Agent software offers personalized service through a shared browser interface that
allows either the customer or the call center agent to navigate through any relevant Web
site. With this ability to interact, the agent can often provide the information necessary
to complete the customer transaction in real time.
Web Agent is an open, standards-based application that works with multiple automatic
call distribution platforms, including those from Lucent, Nortel, and Rockwell, as well as
those from Aspect. The software also integrates with many existing IT and
telecommunications infrastructures. It supports the use of standard Web browsers,
including Netscape Navigator 3.0 and higher, and Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 and
higher. Aspects Web Agent software is scheduled to begin shipping later in 1998. For
more information, contact the company at 408-325-2200.
LHS Groups Web-Based Software
Chosen By France Telecom Subsidiary
LHS Group, Inc., has announced that France Caraibe Mobiles (FCM), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of France Telecom, has licensed the LHS Web Service Center (WSC), an
Internet-based customer care and dealer service application. With the WSC, FCMs
dealers can use the Internet to activate new customers simply and quickly at the point of
sale, enabling FCM to quickly expand its distribution channels. The WSC provides dealers
online access to activation services and customer account information using technology
that allows direct communication with the Business Support and Control System (BSCS), the
LHS flagship customer care and billing software. FCMs dealers will not need to fax
orders and wait for results.
Based in Guadeloupe, FCM provides digital and analog cellular service in French
departments in the Caribbean. Under a previously announced agreement, FCM is licensing
BSCS to support both GSM and AMPS technologies on a single platform for up to 100,000
subscribers. FCM currently provides service in the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and
Martinique. During this year, FCM plans to expand coverage to include French Guyana (in South
America) and St. Barth (also in the Caribbean). Next year, coverage will be expanded to
St. Pierre, Miquelon, and St. Martin. LHS is a leading provider of client/server modular
customer care and billing software products and related services for wireless, wireline,
satellite, and other telecommunications firms. For more information, contact LHS at
Summa Four Releases New Virtual Central Office Open Programmable
Summa Four, Inc., announced that it has released VCO/4K, the newest member of the
companys flagship Virtual Central Office (VCO) family of open programmable switches.
VCO/4K delivers 4,096 ports on a single switch, as well as several new software
capabilities. VCO/4K will benefit both established and emerging carriers to whom price per port,
footprint, system flexibility, and time-to-market for new services and infrastructure have
become increasingly important considerations. Unlike competing approaches, which require up to three switches to be interconnected
using proprietary technology, the VCO/4K packs 4,096 non-blocking ports within a single
rack-mountable platform 25 inches tall. The result is simplified application scalability
for developers and easier, more efficient deployment and management for service providers.
VCO/4K includes Summa Fours service platform card (SPC), a high-density card used
to support a broad range of service resources. The SPC consists of a common controller
that supports from one to four service resource modules (SRMs). A fully populated SPC can
support over 1,000 full-duplex service circuits, greatly reducing hardware costs.
Supporting up to 32 digital signal processors on a single card, the SPC is the key
component of Summa Fours plan to build high-performance, carrier-class Voice over IP
gateways. For more information, contact the company at 603-625-4050.
DSPR Debuts High-Performance VoIP
New to DSP Researchs family of MVIP DSP Resource Boards is the VIPER-12 548/PC.
Offering double the performance of its predecessor, the VIPER-12 allows up to 48 channels
of H.323 voice over IP (VoIP) to run on a single board. The high-density VIPER-12 is
geared toward VoIP, voice mail, and telecommunications applications. It is particularly
ideal as a DSP platform for such applications as VoIP gateways, IS-136/IS-95 cellular base
stations, remote access servers, wireless local loop gateways, and satellite base
Combining the MVIP with 12 powerful Texas Instruments TMS320LC548 DSPs, the VIPER-12
increases channel density while reducing the cost of these applications.
With 12 DSPs on each board, the VIPER-12 is one of the highest-density DSP resource
boards available. For rapid software development, the VIPER-12 548/PC is supplied with
host APIs for the MVIP switch control and DSP-host communications, plus the QuickSTART DSP
operating environment. For more information, contact the company at 408-773-1042.
