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March 20, 2007

Pactolus, NexTone and Cantata Launch Prepaid VoIP Service Solution

By Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Senior Editor


Broadband telephony solution provider Pactolus announced Tuesday that its SIPWare calling cards and VoBB service offerings are now part of a multi-vendor communications solution that also includes NexTone’s Multiprotocol Session Exchange product and Cantata’s IMG 1010 media gateway.
 
This offering was designed in NexTone’s lab, through that company’s ServiceReady interoperability certification program. Products for the turnkey solution were chosen based on the ability to meet key needs of service providers, including quick development of revenue-generating services and speedy time-to-market.
 
Pactolus’ prepaid SIPware and BBTel applications are now certified end-to-end interoperable with NexTone’s products. The two companies have formed a close working relationship that involves sales, marketing, support, and product management.
 
In a news release about the solution, the companies involved said that it was designed especially for carriers, service integrators and resellers in the prepaid market, especially those seeking to replace expensive, TDM call traffic with wholesale SIP peering services. Cantata’s media gateway provides an affordable method for achieving global reach by connecting IP islands with PTSN networks. NexTone’s products provide session layer security, SIP interworking, and call routing intelligence.
 
The three companies involved in this solution also are working with IP carriers to deliver prepaid VoIP services to the world market.
 
Ken Osowski, vice president of marketing and product management at Pactolus, said that his company’s participating in the new solution expands an existing relationship with NexTone.
 
“Through NexTone's certifications, it is now easier for Pactolus to go to market with very affordable prepaid services to our carrier customers, enabling them to provide the latest service offerings to their subscribers and remain competitive,” Osowski said in a statement.
 
NexTone vice president of marketing John Longo added that, because the prepaid telephony market is very competitive, it’s challenging for service providers to introduce new services effectively.
 
“By working together, NexTone, Cantata, and Pactolus enable IP service providers to stay ahead in the market by allowing them to change their service options to address market conditions in real-time,” Longo said in a statement. “This ServiceReady solution provides carriers with a proven way to offer high-quality, secure VoIP services faster and to reach new customer target areas.”

To learn more about the type of solutions described in this article, please visit TMCnet.com’s Broadband Telephony channel, sponsored by Pactolus.
 
Mae Kowalke previously wrote for Cleveland Magazine in Ohio and The Burlington Free Press in Vermont. To see more of her articles, please visit Mae Kowalke’s columnist page. Also check out her Wireless Mobility blog.




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