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June 2007
Volume 10 / Number 6
Industry News

Enterprise News
LG-Nortel— (news - alert) a joint venture of LG Electronics and Nortel — is launching three new unified communications devices compatible with Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 and Microsoft Office Communicator 2007.
Palm (news - alert) has introduced a new Palm OS Treo for Sprint — the Treo 755p CDMA smart device. The device is the first to offer built-in Microsoft Direct Push Technology email support and Google Maps for mobiles. The Treo 755p smart device also features the latest Treo design including an integrated antenna, slimmer form factor and mini-SD slot.
Zultys Technologies (news - alert) introduced a Telephony Application Programming Interface (TAPI) for its SIP-based MX30 and MX250 Enterprise Media Exchanges — devices which combine the functions of an IP PBX, Internet gateway, network server, and application server in a single, compact housing.
3CX (news - alert) is making its Windowsbased IP PBX available to the general commercial market. With 3CX, businesses can replace their existing PBX systems and enjoy the benefits of a truly open system that runs on any Windows server and brings SIP-based calling to businesses.
In response to the need for enhanced video communications solutions, (news - alert) Toshiba America Information Systems Telecommunications Systems Division has enhanced its Video Communication Solution, VCS, and announced version 2.0 for its Strata CIX family of business communication systems. With VCS, users are able to collaborate and share their desktop or applications, transfer files, and communicate via a message board as well as share in point-to-point video conferences.
Business phone system provider Nuvio Corporation (news - alert) announced the addition of a new feature to its Internet-based phone system - The phone system now includes inbound fax capabilities. Jason Talley, president and CEO of Nuvio, explained that the application, Personal Fax, was added in response to growth of SMBs using Internetbased business phone systems.
Blue Ridge Networks, (news - alert) provider of high assurance security solutions to business and government, has joined forces with PingTone Communications, (news - alert) one of the largest providers of hosted Cisco IP phone services to corporate and government customers, to introduce a carrieragnostic subscription service. Enterprises can now meet high standards of security and compliance, while being freed from the high costs of carrier-specific WAN solutions.
CommPartners Certifies IVT's PBX Intuitive Voice Technology (IVT) (news - alert) has announced that its Evolution PBX has been certified on the CommPartners network (news - alert) for use with the IP solutions company's IP Trunking and Broadsoft applicafor SMBs. Certification by CommPartners confirms interoperability and feature functionality of the device as designed when deployed on the company's network.
Packeteer (news - alert) will rollout its new iShaper appliance, which is set to deliver a new class of unified branch office capabilities. iShaper combines application visibility, intelligent acceleration, secure application QoS, and native compatibility with Microsoft application services into a single device that reduces cost and complexity of a branch office.
Nortel (quote - news - alert) has been selected as the Official Converged Network Equipment Supplier for the 2010 Winter Games. Nortel will supply the network communications equipment required for this first all-IP converged Games network. Under the sponsorship agreement, Nortel will provide the converged LAN equipment at 15 Games venues in both Vancouver and Whistler, as well as at the Vancouver 2010 headquarters and numerous supporting venues. Nortel Global Services will also be provided to support the design and deployment of the network.
LignUp Unveils Communications App Server LignUp Corp. (news - alert) has introduced version 4.0 of the LignUp Communications Application Server, delivering a comprehensive suite of telephony Web Services deployed within enterprise service-oriented architectures (SOA) and existing telecom infrastructures. LignUp 4.0 features 125 call control and media control functions exposed through LignUp Communications Web Services.