NKO Announces IP Telephony Expansion
NKO, Inc., has finalized agreements to deploy its IP telephony systems in Israel,
Brazil, Australia, and Korea. NKOs carrier-grade systems will initially provide voice and fax services. The NKO
IP network offers a solution to the problems of quality and reliability often encountered
by users of the Internet. The company will offer prepaid IP telephony calling cards later
this year. NKO launched the FaxJet Service on its own network, NKOnet, in early 1997. The
service transmits facsimiles in real-time over a long-distance, frame-relay network,
providing more efficient and better transmission quality when compared with the circuit
switched voice networks operated by traditional long-distance carriers.
According to Doron Nevo, CEO of NKO, "NKOs carrier- grade solution and our
ability to integrate both voice and fax over the same facility appeals to both carriers
and ISPs. NKOs patented technology manages the allocation of bandwidth to provide a
guaranteed grade of service for voice, fax, data, and video applications, allowing
carrier-grade IP telephony services. For more information, con-tact John Widlicka at
Router Certified By The Tolly Group
Cabletron Systems announced that its SmartSwitch Router has been "Certified Up To
Spec" by the Tolly Group, an independent testing organization based in Manasquan, NJ.
The Tolly Group conducted a series of tests to prove the real-world functionality of
Cabletrons SmartSwitch Router, including performance and interoperability testing
with legacy routing solutions.
The tests reflect the actual and immediate requirements of enterprise network managers
and service providers, demonstrating the SmartSwitch Routers ability to perform at
more than 15 million packets per second. The SmartSwitch Router simultaneously provides
critical value-added features such as accounting, security, and full-featured routing
with no degradation in performance.
"It is unprecedented in our experience that router performance is unaffected by
features like security and accounting.
The SmartSwitch Router has no performance degradation when important value-added
functionality like Access Control Lists, RMON, and RMON2 are enabled," said Kevin
Tolly, President and CEO of the Tolly Group.
(For further details on the testing, please see The Tolly Groups test document
#8265 at www.tolly.com.) In addition to
high performance, Cabletron offers one of the industrys lowest entry costs for
switch routers: Pricing begins at $499 per port for Fast Ethernet. For more information,
contact Kim Carpenter at 603-337-1717.
ECI Telecom, VocalTec Join To Produce
Carrier-Grade IP Telephony Solutions
ECI Telecom Ltd. and VocalTec Communications Ltd.have announced a comprehensive joint development and marketing agreement to bring
carrier-grade, end-to-end IP telephony solutions to telephone companies and network
Under the agreement, VocalTec will port its Telephony Gateway software to ECI
Telecoms Universal multi-service platform, which is expected to produce an
Internet-to- public switched telephone network gateway system capable of serving hundreds
of lines per platform, enabling operators to build networks that serve millions of users.
The open, standards-based (H.323) VocalTec-ECI system, HI-GATE, will support the existing
billing, provisioning, networking management, and other support systems used by carriers
and will interoperate with all of VocalTecs current and future products.
In addition to the carrier-grade VocalTec-ECI Telephony Gateway, ECI will also market
VocalTecs complete line of client and server IP communications solutions including
Internet Phone, Atrium, smaller gateways, and other IP telephony server products. ECI
Telecoms systems provide capacity expansion, flexibility, and management functions
to more effectively utilize existing networks for voice, data, video, wide-area, and
integrated networks. VocalTec Communications software enables audio, video, data, text,
and collaborative communications between personal computers and other devices over the
Internet. For more information, visit ECI Telecoms Web site at www.ecitel.com, or VocalTecs site at www.vocaltec.com.
VIP Calling Enables Multi-Party Settlements For IT
VIP Calling has announced that it has successfully deployed new technology that enables
multi-company settlements for Internet telephony. The VIP Calling Network brings together
Internet telephony service providers (ITSPs) from around the world in a network that
provides international voice communications over the Internet to telephone carriers. It is
designed for high-volume carrier traffic.
The settlement technology is based on Mind CTIs iPhonEX product, customized in a
cooperative effort between VIP Calling and Mind CTI. The network uses Mind CTIs
Internet Billing, iPhonEX, to process CDRs (call detail records) for all the gateways on
the network and to generate bills for carriers and settlement statements for ITSP
partners. For more information, contact Gordon J. VanderBrug at 781-229-0011.
