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News Archive - November 2004

SunRocket Taps Sylantro to Power Residential Internet
November 30, 2004
Sylantro announced that Internet phone service provider SunRocket has chosen its consumer broadband voice solution and applications feature server as the foundation for the SunRocket Signature Service, a new residential Internet phone service offering.
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Nextel drops WiMax from wireless broadband wish list
November 30, 2004
Nextel Communications says it no longer considers wireless wunderkind WiMax a future option for mobile broadband service, a rare blow to a technology backed by major tech heavyweights.
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VCON Releases Executive Version of vPoint HD
November 30, 2004
VCON announced the release of the vPoint HD Executive, which combines the quality and versatility of vPoint HD with the peripherals needed in an executive office.
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Startup's Offer Lowers the VOIP Price Floor Still Further
November 29, 2004
A voice over IP startup whose founders hail from MCI has come up with a new consumer-scale calling package that brings the monthly unlimited charge down to $16.58—if subscribers sign up for a year.
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Shangdong Province Justice System Builds Groundbreaking RADVISION-Powered IP Video Network
November 29, 2004
RADVISION announced that the Supreme People's Procuratorate of Shandong Province, China, has chosen RADVISION's videoconferencing infrastructure to link all of its courtrooms and select police stations into a single video network. This RADVISION-powered network will reach all offices and courtrooms of the provincial procuratorate of Shangdong Province as well as all city-level Shangdong procuratorates.
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FCC is watching SBC's VoIP charge
November 27, 2004
FCC Chairman Michael Powell said that SBC's "Tiptop" plan shouldn't be used to force higher connection charges on VoIP services or to discriminate against SBC competitors.
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TI Remains Bullish on Video Phone, 3G
November 26, 2004
"Video conferencing is the first app that people think about when they think about 3G."
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Polycom and Edgewater Team to Address Enterprise Video Firewall Issues
November 24, 2004
Edgewater Networks and Polycom announced an expansion of their co-development and marketing partnership beyond VoIP solutions to those that now simplify the deployment and management of audio and video communication systems connecting across organizations and firewalls for enterprises and service providers.
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The SeeLinder: Make 3D holographic video calls, at least eventually
November 24, 2004
SeeLinder uses a 360-degree digital camera and cyliderical tube to create real-time three-dimensional holograms.
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Kazaa offers unlimited free Internet phone calls
November 23, 2004
Sharman Networks, distributor of the Kazaa file-sharing software, on Monday launched its latest version, which enables users to make free online calls anywhere in the world.
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Verizon Adds Latest Digital Features to VoiceWing Broadband Phone Service
November 22, 2004
Verizon continues to add features to its VoiceWing offering of VoIP services, including do-not-disturb, simultaneous ringing, CLIR, forwarding voicemail to e-mail.
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Broadcom Wi-Fi chips increase range
November 22, 2004
Broadcom announced 802.11g Wi-Fi chips with a new technology that increases the range of wireless networks by 50 percent.
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Carrier VoIP Gear Sales Hit $450M
November 22, 2004
Carrier VoIP system sales hit $452 million in the third quarter of this year, up a whopping 69 percent from the same period a year earlier.
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SunRocket fires off new low for Net phone rates
November 22, 2004
The cost of using an Internet connection to call any U.S. telephone number has reached a new low: $200 a year, or about $16 a month.
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VCON to Participate as Vendor in Megaconference VI
November 22, 2004
VCON joins multiple vendors and hundreds of institutions around the globe in the largest worldwide videoconference over advanced networks.
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BT to offer cheaper Wi-Fi to its mobile users
November 19, 2004
U.K. telecommunications giant BT is about to give its mobile customers discounted access to its Wi-Fi network.
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BT Escapes Breakup - for Now
November 19, 2004
BT received a stark warning from U.K. telecom regulator Office of Communications: Stop discriminating against competitors or you could be broken up.
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VoIP costs all over the map
November 18, 2004
Companies trying to deploy VoIP will face varied costs depending on the technology provider, ranging from US$515 to US$1512 per user.
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Beyond VoIP
November 18, 2004
Freescale Semiconductor announced its video and voice over-IP (V2IP) solution to allow development of devices supporting multimedia services like videoconferencing over Internet Protocol.
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VoIP: Today Des Moines, tomorrow the world
November 18, 2004
Several Net phone operators are more aggressively expanding just days after the Federal Communications Commission shielded them from state regulation.
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Telcordia to Announce Sale Today
November 18, 2004
Telcordia Technologies will today announce that it has been sold by its parent, Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC).
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Sonus Energizes Its Market Momentum in China
November 17, 2004
Sonus forges a partnership with China Putian to market VoIP infrastructure solutions across China.
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BlackBerry Subscribers Pass The Two Million Mark
November 17, 2004
Research In Motion (RIM) announced that BlackBerry wireless platform has exceeded the two million active wireless subscriber mark, doubling in just 10 months.
