Verizon Global Wholesale Offers VOIP, Internet Packages
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.
The second new package, Internet Dedicated T1, also combines discounted
service and hardware. It provides a high-capacity connection for 30 or
more users and is designed for transmitting high-volume e-mail traffic,
transferring large files, or hosting Web sites from virtually anywhere.
The package, based on T1 technology, combines 24 channels of broadband
signal into a 1.544 megabit per second (Mbps) service, with customer
equipment available to enable the service. Quality of service (QoS)
assurance is offered as an option, at an additional cost. The equipment
offered in this package is either a Samsung Ubigate iBG 1000 for
data-only applications or a model 1003 for data and voice services
combined. The discounts on service and equipment expire on March 31,
"By creating new VoIP and Internet packages that include both services
and hardware, we're giving our wholesale customers new ways to support
their small- and medium-sized business customers in a time when every
nickel and every efficiency counts toward success," said Quintin Lew,
senior vice president of marketing for Verizon Global Wholesale. "Our
goal continues to be to arm our wholesale customers with the tools that
help them to help small and medium-sized businesses succeed."
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."