VegaStream To Join Ranks Of Internet Telephony Companies
A start-up Internet telephony company, called VegaStream, is being funded by the
founder and ex-CEO of Tricom Communications Ltd. Significant investment by UK early-stage
technology venture capitalists, MTI Partners, will enable the new company to complete a
rapid development plan; its first products are to be unveiled in June 1998. VegaStream
will design an ISP gateway for telephone users on a router-type hardware platform, thereby
reducing the cost by two-thirds, compared to costs of competitive systems.
Typically used in conjunction with Microsofts NetMeeting, VegaStreams
product enables up to 30 conferees to be connected simultaneously and converse while
viewing the same screen of data; documents under discussion can be altered in real-time.
Based on architecture similar to LAN bridge/routers, the VegaStream conferencing system is
a hardware product that handles suppression of extraneous noise, call management,
maintenance of uniform speech level, DTMF signaling/ detection, and conversion of voice
streams into IP packets. It connects directly onto Ethernet LANs on the inbound side and
ISDN/frame relay links on the outbound side. For more information, contact Mike Hafferty
VocalTec To Acquire RADLINX, Expand
IP Communications Portfolio RSI Systems Debuts Video Flyer-384
VocalTec Communications Ltd. announced that it has executed a definitive agreement to
acquire substantially all the assets and assume substantially all the liabilities of
RADLINX Ltd. RADLINX is a leading developer of innovative standards-based products for
real-time online fax, e-mail-to-fax, and fax-to-e-mail transmission over IP networks.
(Closing of the acquisition under the agreement is subject to the satisfaction of various
The addition of RADLINX fax gateway products and technology will expand
VocalTecs end-to-end IP communications business solutions portfolio, enhancing its
ability to offer both fax and voice with a universal interface for carrier-class and
corporate solutions. One of the RADLINX products VocalTec would acquire is the PASSaFAX
system which connects to existing fax machines and corporate networks to route fax
transmissions over IP networks. While most other systems use delayed, store-and-forward
transmission, RADLINX systems transmit in real-time. For more information, contact Jo Lee,
VocalTec, at 201-768-9400.
RSI Systems Debuts Video Flyer-384
RSI Systems, developer and manufacturer of advanced video conferencing peripheral
systems engines, presents the Video Flyer-384. This self-contained video conferencing
component combines 384 performance with the simplicity of a TV remote control.
With the Video Flyer-384, users have access to a versatile conferencing system that
operates at 128, 256, or 384 Kbps within H.320 ISDN standards when connected directly to
any size television, projection system, PC, Macintosh, or laptop.
Video Flyer-384 features an advanced single-board design that utilizes flash memory
instead of a traditional hard disk for storage. The Video Flyers design eliminates
the hard and diskette drives that often plague video conferencing systems. All the program
features are stored on flash memory instead. This gives the user increased reliability
while it relieves them of the need to upgrade software in the field. Video Flyer users
need merely call a phone number and are provided with new software releases and features
downloaded in a matter of seconds. For more information, contact the company at
SkyWaves Open VoIP Gateway
Solution Offers Rapid Deployment
Now available from SkyWave is the SkyGate 98 VoIP gateway. SkyGate 98 is a reliable,
scalable, turnkey gateway for VARs, system integrators, and service providers, designed to
provide rapid deployment of customized telecom services over the Internet. As a
self-contained, carrier-grade platform, SkyGate 98 provides VoIP gate-way functionality to
an external host computer through a gateway controller interface, a Socket-based API.
SkyGate 98 functionality includes real-time voice and fax support, hybrid echo
cancellation, silence suppression, and signaling transparency. SkyGate 98 is scalable to
96 lines per chassis and up to 960 lines per location.
SkyGate 98 features a unique gateway controller interface (GCI) that controls gateway
responses to incoming calls and allows the addition of value-added applications such as
voice mail, billing, paging, prepaid phone cards, teleconferencing, and leastcost routing
to run outside the gateway. The GCI can be located outside of the gateway, on a gateway
controller, allowing the addition of an unlimited number of lines to a gateway location.
For more information, contact the company at 408-245-1741.
Toolkit Series 2.0 Delivers Carrier-Grade Capabilities
DataBeam Corp. has announced the commercial availability of H.323 Version 2-compliant
developers toolkits. The companys new H.323 Toolkit Series 2.0 is among the industrys first
carrier-grade protocol stacks to incorporate the recently ratified Version 2 standards.
