Monday, April 3, 2006

MetaSwitch Announces SoftSwitch Customers in Alabama and Canada

MetaSwitch announced new carrier deployments for its Class 5 softswitch platform with service providers in Alabama and Canada.

Alabama-based Graceba Total Communications, Union Springs Telephone Company and Castleberry Telephone Company -- are all using MetaSwitch to migrate to all-IP networks based on the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) architecture.

Graceba Total Communications deployed MetaSwitch's softswitch solution for a wide range of applications including interfacing with legacy access devices, VoIP, voice over ATM, and voice over cable (via PacketCable NCS). Graceba is an established independent operating company (IOC) and cable TV provider, which has also operated a CLEC for five years using a Siemens EWSD digital switching system for about 10,000 lines.

Union Springs Telephone Company looked to MetaSwitch for similar "big-city" enterprise features as well as VoIP compliance and local number portability support. Union Springs began making the transition from Nortel Networks to MetaSwitch more than a year-and-a-half ago, installing MetaSwitch as a tandem to the company's existing Nortel DMS-100. Union Springs is steadily cutting lines across to the MetaSwitch via existing digital loop carriers and next-generation copper and fiber access equipment from Occam Networks. In addition, Union Springs is deploying MetaSwitch to provide Centrex services to local businesses using IP phones from Cisco Systems.

Castleberry Telephone Company in Castleberry, Alabama has recently signed on with MetaSwitch after searching for a true packet-based switch that could elegantly enable the convergence of voice, video and data on a single IP pipe. Castleberry is set to use the MetaSwitch VP2510 integrated softswitch.

In addition, Edmonton, Alberta-based ThinkTel Communications has deployed MetaSwitch to support a range of new services including hosted Voice over IP, interactive voice response (IVR) systems, voicemail, and conferencing. All of these applications are built on ThinkTel's proprietary integrated provisioning and billing system, linked directly to the MetaSwitch Class 4/5 softswitch, enabling ThinkTel to completely automate its service delivery process from order to invoice.

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