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News Archive - July 2004

Siemens to Migrate 110,000 UK Government Users to IP Telephony
July 29, 2004
Siemens will supply the enterprise infrastructure to transform one of Europe's largest privately managed networks to support IP telephony.
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Siemens Invests in BISC
July 29, 2004
Siemens Acquires Majority Stake in Chinese Wireline Network Equipment Supplier.
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Telco Video & VoIP Stakes Rising
July 29, 2004
Traditional telcos are gearing up for the battle of the century, and triple-play service over DSL is the main weapon of choice. — Choice? What other choice would they have?
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Networking tech promises speedy set-ups
July 29, 2004
A new signaling protocol will make it the work of a moment to set up or tear down heavy-duty communications circuits, researchers say. — IOW, no ACKs!
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Report: Mobiles on the move in 2004
July 28, 2004
Mobile phone shipments are rising faster than expected, with shipments expected to pass 625M units.
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Avaya Unveils New Wireless IP Telephony Products
July 27, 2004
Avaya unveiled new converged mobility products that help extend the key advantages of office communications to employees traveling throughout — and beyond — an enterprise.
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Nortel: Material Margin Madness
July 27, 2004
Nortel shares plunge 15% as the new CEO reports that the company is not meeting targets.
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Wireless sales bolster Verizon
July 27, 2004
Verizon Communications reported higher quarterly earnings as substantial growth in its wireless business.
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France cuts cost of broadband
July 27, 2004
France has approved a reduction in high-speed Internet access rates in an effort to accelerate the development of high-speed infrastructures and improve coverage in rural areas.
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Software maker plans Net phone service
July 23, 2004
Skype hopes to become the newest VoIP service provider, but its pricing model will differ from that of carriers like Verizon.
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Verizon's Net phone service takes wing
July 22, 2004
Verizon will compete with Vonage, AT&T, and others in the broadband service provider market.
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AT&T drops hunt for residential customers
July 22, 2004
AT&T said that it will drop efforts to attract new residential telephone users nationwide.
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Senate embraces state VoIP taxes
July 22, 2004
A Senate bill was supposed to keep states away from Internet phone services. One amendment makes all the difference.
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BT develops 'face-to-face' technology for mobile video
July 22, 2004
BT has developed a mobile video face-centring technology that not only guarantees a high-resolution image, but also keeps faces firmly in the picture.
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NTT's new FLET Phone VP1000 video phone
July 22, 2004
This dedicated IP videoconferencing unit has an 8-inch touchscreen. — I can't read Japanese, but it appears that it supports H.323 and SIP.
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Acceptable risk seen in conferencing
July 21, 2004
...while the risk of being hacked rises when conferencing goes outside the firewall, many believe added security isn't worth the time or money.
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Judge: Feds, not states, should govern VoIP
July 20, 2004
State utility commissions can have very little control over Net phone companies, a New York federal judge wrote in an order that hands another victory to Vonage and similar upstarts.
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AT&T Wireless launches high-speed service
July 20, 2004
AT&T Wireless on Tuesday began selling next-generation cell phone service in the San Francisco Bay Area, Detroit, Phoenix and Seattle. Streaming video, one of many new services made possible by the faster bandwidth, is available only on select devices.
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Businesses warm to converged networks
July 20, 2004
A Nortel-sponsored survey found that VoIP applications will make up the majority of investment in the next three years. A majority hope converged networks will also allow wider use of applications like video conferencing and collaboration software.
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BT signs up VoIP with Yahoo!
July 19, 2004
British Telecom has signed two major initiatives with US companies this week; a deal with Yahoo! to offer a merged VoIP-Messenger service, and one with Microsoft to offer a merged voice and Live Meeting conferencing service.
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The price of VoIP's thriftiness
July 19, 2004
If you're thinking of dumping your standard phone service and placing calls over your broadband Internet connection, you might want to reconsider. — The people we know with VoIP service still have their PSTN line.
