WOW! unveils hosted VoIP aimed at SMBs in Midwest markets

Small business customers in the Midwest with as few as five phone lines will now have access to a hosted VoIP solution from Wide Open West (WOW!).

SMBs in Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Indiana will be able to choose from among three feature packs--Hosted Basic, Hosted Office and Hosted Professional--that WOW is delivering over its coaxial network to a cable modem. The service provider did not offer pricing for the packages but did say that two all-inclusive small business packages that include seats, features, Internet bandwidth and handsets will be available for $275 for five users and $499 for 10.

"Smaller sized businesses need the same reliable and flexible solutions as their larger counterparts and our new hosted VOIP over coax solution is a perfect fit," said Brad Cheedle, senior vice president of WOW Business, in a corporate news release. "Our customers in the Midwest now have access to a cost-effective solution that gives them more control and wraps them in our proven culture of service."

WOW owns and operates more than 40,000 miles of fiber optic and coax networks in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions, although only those SMBs in the Midwest are being offered the new service.

"This new hosted voice solution is delivered over WOW's own network, meaning our customers benefit from faster deployment and installation, better network oversight and more complete service support," Steve Gorman, vice president of product management for WOW Business, said in the press release.

Additionally, WOW Business introduced an inside wiring service for customers that provides up to 330 feet of CAT 5 cabling to help customers increase the coverage of their premise's network.

For more:
- see this WOW press release

Related articles:
WOW! Wholesale, iFiber Networks jointly deliver 1 Gbps to Gilberts Village, Ill.
WOW! deploys Wurl streaming video platform on Midwest cable systems