Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Marconi Enhances SoftSwitch with Teligent Voicemail

Marconi announced a partnership with Sweden-based Teligent will develop SIP-enabled applications for the Marconi SoftSwitch. The Teligent Messaging Service (TMS) will provide SoftSwitch subscribers with voicemail, IP-based Intelligent Voice Recognition (IVR) and advanced voice processing applications, such as text-to-speech and speech recognition. The joint solution will allow users to download or stream voice, fax, text (SMS and email) as well as video and multimedia (MMS) messages to devices such as IP phones, PCs and video-enabled IP phones. The TMS will also provide the SoftSwitch with features that will allow users to retrieve their voicemails from websites or PC programs and access their email via text-to-speech over the phone. In addition, the combined SoftSwitch and TMS will provide users with a Graphical User Interface (GUI) client to give a single, converged view of all message types.

The agreement is based on the Teligent P90/E application platform, which is already in-service by many leading carriers, including BT, AT&T Wireless, Cingular, MCI, T-Mobile USA Telefónica, Telia, Tele2 and members of the Vodafone group. http://www.marconi.comhttp://www.teligent.se

New HomePlug AV Spec Promises 200 Mbps Powerline Networking

A new HomePlug AV specification, which is designed for sharing HDTV, Digital Audio, and Internet access around a home, is nearing completion. The HomePlug Powerline Alliance said laboratory tests and early field trials have shown that the preliminary specification enables the transfer of high-definition video and digital audio by simply connecting a device to an electrical outlet. The preliminary specification now being released to the alliance's Specification Working Group (SWG) for further input. Key features include:

  • 200-Mbps capacity

  • an advanced physical layer that offers near-capacity throughput performance

  • a high-efficiency MAC layer that incorporates both scheduled access (TDMA) with Quality of Service (QoS) guarantees, and contention access (CSMA).

  • advanced network management functions and facilities capable of supporting plug-and-play, user and service provider set-up and configuration

  • Broadband over Powerline (BPL) co-existence, multi-network operation, hidden node service, and backward compatibility with HomePlug 1.0

HomePlug alliance Board member companies include Arkados, a subsidiary of CDKNet.com, Cogency Semiconductor, Comcast, Conexant, DS2, Earthlink, Intellon, Panasonic, RadioShack (RSH), and Sharp. http://www.homeplug.org

KDDI Selects Motorola for CDMA2000 1X on 2GHz Net

KDDI has begun deployment of Motorola CDMA2000 1X solution on a 2GHz network -- a first, according to the companies. The new packet-based 2GHz network will allow KDDI to leverage additional bandwidth while offering the opportunity to provide more advanced IP-based feature enhancements. KDDI is expected to commercially roll out new data and voice services based on the 3G network in late October . Financial terms were not disclosed. http://www.motorola.com

Pactolus Cites Momentum for its SIPware

Webex Communications has deployed Pactolus SIPware Conference Calling in its network to provide multimedia capabilities that include high quality IP voice conferencing services.

Separately, Pactolus announced that the total worldwide deployment of its SIPware services suite has reached 12 billion minutes of annual network capacity in service provider networks including several Tier 1 and Tier 2 carriers. These service deployments cover a broad range of revenue generating services including prepaid calling card, post paid calling card, audio conference calling, and IP telephony for broadband networks (primary line VoIP).http//www.pactolus.com

BellSouth Signs Wholesale Local Service Deal with Granite Telecom

BellSouth signed a long-term commercial agreement for providing wholesale local phone services across its nine-state region to Granite Telecommunications. Granite serves more than 200,000 local lines in 49 states.

BellSouth said it has now reached 22 commercial agreements with its wholesale customers. http://www.bellsouth.comhttp://www.Granitenet.com

ntl Selects SeaChange for VOD

ntl, the largest cable operator in the UK, has chosen SeaChange for its video on-demand platform. Initial launch of ntl's on-demand service is slated for the first quarter of 2005.

The SeaChange system supports third-party software and network components, including ntl's digital set top boxes from Pace and Samsung. SeaChange's strategic on-demand partner, London-based programming and content provider On Demand Group (ODG), is also collaborating with ntl on this project.hhtp://www.schange.comhttp://www.ntl.com

Redback Partners with Orca on IPTV

Redback Networks and Orca Interactive announced a partnership for enabling personalized, high quality broadcast television or video on demand services over broadband networks by integrating Redback's NetOp Policy Manager and Orca Interactive's RiGHTv middleware software. The companies said their solution can enable Quality of Service (QoS) and provisioning of service guarantees on a per subscriber basis according to content requirements, network capabilities and subscriber preference. http://www.redback.comhttp://www.orcainteractive.com

Nortel Ships Wireless Mesh Network

Nortel Networks began shipping a wireless mesh network solution designed to go beyond traditional Wi-Fi hot spots to provide secure wireless coverage indoors and outdoors throughout an urban area or large campus. The 802.11b Wireless Mesh Network connects access points installed inside or outside, and enables seamless roaming between access points. It incorporates 'auto discovery' and 'self healing' capabilities to simplify deployment and reduce service outages by automatically reconfiguring the network as access points are added or removed.