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VocalTec Wakes Up
July 15, 2004
VocalTec has taken good steps forward in revamping its product offerings.
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Sprint's Big VoIP Plans for Small Business
July 15, 2004
Sprint has bolstered its lineup of small office Net phone equipment, a move that promises to intensify competition in the hot market for selling voice over Internet Protocol systems to companies with tiny budgets.
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Italians & Triple Play: It's Amore
July 14, 2004
Voice, Video, and Data Convergence is more than a goal, but a reality for some companies like Fastweb.
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Is MCI About to Be Bought?
July 14, 2004
Leucadia National Corp., which owns WilTel Communications Group Inc., has applied for regulatory clearance to buy a majority of MCI's shares.
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Vonage Activates 200,000th Line
July 13, 2004
Vonage has now installed more than 200,000 SIP IP Telephony lines.
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Lucent Scores $5B Verizon Deal
July 13, 2004
Lucent has secured a major deal worth "at least $5 billion" with Verizon Wireless for the future upgrade of the carrier's national voice and data network.
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VCs Pump $10M Into NexTone
July 13, 2004
NexTone raises $10M from VCs who are interested in the company's SBC technology. — Apparently, they haven't seen the code
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Cisco inks Boeing VoIP deal
July 13, 2004
Cisco is set to announce one of its largest Internet telephony contracts to date.
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Texas Instruments Focuses on VoIP Security
July 12, 2004
TI introduced a new suite of industry-compliant security features for VoIP-enabled customer premises equipment.
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New phone competition rules soon
July 12, 2004
The FCC is close to creating temporary telephone competition rules that could help AT&T, MCI and others stay in the local phone business. — A rule can now make or break Ma Bell? What has the FCC done?
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ETSI Drives Convergence Standard
July 9, 2004
Service providers and vendors are working through the standards bodies to define the future of communication.
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WiMax Won't Take Off Soon
July 9, 2004
Despite a lot of recent attention, the wireless broadband technology WiMAX is years away from wide use.
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RTComm Deploys MERA Session Controller
July 9, 2004
MERA's SBC is used to link Teleglobe's VoIPLink International Long Distance Service to RTComm.
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Daily Payload on Your Pocket PC
July 8, 2004
Now you can view The Daily Payload on your Pocket PC, so you can access the latest industry news in the most convenient way.
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TANDBERG Introduces Breakthrough Technology That Transforms Video
July 8, 2004
Taking a major step to improve how video communication is experienced, TANDBERG has re-engineered its product line with a powerful new technology called MXP.
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NTT Com to Launch Voice/Video
July 8, 2004
It looks like those connected to NTT Communication's network will able to place video calls world-wide.
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ETSI Holds IP Multimedia Services Workshop
July 8, 2004
Multimedia in 3G wireless networks and NGN networks was the focus of a recent workshop at ETSI.
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Broadband market to triple by 2008
July 8, 2004
The worldwide base for broadband technology is expected to reach 325 million subscribers by 2008. — Good. Perhaps we can finally get reasonable video telephony service.
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IRS notice sparks VoIP taxation fears
July 8, 2004
An IRS notice affecting a longstanding telecommunications tax drew fire from a senior Republican on Capitol Hill, amid concerns that changes might affect emerging Internet phone services.
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ETSI Slams VOIP Quality
July 7, 2004
A workshop hosted by ETSI Technical Committee Speech Processing, Transmission and Quality Aspects concluded that there is a lack of speech quality specifications and adequate tools for assessment and planning of Wideband speech communication systems.
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Vendors Detail Gear in BT VoIP Trials
July 7, 2004
This trial is part of BT's plan to migrate to a single, IP-based infrastructure called the 21st Century Network (21CN).
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Allstream Launches VoIP Access Service
July 7, 2004
Allstream announced the launch of its Voice Over Internet Protocol Access, which will enable VoIP service providers to connect to the PSTN.
