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News Archive - July 2005

WiMax market to hit $124.5 million this year
July 29, 2005
The WiMAX equipment market enjoyed a solid inaugural year in 2004, but according to a new report, the best is yet to come.
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The war of the wires
July 28, 2005
Established telecoms companies are fighting an increasingly bitter battle against innovative attackers.
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VocalTec in End Game
July 28, 2005
Troubled VoIP equipment vendor VocalTec Communications Ltd. has initiated a bidding process to find a buyer as it runs out of cash.
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WiMAX interest spreading to Asia
July 28, 2005
The epicenter of WiMAX interest is shifting to Asia as the wireless broadband technology begins to undergo serious testing in China, Korea and Japan, with an eye towards imminent adoption.
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VoIP will be worth €12bn in Europe by 2010
July 28, 2005
As many as 32 million workers in Europe will be using VoIP within five years, according to a new report.
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PGP inventor to debut VoIP crypto
July 27, 2005
Phil Zimmerman, inventor of Pretty Good Privacy cryptography, will unveil a prototype of his new privacy software for net phone calls.
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New Bill Boosts Telecom
July 27, 2005
US legislation, called the Broadband Consumer Choice Act of 2005, would broadly curtail the economic regulation in broadband-related telecom areas such as IP telephony and IP video.
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Avaya lends audio to IBM collaboration
July 27, 2005
IBM and Avaya said that the companies have entered into an agreement under which IBM will begin integrating Avaya's audio software into its corporate e-mail, Web conferencing and instant messaging products.
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FCC chief pushes to ease DSL rules
July 27, 2005
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin pushed his colleagues to move quickly to ease regulations on high-speed Internet service offered by U.S. telephone companies.
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NetCentrex Acquires IMS Smarts
July 26, 2005
NetCentrex is acquiring fellow French firm, session border controller vendor NeoTIP, for an undisclosed sum in a bid to accelerate its IMS strategy.
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Motorola and Vonage Team Up to Bring New Full-Featured Voice-over-IP Solution to Consumers
July 26, 2005
Motorola announced that Vonage will now offer customers the recently introduced Motorola VT2442 VoIP gateway with home networking features.
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Nortel plays role in shuttle launch
July 26, 2005
Nortel helped NASA upgrade Internet Protocol communications equipment on the space shuttle and in the command centers to ensure constant communication between Discovery and the ground crew.
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VoIP Convergence is a Ticking Time Bomb, According to Portwise
July 25, 2005
VoIP to Create an Exponential Increase of Points in the Network For Unauthorised Access and Denial of Service.
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York Telecom to Provide Managed Bridging Services to Kentucky Tele-Linking Network
July 25, 2005
York Telecom announced that they, in partnership with AT&T, will provide IP-based managed scheduling and bridging services to the Kentucky Tele-linking Network, an umbrella organization which provides H.323-based videoconferencing services to state-level organizations in Kentucky.
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FCC establishes Net telephony E911 task force
July 25, 2005
The FCC announced the creation of a task force made up of federal and state officials that will help enforce 911 service requirements for Internet telephony providers.
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The 3G handset quandary
July 22, 2005
The average price of cell phones using next-generation wireless technology will creep up $3 during the next few months, illustrating the cell phone industry's failure so far to make an important piece of its future more affordable to the mass market.
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Myths of Enterprise VoIP Deployments
July 22, 2005
VoIP is still an emerging technology, so there are new standards, moving feature sets and competing approaches, which make interoperability a major challenge. — Especially if you are going to sit and wait for SIP to mature.
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Workers Taking Fewer Business Trips; Videoconferencing Up
July 21, 2005
According to a recent survey, the bleary-eyed business traveler is becoming a less frequent sight, as nearly half of those polled said they travel for work less frequently compared to five years ago.
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The future of cellphones will be Wi-Fi
July 21, 2005
Converged Wi-Fi/cellular phones will outstrip today's Wi-Fi-only VoIP handsets pretty soon after they launch, according to analysts. — And Packetizer predicts that WiMAX phones will likely be able to replace them all.
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Congress to take up VoIP 911 rules in September
July 21, 2005
US Congress expects to begin hearings on its proposed 911 service requirements for VoIP providers in September.
