Daily VoIP News Digest
Friday 22nd of January 2010
January 21, 2010

ShoreTel 10 UC sofware released

by Jan Harris
ShoreTel, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOR) hasa announced ShoreTel 10, the latest version of its award-winning UC software. With support for T.38 fax integration, enhanced multisite capabilities, and extended integration to Microsoft Exchange 2007 with enhanced SIP capabilities which allow for native integration, ShoreTel 10 is ideal for large enterprises looking to increase user productivity and integrate communications into existing investments. News ...

January 20, 2010

XConnect announces trial of the first HD voice IP peering federation

by Jan Harris
XConnect, the leader in next-generation interconnection and carrier ENUM-registry services, announced today a trial of the first IP peering federation specifically for service providers capable of offering high-definition voice services. The trial, open to qualified operators, waives sign-up and monthly fees for its April-June duration. Multiple providers using the G.722 wideband codec will be able to test the interoperability, ...

November 17, 2009

GIPS simplifies VoIP app development for Android mobiles

by Jan Harris
Global IP Solutions (GIPS) has launched ‘GIPS VoiceEngine Mobile’ which will allow mobile application developers to build VoIP-enabled clients for Android handsets. The apps will be able to offer HD voice, as well as addressing IP network issues such as delay, jitter, packet loss, bandwidth constraints, noise and echo. Roar Hagen, GIPS’ Chief Technology Officer said: “Today, mobile users desire ...

November 12, 2009

Broadcom releases open source voice codecs

by Jan Harris
In order to support the transition to HD VoIP, Broadcom is offering its BroadVoice family of voice codecs royalty-free and without any licensing fees. Wideband and narrowband BroadVoice codecs, in both floating-point and fixed-point C code, will be available as open source software. The codecs will enhance the quality of voice transmissions by reducing latency, complexity and bandwith usage. They also ...

November 2, 2009

Ingate Systems announces new E-SBC for SIP

by Jan Harris
Ingate Systems has introduced the IX78 Enterprise Session Border Controller (E-SBC) from its sister company Inertex Data AB. The IX78 E-SBC allows service providers to securely launch large-scale SIP trunk services, taking Unified Communications safely beyond the protected enterprise network The company claims that it accelerates SIP service deployment because it solves interoperability issues and NAT and firewall traversal problems between the ...

October 14, 2009

snom first with TR-069 standard for VoIP management

by Jan Harris
snom technology AG has become the first company to enable the auto configuration of VoIP terminals using the International Broadband Forum’s TR-069 standard. The new standard allows various devices to contact auto-configuration servers in order to automatically obtain the latest updates and security settings. It allows organisations using snom phones to customise an unlimited number of extensions for free, and ...

October 6, 2009

LifeSize Passport enables Skype audio calls

by Jan Harris
LifeSize Communications, Inc. has launched LifeSize Passport, an HD video conferencing system that is one-third the weight and one-third the price of similar systems. LifeSize Passport is also the world’s first HD video communications system to enable Skype audio calls. Users can connect directly with any of Skype’s global community of 480 million registered users, and other LifeSize and standards-compliant enterprise ...

October 1, 2009

O-bit launches Purple Networx

by Jan Harris
O-bit Telecom has launched a VoIP solution for SMBs called Purple Networx. The solution offers hosted PBX, single user/residential, SIP terminating service, Wi-Fi, mobile integration, hosted or CPE (customer premises equipment) version, voice quality broadband and a choice from thousands of geographic numbers, without the need for capital outlay or costly infrastructure. Dave Breith, CEO of O-bit Telecom, said: “By ...

September 30, 2009

xG Technology promises mobile VoIP

by Jan Harris
VoIP technology is great at saving its users money, but it does have some disadvantages – you have to be connected to a computer to use it, and VoIP calls are blocked on some networks by cellular companies concerned that they are missing out on revenues. There is also an issue with quality, as cellular networks are not designed ...

September 18, 2009

iNum offers HD VoIP

by Alan Harten
Voxbone, an international VoIP provider announced yesterday that its iNum international independent number service is now able to provide high-definition (HD) voice support with a uniform identifier so that phone calls can be made in HD. Now that it is possible to enable the endpoints to receive and support HD, any calls that are made to iNum numbers will have a ...

