Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Verizon Dials Up 911 VoIP Solution


'Verizon Communications said it will provide VoIP providers with a solution that will let them use Verizon's enhanced 911 emergency calling system.

Problems handling 911 emergency numbers have been a major hurdle for VoIP providers, but positive movement in recent days by major landline carriers is being hailed by VoIP companies.



"Working with VoIP companies and their vendors, we have identified a means to route VoIP calls so that they appear in emergency response centers much the way wireline and wireless 911 calls do," said Michael O'Connor, Verizon's executive director of federal regulatory affairs, in a statement Tuesday.'


Source: Verizon Dials Up 911 VoIP Solution

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Vonage Sets $100 Price Point For VOIP Handset


'VOIP provider Vonage has identified a $100 price point as the target for its upcoming VOIP handset, an executive said Wednesday.

Vonage, which is in U.S. beta trials with handsets from VTech and UTStarcom, plans to bring to bring the handsets out in the U.S. at the end of the summer or early autumn, said Kerry Ritz, Vonage's U.K. managing director. Ritz also disclosed that the company is in alpha trials with business customers for video-over-IP conferencing services. ADVERTISEMENT



In addition, Boingo Wireless plans to bring out its own VOIP phone through a partnership with SK Telecom, the company's president told an audience at The Wireless LAN Event here.



Although the first phones will be so-called “single-mode” handsets -- WiFi only -- the VOIP companies are already beginning to court and sign deals with traditional cellular providers. So-called dual-mode wireless/cellular phones are on the horizon, forcing VOIP providers to begin talks with traditional cellular service providers.



So why would a cellular provider, which charges by the minute or the packet, want to partner with a VOIP provider that could potentially sidestep their revenue stream? “Sooner or later it's going to happen, with someone,” Ritz said. “It's inevitable.”'


Source Vonage Sets $100 Price Point For VOIP Handset

Vonage Sets $100 Price Point For VOIP Handset


'VOIP provider Vonage has identified a $100 price point as the target for its upcoming VOIP handset, an executive said Wednesday.

Vonage, which is in U.S. beta trials with handsets from VTech and UTStarcom, plans to bring to bring the handsets out in the U.S. at the end of the summer or early autumn, said Kerry Ritz, Vonage's U.K. managing director. Ritz also disclosed that the company is in alpha trials with business customers for video-over-IP conferencing services. ADVERTISEMENT



In addition, Boingo Wireless plans to bring out its own VOIP phone through a partnership with SK Telecom, the company's president told an audience at The Wireless LAN Event here.



Although the first phones will be so-called “single-mode” handsets -- WiFi only -- the VOIP companies are already beginning to court and sign deals with traditional cellular providers. So-called dual-mode wireless/cellular phones are on the horizon, forcing VOIP providers to begin talks with traditional cellular service providers.



So why would a cellular provider, which charges by the minute or the packet, want to partner with a VOIP provider that could potentially sidestep their revenue stream? “Sooner or later it's going to happen, with someone,” Ritz said. “It's inevitable.”'


Source Vonage Sets $100 Price Point For VOIP Handset

Caesars Palace Goes VOIP


'Cranes put the finishing touches on the exterior of the new tower which opens in August with an array of high-tech facilities. Guests will be able to chat on the VoIP telephones while looking out over 'Lake Como' outside the neighbouring Bellagio'


Source: Caesars Palace: The Emperor's new tower

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Cellular Carriers Considering VoIP


'At a recent Banc of America Securities conference on media, telecom and entertainment, Verizon Wireless Executive Vice President and CTO Dick Lynch described his company's plans to eventually offer VoIP over the company's cellular network. "I think 2008 or 2009 is the time when we'll see it start to take hold in a real commercial sense," Lynch said.



The greatest barrier to such a deployment, Lynch said, is the speed of the network itself. "What we need to make voice over IP real in the sense of the mainstream voice application solution is to have EV-DO Revision A, because that provides us a faster uplink—it moves the uplink up to a peak rate of about 1.8 Mbps," he said. "Once we've done that, and we've added quality of service and a few other things that need to get done, I think voice over IP is clearly on the evolution path."



At the same time, a new report from the research firm Analysys suggests that cellular carriers are vulnerable to competition from wireline and fixed wireless carriers through voice over Wi-Fi. "VoIP may look more attractive to those seeking to bypass mobile operators' voice tariffs," says Dr. Mark Heath, co-author of the report.



