Gamma Telecom has announced the launch of its new IP gateway solution, ‘Converter’. The new service combines Gamma’s recently launched IPDirectConnect with hardware that brings IP functionality to traditional PBXs. The carrier says that Converter will enable resellers to offer the SME market a low-cost solution to converting existing PBX equipment and that companies subscribing to the service will benefit from lower cost calls, free calls between linked sites and the ability to rationalise their ISDN lines, leading to a reduction in total costs.
Gamma’s solution will connect end-users directly into their IP core network enabling full PSTN breakout. The company says the service is built on a proven IP platform that has been serving Gamma’s Carrier customers with IP Telephony service for the last 18 months. Converter is fully scaleable according to Gamma and will be charged as a monthly ‘per voice channel’ rental fee. This will allow channel partners to select the exact number of voice channels they require.
Compared to traditional ISDN based telephony, Converter offers a number of features bundled into the per voice channel such as providing DDI number ranges and CLI presentation, which usually incur additional costs with ISDN.
Richard Bligh, of Gamma Telecom, commented: “Converter offers end-users a low cost alternative to purchasing a new IP-PBX. This service gives our channel partners a real opportunity to offer an IP migration path to more ‘cautious’ end-users who wish to continue using their existing PBX. For companies looking to move to IP but retain their existing equipment with a PSTN fail-over, this is an ideal starting point. This means that should the IP link go down, there will be no loss of telephony service. This addition to Gamma’s IP telephony portfolio, further demonstrates the company’s leading position in the IP market and dedication to providing the channel with the most innovative and saleable products on the market.”