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Avaya to Supply VOIP Solution at Toshiba HQ with Xten Interop

Avaya on Monday announced an agreement with Toshiba to deploy Avaya’s Communications Manager IP PBX in its Tokyo headquarters.

Part of an SIP (Session Initiation Protocol)-based telephony network to connect 12,000 Toshiba Corp. employees, the announcement represents the second vote of confidence this month in enterprise IP telephony on a multinational, Fortune-500 scale.

Su also confirmed that the Communications Manager IP PBX will interoperate in all SIP functions with IP phones from Xten, Pingtel and other phones that conform to the SIP standard’s RFC 3261–an RFC with specs for authentication.


Xten Announces Private Beta of “eyeBeam” Video SIP Softphone

eyeBeam v1.0 Private Beta was made available today by Xten to select companies and individuals.

The eyeBeam Private Beta is expected to last 3-6 weeks or until Xten is satisfied that the product is performing well enough to be considered a production candidate.

Features to be included in the Production Candidate:
X-PRO Telephony Features
– Video Conferencing and Video Chat
– Instant Messenger and Presence
– New Sliding Panel Design
– Acoustic Echo Cancellation / Speakerphone
– NAT Traversal using STUN and ICE
– Message Waiting Indicator
– New Licensing Mechanism using Standard Keys


Verizon’s Net phone service takes wing

Verizon Communications on Thursday began offering VoiceWing, its long-awaited broadband phone service expected to challenge AT&T, Vonage and other top providers of Internet phone calls.

The unlimited local and long-distance service, available nationwide, costs about the industry average: $35 for the first six months, then goes up to $40 a month, the carrier said. If a Verizon DSL subscriber signs up, VoiceWing costs $30 a month for the first six months, then $35 a month, according to Verizon.

For Verizon, Net phone plans will serve as an enticement to attract new broadband customers or keep old ones, executives said Thursday. The company has also been slashing the prices of its broadband plans recently.


IRS Denies Plan to Tax VoIP

SMBs looking to cut costs have replaced — or are considering replacing — traditional telephone service with Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). Now, in what appears to good news for IP vendors and SMBs, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Treasury Department strongly deny they are considering an excise tax on Internet telephone calls or any other IP-based services.

On July 1, the IRS published in the Federal Register a request for public comments on changes in the telecommunications industry since 1965, when the tax code was last updated to define telecommunications services. Based on those definitions, the IRS currently imposes a three percent excise tax on telecom services.


Xten is Looking for Senior IM XMPP / Jabber Developers

For those who are interested, Xten is looking for 2-3 Senior IM / XMPP Client Developers immediately.

Main R&D facility is in Burnaby, just outside Vancouver, BC.

Here is some stuff on Xten:
Xten Networks Inc. is a leader in SIP based Voice Over IP and IP Telephony softphone development. Xten software is mainly used by Internet Telephony Service Providers and New Era Telephone Companies. Xten has developed a best of breed SIP softphone to support large scalable systems. In a short period of time, Xten has become one of the largest independent suppliers of SIP [Session Initiation Protocol] compliant soft telephones.

Position Available >>

Senior IM / XMPP Developer (ref# XMPPSR-704)

Reporting to the CTO and Project Manager, candidate will have the following main duties:
– Implement, extend and maintain XMPP protocols and to add functionality to existing SIP telephony and Video client application
– Implement new IM standards as they emerge
– Assist client development by servicing as the implementation bridge between SIP protocol and IM user features
– Fix compliance issues as discovered by QA Protocol Validation Engineer

Chosen candidate will be able to bridge gap between requested user features and implementation of XMPP protocol standards. A candidate will be expected to be extremely code proficient and have deep understanding of implementing protocols.

Must have competencies:
– Good working command of English language (written and spoken)
– Proven team player
– Deep TCP/UDP/IP networking experience
– Strong working knowledge of Windows OS
– Exceptional knowledge of C++
– Prior multi-threading experience

Desired competencies (but not required):
– Asynchronous design patterns
– Experience reading and interpreting RFCs
– Previous work with SIP and VoIP softphones would be tremendous benefit
– Previous work with SIMPLE would be tremendous benefit

This position is based in Burnaby, British Columbia. Relocation for the right person may be considered.

When applying please note the following:

1. Only apply for positions if you meet all the required competencies.
2. All applications must contain a ref# in the e-mail subject or they will not be considered.
3. You may apply for more than one position.
4. Longer well-organized resumes are appreciated over shorter resumes.
5. E-mailed applications are preferred.
6. Henry Vandenhoogen is not available to accept phone calls. If Henry Vandenhoogen is interested in your application, he or another member of the team will contact you. Applicants who disregard this note will be eliminated as a candidate.

Henry Vandenhoogen
Xten Networks Inc.
Suite 188
4664 Lougheed Highway
Burnaby, British Columbia
Canada V5C5T5

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