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News Archive - January 2005

XO Communications Rolls out New VoIP Service Utilizing Sonus-Based Infrastructure
January 31, 2005
Sonus announced that XO Communications is rolling out XOptions Flex, the first in a series of the carrier's new enhanced services delivered over the XO national IP network and Sonus technology.
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Execs Explain SBC, AT&T Pairing
January 31, 2005
SBC and AT&T made it official: The two carriers will merge in a deal valued at around $16 billion.
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Pulver debuts P2P Bellster network
January 28, 2005
Digital troublemaker Jeff Pulver is at it again. This time, he's unleashed a way to use the Internet to let anyone use your phone to make a call.
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MPEG LA to Expand AVC Patent Portfolio License Coverage
January 27, 2005
In order to meet emerging marketplace needs, MPEG LA announced that it plans to expand the AVC Patent Portfolio License to include coverage of AVC Fidelity Range Extensions, which were recently added to the AVC/H.264.
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No-cost Skype strikes chord with businesses
January 27, 2005
The Internet telephony software Skype has found its way into the business world, as corporate road warriors and remote workers use it to reduce long-distance and cell phone costs.
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Mindspeed Counting on VoIP
January 26, 2005
A refocused and repurposed Mindspeed Technologies is putting its chips on a hopeful-looking 2005 VoIP equipment market, and at least two analysts like the company's odds of finally landing on black.
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WiMax: Show & Tell
January 26, 2005
It's official: Despite concerns about delays, equipment availability, and mobile services, WiMax is the hottest wireless topic on wheels at the moment.
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Net telephone fees have users fuming
January 26, 2005
Lingo, Vonage, Time Warner Cable and every other commercial provider of voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services have been collecting government fees for years, this report says.
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BellSouth's Earth Is Flat
January 25, 2005
Hurricane damage and fleeing customers cut BellSouth's fourth-quarter profits by 40 percent from a year ago, the carrier reported today. But analysts say the carrier could make a cozy future for itself if it succeeds in offering video services.
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CallWave Invests in ring2 Communications and Licenses its Broadband Outbound Dial Technology
January 25, 2005
CallWave announced that it has made an equity investment in and entered into a license agreement with ring2 Communications of London.
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Telchemy Helps Reduce Call Quality Performance Problems For VoWLAN and Wi-Fi Services
January 25, 2005
As the traditional workplace becomes mobile - wireless LANs are moving into corporate headquarters, regional satellite offices and teleworker residences with VoIP calls riding those cable-free networks.
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Asian Heavyweights Tackle FMC
January 24, 2005
The world of fixed/mobile convergence (FMC) has just experienced that same phenomenon that has gripped the rest of the telecom industry: the Asian invasion.
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Cisco IOS Hole Points to VOIP Threat
January 24, 2005
Another glitch in Cisco's Internetwork Operating System (IOS) has been discovered, but this one is notable because it underscores the security problems lurking in voice-over-IP (VOIP) installations.
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Is Google Searching For VoIP?
January 24, 2005
Google is reportedly readying a Voice over IP service for the United Kingdom, but some experts are skeptical that the search giant would move into telecommunications.
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LG Electronics, Nortel to Establish Joint Venture
January 24, 2005
LG Electronics and Nortel announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a joint venture for providing high quality, leading edge telecommunications equipment and networking solutions to Korea and other markets globally.
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iBasis Launches DirectVoIP Broadband Interconnection Service
January 24, 2005
iBasis announced DirectVoIP™ Broadband, a new service designed for providers of retail telephone services that operate over broadband IP connections, such as cable modems or digital subscriber lines (DSL), to enable VoIP providers to quickly connect to the iBasis global VoIP network to offer high quality international voice service to retail customers.
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VoIP Delivers, Mostly
January 24, 2005
Packetizer has given a few service providers a try and we have some news to report for anyone interested in trying out VoIP for residential or small business use.
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Mixed legacy for FCC's Powell
January 21, 2005
Powell has resigned from the FCC, but the unrepentant, hands-off views on broadband of outgoing FCC Chairman Michael Powell have set in motion a high-stakes battle over the future of the U.S. telecommunications industry that will continue long after his departure.
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PChome Touch-1 Skype USB Handset
January 21, 2005
It's just a phone—a corded one at that, although a cordless version is on the way—but it makes and receives its calls using the SkypeOut service.
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VoIP Regulation, SIP Insurrection
January 21, 2005
"The Session Initiation Protocol enables just about anybody with little resources to become their own Real-Time Communications Giant."
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TANDBERG and GlowPoint Win 14 Location IP-Video Deal With Allied Office Products
January 20, 2005
Glowpoint and TANDBERG announced that Allied Office Products has chosen GlowPoint and TANDBERG to provide video communication services in 14 locations across the United States.
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Vendors to cooperate on mobile VOIP
January 20, 2005
IBM, VeriSign, and Airespace [Cisco] have joined forces to adopt a single standard for dual-mode mobile phones that have traditional wireless capabilities and Wi-Fi support, to allow users to roam between wireless and Wi-Fi networks.
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Big Telcos' Roles as Video Providers Will Drive Sector Profitability
January 19, 2005
The entry of incumbent telcos as video service providers will trigger a ramp-up in telco deployment of equipment to support video services.
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BroadVoice Launches Affordable Toll Free Service
January 18, 2005
BroadVoice announced the immediate availability of its new Toll Free Alternate Numbers for its residential and small business customers, with prices at just $ 1.95 per month.
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Cbeyond Communications Enters Chicago Market
January 17, 2005
Cbeyond Communications announced that it has begun offering its integrated Voice and broadband Internet service to small and medium businesses in Chicago.
