Thursday, August 31, 2006

Global Crossing to Provide VoIP for UK's Inuk Networks

Global Crossing was awarded a three-year contract to offer VoIP as part of a triple-play offering being launched by Inuk Networks later this year aimed initially at the UK university student population, which totals over three million. The service will include broadband Internet access, IPTV and VoIP. Inuk's "Freewire" promises broadcast-quality television over IP networks that have a multi-casting capability. The Freewire bundle includes VoIP and Internet services.

Since July 2005, Inuk has been collaborating with UKERNA, operators of the JANET education and research network in the UK, to use this high-capacity IP infrastructure to transport both IPTV and VoIP services. Through a single connection, students will be able to receive mainstream and premium television content, as well as low-cost telephony to keep in touch with fellow students, university staff and the world at large.

Students will be able to make SIP calls from phones or "soft-phones" on PCs. Calls to other students will be free and Global Crossing will terminate fixed-line and wireless outbound calls to domestic and international destinations via its global VoIP network. External callers will be able to make calls at highly competitive rates using a single 0844 local rate number. Incoming traffic also will be routed over Global Crossing's VoIP network.


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