Service Provider News
In addition to enhancing its existing enterprise communications system, Siemens Communications is now offering its OpenScape platform on a SaaS (News - Alert) (Software as a Service) offering (i.e., hosted service). So, instead of competing solely on one level, Siemens is adapting its successful OpenScape platform for the service provider space.
Deltathree announced that its Hosted Consumer VoIP Solution will integrate CALEA compliance services offered by NeuStar (News - Alert), (news - alert) a provider for clearinghouse and directory services to the global communications and Internet industry. Service providers looking to launch their own VoIP offering with minimal investment and speedy deployment can utilize the new Hosted Consumer VoIP Solution, a comprehensive, customizable turnkey solution.
Global Crossing is using Ditech Networks' (News - Alert) (news - alert) Voice Quality Assurance (VQA) technology to enhance voice quality for calls received from international destinations on the Global Crossing Ready-Access on-demand audio collaboration services network.
Sonus Networks (News - Alert) , a provider of VoIP infrastructure solutions for wireline and wireless service providers, has been selected as a supplier for France Telecom International Wholesale's voice over IP network, in the carrier's bid to expand its international voice wholesale services.
Comcast Corporation (News - Alert) has unveiled its plan to introduce the industry's first fully integrated, web-based communications center, called the SmartZone communications center. This implies that Comcast customers will now be able to receive free access to the most innovative and popular communications tools through this center.
The last few years have seen a tremendous growth in the field of Cable VoIP, with the business services market being the biggest customer and beneficiary in this field. Realizing the tremendous potential for revenue in this field, MetaSwitch  (News - Alert) and Big River Telephone Company have come together to explore the possible avenues in this sector.
Optimum Lightpath's  (News - Alert) launch of its Voice over Metro Ethernet service is being hailed as the first-ever carrier-class voice service delivered over Metro Ethernet by a cable MSO. Optimum Lightpath's Voice over Metro Ethernet is offered as a managed voice service and is the result of a collaborative effort among Optimum Lightpath, NEC Unified Solutions, (News - Alert) and Cisco.
The El Dorado Golf and Beach Club of San Jose del Cabo, Mexico has selected ERF Wireless (News - Alert) to provide a complete Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) voice, video, and data system for the entire development including the operations of the private club, as well as all of the multi-million dollar homes in this exclusive gated community. ERF Wireless is also in the process of finalizing additional contracts for follow-on maintenance and operational support phases.
GrandCentral has launched GrandCentral Mobile, the mobile version of the company's One Number for Life service. Available at, the application enables users to access their GrandCentral account and all the service's core features from any mobile device that has a web browser. Within the GC Mobile interface, users can play and manage all voicemails, view contacts, change main, set temporary settings and place calls displaying your GrandCentral number.
Internet service providers are thinking in terms of messaging abuse, as their subscribers are dealing with it daily and many have lost patience with filtering it out themselves. Earthlink (News - Alert) has responded to the complaints of its customers by selecting Cloudmark Authority to help fight messaging abuse.
VoIP business solutions provider XO has announced that XOptions Flex, its VoIP services bundle, now supports more than 10,000 business customers in more than 55 major metropolitan markets across the United States. Launched two years ago, XOptions Flex is an integrated IP services solution offering all the benefits of IP with enhanced features, functionality and value for voice, Internet access, and Web hosting services in a single package.
NextAlarm has announced it is adding video monitoring services to its VoIPbased alarm monitoring services for homes and small businesses, a service is has labeled NEXTVIEW. NEXTVIEW works with existing alarm systems and is easy to set up, view, and manage through the customer portal interface at (News - Alert). Each camera can be associated with one or more zones (i.e., front door, back door view, kitchen window, etc.).


Wireless News:
Motorola, the world's second largest mobile phone supplier, and largest in the U.S., faces stiff competition as Apple (News - Alert) launches its long-awaited iPhone. In a statement, Motorola chairman and CEO Ed Zander said the company is slated to launch some new 3G enabled mobile devices, including a high-end mobile phone Zander believes can compete effectively a against the iPhone (News - Alert). "This [device] has unbelievable video capability. It's a media monster," Zander said.
In a bid to become the leading Internet video network for users to view, upload, and share Internet video, Tubearoo is set to launch Mobile Video for cell phones. The company will make its Mobile Video service available to customers of several major cellular carriers, which will allow subscribers to receive video clips to cell phones and other cellular devices via text messaging service.
WiFi company Xirrus (News - Alert) has announced that its line of wireless arrays has been WiFi certified for interoperability and WiFi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) with extended Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) types. The authentication addresses interoperability across the IEEE (News - Alert) 802.11a/b/g standards and wireless security for WPA and WPA2.
HP has launched HP OpenCall Mobile Video Solutions, a new mobile software solutions set developed to make interactions with family, friends, and social communities livelier by using personalized video messages . OpenCall allows users to send and receive video messages similar to ordinary voice messages, empowers video blogging, makes animated call response messages, and provides numerous video services.
Interactive Intelligence (News - Alert) has announced plans to extend its IP telephony functionality to mobile workers through the development of its new Interaction Client, Mobile Edition. A graphical interface that supports the Windows Mobile 5.0 and Smart Phone operating systems, Interaction Client, Mobile Edition will make Interactive Intelligence IP telephony functionality accessible via mobile devices such as the Microsoft (News - Alert) Windows-Powered Pocket PC and the Windows Mobile Smartphone.
Aruba Networks (News - Alert) has introduced Secure Enterprise Mesh technology - an enhancement to its secure wireless LAN infrastructure platform that addresses PCI-compliance without replacing legacy networking infrastructure or expanding the wiring plant. Aruba's solution, which can be overlaid on any legacy network, safeguards network breaches and provides retailers with client-to-core secure networking of point-of-sale devices, bar code readers, mobile computers, printers, telephones, PCs, and related devices in retail stores, warehouses, storage depots, and office buildings.
With the advent of BlackBerry (News - Alert) Mobile Voice System, Research In Motion, maker of BlackBerry devices, has started to integrate its devices with corporate PBXs. With the new integration capabilities, users of corporate BlackBerrys can transfer calls within the company, dial extensions directly, and gain other PBX (News - Alert) functions as if they are using their desktop telephones.
Technology Marketing Corporation ( TMC (News - Alert)) announced TMCnet Mobile, adding another dimension to providing industry information to professionals on the go. TMCnet Mobile has been created to display on a majority of mobile devices and additionally can be seen on any Web browser.
Headset manufacturer Plantronics (News - Alert) introduced its CS70N Professional Wireless Headset System, which represents a third-generation product for the company. This headset is designed to bring together audio performance, style, and comfort for office professionals seeking hands-free mobility to be more efficient at work.
Cedar Point Communications, provider of integrated VoIP switching technologies for service provider and enterprise telecommunications, has joined the WiMAX (News - Alert) Forum in an effort to speed the pace of wireless extensions for its SAFARI C3 Multimedia Switching System. With demonstrated WiMAX interoperability, Cedar Point's existing customers will be able to readily and cost effectively offer voice services to new markets or geographies that were previously unreachable.


