Daily VoIP News Digest
Wednesday 30th of December 2009
January 31, 2008

Toshiba brings VoIP phone/modem to UK

by Jan Harris
Toshiba Mobile is entering the UK smartphone market with a three new phones, including a USB modem/VoIP phone hybrid - the G450. Toshiba is marketing the G450 as a USB broadband modem, which allows the user to browse the web without having to hunt for a WiFi hotspot. It is HSDPA capable, providing fast broadband speeds. The G450 also ...

Orange has 14% VoIP market share in Europe

by Lin Freestone
Recent research into VoIP retail consumer offers shows that the three largest VoIP providers in Western Europe are Orange, Neuf Cegetel and Free. Neuf Cegetel and Free operate in France. Livebox from Orange is also active in the Netherlands, Spain and the UK, in addition to France. InfoCom’s research shows that Orange had 3.57 million VoIP customers in these four ...

January 30, 2008

Ribbit to launch Amphibian VoIP service

by Jan Harris
Telephony start-up, Ribbit, is set to launch ‘Amphibian’ in the second quarter, a consumer service which bridges traditional telephony and the Internet. Amphibian, which is the code-name for the new service, will be able to convert any phone for use with Web environments. Ribbit announced the service this week at the Demo show in Palm Desert, California, a showcase for ...

January 29, 2008

Verizon Wireless protects privacy of cell phone numbers

by Lin Freestone
Following speculation in the US that a voice and data network company was planning to sell the cell phone numbers of private citizens, Verizon Wireless has underlined its insistence that cell phone numbers remain private. Steve Zipperstein, vice president and general counsel of Verizon Wireless, says that Verizon Wireless intends to take whatever steps might be necessary, including litigation, to protect ...

IP phone revenues forecast to reach $6bn by 2012

by Lin Freestone
IP phone revenues are expected to double over the next five years, reaching just over $6bn by 2012. Shipments of IP phones are forecast to grow 25% a year over the same period. These predictions are from Dell’Oro Group, the source of in-depth, objective research and analysis that enables component manufacturers, equipment vendors, and investment firms to make fact-based, strategic ...

Covergence announces virtual SBC for enterprise

by Jan Harris
Covergence has announced a session border controller (SBC) which is available as a virtual appliance. It is based on the VMware hypervisor and can run on any x86 infrastructure. The Covergence Virtual Appliance 50 (CVA-50) is a pre-configured, ready-to-run enterprise SBC integrated with an operating system inside a virtual machine. While convergence is one of the main benefits of adopting ...

January 28, 2008

VoIP mouse available from USBfever

by Jan Harris
For sheer novelty value the VoIP mouse is hard to beat. Currently available from USBfever.com, the three-in-one mouse has an integrated VoIP unit, complete with speaker and microphone. The speaker connector can be unplugged when not required - when using a laptop speaker for example. The mouse has a Scroll Wheel, so no need to rely on the scroll ...

January 26, 2008

AT&T adds VoIP to U-verse package

by Lin Freestone
AT&T has added residential VoIP services to its U-verse packages for the first time, finally completing the operator’s triple-play package to make all three services - voice, video and data - IP-based. The new digital voice product, U-verse Voice, has been introduced in Detroit and will be expanded to additional markets throughout 2008. AT&T through U-verse Voice offers its users combined ...

January 25, 2008

BT launches Communications Complete VoIP for SMEs

by Jan Harris
BT Group's Business division has launched Communications Complete, a unified communications system for small businesses, designed in collaboration with Cisco. Communications Complete is a simple, networked Internet telephony platform providing voice, video, data, security and wireless networking. Research by BT and Cisco found that 85 per cent of small to medium-sized companies lose business to larger rivals. Communications Complete is ...

In-flight WiFi on US airlines – but no VoIP

by Lin Freestone
American Airlines has begun to install in-flight WiFi equipment, and plans to offer WiFi service on cross country flights. Passengers on American aircraft will get full data service, but will not receive cell or VoIP service. If the service proves to be a success, it will be introduced to the rest of the fleet. The airline has already made it clear ...

