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Internet Telephony: March 03, 2009 eNewsLetter
March 03, 2009

Speakeasy Adds SIP, Voice over Ethernet

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor

Speakeasy, a Best Buy company, now offers combined voice and data service over direct SIP trunks (Session Initiation Protocol (News - Alert)), in addition to its existing service over analog and digital lines.

Speakeasy’s (News - Alert) "Integrated Voice" connects to a traditional key system or PBX, and now with direct SIP, to an IP PBX, making it easier than ever to take advantage of the cost savings and flexibility of Speakeasy Voice.
The company also has launched "Integrated Voice over Ethernet" as the newest addition to its full line of integrated voice and data services. Speakeasy now offers "Integrated Voice over Ethernet" at 3 Mbps, 5 Mbps or 10 Mbps symmetrical bandwidth, in addition to its Integrated Voice service over T1 and ADSL2 broadband.
The new offering is aimed at small to mid-sized businesses, combining voice, data, local calling and long distance over a single circuit and saving companies up to 45 percent over traditional phone service.
“In this economy, our customers are always looking for innovative ways to reduce costs and get the best value for their telecom dollar,” said Bruce Chatterley, Speakeasy President and CEO. “Speakeasy’s Integrated Voice over Ethernet provides businesses with tremendous savings over traditional telecom service and allows Speakeasy to serve a broader market, accommodating both larger and higher traffic users of voice and data.” 
The most powerful Speakeasy Integrated Voice over Ethernet option offers 10 Mbps of symmetrical bandwidth, supporting up to 48 concurrent calls, which can typically serve a single location with 250 employees or more.
In addition, customers can get more out of this service by utilizing an optional G.729 voice codex, which compresses voice traffic to create a significant reduction in voice bandwidth usage per call, freeing more room for business data traffic over the same connection.
As with all Speakeasy Voice products, calls between locations using Speakeasy Voice are free, creating another cost saving idea for multi-location businesses.  Speakeasy also offers low long distance calling plans - less than two cents/min – with Carry Forward minutes to preserve any unused minutes from month to month.
To support direct SIP, Speakeasy plans to certify eight of the major IP PBX hardware manufacturers.  Speakeasy has certified the ADTRAN Netvanta 7100 and Fonality (News - Alert) trixbox Community Edition (CE).
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Gary Kim is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Gary’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Michelle Robart


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