DataBeams H.323 Toolkit Series 2.0 now meets baseline requirements for Version 2
of the H.323 series standards. H.323 Version 2 features commercially available in DataBeams toolkits include
support for supplementary services, call identifiers that associate RAS messages with
Q.931 messages, and additional alias types such as e-mail and Web addresses. It also
offers Q.931, H.245, and RAS API features.
DataBeams H.323 Toolkit Series 2.0 enables third-party developers to embed
standards-based voice and video communications technology in Internet and LAN products.
The H.323 toolkits also provide OEMs a wide range of development options with complete,
modular APIs. They combine the H.323 technology used in Microsofts NetMeeting and
Intels Internet Video Phone with valuable, high-level programming abstractions and
DataBeams extensive expertise in providing standards-based building blocks to third
parties. Over 25 telcos, leading IP network infrastructure vendors, and other developers,
including 3Com, GTE, NetPhone, Symbol Technologies, and Vienna Systems, have licensed
H.323 technology from DataBeam for developing a variety of products and services. For more
information, visit the companys Web site at www.databeam.com.
Delta Three Announces Global Internet
Delta Three, Inc., and parent company RSL Communications, Ltd., announced the first
PC-to-phone service to deliver worldwide coverage over a managed network. Users download
free software from the Web, paying greatly discounted prices for "phone calls"
placed over the Delta Three Global IP Network. The company has released its newest
product, Internet Phone Lite, which is the application used to dial out of a PC to a
regular telephone in more than 200 countries.
The combination of Delta Threes software solution and the Global Network will
enable users to call directly from their computer to international destination points,
without necessarily passing through the United States or any other central switch. This
latest release, Internet Phone Lite, can be downloaded directly from www.pc2phone.com or www.deltathree.com. Installed on
a desktop or laptop computer, the PC-to-phone services are available to anybody who has an
Internet connection, a microphone, and speakers. By using the Internet to route calls,
consumers can realize savings of up to 80 percent. For example, calling from a PC in Moscow to a telephone in New York costs 12.5 cents
per minute using Delta Three, compared with over $2.00 per minute charged by traditional
carriers in Moscow. For more information, contact Fara Hain at 212-588-3670.
Qwest To Acquire EUnet International,
Expanding Operation Into 13 Countries
Qwest Communications International, Inc., announced it has agreed to acquire
Amsterdam-based EUnet International in a cash and stock transaction valued at
approximately $154 million. EUnet is a leading European Internet service provider (ISP)
with business units operating in 13 countries: Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Spain,
Portugal, Norway, Sweden, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Romania, and Estonia.
EUnet serves approximately 60,000 primarily business customers through-out
Europe. "The European data market is exploding to an estimated $55 billion by the
year 2000. The Internet is the driving force behind this trend," said Joseph P.
Nacchio, president and CEO at Qwest.
"EUnet has extensive Internet expertise and an understanding of Europes
diverse national markets and regulatory issues. The liberalization of the European
telecommunications market and our recently acquired transatlantic capacity, combined with
the EUnet acquisition, allow Qwest to provide business customers with high-performance and
cost-effective end-to- end data and Internet services between North America and
The Qwest Macro Capacity Fiber network is designed with a reliable and
secure bidirectional, line-switching OC-192 SONET ring architecture. Upon completion, the
network will offer a self-healing system that provides superior security and reliability
by allowing instantaneous rerouting in the event of a fiber cut. For more information,
visit Qwests Web site at www.qwest.com.
I-Link Deploys Enhanced IP Telephony
Long-distance and communications services provider I-Link, Inc., has announced the
commercial deployment of its enhanced Internet protocol (IP) telephony network.
Installation of the I-Link enhanced IP-telephony network allows more than 25 calling
areas in the metro areas of Los Angeles; Orange County, Calif.; Dallas/Ft. Worth; Houston;
Phoenix; and Salt Lake City to take advantage of long-distance rates as low as 4.9 cents
per minute as well as unified voice, fax, and e-mail messaging, conference calling, and
one-number call routing.
"The first network devices are already in place and performing exceptionally
well," said Alex Radulovic, I-Link vice president of engineering. "The rates we
use as measurements of connection success and call quality indicate our devices are
performing better than traditional switches." The I-Link network combines telco,
intranet, voice messaging, paging, Internet, e-mail and more. This "smart
network" allows I-Link to integrate into a mixed network of other network devices.
