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[July 6, 2005]

NetCentrex's New Italian Partner

BY DAVID SIMS, TMCnet CRM Alert Columnist


French VoIP system supplier NetCentrex, which sells voice-video-data networks and next-generation services, is announcing that Tiscali Italia, the Internet Communications Company, is delivering residential broadband IP telephony services based on NetCentrex' MyCall product as part of the European partnership between NetCentrex and Tiscali S.p.A.

The new Tiscali Voce integrated offer combines telephony and Internet services in a single package and is available to all Tiscali ADSL subscribers. Subscribers can choose between two types of monthly subscriptions and one pay-as-you go tariff plan -- Tiscali Voce Forfait, for 600 minutes of communication for 9.95 Euros (about eleven bucks) per month, Tiscali Voce flat for unlimited calling in Italy for 19 Euros per month and Tiscali Voce Free, which is pay-as-you go.

For all the users covered by Tiscali's ULL network, Tiscali Voce provides secondary and primary lines, designed to encourage customers to cancel their regular telecom subscription with the incumbent. A number portability feature lets them keep their old phone number.

Olivier Hersent, Chairman and CTO of NetCentrex said the deployment of NetCentrex' MyCall residential solution "enables Tiscali to deliver voice with the quality level of a normal ISDN line."

NetCentrex is gunning for what it sees as the adoption of the IP multimedia subsystem fixed/mobile convergence architecture, "but believes it will be a number of years yet before full IMS capabilities are in commercial use," according to Light Reading.

"NetCentrex, which provides softswitch and IP applications server (Centrex) technology to more than 40 European service providers, is developing its IMS capabilities now, with a view to introducing some elements in the coming months," Light Reading reports.

"Mobile 3G, or UMTS, networks won't be fully IP until after 2010, so IMS won't be real until after that time. What we're seeing at the moment will become a reality in about five years' time," Hersent says.

MyCall operates on NetCentrex's Class 5 Application Server and is based on a future-proof IMS compatible architecture. MyCall provides easy configuration management and service provisioning.

It's clearly aimed at deploying triple play. MyCall can take voice and video applications over 3G and broadband networks, allow consumer fixed-mobile roaming and fixed-mobile convergent services. Video applications include video mail and video conferencing. Tiscali likes MyCall because it can provide value-added IP telephony services immediately, and position itself for future additions of video and fixed/mobile services.

NetCentrex is partnering with Envivio, a provider of MPEG-4 and H.264 broadcast and streaming products and Highdeal, a provider of pricing, high performance rating and settlement products for emerging services in the formation of the IPlay3 consortium, which wants to deliver best of breed residential triple play solution to the Americas market.

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