Wednesday, February 11, 2009

MetaSwitch and Occam Reach 100 Joint Customers

MetaSwitch and Occam Networks now have more than 100 joint service provider deployments in North America.

The combined solution brings together Occam's pure IP-over-Ethernet multi-service access platform with MetaSwitch's core session control, call feature server and media gateway products. This enables advanced IP voice and data services.

The partners said their joint customers range from small to large incumbent and competitive carriers to telephone cooperatives across the U.S and Canada, including Hiawatha Communications, Emery Telcom and Alaska Power & Telephone Company.

Hiawatha Communications is a holding company that wholly owns four independent local exchange carriers (ILECs), all offering traditional telephony and Internet services to approximately 12,000 residents and businesses in nine communities throughout Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Hiawatha Communications wanted to consolidate its existing network infrastructure and replace outdated legacy gear.

Emery Telcom, based in Orangeville, Utah, has been providing telephony services for nearly 60 years. Formed as a cooperative, Emery Telcom serves over 15,000 telephone residential and business subscribers in and around central and eastern Utah. The cooperative also provides sophisticated services, like high-speed digital internet, to small communities surrounding the Manti LaSal National Park. The MetaSwitch - Occam solution enables Emery to deliver a triple-play bundle of voice, video and data over the same converged network, helping to reduce network costs.

Alaska Telephone Company (ATC) is the largest local exchange carrier in the Alaska Power & Telephone Company family of companies. Formed nearly over 50 years ago, ATC has diligently sought out under-served or un-served areas in Alaska, building new exchanges from the ground up. ATC currently provides telephone services to communities in regions ranging from the Arctic Circle to the Wrangell Mountains, going as far out as the islands of Southeast Alaska. "