The company does not have to undertake the enormous and time-consuming expense of
installing a completely new nationwide infrastructure: they can leverage other existing
physical facilities. I-Link service was to be available for customer sign-up beginning
April 1. For more information, visit the companys Web site at www.ilink.net.
Billionton Designs Notebook Video
New from Billionton is an all-in-one PC card (PCM-CIA) video conferencing kit for
notebook PCs. Designed for notebooks with zoomed video PC card sockets, the kit provides real-time,
two-way video conferencing through the Internet, a standard telephone line, ISDN, LANs,
and cellular phone service.It includes a high-resolution color digital camera, a video capture PC card, and
videoconferencing application software. The card will provide capture and playback motion
video at 30 frames per second for lifelike images. Powered from a type II, zoomed
video-capable, PC card socket, it requires no external power source.
The kits software is a full 32-bit Windows 95 application. It allows users to
capture motion video or single frames and supports multiple video, bitmap file formats,
and video/audio synchronization. The new Billionton notebook video conferencing kit is
expected to list for $249. For more information, con-tact Derek Ma at 909-468-5500.
Brooktrout Provides Complete
The newest offering from Brooktrout Technology, Inc., is the TR2001 board, which
delivers up to 60 channels of IP voice and IP fax in just one PCI slot. This is one of the
highest-density IP telephony platforms currently available. Brooktrout also offers
phone-to-phone and phone-to-PC IP voice gateway applications, as well as fax-to-fax
real-time applications (FaxRelay, FaxPAD), and fax-to-fax store and forward applications
(IP/FaxRouter, NT FaxRouter).
A leading supplier of software and hardware products for system vendors and service
providers in the electronic messaging market, Brooktrout offers a line of IP Voice and IP
Fax products that allow developers to build cost-effective, high-density solutions for the
rapidly growing Internet telephony market. Brooktrouts progress in the development
of IP voice and IP fax products aims to provide carriers, ISPs, next-generation telcos,
and enterprise users an easy-to-use, compatible, and standards-based development
environment. For more information, visit the companys Web site at www.brooktrout.com.
Franklin Completes Agreement To
Roll Out Internet Phone Network
Franklin Telecom announced that its Internet subsidiary, FNet Corp., has signed a
definitive agreement with WorldCom to collocate its Internet telephone network on WorldCom
sites. Under terms of the agreement, FNet will offer its Tempest Data Voice Gateway to a
number of cities in the United States via the WorldCom network. Through the Tempest
gateways, FNet will support national telephone-to-telephone service over a private
intranet and the public Internet. The agreement also facilitates eventual overseas
deployment of the gateways as well.
Tempest Data Voice Gateways incorporate Franklin Telecoms own hardware
technology, which includes a multiprocessor DSP card for voice compression and encoding.
This technology has proved to offer the lowest delay across the IP network, significantly
adding to the natural sound of the call. FNets network will incorporate several
unique features. For instance, the user can adjust the delivery volume of the call while
the call is in progress by using the telephone keypad. FNet customers using their
authorization codes can also "anchor" on the network. This allows any number of
subsequent calls to be made without having to reenter a PIN number or authorization code.
For more information, contact the company at 805-373-8688 or 800-372-6556.
Artisoft Releases Visual Voice
Artisoft, Inc., announces the release of Visual Voice Enterprise, an extension to the
companys award-winning Visual Voice telephony toolkit. Visual Voice Enterprise
allows software developers to create robust distributed telephony applications that span
multiple computers, running over the Internet or a LAN. Benefits offered by the new
product include virtually unlimited application scalability, remote administration, and
the ability to access computer telephony functionality from any Web browser.
Visual Voice Enterprise provides enhanced scalability through support of
Dialogics powerful SCxbus technology, which allows telephony applications to be
distributed over multiple computers.
Visual Voice is a set of 32-bit ActiveX controls that turn any Windows
ActiveX-compatible development environment, such as Microsoft Visual Basic, Microsoft
Visual C++, Borland Delphi, and Sybase PowerBuilder, into a full-featured telephony
application development toolkit. Visual Voice applications can be extended to include
text-to-speech, voice recognition, multiparty conferencing, and multi-line faxing. Pricing
of this new product starts at $795 for two PCs. For more information, contact Karen Bender
Motorola Licenses NetSpeak IP
Multimedia Communications Technology
Motorola, Inc., and NetSpeak Corp. have announced an expanded long-term strategic
relationship that will combine NetSpeaks leading IP telephony technology with
Motorolas leading wireless technology. The combination will enable real-time IP
(Internet Protocol) multimedia communications on wireless networks. The two companies have
extended their existing relationship to include joint development and licensing of
technology as well as a $30 million multiyear minimum purchase commitment by Motorola for
$30 million of NetSpeak products.
