everything about the european voip market: trends, startups, news and reviews


Avaya CEO on VOIP issues

Avaya was borne out of AT&T/Lucent's legacy. But since its 2000 launch, the enterprise telephony vendor has tried to recast itself as an enterprise applications company, with a focus on voice. Recent moves include the migration of Avaya's legacy PBX to a Linux-based server application, and the introduction of an application server for partners and users to develop VOIP-integrated software such as applications that integrate VOIP and messaging with ERP software, Web sites or portals. Avaya CEO Donald Peterson recently discussed the company's evolution, as well as current trends in the enterprise VOIP market, with Network World Senior Editor Phil Hochmuth.


Global Crossing launches VoIP service in Europe

Telecoms solutions provider Global Crossing has introduced its carrier VoIP outbound service in Europe and is providing the service to Hellas On Line, a Greek internet service provider (ISP) offering internet-based services, including telephony and unified messaging, internet connectivity, and value-added and content services.


von europe

like the rest of the voip blogosphere i'll be heading out to von europe tonight on which will be my first low-cost airline - ryanair - flight ever. we'll see if it lives up to the hype. i will only be visiting the exhibition tomorrow and will not have enough time to attend the conference. i'm sure my fellow voip bloggers will post a more elaborate review of that event. if anyone has any last minute suggestions for stuff that i should see, or people i should meet, feel free to let me know.


Pingtel open source VoIP attacks Europe

Open source VoIP has been touted as bigger than Linux, and the competition is hotting up in Europe as one of the US pioneers crosses the Atlantic. The normally sleepy world of office telephony hardware, the private branch exchange (PBX) systems which put you on hold and transfer you to people’s secretaries, has already been shaken up by the arrival of voice over IP. VoIP has allowed a few new players such as Cisco to join Nortel, Siemens, Alcatel and the rest of the club of companies which supply proprietary PBX hardware at high margins. Recently, however, open source platforms are emerging which allow organisations to use a cheap off-the-shelf server to do exactly what a PBX would have done, and in many cases more, at a fraction of the cost.

Vonage brings 'mass market' VoIP to the UK

it's been announced once or twice before, but now vonage has officially launched in the uk.
Kerry Ritz, managing director of Vonage UK, told the company used the last five months to make sure the service was working properly and train the New Jersey-based customer service staff on British "peculiarities - things like post codes, UK phone number conventions and how to spell Welsh names".


Hit "*" for More Options

When Mark Spencer was starting a Linux company six years ago, he had $4,000 and some cheap, leftover hardware from a company where he had interned during college. His first conundrum: How were customers going to call him? A private branch exchange -- the specialized hardware that routes calls around an office -- was going to set him back $6,000. So Spencer decided to program his own Linux-based PBX.


telecom city

if you're in belgium and interested in ICT solutions, take some time to visit the telecom city trade fair in the Brussels Expo. We'll be presenting the latest version of our Packetbox solution on stand 5811. Feel free to come by and say hi ...


Testdrive: Digium's Asterisk IP PBX

It's another "open source" Linux package. Definitely an interesting option for the small techno savvy operation. We even tested it with a couple of downloadable open source additions for the main voice routing software -- an Admin GUI and a voicemail client. Certainly not as polished as most mainstream systems, but, again, might be worth a look for those not all that interested in traditional telephony polish; it's certainly a cheap option.

Hacks built using SkypeAPI are property of Skype

The Skype API lets developers build hacks onto the Skype application. It doesn't give one access to the Skype protocol but it allows external applications to interact with the Skype software. Some folks over on the VoIP USER forum have noted that the Skype EULA says Skype owns anything developed on the SkypeAPI. It suggests that Skype would have commercial rights to anything developed using the SkypeAPI.

Mass Migration to VoIP Expected Within a Decade

According to a new report released by In-Stat on Monday, the time frame of 2005 to 2009 is the consumer and small business VoIP ramp-up period, and the mass migration to VoIP will peak somewhere between 2010 and 2014.


Skype Smartphone 'Voiceless VoIP'

Voice-over-IP software Skype last week released a beta version of Skype for Windows Mobile smartphones but left out voice capability. According to a post in the Skype forum by a staff member, voice has been left out for now because Windows Mobile smartphones don't have enough processing power with 200 MHz. Skype requires 400 MHz processors to run efficiently. Additionally, "network connectivity of currently available phones is not sufficient to enable Skype voice calls," the Skype staff posting said.

so why do they even bother releasing it, if the cpu and the network isn't ready. this is just too stupid: a voip application which can't transmit voice on a smartphone.