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?