Daily VoIP News Digest
Friday 25th of December 2009
February 29, 2008

Dreams bed retailer deploys VoIP

by Jan Harris
Bed retailer, Dreams, is deploying VoIP and 3G mobile technology, to link its rapidly growing chain of stores. The company is undergoing a major expansion programme that will see it open one new store each week, for 50 weeks. Dreams plans to link up each shop within seven days, helping with a strategy to capture 25% of the market ...

US Senate approves 911 VoIP bill

by Lin Freestone
In the US, the Senate has approved a bill that would ensure 911 access for customers using Internet-based phone services. The bill would allow cable companies and other VoIP providers the same type of interconnection access as traditional phone providers so that 911 calls made from VoIP connections will be guaranteed to reach a live operator. The issue arose several years ...

Winbond 4-channel codec for short-loop VoIP applications

by Jan Harris
Winbond Electronics Corp has introduced the W684386 four-channel Codec optimised for short-loop VoIP applications - an industry first according to the company. The W684386 is part of the Pro-X (programmable extended) series of Codec/SLIC devices, a highly integrated solution to support four FXS phone line interfaces on a single low-power CMOS device. Winbond claims that the device provides the best ...

February 27, 2008

Cambridge Consultants develops VoIP handset for xG Technology

by Jan Harris
Cambridge Consultants is to design and develop a VoIP handset for Florida-based xG Technology Inc, in a multi-million dollar contract. xG Technology selected Cambridge Consultants for its expertise in developing innovative products and its ability to get product to market quickly. The TX60 next generation handset is capable of wide area operation enabled by xG’s proprietary xMax technology. It will ...

February 26, 2008

Voipfone available via BT landlines

by Jan Harris
London-based Inet Telecoms Ltd has launched an internet telephony service which uses BT telephone landlines and existing telephone equipment. Customers also keep their existing telephone number and use their phones in exactly the same way as usual. The new service provides the benefits of VoIP, such as cheaper calls, call transfer, call hold, music on hold and call recording, without ...

European VoIP market growth figures from TeleGeography

by Lin Freestone
TeleGeography’s latest survey of European VoIP market growth estimates that VoIP subscribers in Europe had grown to 28.9 million by the end of 2007. The survey states that, while VoIP is often associated with competitive carriers and cable companies, many European incumbents have counter attacked by launching their own VoIP services, often with great success. France Telecom has emerged as by ...

Taiwan leads in volume production of VoIP products

by Lin Freestone
Taiwan is emerging as one of the leading supply centres for VoIP products worldwide. The surge in production volume and value in 2007 is predicted to continue throughout 2008. The export value of Taiwan’s VoIP gateways and IP PBXs with VoIP gateway functions was in the region of $73m in 2007. This was an increase of 73.8% over the figure of ...

February 25, 2008

Sheffield Children’s Hospital provides free VoIP/IPTV

by Jan Harris
Sheffield Children's Hospital is providing its patients with free VoIP calls, satellite, freeview, and internet access, through a pilot project to test custom 'bedhead' systems. The pilot is part of a government initiative to provide free communications technology to children in hospital. Many providers of hospital communications technology provide the services free of capital costs, but charge patients to use their ...

February 22, 2008

BT sweetens Office Anywhere service

by Jan Harris
BT has restructured its VoIP-ready BT Office Anywhere smartphone service, making it cheaper for firms to benefit from Internet calls. The company has introduced a new £10 a month bolt-on tariff for the service. The bolt-on provides unlimited e-mail access; unlimited calling between colleagues, including between BT mobiles, voicemail and to office landlines; and unlimited internet phone calls to UK ...

Russia originates most of world’s complex spyware and viruses

by Lin Freestone
Research from PC Tools, a international provider of spyware protection, has revealed that Russia has superseded the US and China as the world's highest producer of spyware and viruses. Russia is thought to account for 27.89% of malware, while China accounts for 26.52%. The US has slipped into third place with 9.98%. Statistics generated using Threat Expert, an automated threat ...

