BellSouth offers SMBs VoIP

FRAMINGHAM (10/31/2003) - BellSouth Corp. this week announced services designed to migrate small and midsized businesses (SMBs) to voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP).

The packaged offering includes network transport, integration and equipment from Cisco Systems Inc. and Nortel Networks Ltd. It can serve customers with 12 user stations to as many as several hundred users at multiple locations, BellSouth says, costs US$12 to $65 per user per month and is available now.

BellSouth is offering Cisco's AVVID VoIP gear as the equipment component of a managed service offering. The Nortel gear includes the Business Communications Manager 200 and 400 platforms, and Norstar Integrated Communications Systems.

This package is an extension to other IP telephony developments BellSouth has underway, including Centrex IP market trials and network-based, softswitch-enabled VoIP services expected to roll out in 2004.

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