Daily VoIP News Digest
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November 30, 2007

SoliCall’s PBXMate reduces background noise on VoIP

by Lin Freestone
SoliCall has a solution to the problem of noisy business calls over VoIP networks, especially conference calls. SoliCall’s PBXMate reduces background noise and improves voice clarity. SoliCall's PBXMate can work with any VoIP Network that supports SIP and it runs on Linux & Windows. SoliCall offers dramatic improvement of phone calls' quality. By simple configuration, the PBXMate can be used ...

November 29, 2007

Cisco IP phones vulnerable to eavesdropping

by Jan Harris
Cisco's 7900 Series of IP phones has been shown to have a vulnerability in the Extension Mobility feature, which a hacker could exploit to eavesdrop on calls. Extension Mobility allows users to configure a Cisco IP phone as their own. When the feature is enabled it fails to encrypt signalling communications between a device and an internal web server. This ...

November 28, 2007

iBasis upgrades Pingo VoIP service

by Jan Harris
Global VoIP leader, iBasis, has upgraded its online calling service, Pingo, which provides VoIP calls via any fixed-line or mobile phone, without the need for additional equipment or software. iBasis has added an interactive voice response system to Pingo, which lets users know when their account balance is low. The account can be topped up simply by pushing the star ...

Vonage chases Skype 0207 customers

by Brian Turner
Vonage is looking to accommodate Skype users who want to continue using their 0207 numbers. Skype shocked their UK community earlier in the year by announcing that 0207 numbers would not be supported after December 20th, which could impact as many as 10,000 Skype users. Vonage have set up a helpline specifically for Skype users to call if they wish to continue ...

November 27, 2007

Vyke Communications to acquire Target

by Jan Harris
Vyke Communications Plc, which claims to be the world's number one VoIP service provider, is planning to acquire Target, a specialist in retail VoIP solutions, for £3.5 million, payable in shares. The acquisition, which is subject to due diligence and approval by Vyke's Board of directors, should be completed by the end of the year. The acquisition will strengthen Vyke's ...

November 26, 2007

Nominet to be UK registry for ENUM

by Jan Harris
Nominet has won the right to be the UK registry for ENUM, a new standard for connecting the telephone communications network to the Internet. Nominet will look after and run the ENUM database. ENUM converges the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) and Internet Protocol (IP) networks by converting a telephone number into a domain name, and registering it on the ...

November 24, 2007

Success of One Laptop Per Child Program in North America

by Lin Freestone
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology devised a charitable "Give One, Get One" program whereby a customer buying a $188 computer in the US and Canada automatically donates a second one to a child in a developing country. The promotion received so much support from the public that it has been extended until the end of the year. Customers in the ...

November 23, 2007

SIPtap software can eavesdrop on VoIP calls

by Jan Harris
UK VoIP expert, Peter Cox, has released a proof-of-concept program demonstrating the vulnerability of VoIP-based calls to eavesdropping, placing confidential information at risk. The software, called SIPtap, can monitor multiple VoIP calls and record them as .wav files, for remote inspection. A hacker would be able to infect a single PC on a network with a Trojan incorporating the programme. ...

German police unable to decipher Skype’s encryption

by Lin Freestone
At an annual gathering of security and law-enforcement officials, the president of Germany's Federal Police Office admitted that the police in Germany are unable to decipher the encryption used in Skype in order to monitor calls by suspected criminals and terrorists. Skype and other VoIP calling software is difficult to intercept because it works by breaking up voice data into small ...

November 22, 2007

Truphone partners with Surf and Sip

by Jan Harris
Internet telephony company, Truphone, has partnered with wireless internet service provider, Surf and Sip, adding 260 hotspots to the expanding number of locations where Truphone can be used to make mobile calls over Wi-Fi and the Internet. Surf and Sip's hotspots are located within Caffe Nero coffee houses. The company is planning to introduce further locations in the future. Truphone users ...

