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News Archive - June 2004

ZTE Provides Video Conferencing
June 30, 2004
ZTE is to provide a videoconferencing system across the whole of Saudi Arabia in a contract with JCCS (Jeraisy Computer and Communication Services).
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SEC Steps Up Sonus Probe
June 30, 2004
Sonus announced that the SEC has launched a formal investigation into the company's financial statements.
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Vonage beats back New York ruling
June 30, 2004
A judge rules that net phone provider isn't a telco after all, despite what New York regulators think.
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Webcam lets users eyeball others
June 30, 2004
Instant messaging could get a lot more interesting if webcam technology from Microsoft gets the go-ahead.
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EFF Publishes Patent Hit List
June 30, 2004
The Electronic Frontier Foundation decides to challenge 10 of what the group considers to be the most dubious and abused technology patents. — ...and Acceris Communication's VoIP patent is deemed to be the third most important to the EFF.
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Nortel to Sell Manufacturing Operations
June 29, 2004
Nortel is selling its remaining manufacturing operations in a move that could raise about $500 million and create long-term savings for the company. — Now we know where they will get the money for those dividends.
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Nortel Declares Dividend
June 28, 2004
Dividend? Do they have their accounting squared away? How do they know how to calculate the proper dividend? Sounds odd...
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Session Controllers Storm Chicago
June 25, 2004
Reported in this story, Session Border Controllers were a hot topic at this year's Supercomm.
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Carriers in North America Select MERA
June 25, 2004
Maximus Telecom has deployed MERA's MVTS session controller for enhanced voice services in Quebec.
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VOIP Security Poses a Problem
June 24, 2004
Security experts are concerned that VoIP will introduce new security concerns for the enterprise.
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Photo Flap Spooks Supercomm Vendors
June 24, 2004
In this story, Huawei is demonstrating (yet again) that it wants to work its way to the top with no honor at all (and apparently no shame, either).
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Telecom gear suppliers bank on spending boom
June 24, 2004
Spending on next-generation telecommunications gear is expected to rise over the next year, as carriers announce big projects to increase speed on landline and wireless networks.
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Mobile carriers at odds after spam spat
June 24, 2004
Italy's top mobile phone group, TIM, is enraging customers by blocking text messages sent from Vodafone phones after a spat about "fake messages."
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VONAGE Releases Xten's X-PRO SoftPhone for Mac OS X
June 24, 2004
Vonage and Xten have completed interoperability testing of an OEM version of Xten's X-PRO SIP SoftPhone for Mac-based Vonage subscribers.
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Sonus Solutions Chosen by Qwest
June 23, 2004
Qwest continues business relations with its troubled equipment partner, Sonus.
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AT&T drops markets in seven states
June 23, 2004
AT&T said Wednesday that it will stop signing up new residential customers for local and long-distance service in seven states, following recent court rulings on competition rules.
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Time Warner mulls cell phone business
June 23, 2004
Time Warner is considering entering the cell phone business, a senior executive said.
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Nextel pushes into Mexico
June 23, 2004
Wireless carrier Nextel Communications made its flagship "push to talk" feature available in Mexico.
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SIP pundit fires broadside at Skype
June 23, 2004
The chair of the IETF SIP Working Group took issue with some of the things that Niklas Zennstrom of Skype and Kazaa fame said at VON.
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Broadsoft and NexTone to Partner on Service Provider
June 22, 2004
NexTone announced a partnership with BroadSoft to extend the service reach of advanced VoIP applications by delivering, among other things, H.323/SIP interworking solutions.
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Lucent to Buy Broadsoft?
June 22, 2004
After firing so many of their talented engineers and falling way behind in the telecom industry, it is, after all, about their only chance in hell...
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Powell: VOIP Regs 'Grave Mistake'
June 22, 2004
The states that are quickly trying to regulate VOIP services are making a "grave mistake," said Michael Powell, Chairman of the FCC, in his keynote speech here at Supercomm.
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SBC Deploys Fiber to Advance Integrated Voice, Video, Data
June 22, 2004
SBC announced key advances in developing a network capable of delivering a new generation of integrated digital TV, super-high-speed broadband and voice over IP services to residential and small business customers.
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Yahoo beefs up Net phone features
June 22, 2004
The maker of one of the world's most popular consumer instant-messaging applications is spicing up the software's telephone capabilities, adding "click to call" and "find you/follow me."
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Acterna Introduces First-of-Kind VoIP Test Solution
June 21, 2004
Aterna announced the Acterna VoIP Solution, the industry's only integrated VoIP test and management solution for service providers and cable operators.
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North Americans confused about VoIP
June 21, 2004
According to Ipsos-Insight, VoIP providers have got plenty of work to do before people are up-to-speed with the technology. And until Net users get VoIP, the fledgling Internet telephony industry is going to struggle to turn it into a mass-market product.