Alain Mouttham, CEO of the SIP-based software company SIPquest, says that 41 percent of cellular calls in Europe are made in locations which are either Wi-Fi enabled or can easily be Wi-Fi enabled, such as homes, offices, or campuses. Mouttham says this provides cellular carriers with an excellent business opportunity. "With voice over Wi-Fi and with rich media over Wi-Fi, they can provide 3G-like services but at a much, much, much lower cost," he says.'


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PUC Gives Up Fight Over VOIP


State regulators have reversed themselves on broadband telephone calling and ceded oversight to the federal government — a move that critics fear will leave California customers with little recourse for poor or faulty service.



The state Public Utilities Commission voted 3 to 1 behind closed doors late last week to pull out of its appeal of a Federal Communications Commission rule designating so-called voice over Internet protocol as an interstate service beyond state control.



California's was the first of several state utility commissions to appeal the FCC order, leading to the combining of the cases in the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Its decision to withdraw is likely to cause delays and a move to another circuit.


PUC Gives Up Fight Over VOIP

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Microsoft Messenger Now With VoIP and Video Phone


'Microsoft made an official announcement today about its release of a new version of MSN Messenger, its Instant messaging program now bundled with VoIP-based calling and Video over IP features. The software giant’s network of Internet services have began a rollout in markets around the world. The Integration between MSN Messenger, MSN Spaces and other MSN network services, including MSN Search, would give users a way to connect with others through instant messaging, blogging, and sharing music lists and photos.'


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AOL Answers the VoIP Call


'America Online today joins the parade of companies offering Internet telephone service.


Initially the availability of AOL's Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service is limited to 22.2 million AOL members who live inside the 40 major U.S. markets where the launch is taking place. For a complete list of these cities, visit AOL KeyWord: Internet Phone Service if you are a subscriber or AOL.com.


In coming months AOL expects to make its AOL Internet Phone Service available in more markets and to open it up to non-AOL members as well.'


Source: AOL Answers the VoIP Call

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

A Boom in VoIP


'In 2005, research firm IDC expects that 3 million Americans will subscribe to residential VoIP services. By 2009, the number of subscribers is forecast to balloon to 27 million.



IDC notes that even though the VoIP market is already crowded with next-generation carriers like Vonage, as well as traditional carriers like AT&T, cable vendors will enter the fray in 2005 further cluttering the VoIP service market.



The price point at which VoIP services are offered is one of the current drivers of the technology's growth, However IDC cautions that carriers need to move beyond price and educate consumers about the features and functions of VoIP. IDC suggests that enabling convergence and integrating applications are "critical capabilities" that service providers will have to offer in the future.'


Source: IDC: A Boom in VoIP

VoIP Services Expected To Soar


'Internet calling is quickly approaching maturity, buoyed by attractive pricing and the increasing number of high-speed connections, according to recent research conducted by IDC.



Just ask Paris Hilton: there's little security in mobile gizmos, though that's slowly changing. Also, a warning for Bluetooth users.



Analysts project that the number of U.S. subscribers to residential VoIP services will soar to 27 million by 2009 from some 3 million in 2005.



While it has been slow to develop in the U.S. and elsewhere, VoIP is finally beginning to show its potential in the consumer market, IDC reported, driven in large part by aggressive marketing efforts based on price.'


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Monday, April 04, 2005

Skype dreams for developers


'Like the iPod, free phone service Skype is creating a coattail economy as hungry developers rush to cash in on its popularity.



In just 18 months, Luxembourg-based Skype has signed up some 31 million registered users, promising free phone calls over a broadband connection between two members anywhere in the world. Now Skype is hoping to take the service even further by recruiting third-party developers to build add-on programs that might attract even more customers and possibly take its technology in new and unexpected directions.



Since the company began licensing or giving away its proprietary source code late last year, an estimated 1,000 programmers have jumped on the bandwagon, creating dozens of free and commercial products for the service. Developers get the source code by promising to either give their products away for free or provide Skype a share of the profits.'


Source: Skype dreams for developers

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Telstra Launches Global VoIP Solution

News Release: Telstra Incorporated, a leading global provider of advanced communications services to multinational corporations, announced today the availability of T-VoIP, its global VoIP offering. T-VoIP provides multinational corporations with a quality solution to control, manage and reduce global telecommunications costs.
"T-VoIP is based on Telstra’s global IP VPN platform that is backed by our service level agreements (SLAs), delivering highly reliable, integrated IP packetized voice service," said Dan Kerth, President and COO, Telstra Incorporated. "Companies can combine voice and data traffic to maximize their return on investment and through lower off-net rates, reduce the cost once associated with sending on-net and off-net voice traffic over a public switched network."

