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News Archive - April 2004

Nokia loses its grip on handset market share
April 30, 2004
While mobile phone sales in Q1 2004 rose more than 40% over the same quarter last year, Nokia's share of that market dropped from 35% in Q1 2003 to 29% on Q1 2004.
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BBC Open Source Video Codec, Dirac
April 30, 2004
'Dirac is a general-purpose video codec aimed at resolutions from QCIF (180x144) to HDTV (1920x1080) progressive or interlaced...' — From the BBC, of all places.
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AT&T proposes end to Bell dependence
April 29, 2004
AT&T proposed a plan on Thursday to end its reliance on part of the local phone network owned by the Baby Bells.
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Senate restores ban on Net access taxes
April 29, 2004
However, the ban does not effect taxation of VOIP, which allows consumers to make telephone calls using the Internet’s backbone.
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Nortel Appoints New CEO, Further Delays Financial Results
April 29, 2004
Nortel Networks stock has plunged more than 50% in the past three months. Accounting concerns are turning into rumors of accounting scandals.
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VoIP: To tax or not to tax
April 29, 2004
It seems that Florida is looking very serious into taxing, not only VoIP communication, but perhaps any kind of IP-based communication.
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iBasis Reports Record Revenue
April 28, 2004
iBasis, one of the major US service providers transporting more than six billion minutes of telephone calls via H.323, reports record revenues and traffic volume
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Cisco, Ericsson form partnership to sell gear
April 28, 2004
Cisco and Ericsson Wednesday said they have agreed to jointly sell equipment to global telephone companies in a move to speed the shift to Internet-based networks.
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MERA Introduces a New Release of Its MVTS
April 28, 2004
MERA's new MVTS release enables Web-based monitoring of the key operation parameters of the session controller and enhances interoperability between a diversity of VoIP equipment in carriers' networks.
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Nortel fires CEO, other top execs
April 28, 2004
Nortel Networks has shaken up its top management, firing its chief executive officer and two other top executives as a result of an internal review of the company's accounting practices.
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Sonus Provides Financial Update
April 27, 2004
The financially-troubled telecom equipment maker is at risk of being delisted from NASDAQ.
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North Americans Plan ENUM Directory
April 27, 2004
Moves are being made in the U.S. to create an organization that will be in overall charge of a directory that will link phone numbers to URLs, and thus IP addresses.
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Sprint has block to halt scam in place
April 27, 2004
Sprint has put in place a system to block calls by suspicious users of its Internet-relay service for the hearing- and speech-impaired.
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ENUM Registry Launches
April 26, 2004
Voice Peering Fabric has launched an ENUM service. They speak as though they have never heard of NetNumber.
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Alcatel teams up with Chinese manufacturer
April 26, 2004
Alcatel announced a joint venture with TCL under which the Chinese electronics maker will take over its cell phone making business.
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Qwest drops access fees for Internet phone calls
April 26, 2004
Qwest Communications International Inc. said it would no longer levy connection fees on calls made to customers on its network from Internet phone services.
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Oh, Yeah, He Also Sells Computers
April 26, 2004
Apple has quietly added support for 3GPP and 3GPP2 to their QuickTime software for sending and receiving multimedia over digital cellular networks. Are they getting into the VoIP market with a line of digital mobile phones? Jobs isn't saying.
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Navini to sell Net2Phone's VoIP service
April 26, 2004
The deal is an example of the growing push by wireless broadband service providers and their equipment suppliers to adopt VoIP technology.
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AT&T profit plunges
April 22, 2004
AT&T's first-quarter earnings plunged 47 percent as sales and prices eroded because of stiff competition.
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Net2Phone touts wireless Net telephony
April 22, 2004
Net2Phone announced a new set of products designed to let service providers offer customers the ability to make phone calls using a wireless connection to the Internet.
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Uniden Delivers Affordable VoIP Solution With New IP Phone
April 22, 2004
Uniden introduces its first IP phone that uses SIP, this following two other models that implement H.323.
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GlowPoint and Polycom Join Together to Provide
April 22, 2004
GlowPoint network and Polycom communication systems will be used during the live cable television broadcast of the 2004 NFL draft, April 24th-25th.
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Curiosity fuels anger at mobile chat
April 21, 2004
What other people are saying triggers language use and subconsciously you want to answer back.
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GlowPoint and TANDBERG Announce Strategic Alliance
April 21, 2004
Tandberg and Glowpoint announced a strategic alliance focused on delivering and expanding the use of IP video communications.
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Feds ding AT&T over Internet calls
April 21, 2004
The FCC says the leading U.S. carrier must pay traditional charges to local landline companies to complete VoIP calls—a ruling that could cost AT&T dear.
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Linksys finds its voice
April 21, 2004
If Victor Tsao has his way, your next broadband router could bear an uncanny resemblance to your living room telephone.
