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VOIP Show Spews News

Light Reading
News Analysis
Light Reading
3/30/2004

The VON Conference & Expo is underway in San Jose, Calif., and the VOIP promotion is coming thick and fast. A few serious issues are being discussed as well (see VOIP Seeks Its FCC Level).

So we've sorted some wheat from the "me too" chaff, as good news farmers are supposed to, and picked out some of the highlights.

  • Some of the leading test and measurement firms have stumped up some nifty-sounding products for carriers sweating over the quality and performance of VOIP services. Spirent Communications has developed a test platform that emulates a VOIP network and a PSTN network all in one, which should prove useful for those carriers planning a circuit-to-packet migration (see Spirent Launches VOIP/PSTN Tester).

    And Acterna Corp. launched its VOIP troubleshooting software, dubbed the PVA-1000, to give service testers a single tool that can pick out problems with VOIP signaling and call quality (see Acterna Troubleshoots VOIP).

  • The session controller mob, who are fighting over a small but growing pool of operator cash, have been doing their utmost to dominate the news agenda. Kagoor Networks has bagged itself a reseller deal with NEC Corp. (Nasdaq: NIPNY; Tokyo: 6701), which will strengthen the startup's chances of picking up deals in Asia/Pacific (see NEC Selects Kagoor). It'll also boost Kagoor's chances with 3G mobile carriers, where NEC has a fruitful WCDMA infrastructure partnership with Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE). By coincidence, Siemens recently invested in Kagoor (see Siemens Invests in Kagoor). Small world, eh?

    Of the other session controller players, Netrake Corp. broadened its appeal to carriers planning a voice assault on homes as well as businesses (see Netrake Upgrades for Residential VOIP), NexTone Communications Inc. added to its carrier customer list (see PointOne Chooses Nextone), and Jasomi Networks turned down the lights and slipped into something more comfortable in an effort to attract some OEM deals (see Jasomi Gets VOIP Happy).

  • Other unrelated announcements of note included BroadSoft Inc.'s usual trick of saving up its list of new customers for a trade event (see BroadSoft Names 10 Customers), MetaSwitch picking up some hot VOIP over FTTP action (see Jackson Gets VOIP over FTTP), and Verso Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: VRSO) claiming some softswitch bragging rights (see Verso Pumps Its Softswitch Creds).

    And if you think that's the end of the VOIP news tsunami, think again. Keep an eye on the newsfeed section and watch the announcements fly in for the rest of the week and beyond...

    — Ray Le Maistre, International Editor, Boardwatch

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