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North Electric Helps Time Warner with VoIP Quality Testing
November 17, 2004
North Electric Company announced that their NAS-6131 product is helping the Time Warner Cable Raleigh Division ensure customers are receiving the highest quality of service possible.
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SBC seeks new Net phone fees
November 17, 2004
SBC will introduce a new set of wholesale access services to let Internet phone service providers complete customer calls on SBC's local phone network — Well, this is a new way to use that monopoloy power.
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Vonage goes to court
November 17, 2004
A federal Court of Appeals in Minnesota heard arguments Wednesday in a regulatory struggle affecting scores of U.S. Internet phone service providers, but the panel isn't expected to rule for at least 90 days.
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Don't Shoot the Instant Messengers
November 16, 2004
Instant messaging (IM) is eclipsing email and phone use at the office, according to a Siemens Business Services survey. 78 percent of employees surveyed reported that using IM at work boosts their productivity
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Microsoft's Plan to Take Over IP Applications
November 16, 2004
Microsoft is preparing new updates to existing products that will better enable VoIP communications in an attempt to become the dominant desktop VoIP application provider.
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SBC joins the VoIP party
November 16, 2004
SBC Communications will begin selling residential phone services that use the Internet in 2005, aiming for those in its existing U.S. markets who buy broadband access but gave up their traditional home phone.
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Brix Networks Unveils Latest Version Of Free, VoIP Quality Testing Portal
November 15, 2004
Brix announced Version 3.0 of TestYourVoIP.com, the company's free, voice quality testing portal that enables users to independently measure the quality of their broadband VoIP connections via a quick, self-initiated test call
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Defense Dept. tests Net phone calls on IPv6
November 15, 2004
The Department of Defense has completed its third round of tests in an ambitious plan to upgrade its networks to next-generation Internet Protocol, including its first evaluation of Internet telephony over IP version 6.
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VCON Enables Videoconferencing for Telekom Austria
November 15, 2004
VCON announces the integration of its videoconferencing solutions in Telekom Austria's MultimediaStation terminals, which are telephone booths that feature an internal computer system, flat screen monitor, voice receiver and integrated webcam, and utilize the H.323 protocol.
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RADVISION to Power Partner Communications
November 15, 2004
RADVISION announced that its Video Services Platform for 3G Video Telephony and Real-Time Video Streaming has been chosen by Partner Communications Company Ltd. operating the orange network in Israel as a core part of their new advanced 3G video services trial.
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Uzbekistan's National Carrier Deploys MERA
November 12, 2004
MERA announced that Uzbektelecom has deployed MERA's MVTS Session Controller in its nationwide VoIP network.
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South Korea: Four companies apply for VoIP licen
November 11, 2004
Four companies have applied for Internet-based telephony service licenses in South Korea, with some planning to start services next month.
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China Unicom Boosts Wireless Capacity Using Solutions from Nortel
November 11, 2004
China Unicom has expanded its network capacity by 40 percent to nearly 12 million subscribers using CDMA2000 1X third generation (3G) wireless solutions from Nortel.
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Nortel Further Delay in Filing of Financial Statements and Related Periodic Reports
November 11, 2004
Nortel further delays filing of financial statements and related periodic reports to permit resolution of focused revenue reporting issues and remaining accounting matters.
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Office Depot to Market AT&T CallVantage Service
November 10, 2004
AT&T announced that Office Depot is offering AT&T CallVantage Service, the company's residential VoIP broadband phone service in its 900 stores nationwide and online at www.officedepot.com.
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Skype Internet Telephony Goes Cordless
November 10, 2004
Skype announced that its free software is now available for the recently launched Siemens Gigaset DECT cordless phones, bringing cordless voice calling to millions of Internet users across European countries such as Austria, England, Germany and Switzerland.
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Primal Technologies Powers SS7 and IP Enhanced Services Platform with NMS Communications' Open Access
November 10, 2004
NMS announced today that it will provide Primal Technologies with building blocks for its Primal Service Node, a VoIP media server platform designed to deliver advanced voice and data services, including unified communications, voice mail, and prepaid calling cards.
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GlowPoint Awarded Multi-Year Video Communications Services Contract
November 9, 2004
GlowPoint announced that it has been awarded a three-year contract by one of the largest engineering services firms to provide worldwide video communications services to the firms 27,000 employees in 300 offices spread around 20 countries.
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FCC Rules on Internet-Based Phone Services
November 9, 2004
The FCC ruled that VoIP services all under the control of the federal government as an interstate service, allowing VoIP companies freedom to operate without taxation from state governments.
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Feds expected to ease Net phone rules
November 8, 2004
States would be barred from imposing telecommunications regulations on Net phone providers, which treat calls no differently than any other application on the Internet, according to those familiar with the FCC.