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VCON and Econium Partner to Deliver Customized Conferencing Solutions Built Around Microsoft Platform Tools
April 21, 2004
VCON and Econium to provide custom solutions for businesses interested in integrating their existing applications with Microsoft's conferencing and collaboration tools and advanced videoconferencing applications.
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Tekelec's Taqua Group Lands 100th Switching Customer
April 20, 2004
Tekelec's switching division reached the 100th customer milestone.
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Alcatel Wins Slovak Telecom VoIP Deal
April 20, 2004
Alcatel announced that Slovak Telecom has selected its VoIP solution in a deal worth €25 million.
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VoIP Providers Lobby FCC
April 20, 2004
A group of leading VoIP Companies have agreed to support suggested language proposed to the FCC by PointOne.
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MCI Starts a New Chapter
April 20, 2004
MCI emerges from bankruptcy today with US$6 billion in debt and US$5 billion in debt.
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Mindspeed Gains in Q2
April 19, 2004
Mindspeed reported increased revenues of 15% over the previous quarter.
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ZTE Doubles International Revenues
April 19, 2004
China's ZTE Corp. today announced financial figures for 2003 that indicate it's growing just as fast as its main rival, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.
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AT&T expands its Net phone service
April 19, 2004
AT&T announced the first significant expansion of its Internet phone service, CallVantage, in New York and California.
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Lucent Technologies for 'Killer Patent' on Voice Over IP
April 19, 2004
MIT selected Lucent's patent for improving the quality of service for network traffic such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) as one of its 'Five Killer Patents'.
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SIP: An Emerging Technology?
April 19, 2004
Now that SIP is at the ripe ol' age of 8 years old, can it still be called an emerging technology?
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Calls of the Wild
April 18, 2004
VoIP phoning is the game to watch. It's a true disruptive technology that will bring stiff price competition even to wireless and the local Bells.
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VoIP Boost Spurs T&M
April 16, 2004
The test equipment market for voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) presents one of the best opportunities for communication test vendors in recent years.
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Pennsylvania holds off on Net phone rules
April 16, 2004
...the commissioners concluded they didn't know enough about VoIP technology to create a policy.
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Phone shutterbugs have problem sharing
April 16, 2004
Interoperability problems are constricting photo sharing among tens of millions of camera phone owners worldwide.
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Pushing to wiretap 'push to talk'
April 15, 2004
U.S. cell phone service providers are willing to wiretap "push to talk" phone calls, but only one has the technological capability to do so. Besides push-to-talk, voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), cell phone picture mail and video messaging also have caught the attention of law enforcement.
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Out of Africa
April 15, 2004
International Scam Artists Steal Big Money Through a New Telephone Service for the Deaf—and AT&T and the State of Maryland Benefit
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Dial-that-tune comes to U.S.
April 15, 2004
Can't recognize the song? AT&T Wireless gives phones music recognition power. Just dial a few digits and hold the cell phone close to the speaker. — Finally, something useful to do with a cell phone.
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Voice Over IP On Wireless Mesh
April 14, 2004
With the addition of VoIP support, these mesh networks can now compete with the telcos on voice as well as data services.
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Verizon readies national broadband network
April 14, 2004
Verizon Communications reported Wednesday that it has finished building out its national broadband network, and it plans to begin offering new data and voice services over the system later this month. — This includes VoIP.
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Cable Cadre Talks VOIP
April 13, 2004
U.S. cable companies are considering forming a consortium to jointly offer voice-over-IP services, a potential blow to phone companies and independent VOIP providers.
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Taking the Phone Number Out of the Phone
April 13, 2004
Author failed to mention that H.323 can do the same and more and that H.323 currently has the lion share of the VoIP market. Marketing hype alert.
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Vonage Operating In Canada
April 12, 2004
Vonage, a U.S.-based provider of broadband Internet phone service, said Monday it has started operating in Canada.
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Intel Delivers New Mobile Processors
April 12, 2004
More horsepower, lower power consumption. Perfect for mobile videoconferencing and other CPU-intensive applications.
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Nortel May Be Paying a Parts Premium
April 10, 2004
It appears that Nortel may have locked itself into a fixed pricing arrangement, paying more than it probably should for optical components.
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VoIP developments worth talking about
April 9, 2004
If you’re planning a VoIP project right now, you owe it to yourself to step back for a little bit and take another look at the landscape.
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Nortel offers apps to improve reliability of VoIP systems
April 9, 2004
Software would ensure voice connections when there's an Internet failure.
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Ensuring Quality of Service on VoIP Networks
April 9, 2004
It may be flexible, and it certainly is less expensive than conventional telephony, but VoIP technology still has some issues, such as erratic quality of service.
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Overseas crooks abuse phone service for deaf
April 9, 2004
Overseas scam artists have hijacked a telephone relay system for deaf people and turned phone operators in Tucson and nationwide into full-time facilitators of fraud.