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Cisco, Avaya respond to our Tester's Challenge on VoIP security tools
June 21, 2004
In their formal responses printed here, Avaya and Cisco agreed that VoIP vendors need to simplify the state of securing VoIP networks but were quick to defend measures they've already taken in these directions. What neither company offered, though, were detailed plans for improving the overall state of VoIP security.
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Siemens to Resell Kagoor Session Controllers
June 21, 2004
Kagoor Networks announced that it has signed a reseller agreement with Siemens Information and Communication Networks, wherein Siemens ICN will incorporate Kagoor's VoiceFlow as part of Siemens' Next Generation Product portfolio.
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Phone fray attracts cable industry
June 21, 2004
Cable operators will be a strong player in providing residential and business voice services.
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Customers clamor for Net telephony extras
June 21, 2004
Makers of Net phone equipment that cater to businesses face an important challenge: creating new things for the phones to do.
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RADVISION Debuts AdvancedTCA Video Media Server for Carrier Networks
June 21, 2004
RADVISION's advanced video communications platform has been ported to the Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (AdvancedTCA) and is powering a number of live video services.
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Popular Telephony Announces Product Integration Agreement with ATEMIS SA
June 20, 2004
Atemis SA will integrate Popular Telephony's Peerio serverless technology to offer peer-to-peer telephony to its CRM application customers.
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Telecom Industry Releases VoIP and Network Security Work Plans
June 18, 2004
Industry carriers, manufacturers edorse ATIS asessment, rquirements and tmelines for idustry-wide sandards program supporting carrier class VoIP and NGN network security.
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Verizon 'very close' to 911 glitch fix
June 18, 2004
Verizon Wireless is "very close" to fixing a problem that has garbled some cellular calls made to 911.
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Wireless Key to Nortel's Allure
June 18, 2004
Suggestions of a partnership between Cisco and Nortel caused Nortel's stock to jump more than 7%.
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Telcordia's Softswitch Timebomb
June 18, 2004
Telcordia is now claiming to have a patent with 18 claims that cover softswitch architecture. Oh, what fun.
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New XpressPath Media Routing for VoIP Session Border Control
June 17, 2004
Kagoor Networks announced XpressPath for its VoiceFlow series. XpressPath enables direct media flow between endpoints residing in a customer LAN behind a local data firewall/NAT device and gateways residing in the wide area network (WAN).
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Proxim, Intel to develop WiMax reference kit
June 17, 2004
Intel and wireless equipment maker Proxim said they would collaborate on the development of WiMax kit for both ends of the broadband wireless link.
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Senate Tangles Over VOIP Rules
June 17, 2004
Senators grapple over how to free Internet-based telephone calls from regulations while simultaneously protecting rural phone service, 911 funding and antiterrorist wiretaps.
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China & France Telecoms Get Chummy
June 17, 2004
China Telecommunications Corporation and France Telecom recently agreed to enter into a long-term Strategic Partnership that envisages cooperation in a broad range of business areas.
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Test Vendors Target VoIP, IPV6
June 16, 2004
There are certainly a number of companies with very maturing products for testing VoIP. We're well beyond basic call simulators now.
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Feds: VoIP a potential haven for terrorists
June 16, 2004
The DOJ lashed out at Internet telephony, saying technology could foster "drug trafficking, organized crime and terrorism." — And the same could not be said of what? Read Laura Parsky's testimony
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Broadcom to buy maker of 3G chip for phones
June 16, 2004
Broadcom said it has signed an agreement to acquire Zyray Wireless.
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Legacy PSTN Switches to be Decommissioned
June 16, 2004
With steadily increasing usage of VoIP, Global Crossing said that it has nearly completed decommissioning the first legacy TDM switch in its core network.
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A long, hot summer for VoIP?
June 16, 2004
Analyst Kevin Werbach explains how powerful interests are pushing for regulatory rules that will cripple the potential of VoIP technology.
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Europe Slips Toward SIP
June 15, 2004
Europe's carriers are committed to converged networks and SIP, so the article says. The article also details one account of how H.323 "just works better" than SIP.
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Teleglobe Tanks on Q1 Results
June 15, 2004
Teleglobe stock price dropped more than 10% in value as it recorded a first-quarter net profit of $2.48 million from revenues of $214.5 million.
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AT&T slashes Net-phoning prices
June 15, 2004
AT&T has trimmed the price of its CallVantage broadband phone service from $40 to $35 a month, further evidence of an unrelenting Net-phoning price war. — Plus, a robot calls all of the current subscrubers (like me) to tell them this. With the problems I've had with them, I bet they launched too early and are trying to keep customers from leaving.
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Senate to debate Net phone regulations
June 15, 2004
The U.S. Senate is scheduled to begin hearings on Internet telephone services, in what could be the first step toward banning state governments from regulating the fast-growing technology.
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Nokia launches clamshells, snubs video conferencing
June 14, 2004
"In the 1950s, when the video call was introduced by AT&T Bell Labs, it didn't get too much attention because seeing somebody else's face on the other end isn't such an exciting proposition. What's very important is to be able to describe what you see." — Interesting take on things, don't you think?
