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May 28, 2010

Endstream's Levitt Discusses VoIP Termination, Advantages

By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Recently TMC's (News - Alert) Editor Stefania Viscusi interviewed Eric Levitt, CEO at Endstream Communications (News - Alert), a VoIP and telecom carrier working in VoIP termination for the wholesale, enterprise and middle markets.

One advantage of IP, he noted, is how it allows for "convergence. In a converged data network, only one infrastructure is required," as opposed to up to three infrastructures sometimes necessary with more traditional telephony.

Endstream, Levitt said, was founded in 2007. It has its own POPs and own private network facilities. He mentioned they recently launched a residential project through an acquisition.

The company has also recently announced the deployment of their enterprise product, Levitt said, in SIP trunking, among others, last year, and "we've seen significant traction in the SIP marketplace.

VoIP termination, according to Levitt, is the ability to complete a VoIP call over a public or private network, and requires that "both the customer and the carrier have VoIP enabled equipment, capable of taking a digital or an analog signal and translating them into IP."

It's important to have a reliable Internet or data connection for a VoIP network to operate properly, he noted.

VoIP equipment is easier to deploy for customers because they only need to maintain a single plant for network infrastructure, he noted, adding that because of the nature of IP networks, "it's easier to centralize the PBX (News - Alert) across an enterprise, and even centralize inbound trunks from carriers."

Levitt said Endstream is differentiated from the competition due to their ability to offer retail customers "very competitive rates," due to the lack of the high overhead of their larger competitors. He also pointed to the very reliable service.

Many of the largest service providers already use VoIP extensively in-house, Levitt said, "inside their infrastructure," since, among other considerations, in general the equipment is easier to maintain, and if properly deployed, can deliver calls of comparable quality.

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David's articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Michael Dinan

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