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Tri-lateral partnership on Universities' campuses VoIP communications platforms


Tri-lateral partnership on Universities' campuses VoIP communications platforms
Company Internet2, being the notoriuos global networking consortium, has announced a strategic agreement with Level 3 Comms and Aastra, two telecommunications giants, in order to support managed VoIP services to numerous college campuses across the United States. Two Universities are already among the initial consumers who will deploy the new services.
Aastra has demonstrated the solution at recent ACUTA 41st Annual Conference and Exhibition event in Indianapolis. VoIP SIP Services from Internet2 is the most modern in an impressive list of telecoms services that Internet2 has offered to its customers. Current hosted VoIP PBX and SIP Trunking conjoined service prevent massive potential investments in capital expense to build up a private telecommunications network on an organization’s campus. By promoting the infrastructure designed by Internet2, along with two partners, member institutions acquires carrier-level service at an extremely cost-effective manner. Built on standard SIP protocols, the application is anticipated to ensure organic control and management over the administrative procedures within Unified Communications (UC) utilities like telephony and video comms, and make institutions to configure the tailored solution to address their individual campus needs. "Delivering extremely scalable, multimedia joint services that make campuses reshuffle their critical priorities is a true focus for Internet2," stated Rob Vietzke, vice president at network services, Internet2. "We are delighted to deliver Internet2 members this SIP solution so they can start transition of their campus voice services to already delivered hosted services that Internet2, Aastra and Level 3 rolled out. These applications ensure ultimate control, drastically minimize upfront investment and bring up a platform for dynamic improvements in personal communications." "The SIP Services package from Internet2 is visual validation of their strategic focus on most modern technology solutions with good value for their customers," added Charlie McMahon, Chief Technology Officer at Tulane University. "Aastra and Level 3 perform with the ample experience of providing voice and networking solutions to the education industry and are viable additions to the Internet2 membership." Aastra's Clearspan is a dedicated VoIP network platform for ultimate UC of companies and organizations in seek of high-capacity, mission critical performance. Clearspan backs up traditional PBX-like services, but also an ample set of improved services, such as collaborated messaging, telephony convergence, IVRs, conferencing and contact center software. Clearspan makes employees to process calls from any device, everywhere, with only one telephone number, one single dial plan and VoIP mailbox. “Aastra is honoured to combine the efforts with a proven association like Internet2, in order to provide hosted VoIP comms for associated members," stated Tim Whittington, Regional Group President at Aastra. "Our decades of producing telecommunications platforms for colleges and universities have ensured a deep understanding of their top requirements. Our Clearspan hosted VoIP solution provides the quality, resilience, scalability, and operational value with the flexibility to configure the solution to meet their very special campus expectations." Level 3 Communications is supposed to provide SIP-based services of long distance and local trunks, conference bridges and other means. "This deployment builds on an impressive and outstanding relationship between Level 3 and Internet2, the leveraging of SIP services to the network infrastructure already reaps the fruits of that," continued Edward Morche, VP at Level 3 . "Having our end-to-end VoIP network - not a conjoined TDM/VoIP design compared with other providers - as well as our unsurpassed leadership in matters of VoIP, Internet2 will be capable to tie together voice and data on a single network, bringing tangible network and operational funds savings while placing a foundation for next generation telecoms and differentiated collaboration products."


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