May 2005 Archives

V-Tone Smart Call Integrates with Traditional Telephone Networks, Making it Easy to Leverage the Advantages of VoIP Ecuity, Inc., (OTCBB:ECUI - News), a Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) communications company delivering solutions for the small-to-medium-sized business and residential markets, today announced it has selected Xten Networks, Inc. (OTCBB:XNWK - News), as Ecuity's preferred softphone client for V-Tone Smart Call, Ecuity's global Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) service. Xten Networks is a software provider of VoIP, Video over IP, Instant Messaging (IM), and Presence SIP softphones for laptops, desktops and Pocket PC hand held PDA's. V-Tone Smart Call is a service from Ecuity which integrates traditional telephone networks with VoIP, enabling customers to turn their PC or Pocket PC into an enhanced telephone system. The combination of Ecuity's VoIP service and Xten's softphones allows people to place and receive phone calls conveniently over any private Wi-Fi network, public HotSpot or broadband network.

Skype using some SIP?

May 30, 2005 2:58 PM | 1 Comment

According to Aswath, there looks to be some evidence that Skype is using some parts of SIP for their PSTN connectivity. Maybe open standards is not totally lost upon them, that is good news.

New Moto RAZRberry = PTT VoIP?

May 30, 2005 12:30 PM | 0 Comments

I read some interesting comments on Andy's VoIPWatch regarding a potentially new cel device from moto. This new RAZR-thin EDGE enabled cel phone could very well inlude Push To Talk VoIP making use of the EDGE layer on the network. Very cool! I hope it's not as big and bland as it lookswink

Bundles that add wireless phone service to VoIP, television and Internet services will become highly popular, according to a study released Wednesday by the Ipsos-Insight market research firm. more...

More on the i2 Voicestick

May 25, 2005 12:36 PM | 0 Comments

Forbes article... Most voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) systems install on a home computer and require a special modem. They can't be easily set up on multiple machines, and you certainly wouldn't be able to access your phone account on a public terminal. Atlanta-based phone company i2 Telecom (otc: ITUI - news - people ) has changed that with the VoiceStick, a software-based VoIP phone that is loaded on a flash-based USB thumb drive, the same bit of hardware that's become popular for transferring files between PCs. more...

The FCC seems to have ruled in favor of E911 requirements for VoIP networks that touch the PSTN and the CRTC are following in their footsteps. This means ALL VoIP service providers, including those who do not even own the network their customers' calls travel over, e.g. Vonage, Packet8, BroadVoice etc., will need to provide 911 services within 120 days or be subject to some pretty hefty fines. The ILECS are generally going to be the first place where all of these smaller VoIP players go in order to add E911 to their offerings. The larger PSTN providers already have 911 and the interconnect would be fairly straight forward. These carriers are losing lots of revenue to VoIP, here is their chance to recoup some of those losses. Welcome back to 80's. The days where Tier 1 carriers rule the roost are not over. The very same carriers who are providing E911 services are the ones deploying broadband so VoIP from edge to edge is also under their perceived control but... they can't stop it. The backlash when Mextel decided to squash VoIP on their networks would be tenfold in the US or Canada. We are a long way from ubiquitous VoIP where there is no need to touch the PSTN networks of days gone by. The biggest challenge is mobility, us humans have become very attached to our cel phones. EDGE, EV-DO and other mobile broadband solutions are also controlled by the carriers, go figure. It's going to be a while before we will be able to say we are really in charge of our own communications destiny, probably not such a bad thing.

There has been quite a bit of press around the new Yahoo! IM with VoIP, or not VoIP depending on which review you read. Some of the reporters are scorning Yahoo! for not delivering a better PSTN offering as part of this new IM beta. I think we need to step back for a second and take a peak under the hood in order to add perspective here. What most reporters do not understand is that this new beta is using SIP a proposed standard from the IETF. It is easy to confirm this by using a free packet analyzer called ethereal. By running ethereal while trying to call another Yahoo! user we can see that SIP is used to provide the signaling for call setup etc. The fact that Yahoo! is now using SIP is a BIG DEAL! Open standards are the key to ubiquitous IP communications. If we can all use the same protocols when building applications and network infrastructure components we can easily connect all of these pieces together to create one big network. It has to be this way if we are to actually communicate with each other. Proprietary offerings are on their way out and Yahoo! is the first big player to make the move. I hope to see them using SIMPLE next for their IM protocol, maybe we'll see that in version 8smile

In the second of a two-part interview with, Cisco chief technology officer Charles Giancarlo discusses how he sees consumers moving to Wi-Fi phones that offer broadband services in addition to voice telephony. Giancarlo elaborated on what his company has in store for the enterprise, and why Cisco has been relatively quiet about Session Initiation Protocol (SIP). We shipped over two million VoIP phones last year. That is accelerating quite dramatically. If you look at new systems shipped, VoIP is now well over 50 per cent of the market for new systems. more..

