VoIP shows the way
You know you've hit the big time when you get your own show.
Well, VoIP now has its own show, and the latest iteration
was the recently held VON Spring 2006 confab, in San Jose,
Calif. At least it seems that way, since much of the information
being disseminated from the IP communications show is VoIP
related. And there was news aplenty from the VoIP industry's
growing number of participants attending the show.
- TNS (Transaction Network Services) and BroadSoft teamed
up to provide Calling Name (CNAM, a data base service) to
service providers operating BroadSoft's BroadWorks VoIP
- Legerity, Inc. and Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. showed
off their VoIP processing for 48 standard phone lines within
an IP Multimedia System (IMS, which is hot, too) infrastructure.
- Anritsu Corp. expanded its test and monitoring portfolio
to include some "powerful" VoIP features for its InterQuest
Analyzer, which tests for VoIP interoperability.
- Ditech Communications integrated Telchemy's VoIP performance
monitoring technology into its Packet Voice Processor voice
- And Covergence partnered with Centillium Communications
to deliver what the companies are touting as "the industry's
first comprehensive consumer and residential VoIP security
InterQuest analyzer is designed to test VoIP service.
Though not exactly all household names, these companies and
many more like them are deepening their presence in the VoIP
space, and is a clear indication of the expanding VoIP market
and the supporting technology, equipment and software providers
that are committing to VoIP.
And why not? A meteoric rise is expected of the VoIP market
in the next five years, with one research group predicting
a 400 percent uptick by 2008 (New Paradigm Resources Group).
And profits will abound, New Paradigm says, with low underlying
VoIP costs and Internet giants such as AOL, Microsoft, Google
and Yahoo! moving into the market, creating greater margins
and a bigger bundle of services.
All that remains is that pesky VoIP business model. Once
it gets its own show, VoIP should not only hit the big time,
but elevate to international star status.
SES Americom secures IPTV
Americom will protect content protection via its IP-Prime
distribution platform via the NDS
Group, VideoGuard conditional access platform and
Synamedia IPTV software.
The combination of VideoGuard and Synamedia encryption and
security capabilities will provide protection from the origination
at the SES Americom IPTV broadcast center in New Jersey, to
telco video hubs and IP set-top boxes throughout home communications
networks, the companies said.
Tut upgrading to MPEG-4
Inc. said it is scheduled to upgrade four triple play
providers and their existing IPTV headends to MPEG-4 AVC over
IP. The upgrade is the third phase of new technology in the
IPTV market, which began with MPEG-2 over ATM, then MPEG-2
Why the upgrade? The MPEG-4 headend should improve picture
quality and lower the required bandwidth needed for HD channels.
XTP8830 -- H.264-based Triple-Play Videophone.
Leadtek tweaks videophone
IP broadband videophone, XTP 8830, is getting a boost from
Qtopia software, the companies said. The videophone is capable
of supporting triple play technologies, including video telephony,
streaming, VoIP and online browsing, and can be adapted to
all IP-based networks.
The upside? Qtopia is designed to make the development of
a feature-rich IP videophone faster and more efficient.
SightSpeed and Roxio in
Inc., a provider of free and premium Internet video
and voice communications, and Roxio,
a digital media software developer, have agreed to a multi-channel
distribution agreement, the companies announced.
SightSpeed plans to extend its market reach by using Roxio's
channel expertise. Roxio in turn will co-brand and distribute
SightSpeed's application through its e-commerce channel.
CompUSA expands Bandwidth
is partnering with Bandwidth.com
Systems to offer a hosted VoIP service for small and
medium-sized businesses in the retail industry.
Businesses in need of 10 to 200 lines across single or multiple
locations can purchase VoIP service at CompUSA, which will
include Sylantro's Synergy VoIP platform and Bandwidth.com's
business communications service.
What's the big deal? The VoIP service aimed directly at the
small and medium-sized business market is reportedly the first
of its kind by a retailer, and a clear indication that the
SMB market is expanding.
TNS takes InfiniRoute to
Network Services, Inc. (TNS) a network and data communications
provider, has acquired InfiniRoute
Networks Inc., a VoIP peering services provider.
The acquisition includes InfiniRoute's VoIP Direct and will
allow TNS traditional carriers and next-generation service
providers with direct network interconnectivity using public
or private IP packet networks, the companies added.
And TNS's take on the acquisition? It solidifies its position
as a player in the VoIP market.
Earthlink, Covad building
a provider of broadband voice and data communications, are
expanding their VoIP and high-speed Internet access bundle
to eight additional cities.
And Earthlink will help to foot the bill by providing $50
million in debt and equity financing to fund the additional
network build-outs in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami,
New York City, Philadelphia, San Diego, and Washington, D.C.
Covad's line-powered voice access marries the "last mile"
of traditional telephone copper wiring with Earthlink's VoIP
features via DSLAM (Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer)
The upside? Covad and Earthlink say customers will enjoy
a higher quality service since their calls will be delivered
over the companies' managed national networks rather than
the public Internet.
Legerity interfaces with
Inc. will provide Avaya,
a provider of business communications applications, systems
and services, with its voice interface VE880 VoicePort and
Le79112 Voice Control Processor, the companies announced.
The combination is meant to simplify Avaya's design process
and allow the company to update its IP Office expansion modules,
the company said.
RCN hits Mach 20
will address consumers' need for speed with a phased rollout
of a 20 Mbps (downstream), starting in Falls Church, Va. and
RCN's zippy MegaModem Mach 20 delivers up to 20 Mbps downstream
and up to 2Mbps upstream. The service is designed for consumers
and small businesses that require faster downloads of music,
movies and digital photos as well as faster upstream speeds
for gamers and telecommuters.
But just as important: It should add value to RCN's current
triple play service.
IP telephony is hot. Especially in the SMB (small- and medium-sized
business) market, says research group InfoTech.
Demand for IP telephony solutions has grown 36 percent in
station shipments between 2004 and 2005. U.S. revenues subsequently
reached $1.4 billion. Over the next five years, the market
is projected to grow at an annual rate of 19 percent, with
total revenue exceeding $3 billion in 2010.