TalkSwitch voted best VoIP system for small business

by Lin Freestone
TalkSwitch, a Canadian leader in the design and manufacture of innovative telephone systems for small and multi-location businesses, has been chosen the best VoIP system for small business by the readers of Small Business Computing Magazine. Being selected by the professionals who choose and rely on TalkSwitch to run their businesses every day has been recognised as a great accolade by ...

Clearwire launches VoIP in the US

by Lin Freestone
Clearwire, the US internet service provider, is to launch its first VoIP service on its own infrastructure. Clearwire is deploying Nortel’s Application Server 5200 and Communication Server 2000 in its data centres to add the first in-house voice services to its portfolio. The company currently markets VoIP services in partnership with a number of carriers. Clearwire has wireless broadband networks ...

January 23, 2008

Vyke acquires Callserve Communications

by Jan Harris
Vyke Communications Plc is to acquire UK VoIP service provider Callserve Communications Limited for up to £2.9 million. The deal is significantly below the £3.5 million projected price. The deal is part of Vyke's plan to expand in the UK market, and will provide Vyke with additional wholesale VoIP network assets and an enlarged UK operational base. As well as ...

January 22, 2008

BT denies Home Hub open to hacking

by Jan Harris
A report in 'The Register' claims that BT's broadband service, provided through its Home Hub scheme, could be vulnerable to hacking when customers make a call routed over the internet. This could allow an attacker to make calls on the user's machine, using a false number, according to the report. The hacker could then gain personal details by pretending to ...

New recording solution from ASC

by Lin Freestone
A new version of ASC’s VoIP recording solution, EVOip for Cisco, will be exhibited at the Cisco Networkers' Conference in Barcelona from 22-24 January, 2008. ASC is a leading global provider of innovative solutions to record, analyze and evaluate communications. EVOip for Cisco records all customer interactions in Cisco environments. It was certified through the Cisco Technology Developer Program and ...

January 21, 2008

Avaya pushes on Defense & Security Solutions for SIP

by Brian Turner
Avaya today introduced enhancements to its market-leading IP Telephony solutions delivering advanced Intelligent Communications capabilities using end-to-end, full-featured Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). This includes the latest version of Avaya's flagship IP telephony software - Avaya Communication Manager 5.0 - which enables businesses to gain essential and innovative telephony functions using end-to-end SIP. With open standards-based SIP, businesses can drive greater ...

January 18, 2008

Friends Provident moves to Internet Telephony

by Jan Harris
Insurance company, Friends Provident, is planning to fully introduce internet telephony in its UK business by the end of 2008, as part of a strategy called Six-Star. The strategy aims to improve response times through the use of IT, providing improved customer service and business continuity at its UK call centres and offices. The company has already migrated around 95% ...

January 17, 2008

Vyke wins Internet Telephony ‘Product of the Year’ award

by Jan Harris
Vyke Communications Plc's Vyke Pro free mobile community messaging service has been named Internet Telephony 'Product of the Year' 2007, by Technology Marketing Corporation. Vyke launched the Vyke Pro messaging service on June 19th, 2007. It allows mobile users across the world to send free or low cost text messages, as well as making low cost international calls. To use Vyke ...

January 16, 2008

VoIP enabled barcode scanner from Motorola

by Lin Freestone
A unique voice-enabled wireless scanner has been announced by Motorola. The device could significantly improve productivity as it combines a barcode scanner with voice and data communication. Motorola’s CA50 is the first device of its kind, allowing users to scan barcodes as well as have access to voice telephony and walkie-talkie style Push To Talk communications. The devices link to a ...

European expansion of ASTRA2Connect

by Lin Freestone
SES Astra, an SES company, has signed further contracts to introduce its satellite broadband service ASTRA2Connect in France and Italy. Contracts have already been signed in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland and Poland. Additional contracts in several other European countries are under negotiation. ASTRA2Connect is a fully satellite-based solution for broadband access that delivers dual- and triple-play services via wholesalers and internet service ...