Galaxy Broadband offering DBS VoIP, care of Hughes
Galaxy Broadband Communications, a satellite-based Internet access provider is now using a satellite from Hughes to provide IP-based services - including VoIP, Citrix, and VPN - in Canada.
Satellite-based VoIP is subject to latency and other quality problems. The value of DBS IP services is that Galaxy will be able to reach remote areas not served or underserved by any other broadband provider. Galaxy is also positioning the service as back-up to terrestrial networks.
In a white paper the company published in March, it said "If you are contemplating purchasing a satellite Internet system just so you can eliminate your telephone company and save $35.00 a month, we suggest you reconsider. Voice over Satellite Internet should be considered as a viable option only if you do not have a reliable wired telephone line. Those in remote areas where cell phone, radiophones, or satellite phones are the only options to communicate with the outside world can benefit from this technology and should seriously evaluate the benefits, including cost savings."
New Global offers private-labeled VoIP
New Global Telecom (NGT), which has been providing wholesale hosted and trunk-based VoIP all along, announced what it's calling its Private Label VoIP Service, for potential customers looking for an outsourced VoIP solution that will allow them to provide VoIP services quickly. NGT said it is targeting VARs, ASPs, ISPs, systems integrators, retailers and other non-traditional telecom providers who don't want to assume operational responsibilities for VoIP service.
Judge bars Vonage from signing up new subscribers
CEO Michael Snyder stepped down and resigned from the company's board of directors, just a few days after a U.S. District judge ruled Vonage can not sign up any new customers while it appeals its loss in a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Verizon. It's a fairly devastating blow to Vonage, though not as bad as being forced to shut down entirely. Vonage intends to file an appeal against the injunction.
With Snyder gone, company chairman Jeffrey A. Citron has taken the reigns as interim CEO while the company looks for Snyder's replacement.
At the same time, Vonage announced preliminary results for the quarter ended March 31, 2007, including revenue of $195 million, a net gain of 166,000 subscribers, and average monthly churn of 2.4 percent. In Q4 2006, the company reported record revenue of $181 million yet still lost $65 million.
Citron said the company is taking a number of measures to reduce the company's costs and operating expenses. Vonage intends to reduce its marketing expense by approximately $110 million, and slim its G&A by $30 million through the remainder of 2007 through consolidation of operations and a workforce reduction that may trim up to 10 percent of the company's workforce.
Verso to acquire sentitO Networks
Continuing to build a VoIP system portfolio, Verso Technologies will acquire privately held sentitO Networks for approximately 7.7 million restricted shares of Verso common stock.
Founded in 2000, sentitO sells open and distributed VoIP gateway solutions for telecommunications service providers worldwide. The sentitO Open Network Xchange (ONX) is a SIP-based architecture enabling customers to offer voice services.
Arris' telephony products chosen by Mexican MSO
Arris Group's C4 CMTS and Touchstone E-MTAs have been selected by Mexican MSO Cablemas for its expansion of digital telephony service. Cablemas has previously deployed Arris technology to provide VoIP service to more than 30,000 homes in cities including Cuernavaca and Tijuana, and the MSO expects to launch the service this summer in additional cities where it has franchises.
Report: Business VoIP users can't quite cut cord
In a bit of good news for traditional telephone companies, the number of U.S. businesses using VoIP continues to grow, but even those adopting VoIP are not completely abandoning their traditional phones, In-Stat has found.
VoIP is currently used by 20 percent of U.S. businesses, but 44 percent of these businesses' voice lines remain TDM. But the tide has turned. In-Stat predicts that two-thirds of U.S. businesses will have some form of VoIP service by 2011.
"VoIP is particularly attractive to businesses with dispersed workforces, where long distance savings can be easily achieved," says David Lemelin, In-Stat analyst. "However, VoIP is not typically embraced as the sole source of voice communications for the vast majority of businesses that have adopted VoIP to date."