Friday, December 19, 2003

NTT DoCoMo announces first mobiles with integrated IC Cards

Japan's largest mobile operator, NTT DoCoMo, announced yesterday that it will launch a trial, called the "i-mode FeliCa preview service", using mobile phones equipped with FeliCa contactless IC (integrated circuit) chip technology developed by Sony Corporation. See DoCoMo's Press Release on the subject.

The phones will be used for public transport tolls, electronic money, personal identification and other trial services between 17 December 2003 and the summer of 2004.

ITU is currently conducting a mobile case study on Japan. See a Sneak Preview of the ITU Japan case study on "Codes, cards and chips" [PDF] to be presented at the ITU workshop on "Shaping the future mobile information society".

ITU Strategy and Policy Unit Newslog

The New Millenium Research Council has just released a 24-page report on The Future of Internet Phone Calling: Regulatory Imperatives to Protect the Promise of VOIP for Industry and Consumers. [via]
ITU Strategy and Policy Unit Newslog

Sunday, December 14, 2003

Saturday, December 13, 2003

From Pulver Report, December 8th, 2003 Issue

Public Safety and VoIP Leaders Connect on 911

The National Emergency Number Association (NENA) and VoIP leaders forged
an agreement to provide access to emergency service for VoIP users

NENA and the companies have agreed upon the following action items:

* For service to customers using phones that have the functionality
and appearance of conventional telephones, 911 emergency services
access will be provided (at least routing to a Public Safety Access Point
(PSAP) 10-digit number) within a reasonable time (three to six months),
and prior to that time inform customers of the lack of such access.

* When a communications provider begins selling in a particular area,
it should discuss with the local PSAPs or their coordinator the
approach to providing access. This obligation does not apply to any
"roaming" by customers.

* Support for current NENA and industry work towards an interim
solution that includes (a) delivery of 911 call through the existing 911
network, (b) providing callback number to the PSAP, and (c) in some cases,
initial location information.

* Support for current NENA and industry work towards long-term
solutions that include (a) delivery of 911 calls to the proper PSAP, (b)
providing callback number/re-contact information to the PSAP, (c)
providing location of caller; and (d) PSAPs having direct IP connectivity.

* Support for an administrative approach to maintaining funding of
911 resources at a level equivalent to those generated by current or
evolving funding processes.

* Development of consumer education projects involving various
industry participants and NENA public education committee members to
create suggested materials so that consumers are fully aware of 911
capabilities and issues.

By this agreement, NENA and the IP Communications industry have
demonstrated the ability for public safety and industry to work together
effectively on a voluntary basis, forging an agreement on 911 that will
protect the interests of consumers, businesses and emergency personnel.
The agreement recognizes the growing potential of VoIP and the universal
need for consistent and reliable access to emergency services.

The agreement was signed by: 8x8, AT&T Consumer Services, Broadsoft,
dialPad, ITXC, Level 3 Communications LLC, Level 3 Enhanced Services,
PointOne,, Voice on the Net (VON) Coalition, Vonage, Webley.

If you would like to add your company to the growing list of companies
supporting this voluntary effort, please contact Bruce Jacobs:

Friday, December 12, 2003

The VoIP Tipping Point: AT&T's Entry into Consumer VoIP
FWD archives -- December 2003 (#92)

Thursday, December 11, 2003

BT targets cablecos with VoIP
The Register

Breite Unterstuetzung fuer IP-Telefonie

ATT bietet Internet Telefon Service an - VoIP als neue Waffe der Telekoms - Nachrichtenagentur und Presseverteiler

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The presentations held at the KRNIC Workshop in Seoul on December 5th and at the JPRS Workshop in Tokyo on December 8th can be found in
KRNIC and JPRS Workshops

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

futurezone CDMA2001x besser als WDMA

Monday, December 08, 2003

Vonage hangs up on Cisco | CNET

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