Comptel 2010: Verizon fuels the competitive provider's SMB drive

Verizon's Global Wholesale division is addressing the notion that for what medium sized businesses (SMBs) may lack in size their unique needs require more than just a basic telephone line with the debut a new series of VoIP and Internet service packages.

First in the trio is Verizon's SIP Gateway Service. Providing transport for VoIP traffic between packet-based IP networks and the PSTN, the SIP Gateway Service enables Verizon Global Wholesale carrier customers the ability to provide their SMB customers an easy transition to VoIP. Along with gaining access to Verizon's IP local network and telephone number inventory, wholesale customers can also offer their SMB customers a service bundle that includes NEC's UNIVERGE SV8100 IP PBX and related installation and maintenance for a discounted price.

The second offering in the series is the Internet Dedicated T1 service combines either a Samsung Ubigate iBG 1000 for data-only applications or a model 1003. In addition to providing connectivity to support 30 or more users, carrier customers can also add QoS assurance for additional cost.

And for SMBs that require more than a T1's worth of bandwidth, Verizon is offering an Ethernet-based Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) offering with 5 or 10 Mbps speeds, which is bundled with a Samsung iBG1000 router. While Verizon does not specify if the Ethernet-based service is going over a fiber-based connection, it could help expand the availability of Ethernet service to a market segment that's typically been difficult to reach for most service providers.  

"By creating new VoIP and Internet packages that include both services and hardware, we're giving our wholesale customers new ways to support their small- and medium-sized business customers in a time when every nickel and every efficiency counts toward success," said Quintin Lew, senior vice president of marketing for Verizon Global Wholesale in a release.

For more:
- see the release here

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