Verizon Global Wholesale Offers VOIP, Internet Packages
Verizon rolls out three packages aimed at expanding VOIP and Internet options for cost-conscious businesses.Telecommunications giant Verizon announced voice over IP and Internet access packages designed to respond to the rapid growth of VOIP in the small to medium-size business realm and the resulting demand for high-speed Internet connections. In addition, the offers support Verizon Global Wholesale customers' marketing efforts to midmarket businesses. The first package combines Verizon's SIP (session initiation protocol) Gateway Service with associated router hardware. SIP Gateway Service transports VOIP traffic between packet-based IP networks and the traditional telephone network and is designed to be a manageable access point for cost-conscious companies looking to upgrade their communications capabilities. In addition to providing access to Verizon's expansive IP local network and its telephone number inventory, wholesale customers can offer small and medium-sized businesses a new NEC Univerge SV8100 IP PBX and its associated installation and maintenance bundle at a discount. Both the SIP connection and the NEC Univerge SV8100 PBX are priced at a discount with this package, but Verizon noted the service and hardware discounts expire on June 30.
For midmarket companies with a larger appetite for Internet access, a third new promotional offer features Internet access with an Ethernet connection at either 5 Mbps or 10 Mbps. This Internet Dedicated Ethernet service is discounted and bundled with a Samsung iBG1000 router, the cost of which is credited back over the initial year of service. Targeted at businesses that intend to consolidate voice, video and key business applications onto a converged IP network, Lew said this offer delivers a single-vendor solution that end-user customers can leverage to fit their business model. The Ethernet service discount and the monthly credit offer for the cost of the router are scheduled to expire on March 31, 2011.
"Small businesses need their carriers to go beyond a one-size-fits-all solution," Lew said. "These Internet offers cover the key speeds and features that growing small and medium-sized enterprises require to solve modern connection issues and engage the world in new and aggressive ways."