Cloud-based unified communications provider Telesphere today said it was launching a major expansion of its network to help drive UC adoption.
The company said it was adding several POPs and network transmission facilities, moves that it said would help differentiate its service and also position it to go after large enterprise customers anywhere in the U.S. and Canada.
The pure-play provider of advanced, all-IP business-communications solutions in a service-in-a-cloud environment said it's spending aggressively on its national network, adding or upgrading new network hubs in Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Portland, Ore., and Los Angeles, to augment its all-IP network that supports enterprise hosted VoIP and data services.
The company said its working with Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) and ADTRAN (Nasdaq: ADTN) on the buildout, and said the POPs house routing and switching equipment, connectivity to the Internet and PSTN, and key service components, including Hosted PBX Application Servers, Session Border Controllers and others.
Telesphere CEO Clark Peterson said its national network has been a key selling point for the company's UC in the cloud play.
"By the end of this year, we will have 13 POPs situated in all regions of the country, offering more capacity than any other pure play provider of all-IP, cloud-based business communications services," he said. "We have invested millions of dollars in our network and we continue to invest..."
Peterson said the company's privately managed cloud network and its proprietary back-office system differentiates Telesphere from traditional carriers in providing managed voice, data and UC services.
- see this release
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25/03/2010 - ADTRAN's NetVanta Business Application Server
At VoiceCon, I got the chance to chat with Chris Thompson, and Renock Hall of the Enterprise Networks Division over at ADTRAN about their NetVanta Business Applications Server and the Custom Service Creation Environment and the ease with which companies can deploy communications enabled business processes using them. Limiting the programming experience needed and making application development almost point and click, the Custom Service Creation Environment is able to build automated communications events based on timing or business occurances. Outbound notifications to customers or emergency personel, paging, smart call redirection can all be put together with drag-and-drop functionality. Read their release for more info.
07/12/2009 - Adtran throws hat into UC arena
When you think of Adtran, you might usually think of DSLAMs, routers and LAN equipment, but you might also have heard they are dabbling in IP-PBX systems and SIP trunking. As they ramp up their VoIP technology line-up, they are also exploring Unified Communications (UC).
The company plans to launch an IP-PBX capable of supporting 2,000 users and a UC server that will create an all-IP solution bundled with its IP-PBX. Adtran is also planning to launch a business applications server supporting customized CEPB-based solutions that support Microsoft OCS, IBM Sametime or a stand-alone environment.
- read this blog post
09/09/2009 - Verizon Business boosts European VoIP offering
Verizon Business announced today it has certified the ADTRAN NetVanta 6310 IP Business Gateway for use with its IP Integrated Access solution in Europe. Since the product allows for connectivity with VoIP and TDM end-points, it allows for customers to gradually transition their communication networks to IP.
Verizon also announced that its Burstable Enterprise Shared Trunks capability is now available in its European markets, allowing multi-location enterprises to distribute capacity to support spikes in traffic at different points in its customers' networks. The BEST feature, previously only available in the U.S., and the ADTRAN product support can now be accessed by customers in Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
- see the PhonePlus article here
ADTRAN has rolled out an Alliance Program for the NetVanta 7000 IP PBX. The program brings best-in-breed technology and services to complement the NetVanta 7000 to provide fully interoperable solutions for small and medium-sized businesses.
The first phase of the program brings a number of IP telephony technology partners and SIP trunking service providers to the table with ADTRAN. Technology partners bring things to the table that ADTRAN doesn't make, ranging from desktop IP phones and DECT wireless phones, to applications services such as speech recognition, call accounting, call recording, unified messaging and telepresence/video conferencing. Companies signing on as IP telephony technology partners include CounterPath, Incendonet, LifeSize Communications, Multi-Tech, Polycom, Resource Software International (RSI), SIP Print, and snom.
Six SIP Trunking service providers have been certified to be fully interoperable with the NetVanta 7000: Bandwidth.com, BroadVox. Covad Communications. CommPartners Connect, Speakeasy and Voxitas.
The NetVanta 7000 Series IP PBX supports up to 50 phones at a business location, and the 1U box includes an IP PBX, voice mail, auto attendant, IP router, 24-port Power over Ethernet (PoE) switch, firewall and VPN.
In December, ADTRAN started a VoIP program for non-certified channel partners.
A behind-the-scenes look at ADTRAN manufacturing
Best Buy's broadband division Speakeasy has added SIP trunking to its bag of tricks. The company plans to certify eight major IP PBX vendors, with ADTRAN and Fonality winning first approval.
Under Monday's announcement, ADTRAN's Netvanta 7100 and Fonality trixbox Community Edition (CE) got the nod. The approvals may ultimately signal deeper relationships between Speakeasy and the two companies, since ADTRAN wants to leverage the SMB market in a big way this year and Fonality and Speakeasy are triangulated by a Dell relationship of sorts; Fonality sells a solution on Dell hardware while Speakeasy's parent Best Buy sells Dell in its stores.
In addition the company announced that it was adding an integrated voice service over Ethernet service, with offerings at 3, 5, and 10 Mbps symmetrical bandwidth. The 10 Mbps offering will support up to 48 concurrent calls using standard codecs; more if you use an optional G.729 voice codec.
Adtran has launched a new program to open up its VoIP product lines to SMB-focused value-added resellers (VARs). The Value-Added Distribution (VAD) program works to team "highly skilled" distributors with partners that aren't certified in Adtran's IP telephony specialization.
Without Adtran certification or a VAD team up, a channel partner can't sell the NetVanta line of VoIP products on their own. Having VAD means distributors can help smaller partners now sell NetVanta. VARs typically spend between $4,000 to $6,000 to get VoIP training and knowledge.
Under the program, authorized distributors will provide pre and post-sales support for VoIP products, work with "non-specialized" solution providers to plan product deployment, and even will be able to sell installation services from Adtran.
Adtran started the program because it found it was losing out on SMB VoIP sales through non-specialized partners. The company says there shouldn't be conflicts for partners that have already specialized in VoIP; around 250 of Adtran's 2,200 solutions providers are currently VoIP-specialized. Top-level partners already specialized in VoIP on their own get better pricing by buying direct, because they don't have to pay for the overhead in purchasing through a specialized distributor.
- Channel Web comments on the Adtran announcement. Post.
25/11/2008 - SPOTLIGHT: ADTRAN speaks up
Last week, ADTRAN invited a select group of media down to Huntsville, Ala., for a visit. The event included a customer panel, an overview of voice and data products, and some pre-briefing on new products; the first product unofficially announced this week is a 3G board, er module, that goes into the NetVanta 3305 modular router.
The most impressive and humbling part of the event was a tour through the company's extensive facilities. ADTRAN employs over 1,700 people, and most of them reside in Huntsville, including technical support, engineering design and testing, and manufacturing - yes, manufacturing in the good old USA.
ADTRAN manufactures all of its pre-production prototypes and about 30 percent of its products on site in Huntsville on its own manufacturing line. (The other 70 percent is done in China, but using the exact same quality control standards as are implemented in Huntsville).
It is easy to take the process of creating a new product from scratch for granted; after walking through the assembly line and testing labs of ADTRAN, it is hard not to be in awe of the number of different disciplines and practices that go into the process of building a physical (i.e. hardware) product.
You'll find three slide shows of the various manufacturing facilities Fierce toured-
In addition, we have an "easter egg" capturing ADTRAN's press hospitality embedded in the ADTRAN gets Real editorial over at FierceTelecom.