Net2Phone Taps Speechworks For Speech-Activated VoIP

Published July 3rd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Net2Phone is working with SpeechWorks International to develop Speech over Internet Protocol (IP) technology, according to a press release on Monday. As part of the deal, Net2Phone said it plans to take a minority equity interest in SpeechWorks. 

It's still early on the development front, both firms said, and Net2Phone said that the agreement is still at the memorandum of understanding (MoU) stage.  

The plan is to speech-enable Net2Phone's unified messaging service, which currently supports a range of Voice over IP (VoiP) facilities as well as fax phone calls. This will allow the carrier to develop speech-driven dialing and control functions for its Internet telephony software.  

Net2Phone Chairman Cliff Sobel said that by incorporating SpeechWorks' technology into the Net2Phone service, it will allow the carrier to enhance its services and increase the value of its fast-developing global IP network -- (

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