CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) has reached an agreement to provide its unified communications-as-a-service (UCaaS) to Iowa Communications Network (ICN), furthering its presence in the growing wholesale cloud-based services market.
ICN, which runs a statewide middle mile fiber network, will extend CenturyLink's UCaaS service to its education, public safety and government users with what it says is transparent and fixed pricing.
Users that subscribe to the UCaaS service will pay a monthly rate that includes IP phones and equipment updates and the ability to add, move or change services via CenturyLink's online portal.
Now that it has CenturyLink's UCaaS service in its portfolio its education, public safety, and government users can buy a managed services package that includes three key elements: managed data networking; Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone service; and collaboration applications such as instant messaging and presence, which provides real-time availability information about co-workers.
One of the key benefits of a cloud-based system is that INS' users could cut costs of deploying and managing a premises-based PBX or key system.
"CenturyLink's fully managed UCaaS solution for ICN enables authorized users to reduce and even eliminate the ownership costs of a premises-based communication system," said Kenny Wyatt, senior vice president of business solutions, CenturyLink, in a release.
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