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News Archive - June 2005

WiMax begins to gel at Sprint
June 30, 2005
Cell phone operator Sprint plans to begin testing next-generation WiMax handsets and other WiMax equipment from Motorola, a sign that Sprint's future network plans are falling into place.
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IDT Dials Up Net2Phone
June 29, 2005
IDT said it is preparing an offer for all outstanding shares of Net2Phone, its struggling spinoff.
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Verizon Wireless' broadband blitz
June 28, 2005
Verizon Wireless said that its third-generation wireless Internet service is still on track to be available to half the U.S. population by year's end.
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Voice over IP exposed
June 27, 2005
VoIP can lower telecom costs and help with network consolidation — and cause security problems if not handled right.
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New features suit emerging trends
June 27, 2005
Realizing the thinning profit margins earned by a pure VoIP hardware manufacturer, several VoIP suppliers in Taiwan position themselves as total solution providers of both VoIP equipment and Internet telephony service provider (ITSP) services.
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What is the Problem with VoIP
June 27, 2005
In the beginning, when the Internet Protocol was first designed, no one was thinking about the possibilities of sending audio and video. Real time communication was not an issue.
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Cable wins Supreme Court battle
June 27, 2005
The cable industry can breathe a sigh of relief, as the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that cable companies will not have to share their infrastructure with competing Internet service providers.
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NuVox Communications Launches VoIP in Midwest Markets
June 24, 2005
NuVox Communications announced the availability of its VoIP product offering in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas.
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Japanese firms develop web browsing mobile VoIP
June 24, 2005
Japan's Access Co Ltd and Oki Electric Industry Co Ltd said they had jointly devised a mobile IP phone application that enables internet browsing.
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GTC Telecom Launches Beta VoIP Service With Free In-Network Calling
June 24, 2005
GTC Telecom announced that it has launched the beta version of its new VoIP calling service under the marketing name "Zanvo."
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Officescape launches Internet based videophone services
June 24, 2005
VideophonePro by Officescape offers the convenience of a traditional telephone with all-in-one VoIP and video conferencing capabilities in a single package.
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MCI launches Net phone trial for consumers
June 24, 2005
MCI has quietly launched a trial VoIP telephone service for consumers.
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Cisco User Survey Rates VoIP and Routing #1 For Real-Time Business
June 22, 2005
Cisco users are taking advantage of intelligent network technologies to move their business interactions closer to real time.
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Western Europe: Mobile And VoIP Replacing Traditional Voice Service
June 22, 2005
About 60% of all residential voice expenditures in Western Europe will be for either mobile or VoIP by 2010.
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Long Disntance via Skype!
June 22, 2005
A Norwegian company has developed bridging technology that will allow you to link your cell phone to Skype to avoid high-priced mobile phone rates.
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Polycom and Nortel Deliver SIP-Based Video Communications Solution
June 21, 2005
The Nortel/Polycom joint solution migrates video conferencing to an organization's IP telephony backbone and seamlessly integrates Nortel's multimedia PC client with traditional video conferencing capabilities both at the desktop and in the conference room.
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Siemens' Next Generation Exchange (NGE) Solution to Help Service Providers Grow VoIP Services in Legacy Network Environment
June 21, 2005
Siemens Communications announced its Next Generation Exchange (NGE) offering, designed for U.S. service providers that want to deliver unified data, video and VoIP services without costly infrastructure changes to legacy TDM network environments that are growing obsolete.
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Vonage Customer Service Doubles Call Capacity and Handling with Avaya IP Telephony Contact Center Solutions
June 20, 2005
Vonage announced its sales and service subsidiary, Vonage America, has chosen Avaya's SIP-based telephony and contact center solutions to quickly expand its call center capacity and productivity.
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Wi-Fi used for location services
June 20, 2005
A Boston, Mass.-based start-up says it has developed software that uses Wi-Fi signals to pinpoint locations better than satellite-based global positioning systems can.
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MediaRing relooks local VoIP market after recent government initiatives
June 17, 2005
MediaRing is planning to build up a residential subscriber base back home in Singapore.
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Videoconferencing is all grown up
June 16, 2005
From the description, we would not say it's all grown up, but it's certainly getting closer.
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AOL sued over Internet telephone technology
June 16, 2005
America Online is facing a patent infringement suit filed by Klausner Technologies over AOL's Internet telephone services.
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Skype Rules North American VoIP
June 16, 2005
Calls using Skype account for nearly half of the VoIP minutes used (46.2 percent) and about 40 percent of the VoIP bandwidth used in North America.
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VOIP Peering: Incumbent Killer?
June 16, 2005
Stealth for years has been developing its Voice Peering Fabric (VPF), which many experts say is now one of the largest VoIP peering points in the world.
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Blackberry to have VoIP framework from Avaya
June 16, 2005
Avaya and Research In Motion have plans to extend Avaya secure enterprise communications applications to the BlackBerry platform over wireless local area networks (WLAN) using SIP.