Under a joint development and licensing agreement, NetSpeak has granted Motorola an
exclusive license to develop RF (Radio Frequency) products using NetSpeaks
technology. Motorola will be able to include NetSpeaks technology in all wireless
infrastructure, (such as cellular base stations and satellite networks) and subscriber
devices (such as cellular phones, pagers, satellite phones, and two-way radios) to support
real-time multimedia communications (e.g., voice, fax, audio, video, data) over a variety
of wireless IP net-works. Additionally, NetSpeak has granted Motorola a nonexclusive license for the manufacture
and sale of NetSpeak products. Motorola is the first licensee of the NetSpeak
Communications Protocol Module (NCPM). For more information, visit Motorolas Web site at www.mot.com.
Open Port Expands Operations In
Leading provider of Internet telephony solutions Open Port Technology, Inc., announced
that it is expanding its reach throughout Europe by initiating a program to sign up
resellers of its software solutions. Open Port established its European operations in
Paris in 1996. Through resellers, this move is designed to address the increased demand
for software-based solutions for delivering messages of all types over IP networks,
avoiding the more costly public telephone system. Open Port is looking to sign up a
network of value-added resellers (VARs) and system integrators in France, Germany, Italy,
and the United Kingdom to sell to transport providers, service providers, and messaging
Terms of the reselling arrangements were not specified; however, it was indicated that
a typical agreement would include cooperative marketing, lead generation and exchange,
technical training, and customer support.Open Port recently strengthened its market position with the announcement that it was
granted a patent for least cost routing (LCR), which routes a message over Internet and/or
intranets to the lowest cost dial-out point on the network. By bypassing the long-distance
component of the PSTN, LCR reduces delivery costs, while gaining benefits of high-speed
and high-quality transmissions.The patent is significant because LCR is a fundamental system used in the delivery of
messages of all types (fax, voice, video) over IP networks. For more information, contact
Open Port at 312-867-5000.
NETRIX To Expand Market For Its
Network Exchange 2210 Gateway
NETRIX has announced an initiative to expand the market for its Network Exchange 2210
Voice/Data/Fax-Over- IP Gateway to next-generation service providers and Internet service
providers (ISPs). This would take the company beyond its traditional enterprise network
market. Initially, NETRIX plans to deliver solutions capable of up to 2,000 ports at a
single site. The combination of the Network Exchange 2210 and the Vodex software ensures
high-quality voice with no compromise to data integrity and performance. Vodex delivers
high-quality Voice over IP (VoIP) and Voice over frame relay, as well as the ability to
gateway between the two technologies.
The fully scalable Network Exchange Gateway offers manageability as well as advanced
switching features. It also offers excellent voice quality, based on the companys
"Voice-over-packet" products. Short-term product developments slated for the Network Exchange 2210 will improve
capacity, performance, and price per port. The Network Exchange Gateway is now shipping.
For more information, contact Sue Hale at 703-793-2016.
Deutsche Telekom Plans Mass Net Phone, ADSL Launch
Deutsche Telecommunications has unveiled plans for a broad launch of Internet telephony
services and high-speed ADSL digital lines for residential and business customers. Telekom
made its first step toward developing Internet phone products last year when it took a
stake in VocalTec. Software products such as VocalTecs Internet Phone have been
affording Net surfers with a cheap alternative to making long-distance phone calls.
The price of an Internet call is always only the cost of a local phone call. Telekom
chairman, Ron Somer, said the company did not expect Internet telephony to pose a danger
to its core business; rather it would complement its main telecommunications business by
offering consumers a low-cost alternative.
For those users demanding network speed, Telekom plans to accelerate development of
asynchronous digital subscriber line (ADSL) technology. ADSL allows high-speed digital
transmission of data over normal copper wires at a much faster rate than existing ISDN
(Integrated Services Digital Network) and makes possible such service as video-on-demand.
For the long term, Telekom sees ADSL as a mass-market application since even residential
customers are demanding broadband capability. For more information, visit the
companys Web site at www.telekom.com.
