Toshiba America Information Systems (TAIS) was the first PBX vendor whose announcement of a service provider partnership caught our eye. Yesterday, TAIS added another ITSP to its growing roster of SIP providers certified to work seamlessly with its Strata CIX IP business phone systems: U.S.-based Twist Networks.
The twist with Twist is that, although it services enterprises both large and small, it's really a specialist in attending to the needs of smaller organizationsor larger companies with many smaller locations.
One of the features of the Twist service for smaller players is that they can enjoy the benefits of direct inward dialing (DID) without having to pay for a traditional TDM line.
"Together, Toshibas Strata CIX40 IP business communication system and Twist allow companies with even as few as four trunks to enjoy DID numbers," explained Twist Networks president, Bob Hymes. The combination of Twists IP trunking just makes an already great system even better."
Moreover, Twist can deliver circuits that are terminated locally, with a direct handoff to an individual Strata CIX systemeither over its own QoS controlled network of via the customer's existing IP network. This gives customers "the flexibility to choose how to generate maximum savings on their long distance and network infrastructures," according to Hymes.
Twist offers a number of service packages, specifically designed to meet the needs of companies with 5 to 500 employeesfrom 1,000 minute bundles up to unlimited long distance calling. In fact local and long distance domestic callsas well as international calls to Canadaare included in the "base rate."
TAIS product manager Eric Abing, commented: "With Twist Networks, Toshiba enterprise users get local, long distance and direct dial access in one simple, reliable package. This lets our customers maximize the reach of their Toshiba Strata CIX system while continuing to take advantage of the systems flexibility, rich functionality, and unbeatable reliability."
The Twist Networks SIP Trunking services are now available across North America through Toshiba's network of authorized dealers.
In a similar move, PBX vendor Fonality and telecom provider XO Communications announced that Fonality's PBXtra and trixbox Pro PBX systems are certified to work seamlessly with XO's trunking service XO SIP.
While XO is a global communications provider, Fonality's target market focuses on the smaller enterprise with minimal IT staff resources. The certification process devised by XO tested Fonality's IP-PBX in more than 400 real-world environment simulations to ensure maximum reliability. It also established that deploying a Fonality IP PBX with XO SIP is a simple procedure.
Simplicity and cost savings have always been at the core of Fonality's market identity: The company claims its phone systems to be as much as 80 percent cheaper to deploy than comparable systems from other vendors, and its hybrid architecturewith customer premise-based hardware centrally managed from Fonality's data centermakes for easy, foolproof deployment.
"With the addition of XO SIP we offer yet another way for businesses worldwide to reduce costs and simplify operations," said Corey Brundage, Fonality's vice president of product management.