Tuesday, August 9, 2005

i3 Networks Offers Fractional SoftSwitch Ownership to CLECs

i3 Networks announced a unique "UNE-3 Fractional Switch Ownership" program that provides CLECs with an alternative to reselling RBOC lines. The UNE-3 solution comprises four key elements:

  • fractional ownership of a MetaSwitch VP3510 Class 5 Softswitch and UC9000 Unified Communications platform


  • negotiated bulk purchase tariffs with major carrier partners including Level 3, for nationwide Central Office facilities and attractive long-distance rates


  • management services including a 24x7 network operations center (based in Dallas, Texas) and ongoing switch maintenance


  • financial assistance including a cost-effective leasing program.


For service providers migrating from UNE-P, the total package can offer significant savings and opportunity for incremental business. In addition to traditional POTS services, the MetaSwitch enables carriers to offer Web Self-Care, IP Centrex, Voice over IP, Voicemail and Unified Messaging - all available as part of the base UNE-3(R) package.


Already six CLECs have signed for the service including Navigator Telecommunications of Little Rock, AR and Amerimex Communications of Atlanta, GA. In total, this initial group of fractional switch owners represent over 150,000 access lines, with a shared ownership commitment today of 60,000 ports - which they are free to sell, lease or assign at will. As a result, unlike a traditional leasing arrangement, those purchased ports may be fully bookable, depreciable assets.http://i3net.us/http://www.metaswitch.com
  • i3 Networks is a Houston-based voice and data telecommunications company that specializes in helping competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) succeed in their chosen markets.

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