November 21, 2007

Timico offers hosted VoIP for SMEs

by Jan Harris
Timico, a UK-based communications provider, has entered into a partnership with Nortel to provide a hosted VoIP service for SMEs. The system incorporates a PC-based multimedia voice and video application, which fully integrates with the Microsoft Outlook messaging and collaboration client. Users can make VoIP calls with one click of a mouse within the Microsoft Outlook business application. If the call ...

November 20, 2007

Jajah Direct provides VoIP without the Internet

by Jan Harris
VoIP provider, Jajah, has introduced Jajah Direct, which provides VoIP calls without the need to be connected to the Internet. Users simply call a local access number, then input the number of the phone they wish to call. Jajah Direct then sends them a number, usually by text message. When called, this number connects with the person the user wishes ...

November 19, 2007

VoIP brings success to Capital One

by Jan Harris
Financial service firm, Capital One, credits its Future of Work initiative, a major network upgrade, with its recent success. The company has rolled out a VoIP service which allows employees to be mobile and stay connected. The VoIP deployment, known as My Phone, My Way, gives each employee a single phone number which they can carry with them. This allows ...

November 15, 2007

NexTone and Springboard collaborate on VoIP Billing

by Jan Harris
Springboard-ASA Ltd, a UK developer of billing and analysis solutions for VoIP providers, has certified its VoIP billing service as ServiceReady for use with NexTone’s IntelliConnect System. The IntelliConnect System allows IP network operators to manage network interconnects for real-time services and applications. It includes NexTone SBC (Session Border Controller), NexTone MSX (Multiprotocol Session Exchange) and IMX, (IP Multimedia Exchange). ...

November 14, 2007

Netviewer five provides multi user VoIP

by Jan Harris
Netviewer AG, Europe's leading provider of real-time collaboration software, has announced new versions of one2one and one2meet, which will provide enhanced speech transmission through VoIP. The conferencing software eliminates the telephone charges which can be associated with online meetings. Netviewer five also features multi-video display, a survey creator, a Skype plug-in, and an individually customisable user interface with floating windows. ...

November 13, 2007

Report forecasts rapid growth in VoIPo3G

by Jan Harris
A new report from advisory firm, Disruptive Analysis, suggests that the number of VoIP Users Over 3G Mobile Networks (VoIPo3G) could soar to 250 million by 2012. The study expects mobile VoIP to rapidly overtake voice over WiFi to become a mainstream form of communication, with growth driven by cellular network operators. Disruptive Networks believes VoIPo3G will be popular with carriers ...

November 12, 2007

Housing Association to provide VoIP to residents

by Jan Harris
London-based Gallions Housing Association has installed wireless broadband from Motorola, with a view to eventually rolling out VoIP and IPTV services to its residents. The housing association is currently trialling the solution, which provides affordable broadband to residents in its 150 multi-unit dwellings. Many of the units are in high-rise blocks which would be expensive to connect to traditional broadband ...

November 8, 2007

Inverclyde Council adopts VoIP

by Jan Harris
Inverclyde Council has installed an Ethernet VPN fibre network and IP telephony at a cost of £3 million. The new communications system from ntl:Telewest connects the council's 5,000 staff and is expected to bring major cost savings as staff can now make free internal calls via VoIP. The system was also chosen for its flexibility to provide scaleable bandwidth to ...

November 7, 2007

Speakanet plans expansion into the UK

by Jan Harris
Copenhagen-based Speakanet AS, has raised $10 million in new venture capital funding to support growth in Denmark, and the international roll out of its technology, including in the UK and Switzerland. Speakanet provides software which replaces analogue and VoIP telephone systems with a 100% mobile, hardware-free, self-provisioned and web-enabled solution for enterprises. Employees use a standard GSM mobile phone, while ...

November 6, 2007

Puma adopts SwyxWare IP telephony

by Jan Harris
Sportswear firm Puma has connected its UK operations with SwyxWare IP telephony. The new system replaced the company's ageing BT Meridien telephone system. The system was installed at all of Puma's offices and links Puma's head office in Leatherhead with a distribution centre in Batley, Yorkshire and a showroom in Manchester. It has allowed Puma to consolidate two separate ...