Verizon Business today unveiled a broad portfolio of VoIP solutions for the international market that provides a simple, efficient way for global customers to transition their voice and data services to IP technology. Because the services go over managed networks, rather than the public Internet, customers can realise the cost, feature and productivity benefits of VoIP without compromising on the reliability and quality they have come to expect from traditional business telephony.
The expanded suite of solutions, announced at VON Europe 2006, adds Hosted IP Centrex, IP Trunking and Managed IP PBX, as well as an enhanced IP Integrated Access offering, to the Verizon VoIP portfolio. Additionally, Verizon Business launched a global VoIP Gateway service for the wholesale market through its International Partner Solutions business unit.
The Verizon VoIP portfolio incorporates a range of IP communications solutions for enterprises looking to transform the way they do business. Palais de Congrиs de Paris (France), the renowned convention centre in Paris, is one customer already reaping the benefits of Verizon VoIP. The company wanted to implement a VoIP solution to converge voice and data networks and expand its business telephony applications while maximising its existing TDM-based PBX architecture. IP Integrated Access has proved an ideal first step to convergence.
“Having experienced a high-quality voice service for more than four years and IP services for more than a year with Verizon Business, we have decided to continue our partnership to transition to a full VoIP solution”, said Thierry Vaneycke, telecom and audiovisual director at the Palais des Congrиs. “The Verizon VoIP solution provides us with a flexible approach to connectivity using our existing PBX, enabling us to gain additional functionality through the use of IP without changes to our current infrastructure, whilst we evaluate the benefits of VoIP for our company. We know that we will be able to migrate to any type of VoIP solution, ranging from converged IP connectivity for an IP PBX infrastructure, to a full Verizon-managed IP PBX or Centrex solution, for all our sites.”
John Irvine, vice president of international marketing for Verizon Business, said, “Our broad VoIP portfolio is very powerful in its ability to rationalise the communications infrastructure of customers that have many geographically dispersed sites. We know that one size doesn´t fit all, and are therefore helping our customers transition to a converged IP environment at their own pace and path. With our new portfolio we can help customers simplify the complexity of deploying and operating VoIP services, while eliminating the traditional constraints of migrating to a converged IP environment.”
Unique in its breadth and offering full interoperability, the portfolio has already gained industry acclaim in the United States, including the 2005 Innovation Award from Network Magazine US.