Watch Rogers Those seeking insight on where cable’s quad play is headed are well advised to follow news from Rogers Communications. In that light, Call-Net and its wholly owned subsidiary Sprint Canada have a new name: Rogers Telecom Holdings Inc. The new owner is Rogers Communications. Dual-Mode, exhibit A Persona Software has completed a successful trial with Pirelli Broadband Solutions’ that let mobile users roam seamlessly between Wi-Fi and cellular networks with, the company said, “one phone, one identify and one phone number.” In addition to working with the Italian tiremaker/broadband solutions vendor, Persona is also “talking with” cable MSOs “about a way for them to add mobility,” said Persona marketing vice president Rob Fuggetta. “Cable MSOs want to add mobility for the much-vaunted quadruple play and are interested in fixed-mobile convergence … to deliver those services to their customers.” …and B Inanother joint telephone announcement, Calypso Wireless said it has successfully demonstrated a dual model Wi-Fi-GSM-GPRS VoIP cellular phone that uses Microsoft’s VoIP SIP client operating system. Conducted with Ecutel, a wireless local loop service provider, the demonstration successfully interconnected with Cisco’s networking equipment. Next-gen phones In non-converged VoIP phone news, Viseon said it has begun shipping its next-generation VisiPhone – “the first digital home telephone specifically designed for VoIP services” — to broadband telephone service providers in the U.S. and Europe. Last we heard, the Ojo videophone was appearing alongside Kiefer Sutherland on Fox’s suspenseful television show “24.” Now it’s going to be showing up in Tweeter Home Entertainment, Magnolia Audio Video and Harvey Electronics retail outlets nationwide, according to an announcement by Motorola, which has invested in Ojo’s parent, WorldGate Communications, and is marketing the high-end device. IP PBX and IAX Switchvox has announced that its IP PBX phone system now supports the Inter-Asterix exchange (IAX) protocol. The company says that its adoption of IAX and SIP will help small-to-medium-sized businesses reduce set up time, training and support. “IAX was created to a bring level of simplicity and reliability to VoIP systems that other protocols could not,” stated Mark Spencer, CEO of Digium and creator of Asterisk.

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