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Commentary: Heads up VoIP—regulation incoming
April 9, 2004
Although the Federal Communication Commission has indicated that it favors applying a light hand on regulation of voice over Internet Protocol, it's clear that VoIP will not completely escape either regulation or taxation.
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Session Controller Startups Squabble
April 9, 2004
Equipment startup Kagoor Networks has accused one of its fiercest session controller rivals, Netrake Corp., of releasing misleading information during the recent high-profile VON tradeshow.
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Seeing what you hear
April 8, 2004
A cheap, easy videoconference new firm's aim.
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Cut-Rate Calling, by Way of the Net
April 8, 2004
Lengthy but real basic article about VoIP: "This development is annoyingly called voice-over-Internet protocol, or VoIP, ..."
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California becomes VoIP regulatory battleground
April 8, 2004
Small Net phone service providers gain help from some important supporters as they continue battling regulators in California.
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Canada leans toward regulating VoIP
April 7, 2004
Canadian utility regulators on Wednesday said their existing telephone rules apply to most Internet phone calls.
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FCC urged to keep VoIP regulation-free
April 7, 2004
Dozens of conservative and lower-tax advocacy groups on Wednesday urged the Federal Communications Commission to protect Internet telephone services from crushing regulations.
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Broadband makes inroads into U.S. households
April 7, 2004
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, online games and home networking are some of the major drivers of broadband growth, the study says.
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Don't Believe the Skype
April 7, 2004
Keep a watch on Skype, though — like other VoIP offerings, it's a great product with a tremendous value for users. Just don't expect it to displace traditional services anytime soon.
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Nokia Warning Sends Shares Tumbling
April 6, 2004
Nokia shares fell almost 19 percent Tuesday as the mobile-phone giant said overdependence on low-end products would cause it to miss its first-quarter revenue forecasts.
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Start-up Skype takes Net telephony to PDAs
April 6, 2004
The company releases a test version of PocketSkype, aiming to extend peer-to-peer VoIP calls to new devices.
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Lucent cans four executives in China
April 6, 2004
Lucent Technologies has dismissed four executives from its China operations for allegedly violating a U.S. law that bars company officials from making payments to foreign officials in exchange for business.
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H.264 to Displace MPEG in Video Compression
April 6, 2004
The H.264 high-efficiency coding standard for video achieves a data compression ratio two to three times higher than that of MPEG-2, and twice that of MPEG-4.
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Telecom headed for bankruptcy reruns?
April 5, 2004
The telecommunications industry has made substantial progress in putting a disastrous string of bankruptcies behind it, but analysts are warning of further trouble ahead.
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Net phone provider calls on Singapore
April 5, 2004
The deal would allow a user with SIPphone gear to place and receive VoIP calls over any public phone system, as well as to and from mobile phones worldwide, not just with other parties connected to the Internet.
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Cox closes wiretap hole for VoIP
April 5, 2004
Police can now wiretap Internet phone calls on Cox Communications' network, kicking off a new era for law enforcement.
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VoIP's broadband bottleneck
April 5, 2004
Broadband Net-phoning services pushing aggressive expansion plans are discovering a harsh reality: Some residential Internet service providers in the United States currently can't guarantee the bandwidth required to handle calls effectively.
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Japanese researchers dream of mobile phones that use senses
April 3, 2004
Speaking without using vocal cords, knowing which direction a telephone call comes from, or even communicating with the five senses are some of the dreams of Japanese researchers for the mobile phones of the future.
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VoIP Healthcare Takes Hold
April 2, 2004
Agilent Technologies Inc. released VoIP monitoring tools that aim for preventive maintenance, trying to catch performance problems before they affect end users.
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Avaya increases Indian investment
April 2, 2004
Avaya said it now owns a majority of a New Delhi-based call center equipment supplier, in a deal company spokesman Scott Horn said will not trigger overseas shipment of U.S. jobs.
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LitFiber Prepares to Launch P2P VoIP
April 2, 2004
iTALK2u's server platform, combined with the power of P2P, will allow one server with a 128k connection to serve approximately 30,000 simultaneous voice-calling members, with virtually no limit on the number of servers that can be linked together. ... with features such as H.323 compliancy, PC to PC calling, IM, file transfer and a new search tool to better assist users in finding other iTALK2u members.
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BroadVoice offers the first WiSIP VoIP Phone
April 2, 2004
This next generation intelligent IP Communications device adds SIP based VoIP communications over a WiFi network.
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Feds tell states 'VoIP is ours'
April 2, 2004
Sen. John Sununu announced on Friday long-awaited Internet phone legislation that would effectively eliminate state and local authorities' ability to tax and regulate broadband phone calls.
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AT&T Out, Verizon In Dow
April 1, 2004
Dow Jones Company has decided to replace AT&T with Verizon in its calculations of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA). It represents the fact that the telecommunications landscape in the United States has definitely changed.
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