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Marconi Introduces New Collaboration Tools for Its Real-Time Video Communications System
July 20, 2005
Marconi announced the introduction of ViPr Virtual Share, a set of collaboration tools that enables the sharing of documents and applications across its real-time video communications platform.
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North American Residential VoIP Market Set to Enter Mass Market
July 20, 2005
VoIP service providers are gearing up to deal with the substantial increase in demand as well as challenges associated with moving into the mass market.
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3G wars heat up
July 20, 2005
Cingular Wireless said that it will have wireless broadband networks up and running in 15 to 20 cities by year's end as it tries to catch rival Verizon Wireless.
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IMS Takes Over the World
July 20, 2005
The latest report from Heavy Reading charts the rise of IMS technology, and says that it is key to fixed-line carriers' ability to deploy services more cheaply, despite the technology's roots in the mobile world. — We have another view: IMS will simply be another klunky PSTN-type switch system... watch and see.
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E911 Deadline: A Stretch for Most
July 20, 2005
Many VoIP providers will not be able to provide "enhanced" 911 service to all their customers by the Federal Communications Commission's November 28 deadline, VoIP industry sources say.
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Vonage and VTech Launch the First 5.8Ghz Cordless Broadband Phone System
July 20, 2005
Vonage and VTech announced that the IP-8100-2 cordless broadband phone system configured with Vonage's flat-rate full-featured phone service will be available at over 8,000 retailers July 24, 2005.
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Aethra Enriches its Video Communication Product Range
July 19, 2005
AETHRA SpA announced that it has broadened its range of video communication products to include powerful infrastructure solutions. This new AETHRA strategy is supported by the technological partnership with RADVISION.
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F&S Predicts NA VOIP Growth
July 19, 2005
VoIP revenues are predicted to grow in North America from $297M in 2004 to more than $4B in 2010.
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A billion mobile phones by 2009
July 19, 2005
Sales of mobile phones are on pace to reach a billion annually by the end of the decade, when nearly 40 percent of the world's population will own a mobile handset.
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Skype Partners with The Cloud to Offer Affordable Mobile Voice over Wi-Fi on Major High Streets
July 18, 2005
Skype has partnered with The Cloud, Europe's leading WiFi network provider, to offer low cost WiFi access and internet voice calls at 6,000 of The Cloud's hotspots in the UK and Sweden.
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World's Top 10 VoIP Providers by Subscriber Count
July 18, 2005
According to the overall numbers, there were some 17,400,000 VoIP subscribers worldwide in 1Q of this year- up 3 million from 14,400,000 in 1Q 2004.
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Indoor WiMax LANs proposed
July 18, 2005
While the world waits for wide-area WiMax to take off, bringing broadband to areas off the wired network, one chip-maker reckons that WiMax could have another role — replacing 802.11a on the LAN.
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VoIP Carriers Track 911 Solutions
July 18, 2005
The same technology used for tracking sex offenders and stolen cars will soon be used to locate VoIP users who dial 911.
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Users wary of VoIP, see it as over-hyped
July 18, 2005
Corporate Australia remains wary of VoIP despite the hype with few rollouts actually taking place.
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BT Selects Nortel Equipment for Hosted Business Voice over IP
July 18, 2005
BT has selected Nortel to supply equipment for its range of hosted Business IP (Internet Protocol) telephony services, which are designed to run across BT's 21st Century Network.
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SunRocket Smolders During Stall
July 18, 2005
The majority of SunRocket VoIP subscribers lost service for about seven hours on Monday, July 11, due to what the company calls "recent surges in subscribers and call volumes."
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Video-conferencing does the business
July 18, 2005
Traffic and travelling are the main reasons why Irish SMEs are beginning to look at videoconferencing as a cost-saving technology.
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Vodafone takes the fight to VoIP
July 18, 2005
Vodafone is responding aggressively to the rise of VoIP by launching a low cost, flat rate phone service of its own, using capacity on its 3G network. — This is encouraging... competition!
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It's Alive: VoIP Gateways Gain Ground
July 18, 2005
VoIP gateways are taking over several key softswitch functionalities, prompting carriers such as YAK Communications Inc. to replace softswitches with less-advanced platforms. Global Crossing is putting half of its traffic through back-to-back VoIP gateway links.
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TANDBERG Adds Significant Reliability, Security Innovations
July 18, 2005
As organizations continue to expand their visual communication networks, TANDBERG introduced major advances that enhance the dependability and security of its H.323 video-communication systems.
