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Johanne Torres[October 21, 2004]

Military Bases Getting VoIP via Cable


During our recent Internet Telephony Conference and EXPO in Los Angeles, I reported on the rapidly expanding VoIP opportunities in the military. Since then, more VoIP (define - news - alert) service providers have developed relationships with military agencies around the country, in order to power their telecommunications. Recently, cable operators have started to make partnerships with VoIP technology providers to jointly offer VoIP-enabled calling services for residences and businesses. The VoIP-through-cable bundle has now reached military grounds thanks to partnerships such as Net2Phone and Rural West’s.

Today, Newark, NJ-based Voice over IP (VoIP) enabler Net2Phone announced that it will provide cable telephony services to Rural West, a US cable operator serving numerous military bases. Rural West, a member of the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), plans to roll out telephony with Net2Phone before the end of the year in cable systems across Colorado, Arizona, California, Hawaii and even selected military bases overseas.

"We believe our value proposition as an outsourced telephony provider that supports multiple solutions and standards makes us the right choice for cable operators looking to quickly and cost-effectively roll out phone service. In addition, we at Net2Phone are especially proud to service the men and women of our armed forces, enabling them with an easier and more cost efficient method of communication," said Stephen Greenberg, CEO of Net2Phone.

Even though Rural West’s VoIP efforts are aided by its partnership with Net2Phone, the cable operator will maintain ownership of its telephony subscribers and brand, and will provide customer service and technical support. Net2Phone will enable provisioning and billing integration; a CLASS 5 capable switching platform; advanced features such as Caller ID; network management tools; PSTN interconnects, and operator services/directory assistance. Customers of participating NCTC members will now be able to purchase cable, broadband and cable VoIP services as a triple-play (define-news-alert) bundle.

"For many soldiers the phone is an important way to stay close to loved ones while away from home," said Dave Boland, Chief Operating Officer at Rural West. "With Net2Phone we are able to offer a high-quality, bundled phone service that allows our armed forces on active duty to save money on calls while keeping touch with their family and friends."

Johanne Torres is contributing editor for TMCnet.com and Internet Telephony magazine. Previously, she was assistant editor for EContent magazine in Connecticut. She can be reached by e-mail at jtorres@tmcnet.com.


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