The mesh capabilities are available on the Nortel Networks Wireless Access Point 7220 and Wireless Gateway 7250. http://www.nortelnetworks.com
  • In August 2004, Nortel Networks will resell PacketHop's secure mobile mesh solution as a homeland security communications solution for law enforcement and public safety agencies. The PacketHop system consists of client software that is loaded onto IP radio-equipped devices along with real-time multimedia applications specifically designed for server-less operations. Nortel Networks' Wireless Mesh Network portfolio consists of its Wireless Access Point 7220, Wireless Gateway 7250 and Optivity Network Management system. Joint solutions from PacketHop and Nortel Networks are targeted for availability in Q4 2004. PacketHop is a start-up based in Belmont, California.

Broadcom Launches 0.13-Micron GigE Octal Transceiver

Broadcom announced a 0.13-micron octal transceiver optimized for high-port density Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switches, routers and server blades. Broadcom already offered quad and single port 0.13-micron Gigabit Ethernet PHY chips. The higher-density octal design enables lower cost 48-port or greater Gigabit Ethernet switches.

The new third generation 0.13-micron Gigabit Ethernet physical layer (PHY) device is capable of operating with less than 600-milliwatts per port, resulting in a 25% power reduction over existing Broadcom Gigabit Ethernet PHYs. The device incorporates a DSP transceiver engine to enable operation at Gigabit speeds over marginal cable plants. Broadcom said the device exceeds IEEE specifications for noise cancellation and transmission jitter. It also includes Broadcom's cable diagnostic capability. The device is priced at under $40 in quantities of 10,000 units. http://www.broadcom.com

T-Systems to Resell Internap Services

T-Systems, a division of Deutsche Telekom, will resell Internap's high-performance Internet services through its U.S. sales channels. The relationship will target major vertical markets and will be based in Internap's Midwest office, located in Chicago. Internap offers both premise-based route optimization and network-based route optimization, promising its bandwidth customers 100% uptime, less than 45 millisecond latency and less than 0.3 percent packet loss. http://www.t-systems.comhttp://www.internap.com

Brix Networks and SupportSoft Partner on VoIP Service Delivery

SupportSoft and Brix Networks announced an alliance to integrate the companies' software to streamline VoIP customer service delivery. The companies said their joint solution could be used by service providers to automate, verify, and test call quality to ensure successful VoIP installation, and provide proactive notification of any degradation in service levels for immediate resolution. The Brix software measures VoIP threshold qualities for issues such as jitter, latency, and packet loss. This information can be dynamically evaluated by SupportSoft software for both the network and the customer premises equipment (CPE) to help speed problem diagnosis and automated resolution. This helps resolve latent issues at the time of installation, or more accurately pinpoint problems during future service calls. http://www.brixnet.comhttp://www.supportsoft.com

SpectraLink Supplies Wi-Fi Telephones to Marriott Hotel

SpectraLink has supplied 50 of its NetLink i640 Wireless Telephones to a new seven-floor Marriott hotel for use by employees. The wireless handsets utilize Cisco Aironet wireless LAN access points allowing seamless mobile communications over a converged wireless network. The NetLink i640 Wireless Telephones, which integrate with the hotel's Nortel Meridian 1 PBX, also feature push-to-talk capabilities for instant group calling, eliminating the need to deploy walkie-talkies in the facility. Financial terms were not disclosed. http://www.spectralink.com

ALLTEL Deploys Nortel Networks for Circuit-to-Packet Migration

ALLTEL is currently deploying Nortel Networks Succession Communication Server (CS) 2000, Passport Packet Voice Gateway (PVG) and Succession Media Gateway 9000 for a circuit-to-packet network migration in select locations across North Carolina and Georgia. Financial terms is not disclosed.

Over the past year, Nortel Networks has announced wins with major carriers including Verizon, BellSouth, Bell Canada and Charter Communications in North America; Chungwha Telecom and Dacom in Asia Pacific; Cable & Wireless and Telefonica in the Caribbean and Latin America; and THUS in Europe. http://www.nortelnetworks.com

net.com Sees Rise in Quarterly Revenue, Microsoft Deploys ShoutIP

Network Equipment Technologies (net.com) reported quarterly revenue of $31.6 million, compared to $29.1 million for the preceding quarter, an increase of 8.6 percent, and $31.9 million for the same period last year, a decrease of 1.1 percent. Product revenue was $27.5 million, compared to $24.4 million for the preceding period. New products -- SCREAM broadband services platform, SHOUTIP for IP telephony services, and netMS for integrated network management -- represented more than 18% of product revenue, and nearly 16% of overall revenue.

The company reported net income of $1.4 million, or $0.06 per share for quarter, compared to a net loss of $829,000, or $0.03 per share, for the preceding quarter, and net income of $400,000, or $0.02 per share, for the second quarter of last year.

Microsoft Corporation selected net.com's ShoutIP platform as the gateway component in its global VoIP network. Microsoft selected SHOUT2500 for its Redmond headquarters and larger offices and SHOUT900 for its smaller offices. ShoutIP will provide the gateway components that will help to migrate the company's voice traffic from a wide variety of PBX platforms to a global VoIP network as part of the company's IP-PBX strategy, providing linking, cross connection, and voice switching across a worldwide network infrastructure. http://www.net.com