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VoCable Spells Disaster for VoDSL

With the latest announcement from Time Warner Cable comes a great deal of nervousness from the 3rd party broadband providers like Vonage.

When cable giants like Time Warner Cable, Comcast and COX put their best foot forward your can be certain it will have a tremendous impact on 3rd party providers. The simple fact that these larger providers can deploy to millions of households with little effort should concern even the DSL offering from various Telcos. VoCable undermines the value in VoDSL whereby there is no phone line needed at all for VoIP over Cable. This will have an impact on DSL and POTs sales in general.

Cable ISP providers offering Voice Services will shake the very foundation of telecommuncations as we know it. 2004-2006 will be exciting to say the least.

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Vonage drops Cisco VoIP adapter

By Ben Charny
Staff Writer, CNET News.com

Broadband telephone service provider Vonage said Monday that it has replaced Cisco Systems with Motorola as its exclusive telephone adapter supplier.

As a result of the deal with Motorola, each of the approximately 2,500 subscribers that Vonage adds each week will be given Motorola’s VT1000v. Known as an Analog Telephone Adapter, the device plugs into a broadband connection and lets traditional home or office phones make telephone calls that use the Internet and avoid additional charges from telephone companies. Vonage continues to use Cisco network gear, including gateway and call-manager products.

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TAKE AN EARLY BITE OF THE CHERRY; 80% GROWTH BY 2005 IN VOICE OUTSOURCING

A new report by independent market analysts Datamonitor (DTM.L) says demand for outsourced voice solutions amongst enterprises globally is set to rise considerably within the next two years. The report “Creating demand for outsourced voice services”, predicts that by 2005, $76.5 million will be up for grabs if voice vendors play their cards right. That’s an 80% growth on 2003 revenues. For enterprises, outsourcing voice services negates the heavy hardware costs associated with on-premise systems and delivers these high-end technologies without additional training and expertise requirements on the purchaser. North America currently accounts for the bulk of revenues; however, Datamonitor expects Asia Pacific (APAC) and the Caribbean & Latin America (CALA) to experience the fastest growth due to their higher propensity to outsource. The report acknowledges that low market awareness and lack of understanding of modern voice business solutions are a current inhibitor to voice outsourcing but believes they will be overcome.

Outsourced Voice applications are gaining recognition in the public eye..

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Qwest to Offer Consumers VoIP Monday in Minnesota

Qwest Communications International Inc. on Monday plans to begin offering Internet-based phone service to consumers in Minnesota and hopes to offer the service across its 14-state local territory by the end of 2004, according to national media reports, quoting Qwest chief Dick Notebaert.

Notebaert told reporters Thursday Qwest would match the price of broadband phone company Vonage Holdings Corp., according to a Dow Jones News Service article. Vonage, of Edison, N.J., offers unlimited local and long-distance phone service throughout Canada and the United States for $34.99 a month.

“We hope to be in all states by the end of next year,” Scripps Howard News Service quoted Notebaert as saying.

In October, a Minnesota judge ruled the state regulator didn’t have the authority to regulate voice over Internet protocol service. The FCC has yet to rule on how to regulate such companies, but the agency hosted a forum Monday to discuss the topic.

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More VoIP News

IP Unity has announced that CommPartners has selected IP Unity’s platform to serve as the voice messaging and unified messaging engine for its VoP services. IP Unity’s Harmony6000 Media Server solutions platform supports provisioning multiple and enhanced services on a single system.The company’s Media Enhanced Services Architecture (MESA) also delivers secure partitioning for customers to be co-hosted on the same platform.

ITXC and ZAO Sonic Duo, which operates in the Moscow area for Russian nationwide mobile network MegaFon, have established an agreement for the bilateral exchange of international voice traffic to and from Moscow over ITXC’s VoIP network, ITXC.net. ZAO Sonic Duo will benefit from the revenue it receives when it terminates calls to its subscribers sent to it over ITXC.net from countries around the world.

Quintum has announced addition to their Tenor VoIP MultiPath Switch product line. The Tenor DX Series of VoIP products addresses the needs of enterprisesand service providers. This product will extend Tenor’s capabilities and transparent installation to support larger PBXs that are utilizing multiple digital trunks.

Quintum is also announcing that shipping with the Tenor DX Series is a Tenor Configuration Manager with Graphical User Interface (GUI). The Configuration Manager runs on a PC and can remotely configure a Tenor anywhere IP access is available.

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