1. AT&T Expands VoIP Service to 100 U.S. Markets
As proof AT&T has been fully prepared for mass VoIP deployments for a long time, the provider announced that it has expanded its CallVantage primary line residential VoIP service to include 100 markets in 29 states, an accomplishment achieved over a 16-week period.
CallVantage’s new expansion covers Birmingham, AL; Bridgeport, Danbury, Hartford, New Haven, New London, Stamford, and Waterbury, CT; Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Flint, MI; Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus, OH; Providence-Warwick, RI; Richmond, VA; Kenosha, Milwaukee, and Racine, WI; Dover, DE; New Bedford, Brockton, Fitchburg-Leominister, Lawrence, Lowell and Worchester, MA; and Pittsburgh and Reading, PA.
Of the new markets, Alabama has the lowest broadband Internet penetration at 15.9% and Connecticut has the highest with 24.3%.
AT&T also offers the service in select markets in Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Nebraska, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Washington D.C.
Later this year, the service provider plans to use the CallVantage platform to offer a domestic telework solution for SOHO users.
The company has announced that it will continue to pull out of the TDM based local and long distance consumer markets nationwide, stating that it can no longer compete with RBOCs and cable MSOs with bundled offerings, now that new regulations no longer force RBOCs to provide connectivity at wholesale rates. The statement appears in AT&T’s Q2 earnings report.
3. Centrepoint Introduces Hybrid TDM/IP PBX for SMBs
Centrepoint Technologies has introduced TalkSwitch 48-CVA, a hybrid TDM/IP PBX system that scales to support from 1 to 32 users per location. The system uses the PSTN for local calling and IP for long distance and inter-branch calls. Each unit accommodates up to 4 CO lines and 4 VoIP trunks, as well as 8 local extensions and 8 remote extensions. Up to 4 units can be networked.
The TalkSwitch 48-CVA, which employs SIP when in IP mode, features 3-digit dialing, call transfer, auto-attendant, voicemail, call management, remote extension capabilities, and cell bridging, allowing cell phone users to place IP calls.
The hybrid PBX system goes for $1,795.
5. eWeek Begins Tracking VoIP Marketplace
eWeek, a Ziff Davis online publication, has expanded its coverage of technology sectors to include VoIP. The new section of the eWeek site will include market news, product reviews, analysis, commentary, white papers, and a classifieds area.
At first glance, the section appears to have the potential to be a great resource for the VoIP community.
eWeek’s VoIP Section
7. Ipsos-Insight Releases Study of Consumer Interest in VoIP
Ipsos-Insight has released results of a survey conducted among 1,200 Internet subscribers in the U.S. to measure interest in VoIP by consumers. The firm finds that 19% of respondents stated they were likely to subscribe to a VoIP service. Consumers with phone bills exceeding $40 a month were twice as likely to show interest in the service.
Half of the respondents indicated that a traditional phone service provider would be the best provider of VoIP, while 35% picked an ISP, and a mere 15% recognized a cable company.
9. Verizon Launches Primary Line Residential VoIP Service
Verizon has launched VoiceWing, a primary line residential VoIP service to broadband Internet subscribers in the U.S. The service offers subscribers unlimited calling within North America for $34.95 per month for the first six months of service. After, the service will be $39.95 per month. Subscribers to Verizon’s DSL service will receive a $5 monthly discount, applicable to both the regular rate and promotional offer. Subscribers must pay a $39.95 setup fee and a shipping and handling fee for the terminal adapter. The provider offers a 30-day money back guarantee.
Service features include caller ID, call waiting, voicemail, area code selection among 139 markets in 33 states, call forwarding, click to dial, call logs, speed dial, feature scheduling, personal address book, and online account management.
DeltaThree, provider of its own VoIP service, iConnectHere, will be providing Verizon with consulting, management and integration services such as subscriber provisioning, billing, account management, credit card processing, fraud management, and a customer service interface. The arrangement is based on a two year agreement.