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Vonage Selects TCS for VoIP E9-1-1 Service
July 18, 2005
Vonage has selected TeleCommunication Systems to provide critical Enhanced 9-1-1 (E9-1-1) technology components for Vonage's VoIP customers.
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WiMAX a disruptive technology for carrier ecosystems?
July 15, 2005
WiMAX overlaps cellular technology significantly, and every cellular operator will have to consider WiMAX.
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Vodafone Germany to keep VoIP out of the 3G network
July 15, 2005
While we've posted similar stories to this one this week, we thought it was particularly amusing that Vodaphone wants to keep VoIP out of 3G networks when 3G networks were supposed to have embraced VoIP!
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VoIP gaining trucking's interest
July 15, 2005
Gainey Transportation Services (GTS), a 1,200-truck carrier based in Grand Rapids, MI, is moving to a VoIP to allow the carrier to make telephone calls using a broadband Internet connection and save GTS an estimated $60,000 per year in phone line, maintenance and long distance fees.
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Alvarion Rides the WiMAX Wave
July 15, 2005
As the latest wireless broadband technology begins to catch on, Alvarion is poised to see strong growth.
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Cisco Plugs VoIP Gateway Holes
July 14, 2005
Cisco has issued patches for several security flaws in its voice-over IP gateways that hackers could exploit and use to eavesdrop on telephone calls.
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WiMax certification process launched
July 14, 2005
The WiMax Forum announced that it has opened the certification process of first generation WiMax products.
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Criticom Secures VoIP Technology With $1 Million Contract From AT&T
July 14, 2005
AT&T has won a US$1 million network integration contract from Criticom International Corp., a division of Integrated Alarm Services Group (IASG), one of the nation's largest providers of wholesale alarm monitoring services.
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VoIP Service Provider A Vs. VoIP Service Provider B
July 14, 2005
This article describes things to consider when selecting a VoIP Service Provider.
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Vonage, AT&T Top VOIP Ratings
July 14, 2005
Vonage was found to be the most reliable VoIP vendor in a study released this week, with AT&T's CallVantage Service lauded as having the best voice quality.
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RADVISION's SCOPIA Gateway Powers Vodafone Portugal's 3G Contact Center
July 14, 2005
RADVISION and COLLAB today announced that the RADVISION SCOPIA 3G video gateway is being used by COLLAB in its 3G Contact Center solution, which was selected by Vodafone Portugal to enable next generation voice, video, and instant messaging services.
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VoIP Pioneer Faces Meltdown
July 14, 2005
Time is running out for VocalTec Communications Ltd., one of the pioneers of the VoIP sector, as its management desperately seeks new funding to keep the company afloat.
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'Write once, run anywhere' not working for phones
July 14, 2005
When it was first introduced, Sun Microsystems' Java software for cellular phones was supposed to let developers write a single program that could run on any handset.
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River City Launches Hosted NMS/VoIP QoS Service Provider
July 14, 2005
River City Internet Group of St. Louis announced the formal and operational launch of its new, wholly owned subsidary, River City Network Performance Group.
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Global IP Sound Technology Will Support MSN and Microsoft Office RTC Services
July 13, 2005
Global IP Sound (GIPS) announced an OEM license agreement with Microsoft for voice processing solutions to improve PC-to-PC voice quality with MSN and Microsoft Office Real-Time Collaboration (RTC) solutions.
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Carrier VoIP Investments Pick Up Momentum
July 13, 2005
2004 was a break-through year for VoIP adoption, especially in North America, and 2005 is shaping up for more of the same.
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VoIP backlash in Germany?
July 13, 2005
The German unit of cell phone giant Vodafone plans to disable calls from the likes of Skype and other Net phone operators beginning July 2007.
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Sprint, Nextel shareholders approve merger
July 13, 2005
Shareholders of Sprint and Nextel Communications have approved the two operators' merger plans, which will create America's third-largest cell phone carrier.
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Polycom Launches New Videoconferencing Suite
July 13, 2005
The newly launched Polycom ReadiSeries includes ReadiConvene MCU, ReadiManager SE200 conference scheduling and management system, and ReadiRecorder, an audio conference recording and playback solution.
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Vonage tops study of Net phone service
July 12, 2005
In a recent study of VoIP service providers, Vonage ranked as the most reliable service provider, securing 80 points out of 100 points.