February 21, 2008

ITSPA highlights VoIP benefits for SMEs

by Jan Harris
Industry expert Colin Duffy, a council member for The Internet Telephony Services Providers’ Association and chief executive officer of Voipfone.co.uk, is encouraging small and medium-sized businesses to adopt VoIP. According to Duffy, VoIP allows SMEs to afford advanced features such as telephone extensions, music on hold, and call transfer; all features which present a professional image for the company. However, ...

February 19, 2008

Sony launches VoIP headsets

by Jan Harris
Sony Europe has launched a range of new headsets with hands free capability for VoIP calls and internet chat. They can also be used to listen to music, and for multi-player games. The headsets are designed to provide clear voice and sound transmission over the internet. They feature a fully adjustable rotating flexible boom microphone with Sony noise-cancelling technology ...

New voice and data plans from Verizon Wireless

by Lin Freestone
Verizon Wireless, the builder and operator of wireless network in the US, has announced the immediate availability of new Nationwide Unlimited Anytime Minute Plans. The plans give customers all their calls at a flat rate of $99.99 monthly access, anytime to anyone in the US, including landline phones. Broadband Access Plans are also being enhanced so customers now have two ...

February 18, 2008

BNS takes VoIP services to next level

by Jan Harris
BNS Telecom, a Northumberland-based telecoms company company, is planning a major phase of expansion. The company, which started out as a reseller of other companies' products, has developed into an IP carrier with its own VoIP network. It offers a comprehensive range of bundled products, not currently available to other telecom providers. Products and services provided by BNS include ...

February 17, 2008

Two more Wi-Fi roaming partners for Boingo

by Lin Freestone
Boingo has added Sony Ericsson UIQ and Windows Mobile 6 to the list of mobile devices it supports with its roaming software. The company provides software technology and roaming services that help bring the wireless Internet to the masses. The client software gives transparent access to any wireless hotspot on Boingo's roaming list, automatically identifying the hotspot and connecting to it. ...

February 16, 2008

VoIP security solutions from Cisco

by Lin Freestone
Cisco has brought out two security solutions to defend against potentially dangerous exploits via its VoIP kit, including the possibility of malicious code being injected into vulnerable networks. Vulnerabilities in Cisco IP Phones and its Unified Communications Manager call management software are covered. A range of Cisco 7900 Series IP Phones are subject to multiple flaws. Some of these may be vulnerable ...

February 15, 2008

Gieves and Hawkes adopts VoIP system

by Jan Harris
Gieves and Hawkes, the Savile Row tailor, has consolidated its voice and data infrastructure into a single hosted service. This has allowed the company to save 7.5% on data communications costs and 22% on external call costs. Gieves and Hawkes installed a VoIP system and a 2mbps Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) link from Viatel, providing free calls between its two offices ...

Portable VoIP phone on show in Barcelona

by Lin Freestone
A portable VoIP phone that uses WiMAX data communication was among the products on show at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Congress, which featured exhibitors from Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and is one of the largest mobile communications shows in the world, ran until February 14th. The phone is compatible with All IP communication ...

February 14, 2008

Norton Finance deploys converged IP network

by Jan Harris
Norton Finance, the financial services company, has invested in an IP converged network from NEC Philips Unified Solutions, in order to cut costs and support a business expansion programme and relocation. The company is consolidating its business premises into two main sites. When staff move into the new office, they will simply have to plug in the new VoIP phones ...

February 12, 2008

Vyke adds network capacity with Iios takeover

by Jan Harris
VoIP service provider, Vyke Communications, has confirmed its planned acquisition of Iios Ltd, a UK-based telecommunications carrier service provider. The acquisition will give Vyke additional network capacity at a time when the company is growing rapidly, helping it to meet an increase in demand for its services. Vyke will make an initial payment of £75,000, by issuing 84,206 shares at 89 ...