CAVP May News Highlights::
* CAVP Announces Strategic Alliance with Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance
* Calgary 911 VOIP Incident Puts Pressure on CRTC, Stakeholders
* CRTC: Costs for Nomadic VOIP E911 Revealed but Critical
Information Still Secret
* Yahoo to Hand Over Messenger VoIP to Jajah
* AOL to Open VoIP APIs
* AOL and Yahoo make IM VoIP moves
* Lab test: VoIP phone systems walk the talk
* Fonality's PBXtra Beats Out Microsoft, Other VoIP Products in
* The Emergence of VoIP Phone Service
Once a month the Canadian Association of Voice Over IP Providers (CAVP)
sends out an update to its membership on issues that are affecting VoIP
in Canada. Special thanks to the CATA Alliance for allowing this update
to reach a broader audience. Contact John Reid at firstname.lastname@example.org for
further background and to discuss how your company can engage with CAVP.
The CAVP’s mission is to foster the growth of a healthy and competitive
VoIP industry in Canada through industry advocacy with
respect to public policy and regulatory matters affecting VoIP service
in Canada. To that end, CAVP has been actively participating in the
CRTC working groups on issues that affect the delivery of VoIP service
in Canada, promoting a positive image for the VoIP industry in Canada as
well as offering value to our members through communication channels
such as this newsletter.
CAVP Announces Strategic Alliance with Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA)
The CAVP is pleased to announce that it is in the process of integrating
its operations with CATAAlliance, the industry's largest high tech
trade association, to amplify CAVP's advocacy messages through a public
affairs lobby that is generally acknowledged to be the best in its
sector. As a member of CATA, CAVP members will benefit from CATA's
diverse range of services and resources.
The CAVP welcomes this opportunity to strengthen its organization through
a merger with CATA and looks forward to a long and productive
Calgary 911 VOIP Incident Puts Pressure on CRTC, Stakeholders
A tragic incident in Calgary on May 1, 2008 involving a critically ill
toddler has grabbed headlines putting pressure on stakeholders in the
area of Enhanced 911 for VOIP.
Far from laying dormant on this issue, the CRTC in its working groups
(of which the CAVP is a member) has been working hard over the past
several years to implement just such a solution. In fact, cost estimates
of a Bell proposed solution were filed with the CRTC just this past
Unfortunately, if Canada is going to be the world leader in location
determination for VOIP it is forced to pay a significant "early adopter"
premium since the needed technologies for a complete solution have yet
to be developed.
The events of the past week notwithstanding, the question remains, is
such a system urgently needed? Nobody is disputing that a true enhanced
911 service for VOIP is the way forward. What is in doubt is how quickly
we need to move forward.
Tragedies, such as the one that occurred in Calgary this past week
generate a lot of media attention and ratchet up the pressure to
implement a solution quickly. However, the fact remains the existing
Basic 911 VOIP system is working very well and there simply is no need
to implement hastily devised solutions.
It is important to keep some perspective. Cellular based calls to 911
now outnumber calls from land lines and offer no location information.
Problems with cellular 911 calls including dropped calls, inability to
locate callers, and nonsense calls account for the most significant
proportion of problem calls to 911 operators. Yet cellular 911 problems
do not headline and there is very little pressure on cellular carriers
to implement better solutions.
One can only hope that as the CRTC sits down to make its final decision
on E911 for nomadic VOIP that cooler heads will prevail.
Costs for Nomadic VOIP E911 Revealed but Critical Information Still
In response to an order by the CRTC, Cable companies and Telecom
Carriers this week released unabridged versions of their cost estimates.
Unfortunately, critical information such as the estimated cost per
subscriber was still not released.
Without this information it is difficult to assess the impact of the
system on 911 subscribers.
INDUSTRY NEWS BRIEFS
Yahoo to Hand Over Messenger VoIP to Jajah: Yahoo said Tuesday that it
will outsource its Yahoo Messenger VoIP calls to Jajah beginning in the
Jajah competes with Skype, among others. Now, however, Jajaj gains
access to Yahoo Messenger's 97 million users. Skype claims 276 million
users, according to a company presentation posted online.
AOL to Open VoIP APIs: On the heels of Open AIM, AOL is now planning to
open its pay-per-minute Call Out service to developers.
AOL plans to roll out open voice APIs today for developers and device
makers to integrate the company's AIM Call Out service into the hardware
and software used to make phone calls over the Internet.
AOL said that the Open Voice APIs will allow its VoIP (define) service
to run on soft phones, the software that enables computerized calling,
SIP-enabled (define) devices, as well as cell phones with Wi-Fi
AOL and Yahoo make IM VoIP moves: AOL and Yahoo separately on Tuesday
made changes to the Internet telephony features within their IM (instant
message) services. The moves signal that both Internet giants believe
that providing fee-based VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) features is
important to offer their users and to generate revenue via their mostly
ad-supported IM services, AIM and Yahoo Messenger.
Skype tests mobile VoIP app: Skype has released a mobile version of its
VoIP application, giving owners of Java-enabled handsets access to the
communication service while out and about.
Lab test: VoIP phone systems walk the talk
Appliances from Allworx, Critical Links, Fonality, Microsoft, and Sutus
have slick telephony features and affordable price tags, but differ
significantly in breadth, depth, and complexity.
Fonality's PBXtra Beats Out Microsoft, Other VoIP Products in Infoworld
PBXtra, a phone system designed for SMBs, surpassed the Response Point
offering from Microsoft (News - Alert) as well as four other competitors
in the round-up, because of its features, usability, unlimited
extensions, Outlook integration, reporting tools and low price.
The Emergence of VoIP Phone Service
Providers offering these services have now become a mainstream force to
reckon with and people seem to be content with all the value added
services that are being offered to them. In fact, the indications point
towards a more wide-spread implementation of wireless VoIP and a wide
scale testing is on. If these tests succeed, then there is the
possibility that the mobile phones might just get replaced with the VoIP