Bay Networks Unveils SS7
Strategy For Consolidation Of Voice And Data Networks
Bay Networks, Inc., has announced a new strategy for leveraging the Signaling System 7
(SS7) protocol to enable integrated voice and data networking in service provider networks
worldwide. Bay Networks support of SS7 will give service providers the ability to
integrate voice switches and Versalar Remote Access Concentrators (RACs) to customize
their remote access offerings and leverage their existing voice and signaling facilities.
For the RBOC and LEC, that will mean Internet Offload services located across multiple
POPs freeing upstream circuits for real revenue-producing voice traffic. The IXC could
develop "Mega-POPs" high-density POPs that aggregate dial data traffic
over standard telco trunks. Connecting Versalar RACs with SS7 eliminates the need for PRI upgrades utilizing
channelized T1 trunks that are commonly available in the voice system architectures.
The Bay Networks SS7 Gateway solution, available during the summer of 1998 for
trials, will initially be supported on the Sun platform with support for multiple
platforms, including NT, to follow. The SS7 Gateway platform will deliver an open
Application Optimized Network in which SS7 and Network APIs will be supported to enable
further development of advanced multi-vendor applications and services. It also is capable
of supporting policy integration for advanced IP services features including Radius, LDAP
and Service Level Agreements (SLAs), which Bay will be offering in future phases. For more
information, visit the companys Web site at www.baynetworks.com.
ACT Presents Video Over Frame Relay
ACT Networks has announced the AVI-2000 audio-video frame relay device. Using the
AVI-2000 solution, video conferencing equipment with a standard H.320 interface or any
constant bit rate (CBR) device can now interface with frame relay networks. The AVI-2000
provides call-by- call, on-demand video conferencing over frame relay and is not limited
to static point-to-point HDLC connections.
"Combining the AVI-2000 with ACTs integrated access products provides a
complete and unified video conferencing solution for enterprise network customers,"
commented Martin Shum, president and CEO of ACT Networks. The AVI-2000 video module
enables video applications, such as distance learning, to be seamlessly integrated with
other enterprise applications and transmitted across a common wide-area network. The
AVI-2000 has a base price of $3000. For more information, contact the company at
NEC, Cisco Collaborate To Integrate
Voice And Data Networks
NEC America and Cisco Systems announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) establishing their intention to work together to meet the growing demand for
integration of PBX and internetworking technology. The companies would thereby provide
enhanced and lower-cost voice communication for businesses through the integration of
voice and data networks.
First in a series of planned initiatives, this teaming is a development effort to
deliver a full Voice over IP-enabled PBX (private branch exchange) utilizing the new NEAX
2400 iMX platform which NEC has also recently unveiled. This next-generation PBX
introduces a networking technology called Fusion Call Control Signaling (FCCS), which will
deploy a new transmission signaling protocol compatible with IP networks and Ciscos
routers and switches. This application is intended to allow a voice network to seamlessly
integrate into an IP network, making it possible to add voice networking capabilities to a
LAN or WAN without a major network restructuring. Under terms of the MoU, NEC will
contribute expertise in the areas of voice communications, PBX technology, and vertical
market application development, while Cisco will provide expertise in data communications
and Internet technology. For more information, contract NEC at 800-TEAM-NEC.
Portal Introduces Real-Time Customer Management And Billing
Portal Software has announced their expansion into the Internet telephony market, as
well as strategic relationships with leading Internet telephony companies. SkyWave, developer of gateway and network management solutions for Internet telephony,
and VocalTec, an IP communications company, will take advantage of Portals Infranet
software to provide innovative, turnkey solutions to new and established Internet
telephony service providers (ITSPs). These include telcos, Internet service providers
(ISPs), and exchange carrier service providers.
"A factor critical to the success of Internet telephony is a customer management
and billing system that allows ITSPs to respond to customer needs and market opportunities
in real-time," said John Little, founder and CEO of Portal. Portals Infranet
software unifies the management of all core Internet business operations, including the
ability to register, track, manage, and bill subscribers. Its real-time architecture and
open development environment provide a platform for Internet telephony service creation
and management. For more information, visit the companys Web site at www.portal.com.
