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April 2005

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iBasis Expands To Meet Growing European Demand

April 28, 2005

iBasis announced that they are expanding their architecture, adding to their facility in London to meet growing demand for VoIP services among consumers, small-and-medium sized enterprises, and corporates in Europe. This expansion of iBasis' DirectVoIP Broadband capacity offers VoIP service providers fast and secure IP interconnections to the iBasis global VoIP network through the London facility to enable high quality international voice services for consumer and corporate customers.

iBasis enhanced its global VoIP architecture to fulfill accelerated demand from emerging VoBB providers,� such as Skype.

"The expansion of our DirectVoIP Broadband architecture into our London facility enables us to offer a very convenient and complete solution that allows providers of retail VoIP services to connect their subscribers to virtually any phone in the world, whether it's a fixed or mobile phone," said Ofer Gneezy, president and CEO of iBasis.

Juniper In Deal for Peribit, Redline

April 27, 2005

Bogged down with slow apps and sluggish throughput? Got half a billion to spend? No problem. Accelerate your problems away!

Juniper Networks, Inc., has announced definitive agreements to acquire Peribit Networks, Inc., and Redline Networks, Inc., for approximately $469 million.

Sangoma Announces Yate Telephony News

April 26, 2005

According to Wikipedia, YATE�  (or� Yet Another Telephony Engine) is a free software telephony server that can be used for applications like PBX, Gateway and IVR solutions. The software is written in C++ and will support scripting in various programming languages.

Sangoma Technologies announced some interesting news from north of the border regarding the ongoing YATE telephony project. Here's the release: SANGOMA TECHNOLOGIES SUPPORTS DEVELOPMENT

Sangoma's Support Opens the Windows Market for the Yate PBX and IVR Project

TORONTO - April 26, 2005 - Sangoma Technologies Corporation, a leading provider of connectivity hardware and software products supporting voice transport, WANs and Internet infrastructure, and the Null Team Company, primary developer of Yate, announced today an agreement to develop a Windows-based version of the GPL-licensed Yate telephony project.

Yate is a next-generation telephony engine.

Cisco Snaps Up Sipura to Shore Up SOHO Set

April 26, 2005

And the once acquired shall begin to acquire on their own, and thus all shall be assimilated...

In March of 2003, Computer Reseller called Cisco's $500 million (stock) acquisition of Linksys "...the most ambitious in its history..." With that move, Cisco took serious aim at the small office/home office (SOHO)� market -- a move that seems to be paying off in droves.

Two years on, in March of 2005, Cisco announced that Linksys had shipped over a million VoIP ports in the preceding six months. As they say in this business, that's not too shabby.

Polycom Launches Content Sharing Solution: QSX

April 25, 2005

Polycom’s recent announcement was a long time coming, at least it seemed that way to me since I got a pre-brief over a month ago. I actually wanted to write it up then, but the Corporate PR folks said “Nyet.”


At the time, Polycom referred to its solution as a new category: Voice + Content. Two years in development, the new small format system is designed to enable people to share desktop and remote locations.

Data Connection Announces Software SBC

April 25, 2005

The Session Border Control market continues its metamorphosis. The recent acquisition of Kagoor by Juniper was just the first step in what I believe will be an ongoing process changing the landscape.


Data Connection announced a software solution for OEMs that would enable them to add Session Border Control functionality to routers and softswitches.

Teleglobe, NORDUnet Extend Bandwith Agreement

April 19, 2005

It's a good day for bandwidth it seems...

This time the focus is on Service Providers as Teleglobe International annouces an agreement with NORDUnet whereby Teleglobe will double capacity to provide high-speed Internet connectivity between NORDUnet and the Icelandic research and education community. The upgrade provides NORDUnet with the capacity required to support the growth in IP traffic.

