Alteva adds cloud, free calling capabilities to its SIP trunking product set

Alteva is increasing the value of its SIP trunking portfolio for its growing base of large business customers by allowing customers the ability to access cloud services and get free calling services between offices.

Like other SIP trunking providers, Alteva's offering can help large businesses reduce costs by eliminating TDM-based PRIs and consolidating voice and data traffic onto one platform.

Not content to be just another PRI replacement offer, the company said that its SIP trunking service connects PBX users with Alteva's core base of hosted voice users, enabling free calling between all users across company locations in addition to integrating home-based workers and other employees that spend a lot of time traveling.

It also allows PBX users to use other cloud-based features including disaster recovery, business continuity and other advanced services.

"Alteva has been selling SIP trunks for years, but as we've advanced the functionality of the cloud, we've been able to overlay more features and functionality, so our SIP trunks are much more than just a dial-tone circuit replacement," states Mark Marquez, executive vice president and chief network officer at Alteva.

Coming on the heels of the new hosted Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) product it developed for the law firm segment, the expansion of the SIP trunking platform is part of the company's ongoing transformation into a bigger player in the cloud-based services market.

These expansions will also enable Alteva to stay on a competitive footing with larger telcos, as well as CLECs and cable operators such as MegaPath and Comcast Business (Nasdaq: CMCSA) that are enhancing their cloud-based offerings with similar capabilities.

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