BBC New Media has today (16 May 2005) announced the next phase in the development of the BBC's interactive Media Player (iMP): an extensive three month content trial that will begin in September 2005. iMP offers UK viewers the chance to catch up on TV and radio programmes they may have missed for up to seven days after they have been broadcast, using the internet to legally download programmes to their home computers. more...

ATA Paint by Number

May 19, 2005 6:47 PM | 0 Comments

PMC-Sierra's VoIP ATA solution delivers high quality VoIP services while minimizing total cost. The platform supports up to 200Mbps of data throughput and can handle up to two channels of voice over IP with QoS prioritization of voice processing over data throughput. more...

Stand aside Skype, Yahoo! just got serious about VoIP and call quality in their new Messenger v7. I use the client as my main IM now and the call quality in this new beta is simple amazing! more...

Time Warner mulls AOL spinoff

May 17, 2005 6:42 PM | 0 Comments

Struggling to increase ad revenue and improve its bottom line, Time Warner Inc.'s chief said this week the company could spin off its AOL unit and unwind one of the most controversial touchstones of the Internet bubble. While reports have surfaced in recent months of a possible AOL spinoff, Parsons confirmed the possibility about the company that once bought Time Warner (TWX) for $184 billion in the biggest merger ever at the time. While he has no timeline for any possible move, CEO Dick Parsons told Fortune Magazine in an interview that Time Warner may spin off the unit as a separate stock if the online service fails in its latest effort to capture more online ads through its free portal. America Online would likely have difficulty drumming up interest in the IPO market, especially if Time Warner can't turn the company around to show growth. more...

Xten Networks, Inc. (OTCBB: XNWK), a provider of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), Video over IP, Instant Messaging (IM), and Presence SIP softphones, has announced Global IP Telecommunications, Inc. (Giptel) as its first Preferred Development Partner (PDP) for the X-PRO product line. "Giptel has a long history as an Xten partner and now is our first preferred development partner," commented Erik Lagerway, COO and President for Xten. "As an Xten PDP, Giptel can use the X-PRO software development kit (SDK) to co-brand or private label X-PRO based solutions for their customers." "Xten produces the best IP softphones in the market," said Giptel CEO Salvatore Luzzi. "We are pleased to have aligned ourselves with Xten and the quality of products that they represent. X-PRO is a great product. We are simply picking up with the X-PRO series where Xten left off."

Xten Networks, Inc. (OTCBB: XNWK), a provider of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), Video over IP, Instant Messaging (IM), and Presence SIP softphones, announced today that some of its SIP softphones and software development kits (SDKs) are now available for Linux. "Xten has done and continues to do very well on the desktop. The company is now becoming more active in developing and selling solutions into the appliance oriented market," commented Erik Lagerway, COO and President for Xten. "The first step towards creating some of these embedded solutions is support for Linux." Xten's softphones for Windows, MAC OS X, Pocket PC and now Linux are software applications, which run on devices such as personal computers (PCs) or personal digital assistants (PDAs) or can be integrated into set-top boxes, embedded devices, instant messenger applications, and the like. When an Xten softphone is connected to a service provider's network, the user can make and receive calls to and from other "on-net" callers (IP-to-IP) and/or "off-net" callers (IP-to-PSTN/Cellular) with the same quality of service they would expect from an IP handset. However, at a fraction of the cost, while providing more features and functionality than an IP handset. The Linux version of X-Lite has been tested on Debian®, RedHat Fedora, S.U.S.E.® and Sun® JDS. A free version of X-Lite for Linux is now available from Xten's website, please visit

Looks like Sony has their crosshairs clearly focused on providing a feature-full portable communications and entertainment system. Since we can browse the web on this thing, and it has a USB port, Wi-Fi and a TCP stack you would think we should be able hack together a softphone for VoIP. Video will come later, camera attachment. I will keep you posted.

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