The release follows:

Teleglobe and NORDUnet Double Capacity to Accommodate IP Traffic Growth

HAMILTON, Bermuda--April 19, 2005--Teleglobe International Holdings Ltd (NASDAQ:TLGB), a leading provider of international telecommunications services to Internet service providers and fixed and mobile network operators, today announced that the company has extended its agreement with NORDUnet and doubled capacity to provide high-speed Internet connectivity between NORDUnet and the Icelandic research and education community.

ABI Releases FTTX Report

April 19, 2005

A recent report from ABI Research entitled� “Fiber to the Premises” takes a look at the current state of Fiber to the “X” where X = curb, home, premises, what have you…

The report focuses in on technology issues involved with the FTTX platforms as well as the market conditions in terms of subscribers, cost, services, and the like.

In a world where the United States lags far behind a number of other developed nations in terms of broadband penetration, any deployment of high-speed fiber is welcome news. And the applications we write about at Internet Telephony can certainly thrive in a bandwidth-abundant environment.

Report Pegs OSS Market at $30 Billion +

April 12, 2005

In a new report, Insight Research claims that the global market for operations support systems (OSS) — the computing and software IT infrastructure that performs engineering, provisioning, and management functions in telecommunications networks — will exceed $30 billion this year.

According to Operations Support Systems 2005-2010, telecommunications network operators worldwide are expected to increase their investment in OSS at a compounded rate of nearly four percent over the next five years, while North American investment in the computing and software systems used to acquire, serve, and bill customers will not top 2.7 percent over the same period. Telecommunications service providers will be investing selectively in areas showing the greatest potential for a fast rate of return, including wireless 3G data services and high-speed residential broadband access.

However, capital spending on new systems will grow at a slower rate than IT investment in the general economy.

Report: Russia Legalizes VoIP

April 8, 2005


Economic commentator Nina Kulikova of The Russian Information Agency (Novosti) reported today on the legalization of IP Telephony in Russia.

According to the news item, the Information Technologies Ministry is currently formulating a legal basis for IP telephony. According to the new regulations, operators may receive a license for voice transmission and develop appropriate networks, including intercity ones, and to provide services on the same terms as traditional operators.

The IP operators have responded by saying they fear the licenses will be too expensive.

Russia To Outlaw VoIP?

April 5, 2005

I came across a news item on, a Moscow-based online daily newspaper offering news from Russia in English. The article dealt with the threat of regulation being faced by Russia’s fast-growing VoIP industry. I’ve excerpted the opening of the article as well as the letter written to Russian President Putin.

If nothing else, this article underscores the fact that in global terms, VoIP can still be subject to the kind of stifling regulation that threatens to drive the technology “underground.” And “underground” is not a word any of us should want to hear around any discussions regarding Russia these days.

XConnect Launches Peering Network in North America

April 5, 2005

Earlier this month, XConnect, which interconnects Voice over Broadband operators (VoBBs) with the goal of providing free calls and rich IP multimedia services to more end users, officially launched in North America. The release announcing that launch can be found here.� 

Eli Katz, founder and CEO at XConnect was kind enough to answer several questions I had regarding the launch of the new peering service.

GG: How does your organization compare to others in the VoIP peering space, such as Telx or The VPF?

EK: In technical terms, we are the only company providing layer 4–7 peering services. In addition we actively support the commercial layer as well (layer 8!?).

Google, Amazon, and the End of Secrets

April 1, 2005

D. Mitsinikos provides a link to GoogleWatch and an interesting story about Google's eternal cookie.

I read it earlier today and didn't think to share until I came across an article written by a colleague that appears at

Specifcally the entry is titled "Does It Bother You That Amazon Knows Who You Are?" and I agree with the author that, no, it generally doesn't bother me.

April 1, 2005

As mentioned earlier this week, Juniper Networks has agreed to acquire Kagoor in a $67.5 million deal. This move has been described variously as Juniper “buying their way into VoIP” or as a “security play.”

Juniper Networks describes their strategy as a combination of their networking solutions and Kagoor's session border control (SBC) technology, for network operators looking to deploy VoIP and other rich media services.

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