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Chief justice rejects telecom case
June 14, 2004
The U.S. Supreme Court won't stop local phone competition rules from sunsetting on Tuesday, ending the best chance AT&T, MCI and other long-distance phone companies had of keeping the rules alive.
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Broadcom to pay Microtune $22.5 million
June 14, 2004
Chipmaker Broadcom will pay $22.5 million to settle a patent dispute with rival Microtune.
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Vonage Plans Q4 Launch in UK
June 11, 2004
The title says it all. Go Vonage!
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VOIP Service Pulverized
June 11, 2004
Jeff Pulver complains that innovation might be dangerous? What's his problem?!?!
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MERA Offers NAT/Firewall Traversal Solution
June 11, 2004
MERA releases its MERA NAT Traversal system designed to ensure connectivity of carrier-grade equipment with customer endpoints located behind a corporate firewall or a NAT router.
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SBC told to unhook phone from broadband
June 11, 2004
SBC Communications must sell local phone and broadband services separately in California, state regulators have ruled.
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FCC chair to pen new phone-line rules
June 10, 2004
The FCC plans to draft new rules for leasing access to the local telephone carriers' networks after the Bush administration decided not to defend the old ones.
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U.S. broadband access leaped 42 percent in 2003
June 10, 2004
Real point to point videoconferencing with H.323 is inching closer with the growing deployment of broadband.
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BT Moves Ahead With Mega Project
June 9, 2004
BT is working on a project, called 21CN, wherein they intend to completely replace all of their legacy PSTN gear with VoIP.
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Bush administration won't appeal phone decision
June 9, 2004
In a blow to long-distance phone companies, the Bush administration said it won't ask the Supreme Court to reinstate rules forcing local phone carriers to share parts of their networks with rivals.
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Whither VoIP over WLAN?
June 9, 2004
Skype's Zennstroem reckons that as many as 50 percent of VOIP calls fail. Over WLAN, I doubt it's half that. — I just tried StanaPhone on my Toshiba wireless notebook with a LinkSys WAP, and it worked quite well. Delay varied from maybe 300ms to 1000ms. I wonder how well it will work at Starbuck's...
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AT&T plans Net phone trials in Asia, Europe
June 8, 2004
AT&T is taking its Internet telephony services to enterprises in Asia and Europe.
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Take a SIP, but don't bury H.323
June 7, 2004
The author seems to be partly right— H.323 will be around for a while. However, it's hardly in the same class as COBOL. H.323 is still being actively deployed and provides rich features not available in SIP.
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Cox Selects Nuera
June 7, 2004
Cox selects Nuera to provide gateways as part of its VoIP service offering.
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Juniper Upgrades VOIP Solution
June 7, 2004
Juniper makes steady progress in providing support for VoIP traffic in its gear.
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Cell phone use surges in China
June 7, 2004
The number of mobile phone subscribers in China is expected to reach 300 million by the end of 2004.
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Net telephony company eyes overseas calls
June 7, 2004
Primus Telecommunications pushed the market for Internet phone services a step further Monday, launching a flat-rate package that includes unlimited calling to the United States, Canada and Western Europe.
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BlackBerry patent goes on trial
June 7, 2004
NTP is continuing to push RIM to stop selling the popular BlackBerry devicde in the United States.
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Vonage Faces Risks, Says Report
June 3, 2004
A new report says that Vonage faces real risks from government regulations and competition with a VoIP-only product offering.
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Vonage slashes price of Net telephony kit
June 3, 2004
Vonage has lowered the price of its retail product to $70, with a $50 mail-in rebate also available.
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U.S. cell phone users pick up on new features
June 3, 2004
U.S. cell phone users are showing more interest in new mobile perks such as wireless headsets and push-to-talk options—but data services are still slower to catch on.
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Carrier ENUM Gains Ground
June 1, 2004
More carriers are starting to look at ENUM in order to interconnect IP telephony users.
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Designer: "Videophone future bleak"
June 1, 2004
Science fiction movies may be the only real market for videophones. — I wonder if he has changed his mind in the four years since he made this statement. More here.
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Nokia dominating smart-phone market, study says
June 1, 2004
According to recent sales figures, Nokia is leading the market with with its advanced phone models.
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Study: Dipping costs to fuel corporate VoIP growth
June 1, 2004
The number of corporate telephone lines that use voice over Internet Protocol will leap from 4 percent to 44 percent by 2008, a jump that will be fueled by reduced equipment costs, according to a new study.
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Announcing a VoIP / Video Discussion Forum
June 1, 2004
This is a brand new discussion forum for discussing topics related to VoIP and videoconferencing. Enjoy!
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VCON Upgrades is NAT/Firewall Solution
June 1, 2004
VCON's SecureConnect 2.0 provides enhanced security and functionality
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