Monthly Archives: July 2004

PointOne Managed IP Readies VoIP

July 15, 2004

 

StarPoint IP™ Provides More Reliable Phone Service than Non-Facilities Based Alternatives; Cable Operators Provide Local Presence

AUSTIN, July 14, 2004 — PointOne today announced details of its StarPoint IP™ service, which is bringing superior residential and SOHO Internet Voice services over the largest managed Voice over IP network in North America. PointOne is teaming with regional cable operators to provide local facilities-based VoIP services to consumers accustomed to reliable and high-quality phone services.

The service, available as StarPoint IP™ Home and StarPoint IP™ Office, will be delivered through cable operators to ensure the highest Quality of Service (QoS) and provide consumers with a local presence.

PointOne has invested over $100 million in developing a facilities-based network that covers 75% of the U.S. population with a privately managed IP network, which ensures end-to-end network performance rivaling the public switched network. PointOne’s converged voice and data IP network will in most cases carry the entire phone call without touching the public Internet, ensuring that it can constantly maintain quality and performance.

“Broadband communications has evolved to the point where VoIP is ready for prime time, so long as service providers deliver the same quality and reliability that consumers have come to expect from the public phone system,” said Mike Holloway, president and CEO of PointOne. “With PointOne’s network behind it, StarPoint IP™ will become the platform for new voice and enhanced applications that are only possible over an IP-based network.”

The ubiquity of the Internet makes it possible for entrepreneurs to offer hosted VoIP services with no investment in networking and operations infrastructure. But such services, which are being announced on an almost weekly basis, do not have the ability to guarantee – or even monitor — consistent quality and reliability. Because local broadband suppliers are not involved in providing the service, such services likely dilute network performance in local areas as subscribers increase.

PointOne is teaming with cable operators throughout the U.S. to provide superior IP phone service to their customers, along with locally set rates, service and installation.“StarPoint IP provides a complete turnkey solution for cable providers,” said Sam Shiffman Executive Vice President of PointOne. “We provide a server at the cable head end that connects the cable provider’s network to the PointOne network to ensure a managed connection and assured bandwidth. This delivers the highest quality of service currently available in the industry.”

StarPoint IP™ will deliver a full range of robust features to residential and SOHO customers, including long distance; local service with e911, directory assistance and operator services; enhanced features including call waiting, call return, call forward, caller ID/ID block; voice mail; 3 – way calling, conferencing; and a service provider web portal.

In addition, StarPoint IP™ Office will include abbreviated dialing; call hunt; reservation-less and multi-way conferencing; an Auto Attendant to receive incoming calls via an automated voice response system that provides directory listing and automatic call forwarding based on user extension; and free fax line.

VegaStream partners with Sving Systems

July 13, 2004

 

Distribution agreement pushes VoIP into the Nordics

London, UK, 7th July 2004 – VegaStream, the leading supplier of dedicated business VoIP (Voice over IP) Gateways, today announced a partnership agreement with Swedish distributor, Sving Systems. Under the terms of the agreement, Sving Systems will re-sell VegaStream’s products directly to its partners throughout Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland.

With partners throughout the Nordic countries and Baltic States, Sving Systems is one of the regions leading distributors of networking products including thin client, VoIP and networking optimisation solutions. VegaStream’s gateways are completely compatible with Nordic network standards enabling Sving Systems to provide VegaStream’s portfolio of gateways to its partners throughout the region.

Richard Bayton, VegaStream’s EMEA Enterprise Channel Manager. “Businesses throughout Europe are beginning to realize the benefits of VoIP for effective business communications. As a result we are seeing a great demand within the reseller community for quality VoIP solutions. This distribution agreement with Sving Systems provides an exciting opportunity for VegaStream to establish itself in a new market and represents a significant milestone in VegaStream’s global channel program.”

“This is an important deal for us as it means we will be working with one of the leading IP-suppliers. The Nordic market is growing rapidly. Today it is worth 500 million SEK and it is expected to grow with 45 per cent each year by 2007”, said Ulf Sundin, Nordic Business Development Manager at Sving Systems.

VegaStream’s portfolio of business VoIP Gateways are designed to enable businesses to rapidly deploy VoIP solutions while avoiding the extensive reprogramming of the PBX traditionally associated with new VoIP deployments. Fully interoperable with all leading PBX industry and vendor standards, the Vega Gateways provide full inter-PBX feature transparency to deliver a seamless and consistent experience for the corporate user. VegaStream also provides extensive hands-on training for both sales and technical staff that, together with its experienced service and support experts, extends dedicated business VoIP capabilities to its channel partners.