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     May 25, 2004

Greg GalitzineGreg Galitzine Defends VoIP

In his first blog entry, Internet Telephony's Editorial Director takes ePrairie's Jim Carlini to task for criticizing VoIP.


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MCI Demonstrates World's Fastest IP Network Connection
MCI (MCIA.PK) announced that through utilizing its optical network it has achieved the world's fastest Internet Protocol (IP) transmission ever. This technology trial highlights how next-generation technology will address the emerging needs of carriers and service providers to deliver converged IP services, such as data, voice, video as well as multimedia applications to customers of all sizes.
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Brix Networks Expands and Enhances Its Free VoIP Quality Testing Portal
Brix Networks, a trusted provider of real-time service assurance solutions to operators of service-centric networks, announced Version 2.0 of TestYourVoIP.com, the company's highly popular, free, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) quality testing portal that enables users to independently measure the quality of their residential VoIP connections via a quick, user-initiated test call.
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BigBand Networks to Acquire ADC's IP Cable Business Unit
BigBand Networks, Inc., a provider of platforms for multimedia services over broadband networks, announced an agreement to acquire the IP Cable Business Unit of ADC Telecommunications, Inc., including its Cuda(TM) and FastFlow(R) product lines. The Cuda CMTS (cable modem termination system) is a widely deployed and carrier-class platform for switching and routing of advanced IP services, and the FastFlow Broadband Provisioning Manager is a server suite that activates and configures such services. Through this transaction, combined with BigBand Networks' digital video leadership, the company's infrastructure solutions will be used in broadband networks to provide subscribers with a complete range of video, voice and data services.
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Internap Enhances Industry-Leading Service Level Agreements; Improved Metrics Cover Network Jitter, Installation Intervals and More
Internap Network Services Corporation (AMEX: IIP), a provider of performance-based routing technology over the Internet, announced that the company has enhanced its industry-leading Service Level Agreements (SLAs), establishing even higher standards for network performance, customer service, security and accountability.
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Cisco Delivers the Foundation for Next-Generation IP Networks: A New Carrier Routing System
Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO), announced the Cisco(R) CRS-1 Carrier Routing System, a new class of routing system designed to deliver continuous system operation, service flexibility and extended system longevity to telecommunications service providers and research organizations. This innovative routing system helps enable customers to scale network capacity to new levels and deliver next-generation data, voice and video services over a converged Internet Protocol (IP) network while protecting their investments in the system.
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Lack of Troubleshooting Tools for MPLS Identified as Top Inhibitor In Recent MPLS IP VPN Survey
Network Physics, which eliminates response-time problems across converging networks, announced a new Multi-Protocol Label Switch (MPLS) technology for its NP-2000 appliance. Dubbed Automatic Autonomous System Discovery (AASD), the new technology will allow the increasing number of enterprises with MPLS networks to, for the first time, understand how the MPLS network is affecting application performance for remote offices, and to identify and solve network and application problems that arise.
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CosmoCom and Level 3 Communications Partner to Deliver Big VoIP Savings to Call Centers
CosmoCom, the global provider of all-IP, universal access contact center platforms, announced that it has teamed up with Level 3 Communications to address the call center market. CosmoCom's VoIP contact center technology and Level 3's IP telephony services are perfectly matched to provide tremendous savings to call centers. Many organizations are already benefiting from VoIP equipment and from VoIP services. But only putting the equipment and the network services together, as CosmoCom and Level 3 are doing, fully optimizes the overall cost structure.
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Lucent Technologies To Acquire TELICA, A Provider Of Next-Generation VoIP Systems For Service Providers
Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU) said it had agreed to acquire Telica, a provider of voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) communications systems for next-generation networks. Telica significantly strengthens Lucents Accelerate portfolio for large-scale VoIP networks that deliver multimedia voice, video and data services to enterprises and consumers. The acquisition of Telica will enhance Lucents ability to bridge next-generation and legacy networks for its wireline and wireless customers.
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Ericsson Awarded Network Migration Contract By INDOSAT
PT INDOSAT, one of the biggest Indonesian operators has selected Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERICY) to seamlessly integrate their two GSM networks, as well as expand network capacity and improve quality within Jakarta - Indonesia, and surrounding areas. The contract has a value of USD 120 million. As the telecom solutions partner, Ericsson is delivering the total deployment project.
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Providea Awards $22 Million Networking Contract to AT&T
AT&T announced an agreement with Providea Inc. to provide and manage an integrated networking solution to enhance Providea's retail video communications services throughout the United States. The agreement is valued at $22 million over the next five years.
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