Through the use of T-VOIP, companies are able to interconnect geographically dispersed PBXs over a "virtual private network", thus avoiding the high price of international toll calls between office locations. Companies with small branch offices up to very large sites can be supported with access speeds ranging from 128 Kbps through 155 Mbps. In a converged scenario, voice and data traffic share the same local access loop, reducing the number of access loops required to obtain services.

"T-VoIP has the ability to simplify a company’s network and streamline costs associated with voice and data," said Ilissa Miller, Product Marketing Manager."A monthly rate for the on-net calling plan provides customers with virtually unlimited intra-company calls. In addition, off-net is provided at a flat rate per termination country, independent of the country of origin."

To help companies realize the benefits of converged voice and data provided by T-VoIP Telstra is offering companies a free analysis of their networking needs to determine if a global IP voice VPN is right for them and if they are among the majority of companies who can save up to 40% by combining global voice and data service using T-VoIP.

VoIP + Content = Revenue Generating Possibilities

News Release: Viseon, Inc., a global developer of broadband personal communications solutions for VoIP, today announced the multimedia version (MM) of its VisiFone Digital Home Telephone for VoIP. The VisiFone MM enables users to view personalized content and information automatically at any time they choose, on the large 10.4 inch color
TFT/LCD screen in full motion video.

The new VisiFone is the first fully digital home telephone for VoIP services. It provides new features unique to VoIP, including digital wideband audio in the handset and speakerphone as well as TV-quality two-way video calling and on-screen VoIP feature management control. The VisiFone MM also empowers consumers to view new personalized content and information such as news, weather, sports and stock quotes. Consumers will be able to instantly view a variety of content from partners, including broadcast and cable TV networks and prominent web portals.

With the VisiFone MM, consumers will be able to view "what they want, when they want it" and even instantly interact with the content provider or sponsor on their VisiFone by audio or video call. Consumers can customize the content to be displayed on the VisiFone at chosen intervals throughout the day. For example, have the VisiFone display the local traffic report and live traffic cam feeds on demand every morning prior to their morning commute.

To aggregate content and sponsors for the VisiFone, Viseon previously announced the formation of ViseonMedia (VMN, LLC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Viseon, Inc. ViseonMedia has entered into agreements with various sponsors and marketing partners to deliver selected programming to VisiFone users throughout the globe. ViseonMedia will work directly with the VoIP carriers to develop content and information services for access by their VisiFone MM equipped subscribers.

"The VisiFone MM and ViseonMedia’s exclusive programming provides VoIP carriers with a compelling tool to attract new subscribers to the rich world of digital telephony," said John Harris, Viseon CEO and president.
"The VisiFone provides the best "telephony" ever experienced. Its multimedia features and two-way videophone capabilities will show consumers that VoIP is clearly better than plain old circuit switched telephone service."

The new VisiFone MM complements the initial 5.6 inch screen version of the VisiFone announced in January, which begins shipping to carriers in June. The VisiFone MM will be available to carriers later in 2005.

For further information, please see the company websites at www.viseon.com and www.viseonmedia.com, or visit Viseon’s booth # 5287 at The 2005 National Show, April 3-5 in San Francisco, Moscone Center.

Businesses Bullish On VoIP, But Consumers Remain Leery: Survey

'Voice over IP (VoIP) is gaining a foothold in U.S. businesses, even though consumers are still hesitant to commit to the technology, according to a new survey by Harris Interactive.

In its just-published "2005 Telecommunications Report," Harris Interactive found that 87% of business decision-makers are familiar with VoIP and, of that number, 12% currently use it in their organizations. In contrast, VoIP lacks mindshare among consumers. The survey found that only 35% of consumers as a whole are aware of the technology and only three percent of them currently use it.'

More at: Businesses Bullish On VoIP, But Consumers Remain Leery: Survey

Top Ten VoIP Predictions

The VoIP Weblog has their top 10 VoIP predictions - here's how it starts:
'10. You’ll give out your email address instead of your phone number. (Later)
9. Disparate telephone networks (cell, PSTN, etc.) will eventually migrate to VoIP. (Later)
8. Long distance calls will be free, as a rule. In fact, the concept of long distance will eventually disappear. (Sooner)
7. Wireless calls, even packet-based ones, will have quality of service comparable to wireline calls. (Later)...'

Continue reading Ted’s Top Ten VoIP Predictions - The VoIP Weblog