Switchless reseller Uniworld Communications has announced the launch of its first IP telephony service, IPDirectConnect. The new serviceis one of four planned IP products to be rolled out over the next six months, and will enable Uniworld’s dealers to provide their SME end-users with a direct connection to the Gamma Telecom core IP network. The new service lowers operational and call costs to the end-user, as well as providing dealers with the opportunity to offer further value-added services.
IPDirectConnect offers SMEs PSTN connectivity via a broadband connection, and marks one of the first true IP transit services on the market. Offering a scaleable and flexible alternative to ISDN, IPDirectConnect opens the full potential of an IP-PBX, complementing a converged network with lower costs and simplified architecture. It also offers a number of features bundled into the service such as DDI number ranges and CLI presentation, which usually incur additional costs with ISDN.
Uniworld say they have a simple ordering and provisioning process and provide an IP ‘pipe’ between the end-user site and the Gamma network with the appropriate level of bandwidth required. End-users will be able to either port their existing BT telephone numbers to the service or have geographic numbers issued. Geoff Raynsford, Uniworld Channel Partner, said, “The industry needs a partner like Uniworld to push IP telephony through the market place and make it accessible for the SME market. We’re very confident that Uniworld will continue to deliver its promises.”
Uniworld recognises the challenges of the changing telephony market and has identified a need to offer its dealers leading services and extensive support. Kim Robinson, Managing Director of Uniworld Communications, commented: “IPDirectConnect marks the first of a full portfolio of IP services Uniworld will be launching during the next six months. Each new service enables our dealers to sell a proven and leading IP telephony solution that offers customers lower cost calls and value added services. This is an exciting time for the telecoms industry and Uniworld will continue to provide its channel partners with the highest level of service and innovative solutions.”