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February 28, 2006

Airspan Spreads its VoIP Wings

By Cindy Waxer, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Analysts agree: the VoIP market boom is expected to continue through 2009. According to Infonetics, the number of residential and SoHo (Small Office Home Office) VoIP subscribers is expected to skyrocket to 131 million by 2009 in North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa, up from 24 million in 2005. And Frost & Sullivan predicts that hosted IP telephony through IP Centrex type services is likely to account for an increasing share of business lines, thanks to cost savings and access to productivity-enhancing tools.


Hoping to take advantage of this burgeoning market, Airspan Networks has announced the iTONE 500, a suite of operator-grade VoIP packages for wireline and wireless service providers and operators. Airspan is a Florida-based provider of WiMAX-based broadband wireless access networks and carrier class VoIP and Wi-Fi Hotzone systems


The solution is a complete package for ISPs and ITSPs that want to offer a competitive VoIP service to their subscribers, or alternatively for providers wanting to offer a hosted VoIP service to other ISPs.


At the core of the iTONE 500 solution is the iTONE Softswitching engine. Gateways between the IP and PSTN networks are also included, along with browser-based configuration and installation support to ensure that a service provider can quickly bring the service to market. The Airspan Web Self Care application is also included, which will enable subscribers to access their accounts via the Internet, and reduce time-consuming operator-focused tasks to manage each subscriber.


Many optional items can be added such as IP phones, SS7 Signaling Interface, Interactive Voice Response, iTONE Network Management, Session Border Controllers and third-party billing applications.




Cindy Waxer is a Toronto-based freelance journalist specializing in business and technology. She has written for publications including TIME, Fortune Small Business, Business 2.0, Computerworld, Canadian Business, and Workforce Management. To see more of her articles, please visit Cindy Waxer’s columnist page.



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