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News Archive - July 2007

Nortel Government Solutions Wins US$300 Million Social Security Network Award
July 31, 2007
The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) has awarded a 10-year contract, valued up to US$300 million, to Nortel to replace its existing legacy phone system with a new VoIP system.
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FCC approves some open wireless requirements
July 31, 2007
The FCC ruled that a valuable chunk of wireless spectrum will be open to whatever mobile devices Americans want to use, amounting to a political setback for traditional telephone companies and a partial win for Google.
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Comcast Tops VoIP Providers in 2006
July 30, 2007
Cable VoIP subscribers jumped 167% in 2006 from 3.9 million subscribers to 6.3 million, with most users unaware that they are actually using VoIP technology. Comcast claimed the top spot with 2.4 million subscribers.
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Microsoft approaching VoIP server launch
July 27, 2007
Microsoft has completed development of its VoIP server system and has released it to manufacturers, ready for a full launch in six to eight weeks.
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IMS Goes From Hero to Zero
July 26, 2007
IMS has been a much ballyhooed architecture for delivering new and converged IP services to wireline and wireless customers, but carriers have had a hard time making a business case for full-scale deployment.
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UK: VoIP services must offer 999, says watchdog
July 26, 2007
VoIP phone services must allow users to make 999 emergency calls, under proposals published by communications watchdog Ofcom.
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Sprint, Google in pact for WiMax mobile Web
July 26, 2007
Sprint Nextel said it would develop with Google a new mobile Internet portal using WiMax wireless technology to offer Web search and social networking.
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Videoconferencing cuts $150m off Cisco's travel bill
July 25, 2007
Networking giant Cisco has slashed $150M off its corporate travel costs by using its own high-end videoconferencing technology.
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Your Voice Selects Surf Communication Solutions to Collaborate on its 3G Video Conferencing Services Solution
July 24, 2007
SURF Communication announced that Your Voice, an Italian company specializing in services and solutions for automatic multichannel communications, has selected Surf's multimedia processing products for development of its 3G video conferencing services solution.
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Skype seeks new sales as eBay pressure rises
July 24, 2007
Internet call firm Skype is seeking additional revenue streams from new advertising-paid services, as pressure grows from parent eBay to show results.
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Third Generation Multimedia System Work Accelerates
July 19, 2007
ITU-T SG16 proposed the formation of a new Question (i.e., a working group) to begin work on a new packet-switched multimedia system called H.325), set to revolutionize the end-user experience and enable a host of new multimedia applications.
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Broadcom, Verizon Wireless reach 3G phone deal
July 19, 2007
In its effort to earn royalties for a patent that rival Qualcomm has been found to infringe, Broadcom is doing an end-run by striking a licensing deal with Qualcomm's customer, Verizon Wireless.
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Sprint Nextel, Clearwire plan nationwide WiMax network
July 19, 2007
Sprint Nextel is partnering with Clearwire to build a nationwide WiMax network for cell phones, both companies announced.
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AT&T: Mobile Phone Service is a Luxury
July 19, 2007
AT&T, like all other mobile service providers in the United States, requires a contract for new customers and when getting phones at a reduced price. But, AT&T goes further in abusing its customers by demanding contracts from existing customers with established credit histories who do not buy equipment.
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A New Challenger for VoIP
July 19, 2007
Stepping into the gap left by SunRocket is another new VoIP-style company, with yet another solution for home phone service called Ooma.
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VoIP Firms Mull SunRocket's End
July 18, 2007
The demise of VoIP service provider SunRocket may be bad news for the company's employees and investors, but for startups that sell do-it-yourself VoIP gear to businesses, it's a marketing windfall.
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Unlock the cell phone? It's a high-stakes debate
July 16, 2007
Imagine a day when you can buy the newest, coolest phone you can get your hands on—and use it on any wireless carrier's network. — Oh, we can imagine. In fact, we do already by purchasing phones outside the USA.
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Democrats criticize AT&T's exclusive iPhone deal
July 11, 2007
AT&T's exclusive right to sell the Apple iPhone drew complaints from Democratic politicians, though it was unclear whether they were planning to do anything about it.
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U.S. Lags Europe in VoIP
July 9, 2007
The United States continues to fall further behind Europe in its adoption of Internet telephony for consumers. The growing gap could further stifle U.S. investment in new services and equipment, and contribute to the speedy demise of independent VoIP service providers such as Vonage.
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Second open Linux phone goes on sale
July 9, 2007
Another fully open-source-based phone went on sale, offering developers the chance to build their own mobile Linux applications.
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VoIP Expensive, unsafe, unlocked
July 5, 2007
The OMTP has published a white paper telling Networks to unlock VoIP services on handsets; business use of mobile VoIP is set to soar whilst Voda tell customers it's expensive and unsafe.
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Experts: VoIP Just Another Way to Hack
July 2, 2007
VoIP is an exciting development for many consumers because it brings together two great drivers: reduced costs and improved features. Unfortunately, the same benefits that draw users to the new technology benefit those who would prey on the users, so VoIP introduces yet another network gateway that must be guarded.
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Firms prepare for mobile VoIP
July 2, 2007
Seven out of 10 global businesses expect to be using VoIP regularly on mobile devices over the next two years, according to new research.
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Bell Canada Goes Private
July 2, 2007
Bell Canada has agreed to be bought out in the largest takeover in the country's history. The company accepted the US$48.8 billion bid by the Ontario Teacher's Pension Plan and Providence Equity Partners. The deal works out to $40.17 per share and also includes the purchase of $15.9 billion of debt.
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