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Vonage Offers 7-Digit Dialing
July 7, 2004
Vonage now allows customers in the USA and Canada to dial 7 digit numbers when calling people within the same area code.
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Congress Runs into VoIP Divide
July 7, 2004
The political debate over how to regulate Internet phone calls is showing early signs of dividing along traditional partisan lines. — Typical
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AT&T fights for local service
July 7, 2004
AT&T has reached a long-term deal that lets it continue selling local phone service to some customers.
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VoIP hackers gut Caller ID
July 7, 2004
Hackers have discovered that it is quite easy to get forge caller ID information and to reveal private numbers. — Any service provider who has such issues should simply contact Packetizer for an explanation as to how to resolve this issue.
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ITU Puts Convergence Center Stage
July 6, 2004
Carriers and vendors have converged at the ITU to ensure that the NGN, which will converge voice, video, and data, will be standards-based.
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IRS Eyes Net Phone Taxes
July 6, 2004
A "temporary" tax created to pay for the Spanish-American War may result in higher fees for Internet telephone calls. — A tax on a war that ended in 1898?!?
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Starbucks adds More Wi-Fi
July 6, 2004
High-speed wireless Internet service is now available in more than 3,100 Starbucks coffeehouses in the USA as T-Mobile HotSpot locations are added to stores in five states.
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MTM Technologies, Inc. Acquires DataVox Technologies, Inc.
July 6, 2004
MTM to acquires DataVox in a move to add IP Telephony, Security and Wireless Solutions to its product offering.
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Siemens, Juniper Join 21C Trial
July 6, 2004
Siemens and Juniper Networks have been chosen by BT Group to participate in a trial deployment within BT Group's recently-announced 21C network project.
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China Moves May Hit Vendors
July 6, 2004
China is considering merging the country's four carriers into two larger entities, something that some fear will result in a huge reduction in equipment purchases.
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Congress Mulls New Net Phone Rules
July 6, 2004
Two key members of Congress announced legislation that could create a sweeping federal regulatory framework for Internet phone calls.
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T-Mobile to use Nortel Core Network Solution
July 6, 2004
Wireless service provider T-Mobile International plans deployment of an intelligent packet core networking solution from Nortel Networks.
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Diveo Broadband Networks to Offer VCON-Powered Service
July 6, 2004
Diveo Broadband Networks offers entire VCON product line to more than 800 corporate customers and over 100 universities throughout Brazil.
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C&W Launches VOIP Service
July 5, 2004
Cable & Wireless unveiled its fully managed business VoIP service, which could cut up to 25% from the costs associated with traditional business telephony.
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Videoconferencing to Save Planet!
July 4, 2004
The rise in demand for air travel is one of the most serious environmental threats facing the world, a study says. — Well, okay, it's a little more complicated than that.
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Mobile Service Firms Starting To Provide Cell Phone TV, Video
July 2, 2004
"There's a debate whether there's any demand for video calling."
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MERA Unveils Its VoIPal Session Border Controller
July 2, 2004
Advanced Signaling and Interworking Functionalities of MERA's New Product Ensure Direct VoIP Connectivity between Carrier and Enterprise Networks.
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Facetop: Ghostly Videoconferencing
July 2, 2004
Facetop is an experimental videoconferencing implementation that superimposes a ghost image of the person you're talking to over an image of their desktop, allowing you to not only communicate with them via video but to share control of applications, watching them make changes as they go. — Now why didn't I think of that?
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Cell phones heading into iPod territory
July 1, 2004
A new phone from Motorola receives calls like any other phone, but it also has a built-in MP3 player.
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Dilithium Enhances Test Tool to Boost Roll-Out of 3G Video Applications
July 1, 2004
The Dilithium Networks Analyzer diagnoses, analyses and monitors 3G (3G-324M) video telephony calls and enables 3G operators and network equipment vendors to identify and address service issues critical to video telephony.
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Military uses VoIP to Phone Home
July 1, 2004
VegaStream VoIP gateways provide telephone services for military in Afghanistan.
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