Press Release Summary:
VoIP Community Peering creates extranet community for enterprises and business partners, enabling them to migrate to full on-net VoIP solution without implementing private number dialing plan. It offers end-to-end IP communications and lets enterprises create intranets and supply chain extranets. Also, service provides Global Crossing VoIP Outbound and VoIP On-Net Plus users with usage-free VoIP calling to all Global Crossing VoIP Local Service end points.
Original Press Release:
Global Crossing Launches Industry-leading VoIP Community Peering Feature
- Industry-leading VoIP feature enhances value of IP convergence.
- Offers high-quality, end-to-end IP communications without PSTN expenses.
- Enables enterprises to create intranets and supply chain extranets.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J., June 5 -- Global Crossing (NASDAQ:GLBC) today announced VoIP Community Peering, another industry-leading enhancement to its Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services. VoIP Community Peering creates an extranet community for enterprises and their various business partners -- such as suppliers, manufacturers and distributors in a supply chain -- that experience high call volumes. Through VoIP Community Peering, enterprise business associates enjoy the cost benefits of migrating to a full on-net VoIP solution without implementing a private number dialing plan.
VoIP Community Peering also creates intranet communities for geographically dispersed, intra-company locations and remote office locations that prefer not to develop a centralized private corporate numbering plan. For example, a pharmaceutical company that empowers each regional division to operate independently and manages its own dial plan still experiences a significant amount of intra-location calling. Such a firm is an ideal candidate for Global Crossing's VoIP Community Peering solution.
Global Crossing VoIP Community Peering(TM) provides Global Crossing VoIP Outbound and VoIP On-Net Plus customers with usage-free VoIP calling to all Global Crossing VoIP Local Service end points. This feature offers enterprises even more value as they move to an all-IP environment over Global Crossing's converged IP network.
"Global Crossing continues to lead the industry with its VoIP portfolio, as we enable end-to-end VoIP call completions across our network," said Anthony Christie, Global Crossing's chief marketing officer. "VoIP Community Peering enables communications efficiencies for extranet partners and communities of interest such as supply chains, business partners and affinity groups, and it requires no special provisioning or dial plan management."
Global Crossing, a leader in VoIP technology and one of the first to deploy a global Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) platform, now offers customers increased cost efficiencies when VoIP calls are completed on the Global Crossing network. This creates an extranet peering community that operates like a private internal voice network: members of the peering community can call any phone number provisioned as a Global Crossing VoIP local service number, thereby avoiding standard Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) off-net usage charges. The peering community includes all Global Crossing VoIP Local Service(TM) numbers across an enterprise's internal locations and extends to calls placed to external parties who are Global Crossing VoIP Local Service customers.
"VoIP Community Peering establishes a new milestone for organizations along the pathway to an all-IP world," stated Bryan Van Dussen, director of service provider research at In-Stat. "Global Crossing's VoIP Community Peering enables firms to create VoIP extranets, or communications communities that cut across and between organizations' traditional networks. This VoIP VPN functionality improves communications between companies by establishing logical on-net points within a defined network community while lowering costs."
Global Crossing's pricing model currently provides customers a fixed monthly recurring charge per simultaneous session required, plus a discounted cost per minute for all calls terminating through the PSTN. With VoIP Community Peering, cost-per-minute charges are not applied if calls are destined for a national or international number served by Global Crossing VoIP Local Service.
Global Crossing VoIP Service is generally available in most commercial centers throughout North America and Europe. VoIP expansion will continue in markets currently served by Global Crossing's traditional voice services, including Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Portugal and Slovakia. Global Crossing VoIP Services are also planned for Mexico, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.
Global Crossing now transports more than 2.4 billion VoIP minutes per month, and VoIP traffic accounted for 74 percent of all voice traffic transported by Global Crossing in the first quarter of 2006. IP traffic on Global Crossing's global IP backbone increased 65 percent in 2005 and grew 26 percent in the first quarter of 2006.
ABOUT GLOBAL CROSSING
Global Crossing (NASDAQ:GLBC) provides telecommunications solutions over the world's first integrated global IP-based network. Its core network connects more than 300 cities in 28 countries worldwide, and delivers services to more than 600 cities in 60 countries and 6 continents around the globe. The company's global sales and support model matches the network footprint and, like the network, delivers a consistent customer experience worldwide.
Global Crossing IP services are global in scale, linking the world's enterprises, governments and carriers with customers, employees and partners worldwide in a secure environment that is ideally suited for IP-based business applications, allowing e-commerce to thrive. The company offers a full range of managed data and voice products including Global Crossing IP VPN Service, Global Crossing Managed Services and Global Crossing VoIP services, to 36 percent of the Fortune 500, as well as 700 carriers, mobile operators and ISPs.
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