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Happy 10th birthday, VoIP
June 16, 2005
Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) celebrates its 10th anniversary this week. — And that "emerging" protocol SIP is also 10 years old this year... how long is emerging supposed to take? Fortunately, there is H.323.
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Yahoo rings up desktop VoIP firm
June 16, 2005
Internet giant Yahoo has agreed to acquire Dialpad.
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Skype Users Connect Via Santa Cruz Networks' API
June 15, 2005
Users of Skype Technologies VoIP service are being offered a free video, voice, and data-sharing service developed by Santa Cruz Networks.
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Excel Switching launches integrated media gateway
June 15, 2005
Excel Switching went standalone with its new integrated media gateway, the IMG 1010, which the company released this week. The gateway supports SS7 and H.323.
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Nokia and Alvarion to Settle OEM Agreement
June 15, 2005
It seems that Finnish cell phone manufacturer Nokia is more and more interested in WiMAX.
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'WiBro' likely to be deployed in Korea
June 15, 2005
Korea's home-grown WiBro technology could well turn out to be the "missing link" between 3G and 4G networks.
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VoIP services cheaper but quality also important, say telcos
June 15, 2005
Singapore's offer to issue licences and phone numbers for VoIP services has been well received by Internet protocol operators and telcos alike
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FAQ: FCC sets rules for VoIP 911
June 15, 2005
By Oct. 3, most U.S. VoIP telephones must feature a sticker warning that anyone using the phone to call 911 may not get through to a live operator. — Do I need to comment on how stupid this is?
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Linksys Unites with Service Providers Worldwide to Help Lead the Adoption of Consumer Voice over IP
June 13, 2005
Customers can trade in any wireless router for a Linksys Wireless-G Router with 2 Phone Ports (WRTP54G) and get two of the latest networking technologies at the same time.
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MCI Rolls Out Business VoIP In Europe
June 13, 2005
MCI announced that it has begun its European roll-out of MCI Advantage, a portfolio of IP-based services designed for companies wanting to converge their voice and data networks. — The article claims they will deploy SIP, but I wonder how long it will take before interworking with the large number of H.323 networks will become an issue?
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Ericsson touts cell network for planes
June 13, 2005
Amid growing interest in relaxing the ban on cell phone use on airplanes, Ericsson said that it has created a mini cell phone network for commercial aircraft.
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Vonage, Cisco team up in Wi-Fi giveaway
June 12, 2005
In a bid to attract more subscribers, Net phone operator Vonage announced that it's giving away Linksys Wi-Fi access points to U.S. residents who sign up for Vonage calling plans.
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IMS Could Be the Key to Wireless-Wireline Convergence
June 10, 2005
Carriers want to enable users to engage in a voice call that seamlessly migrates into a mobile call with the same device as the user roams from house to car to work and view IMS as they key to enabling just that. — How ever-so-limiting this is... at least it keeps the door open for Skype and other competitors.
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Nokia, Intel push for WiMax this year
June 10, 2005
Nokia and Intel said they would step up their efforts to make WiMax a new standard in mobile broadband Internet access.
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IMTC Recognizes Technology Leaders
June 8, 2005
The International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) presented Leadership Awards to three industry visionaries and leaders at its Spring Forum, held in Eibsee, Germany, May 10-12.
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Wireless Telephony: VoIP over Wi-Fi
June 8, 2005
Software-based VoIP telephone applications can enable any laptop-equipped road warrior to place or receive calls within range of any Wi-Fi hotspot coverage zone.
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Despite the buzz, VOIP still has hurdles to overcome
June 8, 2005
The movement of voice traffic onto data networks is seen almost as inevitable, and administrators are readying their networks for voice over IP.
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Malaysia: VoIP your home phone
June 8, 2005
Internet service provider Jaring will offer its VoIP service to its customers using a Linksys VoIP device, under an agreement signed between the two companies here today.
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BellSouth preps for wireless 'naked DSL'
June 8, 2005
Local telephone operator BellSouth plans to offer high-speed Internet access without requiring customers to buy local phone service as well. — Finally!
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BellSouth to launch WiMax service
June 7, 2005
BellSouth will launch a wireless broadband service for residential customers based on the emerging WiMax technology standard backed by Intel and other leading technology companies.
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SBS and Surf Communication Solutions Announce Collaboration on VoIP and Media-over-Packet
June 7, 2005
SBS and Surf Communication announced their partnership to jointly develop and market AdvancedTCA, MicroTCA and AdvancedMC-based convergent media solutions to the communications market.
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WiMax? Why not?
June 7, 2005
Leading the charge are U.S. telephone operators BellSouth and AT&T, which both said that they are looking at WiMax.