Other industry News:
VoSKY Technologies, developer of the VoSKY Exchange PBX-to- Skype (News - Alert) gateway, is clearly looking to leverage its recent blessing from Skype as quickly as possible. In fact, having announced a co-branding effort with Skype (news - alert) in the UK only a week ago, Actiontec Electronics (News - Alert) , VoSKY's parent company, has secured an agreement with North American distributor Jenne Distributors.
Under a new agreement, Nortel (News - Alert) will resell Polycom's immersive telepresence solution as part of Nortel's Multimedia Services portfolio. From Nortel's perspective, its video conferencing services, featuring Polycom's (News - Alert) solution, will drive a new level of efficiency and productivity in its enterprise customers. For Polycom, this is a new channel for bringing its immersive telepresence experience to market.
Fonality (News - Alert) has partnered with PC Mall for distribution of Folnality's business phone system, PBXtra. Small and medium-sized business (SMB) customers can now have one-stop-shopping for desktops, notebooks, servers, data switches, security, storage, and phone system products.
Mitel (News - Alert) announced the upcoming, global rollout of its new Mitel PARTNERprogram, which represents a global channel model transformation. The new channel program is designed to help Mitel partners build mutually successful business opportunities in the fast-growing IP communications market.
To enhance opportunities between Asia and North America, Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) and NEC Corporation have been contracted to jointly deploy the new Asia America Gateway (AAG), which will be the first Terabit (one trillion bits) submarine cable network between Southeast Asia and the United States. The contract for a network that will span a distance nearly half the circumference of the earth is valued at approximately $500 million.
To provide an even greater resource for its customers — and, ultimately, its end users — AudioCodes (News - Alert) has now announced the latest release, version 5.0, of its software. The new software release is being shipped in AudioCodes' MediaPack, TrunkPack, Mediant gateways, and IPmedia media resource boards and server platforms.
Octasic (News - Alert) has released SoftEcho for Mobile Phones, which can significantly enhance call quality for mobile manufacturers and soft phones running the Windows Mobile operating system, particularly in hands-free mode. Octasic claims its algorithm results in seamless transition from handset to speaker mode with no tweaking required.
Virtual call center solutions provider Sentillion vBusiness announced that its vThere packaged desktop virtualization solution was awarded RSA Secured certification with RSA SecurID, and that the company has joined the RSA Secured Partner Program. The certification indicates that vThere is interoperable with top industry two-factor authentication technology from RSA.
Five9 has announced that its Five9 Virtual Call Center solutions are now fully compatible with Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system. The new Five9 capabilities will easily turn a Vistabased computer into a cost-effective call center communication platform that does not require installing additional phone equipment. Five9 customers need only to possess a Windows-based PC, Internet connection and a headset to take advantage of the featurerich on-demand call center solution.
Innovations in contact center solutions are a necessity in the industry to keep abreast of the latest technologies so centers can maintain a competitive advantage. Contact centers consistently rely on vendors to produce applications that promote their business processes, enabling them to focus on the business of serving customers. To meet the growing demand for innovative contact center solutions, ResponseTek Networks has enhanced its contact center solution.
IVR Technologies, a company that specializes in RADIUS Billing replacement and SIP server solutions, announced a partnership with next-generation network equipment manufacturer NexTone. The two companies teamed up to offer service provider Infocom Technologies an enhanced networking solution. The combination of IVR Technologies' Talking SIP application (a fully integrated application, media and real-time billing SIP server) and NexTone's SBCs will help Infocom offer its subscriber base a wide range of enhanced services.

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