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Vonage And Linksys Now Offering A Wireless-G Broadband Router
November 8, 2004
Vonage and Linksys announced the availability of the Wireless-G Broadband Router with 2 phone ports bundled with Vonage's service. The Wireless-G Router will be available at over 7,000 retail locations nationwide and through select e-tail partners.
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Nortel Launches Global Branding Initiative with New Voice, Focus on Future
November 8, 2004
Delivering on its commitment to become a more marketing-led company, Nortel unleashed a global branding initiative with sweeping changes to the company's look, feel and voice based on the theme, "This is the Way. This is Nortel."
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Taipei plans citywide Wi-Fi by end of 2005
November 5, 2004
Taipei plans to make wireless Internet access available across the Taiwan capital by the end of 2005, joining a small number of cities offering Wi-Fi networks.
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Net2Phone Signs Full Production Cable Telephony Agreements
November 4, 2004
Net2Phone announced that it has signed definitive agreements with Coditel Belgium, Coditel Luxembourg and Est Videocommunication in France, all members of the Altice One group, representing franchises passing 520,000 homes.
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NTT Plans FTTH Blowout
November 4, 2004
NTT Group is planning to invest a whopping US$47 billion in extending its fiber to the home (FTTH) network to about half the Japanese population.
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SBC and BellSouth Partner in New Online Yellow Pages
November 4, 2004
SBC and BellSouth announced that their directory affiliates have created an Internet yellow pages joint venture that has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the online directory publisher www.yellowpages.com.
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Irish Broadband Expands Its Alvarion Broadband Wireless Network, Adds WiMAX-Ready Systems
November 4, 2004
While debate over WiMAX's future continues, this story suggests a genuine continued interest in deploying WiMAX.
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FCC to Decide VoIP Fate
November 3, 2004
The FCC announced it would rule Nov. 9, 2004 on whether Internet telephony is an interstate service and exempt from state and local regulation and tariffs. — It better be, otherwise they will start taxing IM, web browsing, and everything else you do over the Internet... one service at a time.
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Sonus Networks Reports 2004 Third Quarter Financial Results
November 3, 2004
Revenues for the third quarter of fiscal 2004 were $46.8 million compared with $22.3 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2003 and $42.4 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2004.
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Napster offers service to AT&T Wireless users
November 3, 2004
Napster on Wednesday said that Napster to Go, its fledgling portable music service, is now available to AT&T Wireless subscribers who use the Audiovox SMT5600 smart phone.
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Nokia holds on to top spot
November 3, 2004
Handset maker Nokia shipped 51.4 million units in the third quarter of 2004 to retain its top position in the global cell phone market.
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VoIP Plays Big Role in Presidential Election Turnout
November 3, 2004
Seeing a spike in traffic, a quick check of caller IDs found that most of the calls came from the Democratic party.
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Cisco CTO Whips WiMax
November 3, 2004
Cisco Systems CTO Charles Giancarlo took a few swings at WiMax, the wireless broadband networking technology also known as IEEE 802.16 during his brief keynote address at the Next Generation Networks conference in Boston.
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Kagoor Gets Hot With Lucent
November 3, 2004
Kagoor Networks has solidified its position as one of the leading players in the niche but growing session border controller sector by striking a global reseller deal with Lucent. Lucent plans to ncorporate Kagoor's Voice Flow 3000 product into its IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) offering aimed at carriers wanting to provide a range of IP services to consumers and businesses, including VOIP and IP video.
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Telabria Announces Plans for UK-Based WiMAX Network
November 3, 2004
Telabria announced plans to build the first WiMAX network in the United Kingdom. The network, which is now under construction, will deliver high-speed wireless broadband services to residential, business and enterprise customers in the South East of England, and provide backhaul for Telabria's growing installed base of WiFi hotspots in the region.
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Hertz, Wayport drive hot-spot deal
November 2, 2004
Car rental giant Hertz announced it has teamed up with hot-spot operator Wayport to offer wireless, high-speed Internet access at more than 50 U.S. airports.
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Nokia phone adopts handwriting recognition
November 2, 2004
Nokia announced it plans to start selling a new smart phone capable of handwriting recognition.
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GoDaddy, Partners Form ENUM Group
November 1, 2004
GoDaddy.com announced that it has partnered with several leading telecommunications companies, including AT&T, MCI, SBC Laboratories, Sprint and Verizon, to form Country Code 1 ENUM LLC, an organization focused on developing ENUM technology.
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BT's WiFi cellphone
November 1, 2004
BT is introducing a new cellphone with built-in WiFi next year that will be able to make VoIP calls from any hotspot and be able to automatically switch between cellular and WiFi networks.
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New videophone highlights dropping prices
November 1, 2004
Avaya and Polycom unveiled on Monday an Internet videophone for businesses, adding to a growing lineup of more affordable, easier-to-use gear of the sort once seen only in newspaper comic strips.
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