Easynet first to offer voice services at wholesale prices
Monday, October 24, 2011
Easynet Global Services today launched a new voice service which will help its enterprise customers simplify their communications infrastructure and reduce costs. Easynet Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Trunking provides voice telephony services at wholesale rates by connecting customers’ existing telephone systems directly to its network, bypassing mainstream telecoms networks. It is the first UK provider to offer wholesale rates to UK businesses on a transparent basis. Migrating to Easynet’s SIP Trunking Service can save companies at least 28 per cent in line rentals and calls, according to Gartner research. *
SIP Trunking routes voice calls over IP through Easynet’s MPLS network and enables businesses to consolidate multiple ISDN lines and voice equipment down to a handful of connections that support both voice and data. In response to customers’ requests for a cost-effective and easy to manage voice solution, the service is offered fully managed, with Easynet’s SIP Trunking providing free calls between lines on the same network while charging wholesale rates for off-net calls. Further, SIP Trunking eases the migration towards Unified Communications due to its interoperability with applications such as email, video, instant messaging and call centre systems.
Easynet monitors the availability and performance of the MPLS network underpinning its voice and data services 24/7. This in-built resilience and flexibility extends to customers as well: in the event that an individual office is closed for whatever reason, all calls to it can be instantly re-routed to a chosen alternative destination.
Justin Fielder, CTO, Easynet Global Services, explains: “Transparent Wholesale voice rates delivered across a smart MPLS network using Easynet SIP Trunking is something our customers have been asking for. Traditional voice service providers charge retail rates to customers and make money from voice minutes. However, Easynet will pass on the wholesale rates straight to our customers and treat voice as an application running on our MPLS network. This enables us to offer our MPLS customers a completely managed solution for their voice and data needs by consolidating their ISDN lines and voice equipment, allowing them to take the first steps towards Unified Communications.”
*Gartner: How to leverage SIP Trunks, Session Border Control and Session Management for Cost Savings and UC Development