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Six Steps To Preparing Your Network For VoIP
January 17, 2005
Telchemy's six-step methodology helps enterprises successfully implement VoIP service with minimal call quality and network performance problems.
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Time Warner Talk Fuels Sonus
January 14, 2005
Softswitch vendor Sonus is believed to have landed a significant new deal with a standing customer, Time Warner, pushing its stock price higher.
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SBC readies Net phone service
January 13, 2005
SBC inched closer to launching an Internet phone service for homes by signing a two-year deal with New York-based deltathree to provide much of the service's nuts and bolts.
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NY, Ohio Join States Appealing FCC's Vonage Ruling
January 12, 2005
New York and Ohio have joined the ever-growing group of states and organizations planning to appeal the Federal Communications Commission's Vonage ruling, which pre-empts state regulation of VoIP.
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Lucent To Integrate Alvarion's WiMAX-Ready Platform
January 12, 2005
Lucent announced its plans to integrate Alvarion's WiMAX technology into its next generation solution, which includes Lucent's industry-leading IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) solution. — The IMS and WiMAX association is funny. Such logic would suggest that IMS can be associated with anything that is IP or remotely related.
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Sonus Networks Partners with Samsung to Accelerate Carrier Migration to VoIP Networks
January 12, 2005
Samsung and Sonus announced a partnership that will facilitate the transformation of the world's wireless networks to VoIP. The companies have entered into a non-exclusive global reseller agreement through which Samsung will sell and support Sonus VoIP solutions to mobile operators around the world.
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Start Your Own Open Source-Based Telecom
January 12, 2005
With the help of open-source VOIP server Asterisk you can start your own telecommunications company for under $6000.
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InfiniRoute Networks Launches First VoIP Peering Service for Wireless Carriers
January 11, 2005
nfiniRoute Networks announced the availability of its Voice over IP (VoIP) peering service for Wireless Carriers
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Nortel restates 2003 results
January 11, 2005
Nortel filed its long-awaited financial restatements for 2003 to resolve accounting errors. Twelve executives have also agree to pay back bonuses amounting to about $8.6 million.
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SIPfoundry announces sipX - The SIP PBX for Linux
January 10, 2005
sipX, the SIP PBX for Linux, is a 100 percent SIP, 100 percent open source PBX with the functionality required to meet today's business requirements, according to SIPfoundry.
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Comcast to launch IM with video
January 10, 2005
Cable and broadband giant Comcast plans to launch a video instant messaging service later this year, further highlighting the cable giant's effort to become a Web portal for its subscribers.
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Comcast pushes VoIP to prime time
January 10, 2005
Comcast, the largest cable company in the US, began selling its version of Internet phone service in three markets, kicking off one of the most significant challenges traditional local phone companies have ever faced.
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Motorola Ojo Personal Videophone Changes the Face of Personal Communication
January 6, 2005
Motorola ushered in a dynamic new era of video communication by announcing the debut of the highly-anticipated Motorola OjoTM Personal Videophone. Vist the product web site. The bad news is that it only supports SIP, but at least it supports H.264 for video.
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DialPad Launches Unlimited Calling to the U.S. and Canada for $11.99 per Month
January 6, 2005
Dialpad announced the availability of its new unlimited calling service, DialpadUSA, which allows users to make unlimited calls to the United States (U.S.) and Canada for a low monthly fee of $11.99.
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The Compleat WiMax
January 6, 2005
The coming WiMax metropolitan area network (MAN) technology looks set to be one of the hot wireless technologies of 2005 — one that may play a key role in the convergence of fixed and mobile telecom networks.
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WiMax Guide
January 5, 2005
2005 will probably be the year in which WiMax sinks or swims as the next big thing in telecom technology. For that reason, plenty of people are going to need a quick and easy way of getting up to speed on what WiMax is and why it's stirring up so much interest.
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Belkin Offers VoIP Service under the name "callEverywhere"
January 5, 2005
Belkin's callEverywhere SoftPhone is the latest VoIP service offering to hit the market. — Is there anybody else who would like to get into this business who isn't?
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Vonage Tiptoes Into the UK
January 5, 2005
Vonage has discreetly launched its U.K. service, though it did not officially announce the offering... just quietly making it available on its UK web site.
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Vonage Crosses 400,000 Line Mark
January 5, 2005
Vonage announced it has exceeded 400,000 total lines on its network, doubling its subscriber base in less than six months since reaching the 200,000 line mark.
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Time Warner Confirms Sprint Talks
January 4, 2005
Time Warner Cable has confirmed that it is in discussions with Sprint to offer a quadruple play - a full set of data, video, telephone, and mobile services.
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FCC: High-speed connections up in 2004
January 4, 2005
The number of high-speed Internet connections increased by 15 percent in the first half of 2004, according to a report by the Federal Communications CommissionConsidering that the second half of 2004 is over, it's clear they don't get in a hurry at the FCC.
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Vonage to take VoIP on the road
January 4, 2005
Phone maker VTech also announced a VoIP broadband cordless phone, which is also configured with Vonage's broadband service.
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Phone giants give birth to Super 3G
January 4, 2005
With the dust barely settled on 3G launches and the wrapping just off the flashy new handsets, the major operators have announced they're working on the follow-up to third generation—christened 'Super 3G'.
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The F-1000, Vonage's first WiFi handset
January 4, 2005
The F-1000 will let you make VoIP calls from any WiFi hotspot using your Vonage account.
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Sonus Networks Drives Global VoIP Traffic in 2004
January 3, 2005
Service providers globally reported that they are now carrying an estimated 10 billion minutes of customer traffic per month on their Sonus-based VoIP networks.
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