September 15, 2009

XConnect Raises $10m To Expand Interconnect 2.0

by Jan Harris
London-based XConnect has raised $10 million in Series B funding to support the further expansion of its “Interconnect 2.0” portfolio, which includes Carrier ENUM-registry and multimedia interconnection hub services. A consortium of investors participated in the fundraising, including Venrock Associates of the USA, UK-based Accel Partners, Grazia Equity of Germany and Singapore-based Crescent Point Group. XConnect’s Interconnect 2.0 offers the most ...

September 1, 2009

Geemarc launches hearing aid-compatible VoIP headset

by David Masters
New VoIP technology allows deaf and hard-of-hearing people to make free phone calls over the Internet. The hearing aid-compatible headset amplifies the sound of VoIP calls, enabling deaf people to make cheap and free phone calls over the Internet. The headset was developed by Geemarc with input from deaf and hard-of-hearing people. “Historically, deaf and hard of hearing people have struggled to use ...

August 27, 2009

Vopium launches in 25 new countries

by David Masters
Mobile-VoIP service, Vopium, has extended its services to 25 new countries, bringing its total coverage to 45 countries. The 25 new countries are: Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Malta, Mexico, Poland, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Venezuela. The expansion means Vopium is now available on ...

August 25, 2009

Jajah bolted-on to Microsoft OCS

by David Masters
IP communications provider Jajah is collaborating with Microsoft on a new IP service for enterprise customers. Under the terms of the agreement between the two firms, businesses making calls using Microsoft’s Office Communications Server (OCS) 2007 Release 2 will be given access to Jajah's cloud platform, with connectivity to 220 countries. Enterprises currently using Microsoft OCS will not require an upgrade to ...

August 13, 2009

Nimbuzz launches for Android

by David Masters
Nimbuzz this week launched its social networking app in the Android marketplace, with new, unique features added for Android users. "Our Android version is a perfect example of what we do best, integrating Nimbuzz’s award winning service to bring the best out of each operating system and handset," said Nimbuzz CEO Evert-Jaap Lugt. Unique-to-Android features include a new buddy list layout, Skype ...

August 12, 2009

xG could revolutionise telecoms - if it delivers

by David Masters
A new mobile handset operating on unlicensed radio airwaves could revolutionise the world of mobile communications - if its claims prove to be more than snake oil. XG Technology claims its xMax handset will provide a low-cost voice-call service, similar to Skype, with calls made from a fully mobile handset that doesn't require the extra cost of a computer or broadband ...

August 6, 2009

Aastra 5000 VoIP for business

by Alan Harten
Aastra has announced the Aastra 5000, which has a large selection of features and new enhancements that will complement its open sourced IP telephony solution for large corporate businesses. Among the new features to be included in the launch are enhancements to ease deployment and business continuity while enhancing broadened handset selection and additional authentication functionality for trunks and ...

August 5, 2009

Apple’s wrist slapped for banning Google Voice

by David Masters
Apple has received a stern letter from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asking why it rejected the Google Voice for iPhone app and withdrew related third party apps from the iTunes App Store. The letter asks Apple to clarify the precise reasons behind its decision to remove the applications. It also questions Apple on the differences between VoIP applications which have ...

July 24, 2009

Timico say EFM will launch early

by Alan Harten
Timico announced today that its Ethernet in the First Mile access service will be available to the public earlier than planned. EFM is able to increase bandwidth by pairing multiple coppers that connect to an end user’s premises so that the overall bandwidth increases by 10Mbps. The new product offers a great deal of reliability compared to normal connections, since ...

July 16, 2009

Google Voice app launches for Android and Blackberry

by David Masters
Google is taking on Skype in a head-to-head battle with the launch of a beta Google Voice VoIP app for the Blackberry and Android operating systems. Handset owners can use the app to receive and dial VoIP and standard calls from their mobile device. Numbers can be dialled direct from the handset's phonebook because the app integrates with the phone, Google said. Google ...