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Verizon Business Bolsters IP-based Conferencing, Routing Features
By Brendan B. Read, Senior Contributing Editor
IP Audio Conferencing for conducting instant meetings, which will speed collaboration while eliminating additional per minute charges for calls originating from a Verizon (News - Alert) IP-enabled location leveraging the company's global IP network. This new feature has made audio conferencing more attractive by avoiding the typical high per-minute charges associated with conventional TDM-based solutions. Audio conferencing is often a first step in a collaboration strategy; it gets organizations and employees used to meeting virtually, which is a more cost-effective, reliable and greener means of working together than traveling to each others' locations. Also many interactions do not need data or video collaborations; audio performs nicely for regular chats with at-home or field staff when no presentations are involved
VoIP IP Enterprise Routing (VIPER). This is a new cloud-based VoIP feature that bites into calling costs by enabling more cost-effective business-to-business voice calls through eliminating domestic or international per minute calling charges when calls are made between Verizon VoIP customers in either the U.S. and Europe that sign up for VIPER. As an added benefit, a customer using Verizon IP Audio Conferencing will not incur additional per minute charges from any VIPER-enabled location dialing into the host conference bridge. As Verizon Business (News - Alert) is a major provider of IP trunking and VoIP offerings with a large and rapidly growing customer base, the VIPER offer provides a significant savings opportunity for Verizon's customers. The capability can be leveraged with any VIPER customer, automatically enrolling organizations in a user community
Centralized multi-site designsfor Verizon Hosted IP Centrex customers in Europe. They enable them to aggregate calls through a central 'hub' location connected to Verizon's global IP network, including calls from sites in other countries, or using third-party wide area network access, or both. The centralized multi-site, multi-country platform eliminates the need for in-country voice trunks and additional TDM/IP gateways and can support emergency calls from any of the remote locations.
Brendan B. Read is TMCnet's Senior Contributing Editor. To read more of Brendan's articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Alice Straight