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AT&T Aggressively Rolling Out VoIP E-9-1-1 Service
July 11, 2005
AT&T announced that it has begun introducing Enhanced 9-1-1 service (E-911) to its AT&T CallVantage Service users in a phased deployment to be largely completed later this Summer.
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Skype, Boingo tie up in phone deal
July 11, 2005
VoIP provider Skype and wireless hot spot operator Boingo Wireless will unveil a new initiative that combines each company's respective technologies.
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Eurobites: VOIP's Hot
July 11, 2005
The inevitable is finally happening on the mainland of Europe - incumbent carriers are starting to offer widely available VoIP services that cannibalize their precious, traditional, circuit-switched voice revenues.
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VoIP TCO 45% Savings
July 10, 2005
In recent research, it was found that VoIP TCO savings was 35-45% over traditional centrex solutions.
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VoIP E911 goes live in New York City
July 8, 2005
As the telecommunications industry and public safety met Thursday to discuss how to implement a Nov. 28 deadline for VoIP providers to offer enhanced 911 to their customers, VoIP users were able to access 911 in New York City.
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VoIP use on the up-and-up
July 8, 2005
Research found that more than 11 million people around the world use a retail VoIP service compared to five million a year ago.
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Retail VoIP Booming Worldwide
July 8, 2005
UK-based research outfit Point Topic has done a survey of several VoIP providers around the world and concluded the business that VoIP is growing at an alarming rate.
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Telecom majors betting big on VoIP
July 8, 2005
India is fast on its way towards packet-based telecommunication networking, with almost every major telecom operator now contracting for VoIP equipment.
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Portugal Telecom launches VoIP in Portugal
July 7, 2005
Portugal Telecom announced the launch of VoIP softphone services in Portugal. The product was developed in conjunction with Jabber, Xten, and Critical Software. The service is available to all PT customers using the group's instant messenger service - SAPO Messenger.
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Viper Networks Launches Calling Account Product
July 7, 2005
Viper Networks announced that it has introduced a "stand alone" product which allows users to purchase a Viper Networks calling account and make calls on its global VoIP network.
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802.11n: WLANs to 600 Mbit/s
July 7, 2005
The upcoming 802.11n standard could offer far higher data transfer rates— as much as 600Mbps.
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VoIP is coming to an enterprise near you; this learning curve is one you can't miss
July 6, 2005
VoIP makes voice an all digital process. It has successfully leapt over the quality hurdle and now claims to offer similar quality to analog-based voice services. Standards such as H.323 by the International Telecommunications Union bring VoIP quality up to the level of older switched networks and open the door for its widespread adoption.
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M5T Delivers MIKEY Stack
July 6, 2005
M5T announced the release of its M5T MIKEY SAFE stack (Multimedia Internet Keying), a key and security parameter agreement protocol used to secure real-time communications over wired and wireless IP networks.
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Zoom Launches VoIP Phone Service for Private Labeling
July 6, 2005
Zoom Technologies announced its VoIP ASAP Service, a turnkey VoIP telephone service that gives Internet Service Providers (ISPs) a fast and inexpensive way to sell VoIP service that the ISP brands and controls.
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WiMax: A Spec Divided
July 6, 2005
Initial mobile WiMax products will not be backwards compatible with products based on the existing fixed-wireless specification, a fact that could set major WiMax deployments back months — even years.
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New wireless broadband 'whispers' below the radar
July 6, 2005
A new communications tool that "whispers" on busy radio channels could enable broadband Internet services for on-the-go wireless devices or hook up homes that cannot yet get fast Web access.
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IMS Taxes Mobile Voice
July 1, 2005
Mobile carriers making the move from traditional voice calls to VOIP will find themselves slapped with an "IMS tax," according to fixed/mobile convergence startups working in the field. The problem, they say, is that running voice packets over cellular networks will eat up significantly more bandwidth than traditional cellular services.
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More alarms over cell phone E911
July 1, 2005
A sizable percentage of U.S. cell phone subscribers aren't upgrading to new phones as quickly as they used to, throwing into doubt a major initiative designed to improve wireless 911 calling.
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New tax for broadband customers?
July 1, 2005
Many broadband customers in the U.S. will pay new universal service taxes akin to those on their telephone bills if Congress bows to suggestions from rural legislators.
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