Latitude Integrates MeetingPlace Conference System
Latitude Communications MeetingPlace conference server now integrates with
Microsofts NetMeeting and other data conferencing endpoints. This new MeetingPlace data conference software option will enable users to easily
conduct data-enabled voice conferences, allowing them to collaborate on documents in
real-time during an audio conference. The Latitude/Microsoft application complies with the internationally recognized T.120
standard for multipoint Latitude data conferencing.
Latitudes MeetingPlace leverages the strengths of both the telephone network and
the Internet part of a companys already-existing communications
infrastructure to manage the process of scheduling voice and data conferences,
notifying participants, distributing meeting materials, managing the conferences, and
recording and archiving the meeting and related materials for future access via the Web or
telephone. For more information, contact the company at 800-999-7440.
Concentric Targets IP Voice
Services At Network Carriers And Resellers
Concentric Network Corp. announced the availability of low-cost, IP-based international
long-distance calling services for carriers and resellers. Concentrics Carrier IP
Voice Services deliver aggressively-priced, toll-quality international phone-to-phone
calling to more than 200 countries around the world. The new service is targeted at
facilities-based carriers and switch-based resellers.
Concentric Network has joined forces with a consortium of industry-leading Internet
telephony service providers (ITSPs) from around the world to create an international IP
voice network that provides high-quality, low-cost international voice services over
regular telephones. The consortium has deployed IP-PSTN voice gateways designed and
manufactured by OzEmail-Interline. As the exclusive U.S. affiliate of the Interline consortium, Concentric Network will
gain access to OzEmail-Interlines recently announced refile hub arrangement with
Teltran, enabling the company to offer low-cost international long-distance calling to
virtually any country in the world. For more information, contact Katie Greene at
RADVision Enters Partnerships To
Develop H.323 IP Conferencing Solutions
RADVision has garnered three additional H.323 IP conferencing technology partners.
Ascend and Natural MicroSystems will use RADVisions H.323 protocol stack as key
components in their respective Voice Over IP H.323-compliant products. Lucent Technologies
will resell RADVision OnLAN L2W-323 Multimedia H.323 gateway solution for several of its
collaborative conferencing products that allow users to make multimedia calls to more
endpoints than previously possible.
Using RADVisions H.323 Protocol Stack, Ascends MAX family of WAN access
switches will act as gateways to implement Voice over IP. As for its use by Natural
MicroSystems, the RADVision H.323 Protocol Stack will be incorporated in the
companys Fusion 2.0 platform; Fusion 2.0 enables voice, traditionally transmitted
via circuit switching to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN), to be reliably and
quickly transmitted via packet switching over IP-based networks. As a result of RADVisions reselling arrangement with Lucent, the L2W-323
multimedia H.323 Gateway will enable users of Lucents DEFINITY, Multimedia Call
Handling (MMCH), ProLogix Solutions, and MultiPoint Conferencing Unit (MCU) to exchange
voice, video, and data with H.323 clients such as Microsoft NetMeeting. For more
information, contact Stacey Bender at 973-744-0707.
Mockingbird Networks Debuts IP
Mockingbird Networks has introduced the Nuvo 100 IP Telephony switch designed to
seamlessly interface the public switched telephone network (PSTN) with Internet
Protocol (IP) networks or backbones .
The Nuvo switch allows carriers and Internet service providers to interface to local
exchanges and offer telco-quality telephone service to their customers , while bypassing
the traditional long-distance networks. The product offers up to 96 (T1) or 120 (E1)
simultaneous channels of voice or fax. Employing Mockingbirds new class of
intelligent network (IN) SS7 provisioning, Nuvo switches are able to imitate standard PSTN
voice switches while converting pulse code modulation (PCM) voice or fax circuits to IP
packets. Call control between phone calls is handled by the PSTNs SS7 network
throughout the entire call to provide high-quality service to the end user and to the
service provider. Calls are handled instantaneously without two-stage dialing.
The first product to be unveiled in the open systems Nuvo family, the Nuvo 100 switch
is a four-processor UltraSPARC II-based, NEBS-compliant (Network Equipment Building
Standard), fault-tolerant system.
Using Sun Microsystems UltraSPARC architecture, the Nuvo 100 offers high
performance, scalability, reliability, and leading-edge networking support. It also
features field-replaceable service modules, N+1 48 volt power supplies, and remote
monitoring and control. For more information, visit the companys Web site at www.mockingbirdnet.com.