On Enemy Ground Cox Communications President and CEO Jim Robbins, who this week announced his plans to retire at the end of the year, is going to the US Telecom Association Convention in October—as a speaker. "I’m going to have a blast," he told our colleague at CableFAX Daily. What will he say? "You’ll have to come to find out." Moto and Vonage Add Home Networking Motorola announced that Vonage Marketing will offer customers the Motorola VT2442 VoIP gateway with home networking features. The box powers up to two lines of telephone service, supports several popular features and includes a home network router, offering four Ethernet ports and an advanced firewall. It incorporates Texas Instruments’ TNETV1060 VoIP gateway chipset. Handsets Driving IC Market Strategy Analytics says the multi-mode and multi-band handsets are leading to increased use of Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) integrated circuits for the power amplifier and switch functions in handsets. The firm’s report on the subject says that increased demand will push the GaAs wafer market from 14 million square inches to 20 msi by 2009. Wireless IP Phone Zultys Technologies has added a wireless IP phone – the aptly named WIP 2 – to its product family in response to requests from "nearly 80 percent of our customers," Iain Milnes, the company’s president, said in a news release. The WIP 2 delivers the full functionality and ease of use of a desktop IP phone in a mobile format with seamless connectivity for users moving throughout an enterprise and is full compatible with any IP telephony systems using SIP. Content: That Guilty Feeling…The Teen Beat Court TV and Gemstar-TV Guide International will provide content to VisiFone Multimedia digital home telephones as part of a consumer pilot scheduled for early next year. The new VisiFone digital VoIP phone, built by Viseon subsidiary ViseonMedia can display fully interactive video and digital audio without using a PC. Trial subscribers will get a wide selection of VOD clips of news and updates of the nation’s hottest trials and even full length videos of prime time fare provided by Court TV and use of the new TV Guide SPOT on-demand network. The two programming sources join other consumer content providers including The Weather Channel Interactive, Discovery Networks, Fox News Channel and AccuWeather. Meanwhile, Varsity Media Group is launching Varsity Mobile, a mobile channel dedicated to teens. Sprint PCS Vision Multimedia Services will be one of the first wireless providers to carry the channel. South of the Border, in Europe Maxcom Telecommunications has deployed Sylantro Systems’ applications feature server to power its new hosted IP PBX voice systems for businesses throughout its service area in greater Mexico City, Puebla, Queretaro, Monterrey and Guadlajara. Maxcom serves more than 200,000 business and residential lines via copper, fiber and microwave networks. Meanwhile, voice and video quality assessment industry leader Psytechnics has partnered with Datamat S.p.A., a leading Italian provider of ICT solutions to integrate Psytechnics’ products into ANTS, the Datamat solution for service and revenue assurance and to leverage Psytechnics’ solutions for voice perceptual quality measurement.

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