Birch Launches New SIP Trunking Product

Atlanta, Ga. November 14, 2012 – Birch Communications, a leading IP-based telecom and managed services provider to small- and medium-sized businesses and consumers, announced today the launch of Birch SIP trunking services to meet the needs of small- and mid-sized businesses. Session Initiated Protocol (SIP) trunking is the use of voice over IP (VoIP) to connect a customer's IP private branch exchange (IP PBX) to the public switched telephone network via the Internet.

"The benefits of SIP trunking – such as increased network savings and operational efficiencies – were previously available only to large companies with sophisticated IT networks," said Chris Aversano, Birch chief operating officer. "To meet the needs of small and medium-sized businesses, Birch's SIP trunking service will provide even single-location businesses the benefits of voice and data convergence."

By merging voice services with the business data network, a SIP trunking solution can adjust to capacity requirements by dynamically allocating bandwidth as needed to support voice and/or data requirements during peak hours. Businesses are able to purchase as many trunks as needed to match their communication requirements. Trunks may be added at a later time, saving both time and money.

"Businesses are able to 'right-size' their voice solutions using SIP trunking," said Vincent Oddo, Birch president and CEO. "They may also benefit by avoiding delays in turning up more lines because physical lines are not required with the SIP trunking service."

In addition to offering standard voice features typically required by businesses, SIP trunking also serves as a foundation for future investments in video, mobile and productivity applications. As emerging technologies reach businesses, SIP users benefit from the technology's inherent flexibility in supporting new IP-based services.
 

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About Birch Communications

Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., Birch Communications provides managed communications and information technology services to a target market of small and medium-sized businesses in select metropolitan areas within 38 states across the United States. Birch services include local and long distance voice, broadband Internet access, T1, PRI, bonded T1, mobile voice and data, e-mail, voicemail, prepaid, and many other communications and information technology services. Birch voice and data services are, in most cases, delivered using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology on the

company's secure IP-Network rather than over the public Internet.
 

According to Inc. 500|5000 magazine in its 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2004 rankings, Birch is one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. In 2010, Birch was also named the 7th fastest growing private business in Atlanta, and in 2011 as one of the Top 100 Private Companies in Atlanta, by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Please visit www.birch.com for more information.