Broadband Briefs for 8/19/08
• Ikanos’ residential gateway products integrated with Sagem’s platform
By Traci Patterson
Ikanos Communications’ residential gateway products – including the Fusiv Vx160 processor, VoIP engine and multi-mode VDSL2/ADSL2+ chipsets – have been integrated into Sagem Communications' residential gateway.
Sagem’s F@st 3464 residential gateway platform is being used as the customer premises equipment (CPE) for a major European carrier's next-generation VDSL2 access network, which is capable of delivering high-definition Internet Protocol television (HD IPTV), Ikanos said. The platform enables unparalleled IPTV performance by offering a highly programmable, service-aware quality of service (QoS) implementation.
"We are pleased to extend our longstanding relationship with Sagem Communications to include VDSL2 platforms for the digital home," said Kumar Sivakumar, Ikanos Communications' senior vice president and general manager. "By selecting Ikanos Communications' complete residential gateway chipsets, Sagem Communications is validating the performance leadership, integration and scalability of our offerings. We believe that the superior features of our products make them ideally suited for supporting deployment of new, advanced services such as high-definition IPTV."
• Voxofon offering new Internet telephony service
By Traci Patterson
Voxofon is a new Internet telephony service that begins at 1.3 cents per minute, with no additional fees, and allows customers to call using their computer, landline, cell phone or smartphone.
For calls from a PC, there is no need to download any software, and Voxofon works with both Windows and Linux-based systems with Java runtime installed. For calling card calls, customers can use their accounts as virtual calling cards. And the company’s virtual phone line offers local phone numbers in 54 countries, allowing customers to make international calls while paying the local rate.
"We think Voxofon will appeal to a wide audience because our customers can use whichever services they are most familiar with," said Alexey Goloshubin, president and CEO of Voxofon. "Many people are still using calling cards, and some don't have computers and may prefer our virtual phone numbers. As our customers become more comfortable with the newer technology, they can move on to that without having to change their Voxofon account in any way."
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