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United Airlines sets course for Wi-Fi
June 7, 2005
United Airlines has received government approval to install equipment on planes that eventually will give passengers Wi-Fi Internet access on flights. — Perhaps then they will not suck so bad.
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Siemens to sell cell phone unit to BenQ
June 7, 2005
Siemens plans to sell its loss-making mobile phone unit to Taiwanese tech group BenQ in a transaction that will cost Siemens $429 million.
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Lingo Is 1st VoIP Phone Service To Offer Unlimited Calling to Mexico
June 7, 2005
The new Lingo "Unlimited Mexico" VoIP plan provides members of the U.S. Mexican community, among others, the opportunity to use their broadband Internet connections and phones to call family and business associates in Mexico as often as they like, for $29.95 per month.
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Microsoft and Sylantro Team Up
June 6, 2005
Microsoft and Sylantro Systems Sign Letter of Intent to Develop and Deliver Enhanced VoIP Solutions for Service Providers.
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Phone companies hear call of the TV
June 6, 2005
Adding TV service to a telecommunications network is huge, and equipment makers and software developers are rushing to introduce new products to help the phone companies make the IPTV dream a reality.
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Pharming and other security woes hector VoIP
June 6, 2005
Low-cost VoIP phone services now capturing the general public's imagination are indeed being targeted by online attackers, who have been known to eavesdrop on calls, deny customers access to their VoIP service and cause "clipping," or degraded service quality, on some accounts.
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Vendors Show Skype, VoIP Handsets
June 6, 2005
East Asian hardware makers seeking to turn the popularity of Internet telephony services and Skype Technologies' Skype VoIP application into sales were plentiful at the recent Computex exhibition, which took place last week in Taipei.
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Telecom Exec: VoIP Is a Pain
June 6, 2005
A Time Warner Telecom VoIP executive threw a bit of cold water on the excitement over VoIP at a panel at Supercomm 2005, saying that VoIP architectures are more complex, expensive, and difficult to operate than the old TDM systems... and less profitable.
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Polycom makes instant content sharing available to 1.7 million conference phones with breakthrough appliance
June 6, 2005
Polycom announced the availability of Polycom QSX, a breakthrough new Voice+Content solution that enables anyone using a Polycom conference phone to easily and securely share computer content with remote meeting participants.
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In Japan, prices drop as cell service speeds up
June 6, 2005
Japanese mobile carriers have spent billions of dollars since 2001 to introduce 3G services capable of transmitting data at speeds up to 40 times as fast as the previous generation of digital mobile voice networks.
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Covad, EarthLink to test phone, Net service
June 6, 2005
Covad and EarthLink will test a service that offers telephone lines and high-speed Internet access to residential customers, in a move to compete with dominant phone and cable companies.
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Vonage Partners with Uniden to Develop Cordless Broadband Phone System
June 6, 2005
Vonage and Uniden announced a partnership to develop a broadband cordless phone system configured with Vonage's service.
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More Businesses Investing in VoIP Technology
June 4, 2005
VoIP is still in its office technology infancy, but some CEOs already swear by it. VoIP cuts costs by running telephone and data service over one centralized network, which allows employees to take their telephone numbers with them and do business on the road via laptop computer or handheld device.
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Cable's 15 Most Critical VoIP Questions
June 3, 2005
While I would have expected the cable industry to know more than what's asked here already, I guess not. If any cable MSO needs the answers, give Packetizer a call.
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Americans aware of VoIP but don't actually use it
June 3, 2005
Americans are much more aware that they can use their Internet connection to make telephone calls than they were a year ago, but that does not mean they actually use the service.
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What Does It Take To Go VoIP?
June 2, 2005
One of the primary requirements for a VoIP system is reliable Internet service. Although this seems obvious, some companies do try to implement VoIP without increasing their broadband pipe.
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WiMAX market is to reach 12.4m subscriptions by 2010
June 2, 2005
Despite numerous hurdles, the WiMAX market is to reach 12.4m subscriptions by 2010.
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New WiMAX alliance views 3G as competitive offering
June 2, 2005
Indeed. Who need 3G mobile phone systems when one can have broadband access via WiMAX that includes voice as just one application?
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WiMAX to slash broadband costs
June 2, 2005
The introduction of WiMAX wide area wireless networking will offer multiple benefits for businesses and consumers, including lower broadband costs and improved service choice.
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Sony and GlowPoint Team Up on "Instant Video Everywhere"
June 1, 2005
Sony and GlowPoint announced the availability of Sony's IVE or "Instant Video Everywhere" service powered by GlowPoint, the first comprehensive IP-based video communications solution that can be used anyplace where there is broadband access.
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AOL Expands VoIP Service
June 1, 2005
AOL Canada announced the nationwide availability of AOL TotalTalk, its residential phone service based on VoIP technology.
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Shopping around for VoIP services
June 1, 2005
Upstart telecommunications company Slingshot has taken the lead in bringing VoIP to New Zealand households.
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